Richard Cummings’ service and leadership are rooted in the values of social justice, family and community. He is grateful for the meaningful opportunity to serve as a Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.
Richard retired in 2016 as Executive Director of Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, an organization that supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families and communities. His career was dedicated to building excellence and achieving measurable and meaningful impact, through services addressing child welfare, woman abuse, mental health and poverty.
Richard received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto in 1985. He has worked as a teacher, clinician and researcher as well as Executive Director. Prior to his ten years as the professional lead at Jewish Family and Child, He worked at Integra Foundation, a Toronto based Children’s Mental Health Centre, from 1988 to 2005; twelve years as Executive Director.
Richard has extensive governance and volunteer experience, serving on Boards, supporting fund-raising and consulting strategically. Richard spent fifteen years as a member and then President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto. In addition to NCFST, Richard currently supports a number of social, cultural and health initiatives.
Richard is married to his greatest love, his formidable wife Dr. Joanne Cummings, and spends his favourite times with Joanne, their three wonderful children and beautiful grandchildren.