Sartori named new executive director at JMCC

Jessica Sartori, trustee for the Greater Essex County District School Board, is seen in her seat at the board table on December 2, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A familiar face in Windsor-Essex is now at the helm of a premier non-profit agency helping children with special needs.

Dr Jessica Sartori has been named the new CEO of the John McGivney Children’s Centre in Windsor. Sartori comes from the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, where she worked as director of quality assurance. She is also the board chairman for the Greater Essex County District School Board and is in her second term as a trustee for Windsor Wards 1, 2, and 9.

“I am honoured and excited to be joining JMCC as their new CEO,” Sartori said in a media release. “As a resident of Windsor-Essex, I am continuously impressed by the amazing work that the JMCC team does for children and youth with special needs and their families. I look forward to working together with our staff, our families, and our board of directors to continue to provide the highest quality of care and services to our community.”

Elizabeth Haugh, president of the JMCC board of directors, said Sartori’s experience as an advocate for children made her the perfect fit for the position.

“Jessica’s dedication to advancing the quality of care, programs, and services offered to children and youth in Windsor-Essex makes her an excellent fit here at JMCC as our CEO,” said Haugh.

Before her work with Children’s Aid and the public school board, Sartori held positions with the United Way of Windsor-Essex County and with Leadership Development Windsor-Essex. She is a certified researcher in applied social psychology.

The JMCC was founded in 1978 as the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre of Essex County and was renamed in 2006 for founding father and longtime board member John McGivney. The JMCC is the only publicly-funded source of specialized pediatric rehabilitation expertise in the region, supporting almost 3,000 young people a year with physical, neurological, and developmental needs.