Carol Y. Barber
Carol Y. Barber is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has many years of experience in consultation and assessment roles with pre-school and school-age children within hospital and public school settings. Carol has a strong background in learning and developmental disabilities. She has specialized expertise in working with children who have written language and/or reading challenges, as well as consulting with parents to help them understand their child’s learning style. In addition, she provides presentations to educators and parents about effective prevention and early intervention for children with reading difficulties, as well as remediation techniques for older students. Contact Carol at email@example.com.
Tiffany is a Senior Clinician-Scientist at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute and Behavioural Neurologist at the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Professor of Neurology and Geriatric Psychiatry with the University of Toronto. She has served on the Board for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and for Dancing with Parkinson’s, as well as the Medical Advisory Council for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Her book, entitled The Memory Clinic (Penguin, January 2013), serves as guide for caregivers based on successful dharma concepts used in the clinic, a memoir of her grandmother who was asymptomatic for Alzheimer’s disease, and, accordingly, a review of how to decrease one’s risk of dementia. Visit Tiffany’s website at http://research.baycrest.org/chow-lab.
Dr. Nicky Cohen
Dr. Nicky Cohen is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University and developed an interest in parenting issues related to children’s sleep disturbances after having her first child 7 years ago. She is active in the community disseminating information on healthy sleep practices and increasing awareness of the importance of making sufficient sleep a family priority. Dr. Cohen has held various research and clinical positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital). More information about Dr. Cohen’s work can be found at www.kidsleep.ca.
Betty Cornelius is the founder of CANGRANDS KINSHIP NATIONAL SUPPORT, a national grass roots organization providing information and support to the 62,500 kinship children being raised by grandparents and other kinship family members. Betty works tirelessly providing encouragement, moral, and emotional support to kinship families. In 1997 Betty got Bill 27 started, the first grandparent bill for Ontario and has worked on 4 others since. Betty established the first Kinship Conference and Camp in Canada which has become a lifeline for kinship caregivers. Betty started a project called Hands & Hearts quilt, which is a quilt that is traveling across Canada to promote both denied grandparents and those raising grandchildren. Click here to view Hearts & Hands Quilt. Betty spoke at the First International Kinship Conference held in New York in 2007, and in March 2008 at the AARP in Washington DC as well as at the United Nations Youth round table in Ottawa. In 2011 Betty was nominated for Everyday Heroes for Chatelaine magazine as well as was one of the top ten finalists for Grandparent of the Year for GRAND magazine. On top of all she does for kinship families, Betty has fostered 32 children over the past 30 years. She is mother of two grown boys, one multi handicapped. She is denied access to her first granddaughter and has raised her 18 year old grand daughter since she was three years old.
Kate Davidson is a registered Psychological Associate currently working in the public school system and in private practice in the Greater Toronto Area. She has a strong background in learning disabilities, developmental psychology, neurodevelopment and behaviour management. Kate conducts psychological assessment work with preschool and school-aged children, and adolescents. She also offers individual and group therapy to develop coping skills to manage a variety of academic and social difficulties. Kate has experience working in the public and private school settings, and provides professional development seminars to parents and teachers on a wide range of topics. Contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Joey Dimerman
Dr. Joey Dimerman entered the insurance and financial industry as an independent insurance advisor in 2009 after a 21-year career as a Chiropractor. Recognizing his love for working with and helping people, and realizing the importance of understanding insurance and financial needs, he chose this second career realizing that he could use his medical knowledge when helping clients figure out which products and services would best suit their individual needs. Joey’s clients have the added benefit of being able to trust in his ability to explain the relationship between their health and insurance needs and with his medical background, to negotiate and work confidently with insurance agencies on their behalf.
You can reach Joey at email@example.com or by calling 416 805 3864.
Denise Dubyk has been the National President for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada since 2010. Prior to her current position, she was the Regional Director for the Prairie Provinces, North West Territories and Nunavut Region.
