Peer and Trauma Support Systems Team

Syd is the Senior Team Lead for the Peer and Trauma Support Systems Team of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. The Team consists of 25 of Canada’s best trauma experienced people and they are listed below. They can be seen at

See attached Press Release: MDSCAnnouncementENforPeerSupportJuly2014.


The Team:

1. Senior Team Lead – Staff Sergeant (Ret’d.) Sylvio (Syd) A Gravel, M.O.M.
Syd Gravel, a former Staff Sergeant from the Ottawa Police Service, with 31 years’ policing experience, and 28 years as a PTSD survivor, is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle, a post-shooting trauma team of peers, first established in 1988. Syd developed this group as the need for peer support became evident for officers involved in fatal or near fatal work-related events. This group has assisted hundreds of officers from all over Canada during the past 28 years and continues to do so today. In 2006, Syd was a member of a successful team of facilitators/negotiators for the Pearson Peacekeepers in Abuja, Nigeria on behalf of the United Nations to action Security Council Resolution 1325 – Women in Peacekeeping Operations. During the last 15 years of his career Syd was the Lead in taking the Ottawa Police Service through two cultural shifts – Problem-Oriented Policing and Diversity in Recruitment both of which received several international and national awards for the OPS. In 2007, he was nominated and inducted by his peers and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, for the Order of Merit in Policing, Canada. Since his retirement he has devoted all his time and energy to addressing the development of resilience and resistance to trauma and peer support within the emergency and enforcement environments, including the writing of his two books, “56 Seconds” and “How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support” both available at In 2014 Syd developed the curriculum to address 17 objectives for the training of peers in Canada based on the guidelines and practices recommended by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Syd is now the Senior Lead of the Peer and Trauma Support Services Team for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Syd is also a volunteer Senior Advisor for Badge of Life Canada.

2. Senior Team Lead – Staff Sergeant (Ret’d.) Brad McKay CTSS
Brad McKay has recently retired after 33 years of service with the York Regional Police. In 1984 he was involved in a shooting incident that resulted in the loss of a life. There were no formal programs of peer support or mental health care so he processed the event on his own with help from his network of family and friends. Because of the lack of programs and support, in 1989 he co-created a Trauma Team to support YRP members involved in police shootings. He transitioned this team into the York Region Critical Incident Stress Management Team in 1996 where he holds a position as advisor to the executive and alumni team lead. The York CISM Team is unique and ground-breaking as a multidiscipline team that supports all front line services including Paramedic, Police, Fire, and Emergency room Hospital staff. To enhance wellness at YRP he started the Operational Stress Injury Prevention and Response Unit for York Regional Police in 2013 and also created the York Regional Police Peer Support Team in 2014. A Certified Trauma Services Specialist with ATSS, Brad has responded to and coordinated hundreds of interventions for front line responders and their families. For significant events reported by media, Brad has been asked to appear on TV News channels to provide frontline trauma response perspective. Brad is currently on the advisory board at the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. Brad is proud and honoured to join Syd Gravel in co-leading the Peer and Trauma Support Systems group. This is a team of highly skilled, trained, experienced and professional peer and mental health experts from across Canada. Many of these professionals have volunteered countless hours to support front line responders, showing their commitment to the cause. As a volunteer on 2 Peer Teams, Brad is a family man and a community minded energetic advocate for wellness and peer support.

3. Kristina Hulton, Health and Wellness Specialist
Kristina Hulton has been promoting wellness for the past 18 years. She has developed strong facilitation skills during her tenure as a professor in the Fitness & Health Promotion Programs at both Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College as well as acting as a course conductor for the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. Currently, Kristina is a Workplace Wellness Specialist at St. Lawrence College in the Corporate Learning & Performance Improvement Department. Kristina’s efforts helped St. Lawrence College achieve the “Gold Award” from KFL&A Health Unit for workplace wellness initiatives in 2012 & 2013. Kristina specializes in helping police organizations develop psychological health and wellness programs. Kristina is a trained Co-Active Coach© through Coaches Training Institute and has utilized her coaching skills to develop customized psychological health & safety programs for police organizations. She has developed psychological health and safety management training workshops, front-line officer psychological wellness programs and she is also the Principal Investigator for an applied research project “Developing and implementing a comprehensive management training program that supports and promotes psychological health & safety in policing.”

