Character is the key

Dr. Daniella Astorino

Dr. Daniella Astorino is a chiropractor with a background in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Having treated patients of all ages with muscle and joint pain since 2016, she has gained valuable experience treating a variety of injuries including those arising from sports injuries, the workplace and motor vehicle accidents. During her studies, she maintained academic and clinical honours, and was recognized for her excellence in patient care. She is also certified in clinical acupuncture and enjoys using it as an added modality to help her patients recover from injury. In her free time Dr. Astorino enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Dr. Astorino at PromedX Sports Injury and Wellness Centre in Thornhill, Ontario: 905-882-7688.


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


Heidi Barrett

Heidi Barrett is a married mom of two children (Dylan, aged 7, is pictured here) and has been a graphic designer for 25 years. She lives in Toronto in what she describes as a an amazing artist community. To contact Heidi, email her at heidib73@gmailcom.


Dr. Laurie Betito

dr-laurie-betitoDr. Laurie is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sex therapy, and has been a practicing psychotherapist for close to 30 years. For the last 27 years she has been engaged in the world of radio and television, dispensing sex and relationship advice. She is a regular contributor to various magazines, newspapers and television shows. She is the host of a nightly Canadian syndicated call in show called Passion, where she discusses issues related to sexuality with her listeners.

Dr. Laurie is also President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec and Past President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, the author of The Sex Bible for People Over 50, the Director of the Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center, an online sexual health information platform, and has done two TEDx talks on the subject of sexuality.

For more information or to contact Dr. Laurie Betito visit


Domenico Capilongo

Domenico Capilongo, or Mr. C as he is affectionately referred to by his students, has been teaching English to secondary school students for the past seventeen years as of 2017. In his down time, Dom is an assistant karate instructor to kids and adults and also finds time to write as he has authored four books: 3 poetry collections and one short fiction collection. He is married and dad to 2 sons.


Tiffany Chow

tiffany-chowDr. Tiffany Chow serves the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute as the Director of Clinical Monitoring and Diversity Strategist.

Prior to her current work for ATRI, Dr. Chow cared for patients with early-onset dementias and their families. Her research has spanned observational studies of behavioral disturbance in dementia, structural and functional neuroimaging, clinical trials, and knowledge translation. Her publications include reporting from both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the field.

Dr. Chow’s commitment to caregiver issues in dementia has motivated her active participation on the Boards of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as her position as a charter Medical Advisory Council member of the international Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. She has brought an intergenerational approach to her outreach to caregivers: there is a website for children who are caregivers to middle-aged parents with dementia, and an educational activity book for children too young to access the internet, Frank and Tess, Detectives! which was translated into Welsh (download at

In the past Dr. Chow was a Senior Clinician-Scientist at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute and Behavioural Neurologist at the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic in Toronto. She held 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. Her book, entitled The Memory Clinic (Penguin, January 2013), serves as guide for caregivers based on successful dharma concepts, 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.

Read Dr. Chow’s blogs for caregivers, and reach her through LinkedIn.


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. 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


Betty Cornelius

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.

To book Betty as a speaker or for more information on kinship or denied access issues call: 639-318-0435.


Amanda Cupido

Amanda CupidoAmanda Cupido is an award-winning podcast producer and journalism instructor at Seneca College’s School of Media. She was also the first podcasting innovator in residence for the Toronto Public Library. Previously, she worked as a major market radio producer, reporter and news anchor. Amanda has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and is in the midst of completing her Master of Professional Studies in Psychology of Leadership at Pennsylvania State University. Her recently released book Let’s Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right is a practical guide offering all the tips, tricks, and tools a fledgling podcaster needs to produce a powerful podcast. She can be reached at


Kate Davidson

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


Dr. Joey Dimerman

Joey DimermanDr. 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 or by calling 416 805 3864.


Ann Douglas

ann-douglasAnn Douglas is the author of Parenting Through the Storm and numerous other books about parenting, including the bestselling The Mother of All Books series. Her latest book is Happy Parents, Happy Kids (Harper Collins, 2019). She is also the mother of four children who have struggled with a variety of different mental health, neurodevelopmental, and behavioural challenges – and who are currently thriving. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country. See more at


Denise Dubyk

Denise DubykDenise 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

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, parent education and not-for-profit management.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, her formal education includes a Bachelor Degree in Human Ecology with a focus on human development and a Master’s of Science with a specialty in family studies and personality. She was the Executive Director of a youth violence prevention charity, Leave Out Violence.

She is currently the Chief Development Officer at the Schwartz Reisman Centre/Prosserman Jewish Community Centre where she focusses on building a culture of philanthropy and engaging the community in supporting growth and sustainability at the JCC.