Denise works passionately at educating and creating awareness about impaired driving and advocates to provincial and federal governments regarding strengthening impaired driving legislation.
Denise believes that stopping impaired driving is everyone’s responsibility. That by working together, with the strength and commitment of the MADD Chapters across the country and under the leadership of MADD Canada, positive changes will continue to be made in our communities to lessen fatalities and injuries attributed to impaired driving.
Lana Feinstein has worked in the child and youth social services field since 1994. She has a diversified work history with experience in child behaviour consulting and parent education. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, her formal education includes a Bachelor Degree in Human Ecology with a focus on human development and a Masters of Science with a specialty in family studies, alcoholism and personality. She is the Director of Development for a youth violence prevention charity, Leave Out Violence, and a Reiki master. Lana has two adult daughters and a teenage son. Contact Lana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rhona graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has devoted her entire career of more than 35 years to the area of paediatrics. Rhona is currently the Director/Owner of York Paediatric Therapy Services, in Richmond Hill, where they provide Occupational, Physical & Speech-Language Therapy. Rhona previously worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Southlake Hospital (Newmarket) and for the York Region District School Board. She holds a Faculty Status position with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and is certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Sensory Integration, Brain Gym and is a Level II Reiki Therapist. Visit Rhona’s website at yorkpaediatrics.com and contact her at email@example.com.
Diane Flacks is a writer and performer in theatre, TV, radio, and fiction. She has written and performed in theatres across the country and in New York and Los Angeles. She has also written for, and appeared on, numerous Canadian TV series, including The Kids in the Hall, as a result of which she was nominated for a writing Emmy.
Diane can currently be heard as CBC radio’s national parenting columnist, and as a regular contributor to Definitely Not the Opera. She adapted Her book, Bear With Me, What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy and New Motherhood into a hit solo show, Other highlights of her career include being a feature columnist for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. Aside from her writing and acting career. Diane is a busy mom to two sons, aged 10 and 6. She has been with her partner for 17 years and married to her since same sex marriage became legal in 2004. Visit www.Dianeflacks.com.
Melanie Gross is the founder of Restoring Order. She specializes in working with professionals and home owners to reduce their stress and educates them how to take back control of their productivity, time and space. She does this by helping them sort through, purge, clear their clutter and organize their offices and homes. In addition, she takes the stress and strain out of moving by organizing and staging homes to improve the selling price. As a member and part of the Executive Board of the Toronto Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada, Melanie is responsible for organizing the meetings as well as inviting presenters to talk on educational topics at the monthly meetings. She is also a member of the American based Institute for the Challenging Disorganized (ICD) and has completed her Level I certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and is working towards obtaining her (CPO-CD®) (Certified Professional Organizer in CD ) certification. Contact Melanie at 647-338-7733 and learn more about Restoring Order at www.restoringorder.ca.
Rozanne Israel is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 18 years experience working with young children and their families. Rozanne graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1993 and moved to Canada where she has worked in hospital settings and children’s treatment centres. She trained in the PROMPT approach to motor speech disorders and worked for 11 years at the Speech and Stuttering Institute, an internationally reknowned centre for children with motor speech disorders. Rozanne has consulted to the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services and held held a Faculty Status at the University of Toronto for a number of years before opening her own full time private practice. Currently, Rozanne works with children aged 18 months to 10 years old. Contact Rozanne at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.funtotalk.ca.
Christine Hoheisel is married and mom to two children. By day she catches up on sleep – when she can – and by night she is often found in her nursing position at one of Toronto’s biggest hospitals. Christine is passionate about whatever she does – at home with her family, at work or with friends. She believes that treasured memories are whats most important in life and finds ways to make these happen even when the experiences seem unaffordable at first glance.
