One of Ontario County residents’ most tenacious, focused and gracious advocates has hung up her leadership hat and stepped into retirement.
Partnership for Ontario County Executive Director Bonnie Ross retired Sunday, Oct. 15, after serving in her role since 2013. Under her tenure, the independent not-for-profit organization has grown 140 percent, and today serves more than 40 percent of the youth under the age of 18 and their families. Its nine programs are dedicated to creating and cultivating positive social change for the residents of Ontario County.
“It’s been a privilege to work with my colleagues and the community to bring critical programs and services to the community,′ said Ross. “This is a county that truly cares about its citizens and works tirelessly to ensure the positive future of its residents.”
The Partnership was established in 1998. Its programs include Ontario County Youth Court, Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, Community Support Center, Journey Through Loss, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Epic Zone (Youth Clubhouse) and the Suicide Prevention Coalition.
The Partnership’s Family Support Centers are also open in five school districts, soon to be seven.
Additionally, the organization serves as the fiscal agent for Nowhere to Go, an initiative to work with the unsheltered, or homeless in the county.