She can be contacted by phone at 416-638-1881 ext. 4102, and by email at


Rhona Feldt-Stein

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. Contact her at


Diane Flacks

Diane FlacksDiane 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 soYou 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


Dr. Joanne Foster

Dr. Joanne Foster is an expert in gifted education and child development, and she is a multiple award-winning author. She wrote Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (recipient of a 2018 Benjamin Franklin Award), and Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination. She is co-author (with Dr. Dona Matthews) of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids, and Being Smart about Gifted Education. Dr. Foster’s newest book is ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child. Throughout the year, she conducts teacher-training workshops; does podcasts; gives presentations to educators and parent organizations in local, national, and international forums; writes a column for The Creativity Post; and serves on advisory committees concerning children’s education and optimal development. Her work focuses on supporting and encouraging children’s well-being—including their intelligence, creativity, productivity, and self-confidence. To learn more or to contact Dr. Foster, go to


Endre Gabori

endre-gaboriEndre Gabori is the Chief Experience Officer at the Bulletproof Husband Inc, “a company committed to bettering the quality of marriages around the world so that children can grow up in healthy family environment.” Endre holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Toronto where he specialized in International Business. He is also a Neuro-linquistic Programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis practitioner. For more information please email


Andrea Garson

Andrea Garson has more than 20 years of HR experience with Tier 1 companies including Cardinal Health Canada, Roy Foss Motors, Workopolis, Dell Canada Inc., The Pepsi Bottling Group, Loblaw Companies Limited, and The Halifax Herald Ltd.organizations, practicing values based leadership. She is a leading authority on culture, engagement, leadership development and attracting and retaining key talent. A seasoned presenter, Andrea has spoken across Canada at conferences, seminars, universities and colleges for groups as small as 20 and as large as 500.

Andrea’s expertise in the field of career management, employee engagement and retention is highly regarded, having been featured in a number of media outlets including: Toronto Star, Canadian Human Resources Reporter, Benefits Canada, Metro News and on CBC, CTV, and CP24.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from Dalhousie University. She is a member of The Human Resources Association of Ontario, holding their highest designation of CHRL.

Check out Andreas website at


Lisa Gelman

lisa-gelmanLisa is the owner of the family law firm, Gelman & Associates, which she started in 1996. Since then, the firm has grown to serve clients through six offices – in North York, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Aurora and Barrie. Lisa’s promise to clients has always been to guide them with compassion and understanding, while aggressively defending and protecting their rights. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she received her B.A. Then it was on to Osgoode Hall Law School to obtain her LL.B. When not practicing law or tending to her other entrepreneurial pursuits, her son and young twin daughters certainly keep her grounded. Lisa can be reached at or by visiting her website at


Michael Gibben

Michael Gibben is an Ontario certified teacher from Toronto, Ontario and the founder and president of I.M. Success Tutoring. He has worked in the field of education for over a decade, coaching thousands of parents and children to create success in both a child’s confidence and their academics. I.M. Success Tutoring develops customized mentor-tutoring programs for children ages 5 through 12. Michael’s e-book “Toys are not the enemy: Making toys the unsung heroes of homework time!” will be released spring 2016.


Dr. Ross W. Greene

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their families, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint procedures and solitary confinement. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.


Melanie Gross

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.


Rozanne Israel

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 and


Christine Hoheisel

christine-hoheiselChristine 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.


Gary Hyman

Gary HymanSocial media consultant, Gary Hyman, has more than 30 years of technology, business and marketing experience on his resume. A software developer by trade, his career has taken him across Canada and as far as Japan where, as principal of a small systems integration company, he was integral in growing and selling the company to a NASDAQ listed organization. Back in Canada, he immersed himself in internet technologies and began showing small businesses how to leverage social media to their best advantage. Today he helps small businesses find, grow and sell products and services to their target audience online and via social media. Gary lives in Toronto with his wife and son. To contact Gary call 905-482-2810 or email him at For more tips visit


Dr. David Kanawaty

Dr. David Kanawaty is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and furthered his studies in Internal Medicine, Respiratory and Sleep medicine at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Currently, Dr. Kanawaty is the Medical Director of the Sleep Diagnostics Centre in North York, Ontario, the Barrie Sleep Disorders Clinic in Barrie, Ontario and the York County Sleep Disorders Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. He is an Instructor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of Medicine and an active staff Internist and Respirologist at North York General Hospital since 1990.


J.M. Kearns

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


Rick Kelly

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:


Henry and Valerie Kerr

Henry and Valerie KerrHenry 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

Les KotzerLes 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


Janyce Lastman

Janyce Lastman, LL.B. 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.

You can contact Janyce Lastman at, phone 416-221-0018 or via her website


Barbara Lebo

For close to 30 years, Barbara Lebo owned and operated Lebo Media Services, a strategic marketing and advertising sales consulting agency, specializing in reaching hard-to-reach professionals. In June 2018 Barbara officially “retired” from the advertising world and began her new career in the world of Autism.

As Director and CEO of Autism Caregiver Training (ACT), Barbara utilizes her business skills and knowledge as a mom of a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Barbara offers an incredible amount of crucial information for caregivers, healthcare and other service providers who are working with, or wanting to work with children, adolescents, young adults and adults living with Autism. Upon completion of this certification course, providers are considered to be “Autism Care Specialists” with “Autism Friendly Practices & Environments.”

Contact Barbara:, (905) 709-9885,


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 or at 416-720-1572.


