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Over the last year, AMES and the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) have been working together to bring AMES under the OMSSA “umbrella.”  

Moving forward, AMES’ former Board members will now function as part of OMSSA’s Life Stabilization Committee, and AMES will no longer function as an independent association. In this new capacity, rather than hosting independent events or conferences, we will work within and through OMSSA to develop and provide professional development and knowledge-exchange opportunities in the areas of life stabilization and employment.  

OMSSA and AMES pursued this change because we recognize that when we’re united and coordinated, we can support our members in more effective and efficient ways, with a single, strong voice.  

What is the role of the new Life Stabilization Committee? 

The new Life Stabilization Committee will function as a standing sub-committee under the direction of OMSSA’s Education Committee, and will be chaired by AMES’ former President Michael Simon, Ontario Works Manager with the County of Wellington.  

In its new capacity, the Life Stabilization Committee will inform and support the development of training, events and education programs responsive to front-line members’ continuing needs. The Committee’s advice and input will help OMSSA ensure that it can provide high-quality education and resources in the areas of life stabilization and employment. 

If you have input or suggestions on the types of professional development, networking and knowledge-exchange opportunities that you’d like to see in the areas of life stabilization and employment, you can contact OMSSA’s Education Manager and Chair of OMSSA’s Education Committee Christie Herrington at