Executive Director, LL.B AccMed, FDRPMed Accredited Family Mediator
Rita’s connection with Niagara Life Centre started in 2003 at Grimsby Life Centre where she served as Director for 5 years. She then moved into the Executive Director role at Niagara Life Centre, St. Catharines in September 2007.
In her 19 years with NLC, Rita has instituted multiple programs aimed at giving people hope. Her responsibilities also include overall ministry direction, fundraising, managing donor relationships, and community collaborations. She recruits and manages staff, and oversees board and volunteer relations.
Before joining NLC she worked in management in various social service environments including Adolescents Family Support Services and Family and Children’s Services, Niagara. Throughout her career, she has advocated for families and the vulnerable in the Niagara Region.
Rita is passionate Jesus, promotes NLC ministry work and speaks regularly at churches and NLC fundraising events. She is grateful that NLC has never wavered from its unique commitment to being Christ centred in its intent to giving broken people help, hope and ultimately healing.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Makerere University, Uganda), Early Childhood Resource Teacher Diploma (Niagara College, Welland), a Certificate of Professional Management (Brock University, St Catharines) and is a recent graduate of Riverdale Mediation, Toronto. She is an accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (AccMed) and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute (FDRI Med).
Rita and husband, Patrick, live in St Catharines, Ontario, with their three children, a son-in-law and are the proud grandparents to baby girl, Willa.Rita@niagaralifecentre.ca