Mar 04, 2021
Zoom Meeting, Deborah Gatenby
CEO, Hope Place Centres, Freedom from Addictions

Deborah Gatenby became Chief Executive Officer of Hope Place Centres in 2011. Their team helps people to overcome their struggles with addiction, working in conjunction with other specialists in psychiatry, primary care, occupational therapy, as well as practitioners of alternative healing arts, including yoga and acupuncture.

As an individual with long-term recovery from addiction, Deborah knows firsthand the challenges her clients face. She has not had a drink or a drug since July 14, 2004.

She spent fifteen years of her career in leadership roles with non-profits in the Niagara area, where she championed a three-year legal battle to open the first youth shelter in Niagara Falls, establishing a precedent for all social housing projects that followed. She then returned to Windsor-Essex County in 2005 to lead House of Sophrosyne, which provides treatment programs for women battling addictions.

Deborah has worked with many voluntary organizations engaged in community building and has served on numerous boards and committees, earning a reputation for service innovation and activism, and receiving several awards at municipal, provincial and national levels.

A professor at an academic institution for over five years, she taught in the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts Departments and received a “Teaching Excellence Award” in 2003.

In April 2008, she completed academic credentialing for an MBA, and was a member of the inaugural class in the Advanced Health Leadership Program (AHLP) at the University of Toronto’s, Rotman School of Management. In September 2018, she began the doctoral program in Public Health at the Harvard-Chan School, and was almost half-way to completion of her DrPH by March 2020 – when the COVID-19 pandemic brought her studies to a rapid halt.

In addition to being CEO at Hope Place Centres, Deborah is a Member of the HQO Provincial Standards (Opioid Use Disorders) Advisory Panel; a representative on the LHIN-HQO Regional Quality Table; Co-Chair of the LHIN 5 & 6 Community Quality Network; a member of DTFP Peer Support and Residential Standards Committees; and was President of the Board of Directors for Addictions Ontario – leading the amalgamation that led to the creation of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.