J.M. Kearns, PhD, is a writer of fiction and non-fiction who has at various times been a philosopher of perception, a crisis counsellor and a music journalist. He brings to relationship books the unusual combination of a philosopher’s analytical mind and a novelist’s insight into emotions. His best-selling Why Mr. Right Can’t Find You (2007-8) was embraced by readers and the press on both sides of the Atlantic and has been featured on Oprah & Friends Radio and in OK! Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan-UK, Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, and many others. Since then three more Kearns books have been published to critical praise: the novel ex-Cottagers in Love (2008), and the relationship books Better Love Next Time (2009) and Shopping For Mr Right (2011). A witty, engaging speaker, J.M. Kearns grew up near Toronto, Canada and now lives in Cape May, New Jersey with his partner Debra. For more on Kearns and his writings, please visit www.jmkearns.com.
Rick Kelly is a Professor in the Child and Youth Worker program at George Brown College in Toronto. He has been explicitly using a Restorative/Peacemaking philosophy for the past 12 years as a restorative conference facilitator and trainer, and, implicitly throughout his career, and as a parent of 5 children and a baseball coach. In his explicit work his mission has been to demonstrate how “best practice” work with children, youth, families and communities is by nature restorative and to integrate these beliefs and practices into his teaching and curriculum at the College level. He has worked with numerous Boards of Education in and around the GTA to assist them in becoming skilled at using the Restorative model. He has conducted research and published and presented at numerous national and international conferences across Canada and in the U.S. His current work sees him using the model in a 3 year “gang” focused initiative in Regent Park. Check him out at: http://justusrestorativepractices.weebly.com.
Henry and Valerie Kerr
Henry Kerr was born in England on July 1st, 1913 meaning that in 2013, in his 100th year of life, he can officially call himself a centenarian. Henry, his late wife Gladys and their two children emigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1954. They later moved back to the United Kingdom. Henry and Gladys had been married for 68 years when Gladys passed away in 2005. Then Henry moved into a residential care home in North London where he met Valerie.
They married in July of 2010 because Henry felt that people were whispering behind their backs and gossiping about them moving in together. He thought it would be better if they were Mr. And Mrs. His beautiful bride, Valerie, was 88 at the time. They took over the title of Britains oldest newlyweds and appeared in interviews on London TV and radio stations, as well as all over the world on the internet and in newspapers. Between them, Henry and Valerie have six children, 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Les Kotzer has been a Wills and Estates lawyer for almost 25 years, is the co-author of three books including The Family Fight and Where There’s an Inheritance and is a regular guest on Radio and Television across North America. For more information, check out www.familyfight.com.
Janyce Lastman is an education consultant and case manager. She founded The Tutor Group™ in 1979 after winding down a busy personal tutoring practice. As director, she hires and supervises TTG’s network of dedicated and creative professional tutors who support students taking a wide variety of subjects from a range of grade and age levels.
In addition to working with typical students, Janyce specializes in helping younger, pre-teen and teenage students considered at-risk, high risk or who have varied special needs.
She has also advised students, parents and professionals on appropriate school placements and related education matters since 1985, and was co-founder and show coordinator for SchoolsExpo, an annual education fair and symposium based in Toronto, featuring schools from around the corner and around the globe.
In addition, Janyce’s law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School assists her involvement with education law matters and children’s/parents’ rights and responsibilities.
Janyce leads courses and seminars for parents, public interest groups and educators on a wide variety of topics, and has spoken on How to Choose a School alone almost 100 times. She is the author of two books, along with numerous print articles, guides and curriculum packages, as well as on-line professional articles and book reviews.
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Barbara Lebo has been the successful owner of Lebo Media Services, an advertising sales agency, for the past 23 years. A powerful motivational speaker, Barbara offers workshops such as “Its all about Attitude” to schools, corporations and organizations. She is married and mom to three children aged 12, 11 and 6. Her youngest child was diagnosed with Autism at two years of age and Barbara has applied her positive attitude and drive towards advocating for and being inspired by him ever since. Contact Barb at email@example.com
Dr. Karen Leitner
Dr. Leitner is a registered psychologist working in private practice in Aurora, Ontario. She sees children and adolescents with a range of emotional and behavioural concerns including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, ADHD, and anger management issues. Dr. Leitner also provides parenting support. Dr. Leitner is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. She was the senior psychologist in the Child and Family Clinic at Southlake Regional Health Centre for 17 years. She also served as professional practice leader, clinical supervisor for doctoral level students, and as a member of the Ethics Committee at Southlake. Dr. Leitner was the president of the Ontario Hospital Psychology Association and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network. Contact Dr. Leitner at firstname.lastname@example.org at (905) 841-7886, extension 103.