4. Dr. Jeff Morley, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Jeff Morley is a Registered Psychologist, and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Jeff recently retired from the RCMP as a Staff Sergeant after 23 years of service. In his private psychology practice Jeff works extensively with police, military and emergency responders. Jeff teaches on Psychologically Healthy Workplaces, Trauma & Resilience to organizations and first responders across Canada. Jeff also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches Trauma Counselling and Group Counselling.

5. Rae-Lynne Dicks, BA-Criminology, MA-Criminal Justice
Rae-Lynne Dicks is a former 911 Communications Operator (VPD & VFRS), with 10 years’ experience and is a 12 year survivor of chronic PTSD due to cumulative traumatic incidents. As part of her master of arts degree, Rae-Lynne conducted the first research in Canada that focused specifically on Canadian 911 operators and PTSD; it is titled, Prevalence of PTSD Symptoms in Canadian 911 Operators. Rae-Lynne is a volunteer with Badge of Life Canada and a guest speaker for Tema Conter. Rae-Lynne regularly speaks publicly to share her story that she blends with discussion about the early warning signs along with the development of PTSD as she experienced it. Rae-Lynne also discusses issues involving stigma in first responder organizations and her road to survival, including how she made the conscious decision to live. Rae-Lynne’s goals are twofold; 1) to effect change in the emergency services industry and 2) to pursue her doctorate.

6. Deanna Lennox, War Horse Awareness Foundation
Deanna retired after 16 years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After sustaining an on-duty injury that abruptly ended her operational career, Deanna went through a bout of Major Depression. A few years later she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to professional counseling (including EMDR), Deanna has experienced the benefits of working with horses, yoga, meditation, journaling and other alternative healing modalities. In 2010, Deanna organized an operational stress injury symposium where a variety of organizations came together to share information and discuss these types of injuries. Shortly after, realizing the need for support and information she founded a non-profit organization called War Horse Awareness Foundation. The War Horse Awareness Foundation continues to organize the annual operational stress injury symposiums and other events, which assist and provide information to frontline service providers. Deanna infuses her experience of being a certified equine assisted coach and certified meditation teacher into her symposiums and retreats. In April 2015, Deanna’s memoir was released by HarperCollins. Her National Bestselling book, “Damage Done: A Mountie’s Memoir” chronicles her experiences in the RCMP, her struggles with depression and PTSD, the creation of the War Horse Awareness Foundation and her passion to continue to help others.

7. Sergeant (Ret’d) Kurt Grant, CD2
Sergeant Kurt Grant is a 32 year veteran of the Canadian Forces Reserves. In 1994 he left a high paying job in the Defence industry to serve as a peacekeeper with the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) in Croatia on Operation Harmony, Rotation 5. As a result of his experience in the Balkans, he published his first book, All Tigers No Donkeys (Vanwell, 2004). This was followed several years later by Pilgrimage: A Soldiers Search for God and Church (Self Published 2010). In addition to his responsibilities as an infantry Sergeant, he worked at the Directorate of History and Heritage as a researcher and writer, and was the Managing Editor of the prestigious CANADIAN ARMY JOURNAL. In addition to his own works, Sergeant Grant has edited a number of professional and private books, made several book contributions, and has published more than thirty articles in peer reviewed journals. Sergeant Grant was diagnosed with PTSD in 2011.

8. Dr. Barbara Anschuetz EdD, RP, CTS, Registered Psychotherapist
Barbara completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto, is certified as a Trauma Psychotherapist, Trauma Specialist, Traumatologist, Expert in Traumatic Stress and Certified EMDR Therapist. She is the Clinical Director of The Trauma Centre, which provides a comprehensive treatment program for individuals and families in the areas of trauma therapy, counselling and critical incident response. She has 30 years’ experience that includes local, regional, national and international trauma psychotherapy, training, consultation and education. She has served on boards, task groups and committees to foster awareness of trauma and PTSD. For the past 18 years, Barbara has also served as the Clinical Director of the York Region CISM Team for first responders and their families. She has received numerous recognitions for her work in trauma response.

