Who We Are

Sarah Head, Ph.D. Candidate - Executive Director

Mrs. Sarah Head is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Guelph in Family Relations and Human Development. She has worked in private and public agencies that serve children and youth with a wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs. Sarah’s primary research focuses on children and youth living within the child welfare system and their relationships with non-parental caregivers. Additionally, Sarah is interested in the intersection between child welfare services and children’s mental health services, and the lived experiences of those who access residential mental health treatment whilst living in care. Sarah is dedicated to connecting child welfare practitioners with evidence-based research and promoting the use of evidence-informed decision making in everyday practice. Sarah also has a Master’s of Science Degree in Family Relations and Human Development and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology. 

Auriole Fernandes - Program Coordinator

Auriole has been with PART for over 10 years and has a diploma in Business Administration and her certification in Project Management through Centennial College, Scarborough. Auriole was employed as an Executive Assistant with PART in 2008, a year after its inception, and has since taken on the role of Event and Program Coordinator for the organization. Auriole has had varied experience in the private sector prior to joining PART and has since taken a keen interest in the field of child welfare.


Kate Bailey, MSW - Research and Knowledge Translation Specialist

Kate is a graduate from the University of Toronto where she completed her Master of Social Work Degree. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kate’s experiences include clinical, research, and community engagement roles related to young people’s mental health and well-being. Kate is interested in connecting child welfare practitioners with evidence informed practice to improve practitioner relationships with clients and families. Her interests also include early childhood mental health, the use of anti-oppressive practices, and social innovation.

Carol Lopez Ricote, MSW - Research and Knowledge Translation Specialist

Carol is a graduate from McMaster University, where she completed her Master of Social Work Thesis Degree. Her thesis was funded by the Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s Level (CGS M) and explored the experiences of violence of women living with HIV in the context of HIV non-disclosure criminalization in Canada. This research was grounded in an intersectional lens, identifying experiences of systemic violence and barriers experienced at intersections of multiple identities. Carol also completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at McMaster University. Carol completed the Child Welfare Pathway in her undergraduate career that strengthened her skills and commitment to creating and sustaining systemic change in the child welfare system based on research and principles of anti-oppressive practice. Carol is committed to the promotion of evidence-informed practices at all levels of policy and practice in child welfare to promote systemic change and improve relationships with families and communities. Carol is interested in arts-based and community-based research approaches grounded in intersectional and anti-oppressive practices.

Miles Obille, Practicum Student

Miles is a fourth year social work student at York University and identifies with the FilCan (Filipino-Canadian) community. She is an active member in her university and as held the roles as a Peer Academic Leader, Executive member for the Social Work Students Association, and a speaker for leadership training. Miles’ work also extends outside of her school as she has facilitated youth-focused discussions, canvassed for grassroot organizations, participated in fundraisers for charities, and volunteered with basketball organizations. Miles is passionate about community-based activism, advocacy, and policy. Core to Miles’ work is anti-oppressive practice and the integration of a critical lens.