Thames Valley Children's Centre Chief Executive Officer Retiring June 2019
Monday June 18, 2018 - Today, Dr. John LaPorta announced his plans to retire in
June, 2019, after 25 years, as Chief Executive Officer of Thames Valley Children's
Centre (TVCC). Dr. LaPorta leaves a long and impactful legacy not only on Thames
Valley Children's Centre, but on children's services overall in the province of
For nearly two and half decades, Dr. LaPorta has led TVCC through growth and transformation.
One of Dr. LaPorta's first and most significant contributions to the organization
was implementing client and family directed services based on family-centred care.
In fact in the 1990s, TVCC became the first Children's Treatment Centre to establish
a Client Advisory Committee. Throughout his tenure, Dr. LaPorta has always kept
clients and families at the heart of all that we do at TVCC.
A staunch advocate of children with special needs and their families, Dr. LaPorta
has created an organizational culture where staff and clients' alike focus on strengths
and abilities. Today, Clinicians are enabled to support clients in the development
of their potential; to pursue the best opportunities to participate in and experience
the highest quality of life. To better ensure TVCC's ability to achieve the vision
of "Our clients at their best!" Dr. LaPorta led TVCC through a capital campaign
to add a 30,000 square foot third floor to the head office in London to accommodate
growth. As well, over Dr. LaPorta's leadership tenure, services and office locations
have expanded throughout the region; TVCC currently operates out of 14 locations
throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Since Dr. LaPorta took on the role of Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Children's
- gone from an annual operating budget of 6 million to 38 million;
- increased from serving 3600 to over 9000 clients and families annually;
- become an internationally recognized and accredited organization;
- grown from a staff of ~125 to a staff of ~345.
More of Dr. LaPorta's legacy is found in many of the innovations that have occurred
over the past couple of decades at the Centre: establishment of the Southwest Regional
Autism program (now operating as Autism services); creation of one of the first
practicing paediatric clinical gait analysis labs in the country; establishment
of the Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Program (in partnership with London
Health Sciences Centre); to name a few. Dr. LaPorta is a recognized clinical authority
and sought after speaker throughout Canada and beyond. Dr. LaPorta will leave the
Centre having established an enviably solid foundation to enable the continued success
of the organization.
Thames Valley Children's Centre has contracted Sartor and Associates to conduct
the search for Dr. LaPorta's successor. The search is anticipated to begin in the
Fall of 2018.