9. Joddie Walker, MS, RP,CTS, D.A.A.E.T.S., Registered Psychotherapist
Joddie holds a Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology and is a Certified Trauma Specialist with ATSS and National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Traumatic Stress and is a National (USA) Credentialed Advanced Advocate. In Joddie’s private practice, she specializes in first responders, their family members as well as civilians with PTSD, anxiety or depression. Joddie has 25 years of experience working directly with crime victims in various program settings. She has been trained in three models for debriefing, each for a specific audience: first responders, children or community members. She aided first responders as part of two critical incident stress teams. Her direct experience includes volunteerism with two Peer Teams, one in Canada and the other in the USA. Joddie’s response with CISM also included responding to survivors of September 11th terrorist attack on two occasions and two populations: survivors of the South Tower and New York City Police Department. Joddie’s technical support and teaching includes conducting trainings throughout the USA and Canada on topics such as victimology issues and sexual offenders. Joddie has taught for the National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation (USA) on death notification, trauma, grief and loss. She has also developed a peer/mental health led curriculum for first responders of child abuse on secondary traumatic stress. Her mission: to restore hope and healing to those whose job it is to bring hope to others.

10. Tamara Gaboury
Tamara is a 9-1-1 Dispatcher Supervisor for the Grande Prairie Fire Department with over 16 years of experience. Tamara understands the challenges of trying to balance work life and home life and has successfully implemented a variety of tools and strategies that help her continue to excel in both areas of her life. Tamara is a graduate from the Leadership Institute and a member of the Wellness Fitness Initiative Committee at the Grande Prairie Fire Department. She is a certified Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach and has utilized this training to help first responders and corporate groups learn about and cope with occupational stress. Tamara has been invited to speak at several events including the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials in Vancouver in 2014. Tamara is dedicated to educating people about the benefits of addressing operational stress injuries by sharing her training and experiences with others.

11. Tom Gabriel (Dipl.) ACW, ICADC (ret. Police Constable)
Certified internationally as an alcohol and drug counsellor (ICADC), Tom also received his diploma (Addiction Care Worker) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His extensive back ground includes 35 years as a former Police Officer that has given him a unique perspective with those who suffer from addiction and related mental health issues not only from the streets of Toronto, but also within his own profession when dealing with colleagues and their families during his eight year tenure with the Toronto Police Service’s Employee and Family Assistance Program. After retiring from the Service in February of 2012, he continues to assist Service Members and their families in his current position with the Toronto Police Association as an EFAP Consultant, Crisis and Addiction Counsellor. Tom has presented in many venues for police agencies, conferences, colleges, private companies and many other speaking engagements. To recognize his achievements in policing, he was awarded with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Service Members and their families. Tom is on the Board of Directors and Planning Committee for the Annual Institute on Addiction Studies, is a Member on the Board of Directors for Alpha House (long term recovery home for men in Toronto) and sits as President on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

12. Staff Sergeant (Ret’d.) Ron Campbell, – RCMP (Alberta)
Ron retired from the RCMP in 2015 after a 35 year career. After many years in Major Crimes and as a Crisis Negotiator, Ron was diagnosed with PTSD in 2004 and Major Depressive Disorder in 2009. Since then Ron has gone on to be a public speaker on Stress Management in Policing, and Self Care & Prevention of Operational Stress Injuries. His audiences have included the FBI, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, The Canadian Association of Police Governance, Canadian Police College, and many police conferences across the USA and Canada. Ron is a board director on the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle and Mental Health and Addictions (Alberta) and supporter of the Warhorse Foundation. He is also a member of the Speakers Bureaus for the United Way and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Ron is a member of the Lift the Silence Committee, a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to suicide prevention. He is also active in peer support to first responders across Canada. Ron’s editor is putting the finishing touches on his book which he hopes to have published in 2016. Ron is married and lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He will be embarking on a new business career in 2016. Ron feels privileged to be member of the P.A.T.S.S. Team, and looks forward to collaborating with this group in some new projects in the near future..

13. Detective Sergeant O.P.P. (Ret’d.) Danny (Dan) Bowers
Dan spent over 30 years with the Ontario Provincial Police before retiring in 2008. His resume includes; criminal investigator, communications centre/9-1-1 supervisor, intelligence officer and O.P.P. liaison to Interpol. Prior to his career in policing, Dan spent 4 years as a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Following his retirement, Dan worked as a consultant and training facilitator in the fields of private security, policing and military intelligence. He is both a dynamic and passionate speaker who has lectured to groups in excess of 400 people. Dan has always been extremely proactive in matters concerning police and public safety. His philosophy is rather straight forward; knowledge and experience must be shared where it can help others! Dan has lived with PTSD for more than 32 years. Personal experience has taught him that early detection is critical for anyone who may be affected by PTSD. Subsequently, providing meaningful awareness and training has become his passion.

