Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou is well-known and respected within the Social Services community, with more than 16 years of formal leadership experience in the human services sector. As Commissioner of Social Services for the Region of Durham, Stella oversees programs and services comprised of more than 2,000 employees—who provide professional and high-quality services to Durham residents. Leading an Executive Team made up of six directors, Stella’s commitment lies steadfast towards evolving the Social Services to meet emerging needs of the community.
With a budget of over $300 million, the Social Services Department consists of; seven Regionally owned and operated child care centres, four long-term care homes, Ontario Works administration, individual & family counselling services to employees and community. In addition, Housing Services which supports social housing providers, manages properties directly owned by the Region, administers funds to prevent homelessness and encourages the creation of affordable housing across Durham Region.
Prior to her current role, Stella held the position of Director of Community Access (which oversees access to Ontario Works, Child Care Fee Subsidy and Homelessness programs) for the Region of Peel.
Stella’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Sociology; a Prosci Change Management certificate; and completion of the Community Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Management.
Stella demonstrates passion and commitment to social services and the community through her active participation and membership on various boards, including the Provincial-Municipal Social Assistance Employment Committee (PMSAEC), on which she is also the Co-chair of the Employment and Stabilization Committee. Formerly, she was a board member of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) and Co-chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee.