OPDI Staff


Deborrah Sherman, Executive Director

Deb came to OPDI in 2008 after having been E.D. for eight years of one of its member organizations, and serving on the OPDI Board of Directors for several years. She was a part time “public member” of the Consent and Capacity Board from 1987 to 1999, while working as owner/publisher/editor of Canada Quilts Magazine, and prior to that worked in the printing and graphic arts industry. Deb earned the diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Mohawk College distance education and taught one of its six courses for several years, but has not yet opted to write the CPRP exam as she is not currently involved in direct service to individuals. She is one of the first batch of certified peer supporters through Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada, sits on its certification committee, and is working toward gaining Mentor certification with that organization. Deb is married with two adult children, and lives on the east “mountain” in Hamilton. Deb enjoys quilt-making, acting in community theatre, and has been responding to empty-nest syndrome over the past year by renovating the nest.

E-mail: deb@opdi.org
Telephone Extension: 1

Deborrah Sherman - Executive Director


Raymond Cheng

Raymond was an Executive Director at a CSI and then took a year off learning at York University before coming to OPDI in2005. His board experience at the Clarke Institute and CAMH has thankfully not extinguished his inquisitive and curious nature which comes naturally with an English Literature degree. He spends his spare time trying to talk sense into a growing puppy and a “tweenager”, while listening in turn to a very patient spouse.
E-mail: raymond@opdi.org
Raymond Cheng - Advocacy and Policy Coordinator


Allyson Theodorou, Manager of Finance and Member Services

Allyson began working for OPDI back in 1993 in its earlier incarnation as the former CSDI. Originally tasked as an administrative assistant, she has taken on other responsibilities including office finances, conference organizer and most recently working with graduates of the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials training program while they complete their internships. Allyson lives with her husband and two “tween”-aged boys. In her spare time, she is very much involved in her children’s school as co-chair of the School Council, as well as being a dedicated aunt to her young niece and nephews.

E-mail: allyson@opdi.org
Telephone Extension: 2


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