SOAR's Administrative and Management Network (S.A.M.N.)

The SOAR Administrative and Management Network (S.A.M.N.) is a standing committee of SOAR. It's overall purpose is:

To create a communication network of administrative/operational and management staff of agencies, boards and commissions. To deal with operational program and policy issues at the administrative level. To share knowledge, tools, program templates, best practices, strategies, and other resources through meetings, events, "tool kits", websites, documents and various educational opportunities.

SAMN Committee members, as of January 2022, are:


Laura Pettigrew - Co-Chair, Ombudsman Ontario

Sarah Rickard - Co-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission

Alexandra Alvarado-Bowen - The Office of the Independent Police Review Director

Anthea Ryan - College of Physicians and Surgeons

Sarah Schumacher- Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal

Ex-Officio Member

Daphne Simon- SOAR Executive Director

S.A.M.N. organizes educational and training workshops regarding timely topics.  A listing of previous S.A.M.N workshops includes:

I Saw the Sign: Ethics for Public Sector Staff, Adjudicators and Others in an Election Year, April 5, 2022

No One Knows How Toilets Work: How to Change Minds and Build Support for Your Ideas, September 21, 2021

Writing Crisply, June 8, 2021

How to Successfully Present on ZOOM, October 16, 2020

Social Media:  A Balancing Act, May 28, 2020

In Focus: A Workshop on Stress and Traumatic Stress in the Workplace, October 10, 2019

Writing Crisply, June 6, 2019

Administrative Law Primer - January 29, 2019

Difficult Conversations: Dealing with micro-aggressions - September 27, 2018

Sustaining Mentally Healthy Workplaces - January 30, 2018

Writing Crisply- September 27, 2017

Difficult Conversations- May 16, 2017

Administrative Law Primer, January 24, 2017

Transforming Challenging Situations with the Public, June 13, 2016 and Sept 28, 2016

Write This Way, January 25, 2016

Revenge of the Admin Law Primer, June 9, 2015

Social Media, The Uses, Benefits and Challenges, April 1, 2015

Staying Squeaky Clean: Ethics for Public Service Staff, September 28, 2015

Putting Social Media to Work for you, June 27, 2014

Administrative Law Primer-  Sept. 12, 2013

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Ontario Ombudsman But were Afraid to Ask – Feb. 13, 2013

S.A.M.N. Conference: Burning Bridges - Building Bridges - Sept. 13, 2012

Issues in Emergency and Security Management - March 5, 2012

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Prevention (WDHP) and Workplace Violence Prevention (WVP) - Sept. 19, 2011

Self Represented Parties Workshop: Challenges for Agency Staff and How to Meet Them - Jun. 22, 2011

Showcase/Networking Sessions – Case Management Systems - Feb. 23, 2011

Accessibility – Opening Doors for All Ontarians - Oct. 26, 2010

Human Rights 101 Workshop for Staff & Management (Repeat) - Jun. 2, 2010

Effective Problem Solving for Interpersonal Conflict - May 25, 2010

Human Rights 101 Workshop for Staff & Management - Jun. 11, 2009

Paralegal Workshop for the Agency Sector - Jan. 19, 2009


Prior to the above-noted "S.A.M.N" events, workshops for staff and management were provided at "SOS" (Strengthening Our Supports Seminar) and at "ASSETS" (Agency Sector Staff Education and Training Seminar).

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