14. Dr. Isabelle Gamache
Dr. Gamache completed her Doctorate in clinical psychology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec. She is specialized in cognitive-behavioural therapy. She works as a psychologist for the Montreal City Police. Her work is to provide consultation, prevention and emergency response to police officers. Dr. Gamache is also a member of the trauma Studies center of l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. The trauma studies center is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and clinical center dedicated to trauma related issues. Primarily, she offers evaluation and treatment to victims of PTSD. In addition, in her private practice, she specializes in treating individuals suffering of mood and anxiety disorders, especially with PTSD.

15. District Chief J. Dave Connor
Dave Connor is in his 35th year with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services serving as a District Chief, a position he has held for 11 years. He initiated the MFES Peer Support Team in 1989, and currently serves as the management liaise. He co-developed and delivered a mental health training program for over 650 staff, receiving an award of recognition from the IAFF. Dave provides CISM and PTSD awareness sessions for firefighters and their spouses as well as Mental Health and Communications training tailored to company and senior officers. Dave is a consultant, author and speaker, and serves as a special adviser to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada for Peer Team development.

16. Neil Orr (Ret’d) York Regional Police.
Neil began his policing career with the O.P.P in 1984, before joining the York Regional Police in 1987. His career has included assignments in Communications, Child Abuse, Forensics and the Training Bureau. Neil is a PTSD survivor and is /has been a committed Peer Support member and trainer for the York Region Critical Stress Team for over 15 years which has included deployment to New York City in 2002 to support NYPD Officers. Recently Neil was part of the selection process of the York Regional Police Peer Support Team. Neil currently serves in the capacity of Peer Support on the York Regional Police CISM Alumni Team. Neil shares his personal and professional experiences openly as a dynamic positive presenter.

17. LCol Alexandra Heber MD FRCPC CCPE
Dr. Alexandra Heber was a mental health nurse for 9 years before entering medical school. She completed residency training in Psychiatry at McGill University and the University of Toronto. From 1996 to 2003, she was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Co-ordinator of the Women’s Program in The HIV Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was also the psychiatrist on an Assertive Community Treatment Team at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Toronto. Since 2003, she has worked for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). In 2006, Dr. Heber enrolled in the CAF at the rank of Major and was appointed the Clinical Leader of Mental Health Services for the CF Health Services Centre (Ottawa). She has presented nationally and internationally on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the military population, and has delivered educational sessions for Chaplains, Military Police, CF Interrogators, OPP, Ottawa Fire Services, and other first responders. In 2006, she was lead author on a NATO publication, “Combining Clinical Treatment and Peer Support: A Unique Approach to Overcoming Stigma and Delivering Care”. In 2007 she co-authored a book chapter in: Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research and Management. Between 2006 and 2009, Dr. Heber authored a number of reports for the Justice Department, Government of Canada on cases involving torture and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In 2009, she deployed to Afghanistan for a three month tour as the Psychiatrist in Charge of the Canadian Forces Mental Health Services for Task Force Kandahar. In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In August 2013 she accepted a position in the CF Health Services Group Headquarters’ Directorate of Mental Health, the national body which sets standards and develops programs for the military mental health clinics across Canada. In 2014, LCol Heber, along with a colleague, developed an online course sponsored by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, entitled, “PTSD: A Primer for Primary Care Physicians”, which teaches doctors and other health care professionals how to recognize and treat PTSD. The course is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Heber is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.

