Joan Armistead


Friends of the Family welcomed me to their team in 2016. We value relationship at the core of professionalism.

I have been in social services for four decades, working with families in diverse roles. I bring an educational background in disability, counselling, adult education and social justice.

My experience profoundly shapes the intentionality and skill I bring to my work.

My friends call me Jay!

Maria Cameron

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I have been with Friends of the Family since 2003. My educational background is at the University and College level (SSW). I worked at St. Joseph’s Long Term Care in the Activation Department and in the Out’n’About Day Program.

My main area of experience is working with Seniors that have Alzheimers and other related Dementias.

I am proud to belong to a professional and compassionate team who work diligently to provide one on one visits to enhance the quality of our clients lives. 

Laura Innes


I have been working with Friends of the Family since 2009. I studied Social Work in Gerontology in College and have a B.A. in Adult Development and Psychology from the University of Guelph.

I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Works and Social Service Workers. My past experience has been working in a nursing home, planning and implementing senior programs.

I feel it an honour to work with our Elders. I like to make a difference in people’s lives through compassionate care. 

Sheree Laycock


I have had the pleasure of working with Friends of the Family since 2006. It is extremely gratifying to know that I am able to make a difference in people’s lives. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with the elderly and enjoy their companionship, as well as getting to know their families.

Personally, I have obtained a great deal of knowledge of the many challenges presented with Alzheimer’s and Dementia through experience with my own mother and mother-in-law.

The ability to put a smile on someone’s face, priceless! 

Lisa Milne

Lisa Milne

I have been working with Friends of the Family since 2014. Our seniors are a very important part of our community and I enjoy the wisdom, friendship and love that they give.

It is very rewarding to be able to assist families and their aging family members. My clients are all so appreciative of the visits and it is a joy to be able to brighten their day! I learn from and appreciate them as much as they appreciate me.

I have a B.A. in History/Psychology. 

Paula Rogers

Paula Rogers

I have been working with Friends of the Family since 2011. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.

Majors: Family and Social Relations and Gerontology.
Brock University Certificate Level 1 & 2 Ontario Brain Injury Association.

My 25 year career includes 10 years of experience at St. Joseph’s Health Centre as a Clinical Resource Worker in the Out’N’About Program and 7 years experience as Clinical Lead of the Acquired Brain Injury Program.

This work is a calling that helps me to be a better person. The clients receive my very best efforts and in exchange there is always learning and the development of human relationships that are priceless. 

Monika Semma


I joined Friends of the Family in 2012 after completing my bachelors degree in Sociology at the University of Guelph.  I love being a part of such a passionate and caring team.

I have always known that I’ve wanted to work with seniors, partly because I think there is so much we can learn from our Elders. I like to bring lots of compassion, energy, and creativity to my one to one visits.

I am currently working towards completing a Horticultural Therapy Internship.