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, Registered Social Worker and Certified Child Psychotherapist in Toronto, best-selling author of child and family therapy books, website includes articles for parents and mental health professionals. Contact liana at email@example.com or visit www.lianalowenstein.com.
Executive Director, PFLAG Canada
Cherie is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television Arts. She received further education in investment and business management and acquired several years of professional experience, including time with TDL Ltd., where she coordinated regional marketing programs for Tim Hortons Restaurants.
In 2004, Cherie joined PFLAG Canada and founded their Community Education Committee in Moncton NB. She chaired their initiative to develop anti-homophobia curricula for middle school grade levels and produced a program that deconstructs myths and stereotypes, while encouraging youth to examine their personal biases and beliefs. The curriculum has been used extensively in Atlantic Canada and by PFLAG Canada volunteers nationwide.
In 2005, Cherie became Director of Education and began redesigning PFLAG Canada’s website to better support the organization’s growing online community and volunteer network. The move was an important first-step in shifting PFLAG Canada from a parent and family-based organization to one that supports all Canadian residents on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
Since becoming Executive Director in 2006, she has focused her energy on molding PFLAG Canada into an accessible resource for all Canadians. “Prejudice does not belong to any one group. Quality of life and the strength of any community are predicated on how we value ourselves and one another. Homophobia and Transphobia create issues not only for the LGBTQ community, but for the whole of society.”
Cherie lives with her partner Jeff, and their thirteen year old son, David. Their daughter Stephanie is now out on her own. She became involved with PFLAG Canada following the death of her cousin, who was a gay man and an important influence in her life. Her family has supported her efforts every step of the way.
Deborah Moskovitch is a Divorce Coach helping people realize a more positive outcome following divorce. She understands divorce because she has been through her own seven-year struggle that ended more than 10 years ago. That process inspired Deborah to find less painful ways to manage the divorce process and share it with others. Since then, she has researched and shared proven strategies and advice from 100 of North American’s top divorce lawyers, financial advisors, counselors and other experts in her best selling resource book, The Smart Divorce, now in its third printing.
Deborah is the online radio host of The Smart Divorce on Divorce Source Radio and as a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and More Magazine. In addition, she is a public speaker and media contact on the topic of divorce how-to. She has been interviewed on more than 40 television and radio shows, and is widely quoted in Canadian and U.S. print and online publications.
Janet Nezon is a nutrition educator. Her academic background includes a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, as a Specialist in Nutritional Science, and a Master of Health Science degree in Health Promotion, from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine. Since 1985 she has worked as an educator and facilitator in a variety of settings. She works with individuals and groups to provide customized, interactive and entertaining coaching, consulting, and workshops dealing with nutrition, science and health. Visit www.rainbowplate.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiona Roche is a social worker, psychotherapist and has been working with individuals, couples and groups for 30 years. For fifteen of those years she worked at a multiple addiction treatment centre in Toronto as a therapist and psychodrama workshop leader and trainer in addition to specialising in sex addiction treatment. For the past 6 years she has been full time in her practice in Thornhill, Ontario and focuses primarily on working with individuals, partners, couples and groups in recovery from sex and love addiction. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Andrew Rodie is a business man, entrepreneur, musician, artist, scientist and a father. Over the past two decades Andrew has worked and contributed in the field of environmental chemistry, marketing communications and political finances audit consulting. Recently, Andrew co-founded the new startup company SafeSellBuy.com which focuses on providing safety, at a community level, to individuals who sell and buy cars privately (since no consumer protection legislation exists).
Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s most recognizable and trusted tech experts, specializing in consumer electronics, Internet trends and interactive entertainment. Marc has authored 15 books since 1996 and currently contributes to nearly 50 high-profile publications in North America, including Toronto Star, USA Today, AARP, MSN, Yahoo!, Costco Connection, Postmedia, Media Planet, Movie Entertainment and Rogers Connected. Marc hosts various video segments, including “Gear Guide” (seen at Cineplex movie theatres and sister chains across Canada) and is a regular guest on CNN, CNN International and CTV’s Canada AM. Marc also hosts “Tech Talk,” a syndicated radio spot across Canada.
Dr. Paul Saunders
Dr. Paul Saunders is a Naturopathic Doctor with a private practice in Dundas, Ontario. He earned his title at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and did additional training and residency at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where he earned a second degree as a Naturopathic Doctor and served as their interim Research Director. Paul earned a Diplomate from the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (DHANP) and was Certified as a Classical Homeopath (CCH) from the American Council on Homeopathic Certification in 1993. Amongst many other achievements, he was honoured as the Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year in 1994 and 2002, has co-authored three books, conducted research, published numerous papers, and lectured frequently on naturopathic medicine.
Tara Sermer, BSc., DVM, is a graduate of Concordia University and The Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Tara is a member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. She has been a licensed and practicing veterinarian since 1994 and has worked primarily in the field of small animal medicine (mainly dogs and cats). She has a special interest in small animal dentistry and canine behaviour. She is currently interested in equine reproduction. She currently owns two Dobermans, two Boston terriers, a black and white kitty cat, pet birds, chickens and three horses. Tara currently owns and operates Green Lane Animal Hospital in Thornhill. Visit Tara’s website at www.greenlanevet.com.
Alison Tedder was born and grew up in South Africa. Following completion of a medical degree, with a specialization in anaesthesiology, she worked in many different hospitals. In 2010, she moved with her partner of seventeen years, and their two children, to Toronto, Canada. While waiting to write an exam which would qualify her to work in her field in Canada, Alison keeps busy by renovating their house and remaining an active mom in their children’s lives.
Nia is the academy award and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the author of Instant Mom. Nia was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, but now resides in Los Angeles with her actor husband Ian Gomez, their daughter Ilaria and several pets. She is currently working on balancing her acting and writing career with motherhood and adoption advocacy.
For more than 20 years, Samuel Waldner has helped generations of individuals and families struggling with the difficulties of living with alcohol, drug, nicotine, compulsive eating and other dependencies. Now in private practice, he has also worked in out patient and residential settings.
He has his Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and was trained as an addiction counsellor in Minnesota, USA.
For more information, click on www.samuelwaldner.com or call 416-630-0818.
Una Wright is the Founder / Team Coach for YouthSpeak Performance Charity. The organization was inspired by her own family’s experience with many challenges. She has been training at-risk/resilient youth in leadership and public speaking skills for over 20 years and she believes that giving a voice to the challenges we face in life gives meaning to these experiences, as well provides hope and inspires change. For more information, visit www.youthspeak.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Helena Zajdeman
Dr. Helena Zajdeman is a clinical psychologist who has worked for the Toronto District School Board for over 17 years. She has worked extensively with children with learning, developmental and behavioural challenges. Dr. Zajdeman has provided consultation to parents and teachers through her work with children from senior kindergarten through secondary school. Dr. Zajdeman also has a private practice. Contact Dr. Zajdeman at email@example.com.
Dr. Debby Zweig
Dr. Zweig is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1985. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America and is listed on the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Zweig has headed the Child and Family Services at York Central Hospital for the past 20 years. She is also a clinical supervisor of doctoral students in Ontario-based clinical psychology programs. In addition to her hospital position, Dr. Zweig maintains a private practice providing general psychological services for children, adolescents and adults, with a specialization in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (including OCD). Contact Dr. Zweig at (416) 410-1587.