18. K. Paul MacKenzie, CADC,CTR,CTSS
Paul is a former Halifax Regional Police Officer (Rtd), having served in Patrol Division, Mounted Division and as the Employee and Family Assistance Program Coordinator. Paul is presently the Firefighters and Family Assistance Program Manager for the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.
Over the past 30 years, Paul has developed and implemented policies and programs pertaining to the delivery of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, Referral Agent Programs, Critical Incident Stress Management to emergency service providers such as the RCMP, Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Paramedics, 911 Operators, Children’s Aid Society, Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority, Atlantic Support Services Association and the Canadian Coast Guard. As well as for community based trauma response teams such as Strait Area Debriefing Association, Eastern Shore CISM Debriefing Team, Kanesatake Community Trauma Response Team (Quebec), Yarmouth County Community Response Team and the Chippewa’s of Georgina Island (Ontario).
Paul has also worked with the Native Community in the Maritimes as the liaison officer between the Regional Police and the Native Community. He continues to work with the Native Community across Canada as well he has served on the Atlantic First Nations Task Force on HIV/AIDS, former healing consultant for Teachings of the Sweet Grass Braid Society (survivors of residential school), a facilitator of the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and an associate counselor for the Eagles’ Nest Recovery House. Paul is the former Director of the Spirit of the Eagles’ Feather Society.
Paul is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Traumatic Stress Network. He is also currently a member in good standing with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, the Suicide Information & Education Centre, the former Nova Scotia EAP Association (Past President) and the Addictions Intervention Association. Paul is past Vice Chair of the Executive Board of Directors for Alcare Place, an addictions recovery house located in Halifax, NS and recently served as the Atlantic Regional Director on the National Board of Directors for MADD Canada.
Paul has been recognized for his work and has received many awards such as the St. John Ambulance Appreciation Award, The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. Jerusalem, The Priory of Canada, The Halifax Police Department Award of Recognition for the Employee Assistance Program, Medals of Exemplary Service from the Province of Nova Scotia, Health Canada Award of Recognition for services provided for the Swissair Flight 111 Recovery, 2007 National recipient of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust Public Service Award and recipient of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Paul has also been featured in many articles on the both his personal and professional life and most recently was featured in the book “The Sixty Second Story” written by Janice Landry.

19. Dwight Powless
Dwight Powless is a Mohawk from Six Nations Reserve. He is a second generation Residential School survivor. During this time he survived sexual , physical and mental abuse and neglect.
Dwight joined the military, however the military structure echoed residential school. Lashing out physically earned him disciplinary confinement on a regular basis. Alcohol became his self-medication and drove Dwight to attempt suicide. He was forced into a medical discharge. Despite the trauma, it was the work ethic his mother had instilled in him that sustained his development. Dwight immersed himself in cultural experience and knowledge to rebuild his core self. He recognized that the residential school experience was the root of everything negative that had happened in his life. Dwight began to speak aloud about his experiences to other survivors. All the while that Dwight was going through his healing, his work ethic sustained his life physically and mentally while culture re-educated him emotionally, mentally and spiritually. He worked for 34 years with Canada Post, becoming Manager of Tech Services. Dwight’s work was recognized with awards and won all three Post Mark Awards for exceptional service. Dwight became the Aboriginal Relations Manager. He developed an Aboriginal strategy for increasing Aboriginal participation within the organization, which earned CPC the Bronze, Silver and Gold Hallmark Awards in Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program. Dwight retired in 2009. Upon retirement, he became the Product Development Manager for SAY Magazine and initiated their bestselling product: The Education Guide. In 2014, Dwight created: The DevelopMentor Program, for Algonquin College, an Aboriginal youth employment and personal development program. Dwight also is an Aboriginal consultant for Diversity at Work in London (ON) and is a panel member for the IdeaConnector organization. It is culture that enabled him to be successful. It is culture that continues to inspire Dwight at this stage in his life.

20. Elaine Poulin, Health and Wellness Specialist
Elaine, a communications graduate, has devoted the past 10 years at facilitating wellness programs and activities for caregiver associations and long term health units. Elaine has completed her reflexology training and studied the principles of coaching and integral development through New Ventures West.
In 2005 Elaine traveled to Burkina Faso, Africa where she worked as a volunteer for 10 months to implement social activities for members of an African based association whom struggled with the effects of HIV. In 2010, Elaine was diagnosed with delayed onset complex post-traumatic stress disorder and a major depression. Mobilizing all of her resources towards full personal empowerment, Elaine was able to recover. Through the sharing of her experiences in her workshops, Elaine demystifies PTSD and speaks on how she stabilized her wound. Her sense of curiosity, engagement and willpower has continued to flourish over the past 3 years through research and continued education in the field of resilience building. Elaine now facilitates peer support groups for caregivers. Through her work with the Parkinson Association (Outaouais), she has developed a unique approach which incorporates tools and research for building resilience to compassion fatigue. Elaine Poulin is the author of the book “Perdre Sa Boussole, Reprendre Pied”. As indicated by the Honorable L’Gen Romeo Dallaire, in his preface to her book, “Elaine shares very openly her difficult journey towards recovery. She demystifies PTSD and adds to the substance of our knowledge. As she confronts her powerlessness not only does she give value to her experience, she also invites those with similar wounds to step out of the shadows and live fully despite the wound.”

21. Richard Chenier, Managing Partner, Chenier Consulting Canada
Richard has over 30 years of senior management and consulting experience. He had a distinguished 16-year career in the Manitoba public service including five years as Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines and Co-operative Development. Richard served as Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Sudbury for a three year period. Driven by a lengthy family and personal history of mental illness, he went on to become a founding member of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 1985 while leading a provincial delegation to Brazil and subsequently PTSD as a result of his experiences in the RCMP at the beginning of his career. In 1998 he started Chenier Consulting Canada. Over the past seventeen years he has specialized in mental health and continues to provide national organizations and provincial government ministries with his services in project management, strategic planning, research, evaluation and facilitation. More recently he has served as catalyst and project manager developing state of the art online training programs for Canadian physicians, Canadian nurses and other healthcare professionals along with a learning program to support Canadian lawyers, judges and legal students. Richard has a special interest in mental wellness in the workplace and shares his unique personal experience from both an employer and employee perspective. He promotes back to work strategies that are founded on education, early intervention, prevention and the financial and social burden of mental illness in the workplace. He advocates recovery models which are centred on promoting safe workplaces and peer support.

22. Ms Linda Antoniazzi, BA, MSW, RSW, CTS, CTR
Ms. Antoniazzi has been a registered Social Worker in the Province of Ontario since 1989. She worked as an Adult Protective Services Worker, including being a public trustee, and as an individual, marital, and family therapist with a Family Service Bureau before working for 17 years in the field of child protection and abuse treatment. She taught various college courses in the Developmental Services Worker, Social Services Worker, Police Foundations, and Law and Security programs for Sheridan College, and she was deemed an expert witness in the Halton and Hamilton Family Courts on child protection matters. For more than 25 years, Ms. Antoniazzi has specialized in treating persons victimized by childhood sexual, physical, and mental abuse, as well as rape, cult/ritual abuse, domestic violence, military trauma, and life-threatening events such as severe vehicular or workplace accidents. She has been instrumental in the development and ongoing training of Peer Support Teams to assist Children’s Aid Society staff in the event of traumatic incidents, and has provided individual and group therapy to victims of abuse and trauma, including firemen, police, and veterans. Ms. Antoniazzi holds an MSW from McMaster University, as well as a BA in Sociology (with undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminology), and a BSW from the University of Windsor. She is also certified internationally in the areas of Trauma Assessment and Treatment, Critical Incident Response, and Clinical Hypnosis. She is a Certified Trauma Responder and a Certified Trauma Specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialist and she has been a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies since 2006. She is a registered treatment provider for Veterans, RCMP and Military personnel with Blue Cross/Medavie, as well as a registered provider with Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

23. Dr. Manuela Joannou BSc. (Hons) M.D. CCFP (EM)
Dr. Joannou is a Family Physician and Emergency Medicine Physician currently practicing in Perth, ON. She is also the Medical Director of Tay River Reflections Medical Spa in Perth since 1999. Dr. Joannou graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1990. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 1992 and then achieved Special Competency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care from the University of Ottawa in 1993. She was awarded the Frank P Craft Graduation Award for Excellence in Family Medicine. Dr. Joannou has worked in various Emergency Departments including the Ottawa General and Ottawa Civic Hospitals, and in a number of community hospitals for 22 years. She has a special interest in psychotherapy and has been leading discussion groups and wellness programs and speaking at public events and conferences for the past 10 years. She has a specific interest in the field of PTSD in First Responders and Military Personnel.

24. Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC., Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Co-Executive Director, TEND
Françoise is a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario and compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from 20 years as a crisis counsellor, working in hospital, university counselling service and community mental health environments. Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer counselling, consulting and training to helpers on topics related to organizational health, secondary trauma, self-care, wellness, burnout and compassion fatigue. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and self-care across North America to thousands of helping professionals in the health care fields. Françoise is an engaging and dynamic speaker who offers evidence-based solutions to helpers seeking validation and new strategies to remain healthy while working in this challenging and rewarding field. Her positive outlook and commitment to helping clients excel are hallmarks of her work. Françoise is fluently bilingual in English and French and can present in either languages. She is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.