Sarah Lindsay

Sarah LindsaySarah Lindsay was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and has been working as a Mental Health Anti-Stigma advocate for the past two years. She currently writes a regular column for Healthy Minds Canada and lectures about her experience with Mood Disorders and the mental health system in Canada. Sarah lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog and takes archery lessons for fun. You can connect with her on Twitter @SarahsMoods or check out her website:


Katharine Love

Katharine Love is a retired psychotherapist who discovered writing as a therapeutic tool to process her ongoing health issues. Katharine has been published in many anthologies and has just finished her first book, a memoir called “The Lesbian Chronicles”. Katharine lives in Toronto with her circus puppy Lucille. To connect with Katharine or for life coaching, contact her at 647-973-5311 or at


Liana Lowenstein

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 or visit


Cherie MacLeod

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

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.

You can reach Deborah via email at or call 905-605-0270. To learn more visit


Janet Nezon

Janet holds a B.Sc. with a specialty in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Health Science degree in Health Promotion, from UofT’s Faculty of Medicine. After a long career as an educator and academic lecturer she founded Rainbow Plate with a mission to translate theory into practice – to bring a vibrant and fresh approach to food literacy education. Rainbow Plate’s innovative, colourful and sensory-based approach has been woven into workshops and resources that inspire children, parents, educators, caregivers and health professionals to cultivate a happy, healthy relationship with food and eating.

Since launching in 2012, Rainbow Plate programs have engaged more than 15,000 children and adults across the Greater Toronto Area; in schools, camps, child care, health care and community settings.

In addition to her academic background, Janet is the proud mom of three young adult children.

To contact Janet visit call (416) 561-0136 or email her at


Laura Plant

Laura Plant is the Director of Student Banking at RBC. She had a long road to her goofy MBA grad hat, owing to a decision to go back to school mid-career. She’s also a hockey mom. Laura strongly believes in clear and concise financial advice. Visit or #RBCStudentAdvice on Twitter.


Goldie Plotkin

goldie-plotkinGoldie Plotkin is the director of Chabad of Markham synagogue in Thornhill, Ontario and the Director of the Torah Tots Preschool. She is a also the rebbetzin at Chabad of Markham, meaning that she is married to their rabbi. She and her husband are proud parents of eight children. To contact Goldie call 905-886-0420 x227 or via


Sarah Chana Radcliffe

sarah-chana-radcliffeSarah Chana is a psychologist in private practice in Toronto, Canada. She has been helping parents, couples and individuals for more than three decades and she and her husband are parents of 6 children and nine grandchildren. Sarah Chana is also the author of two Harper Collins books, Raise your Kids Without Raising Your Voice and her latest, The Fear Fix. You can contact Sarah Chana through or


Gorett Reis

Gorett Reis is a certified Life and Career Coach as well as Speaker. She works with peope who feel stuck, stressed and dissatisfied, who are looking to advance their careers or find direction. She has three degrees from the University of Toronto and speaks about career and life fulfillment through talks, Lunch & Learns, webinars, and podcasts.

To contact Gorett, you can visit her website at or email her at


Robin Rinaldi

Robin RinaldiRobin Rinaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Poets & Writers, Yoga Journal, Oprah Magazine, and many others. She is the author of The Wild Oats Project, a memoir detailing her open marriage and its consequences. She lives in New York City. See or follow her on Twitter @Robin_Rinaldi.


Fiona Roche

Fiona RocheFiona 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


Andrew Rodie

Andrew RodieAndrew 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 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

Marc SaltzmanMarc 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 SaundersDr. 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

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


Dr. Jonathan Stea

Dr. Jonathan N. Stea, Ph.D., R. Psych, is a registered and practicing clinical psychologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with research and clinical expertise in addiction. He has published many peer-reviewed scientific research papers on topics related to cannabis, addiction, and mental health. He provides assessment, treatment, and consultation services in a specialty outpatient program for concurrent addictive and psychiatric disorders.


Alison Tedder

Alison TedderAlison 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.


Sheri Van Dijk

Sheri is a registered Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field since 2000, most of which she has spent both in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, working with clients with severe mental health problems. Sheri has had extensive training in mindfulness and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and has been running DBT-informed groups since 2004.

Sheri is the author of seven DBT books for both adults and teens, the focus of which is to teach clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives. She has also written DBT Made Simple, the aim of which was to make DBT more accessible to therapists working with diagnoses other than borderline personality disorder; and she has been presenting extensively in Canada and abroad with this goal as well.

Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT skills with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010.

When Sheri isn’t working, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and her dogs, scuba dive, play squash, and read.

Contact Sheri via her website,


Nia Vardalos

nia-vardalosNia 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.

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Samuel Waldner

samuel-waldnerFor 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.

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Meagan Wachtel

Meagan SolomonMeagan Wachtel is a graduate of McGill University and OISE at the University of Toronto. Having earned her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, she is currently working as a psychotherapist in private practice. Her work focuses on families, children and teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use and significant life changes. Meagan has spent many years working with youth in the addictions field and providing education and resources to parents and teens throughout the GTA. For more information visit


Brenda Whiteside

brenda-whitesideAfter over 18 years of service as University of Guelph’s Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs), Brenda Whiteside retired in 2018.

As AVPSA, Brenda was responsible for the non-academic programs and services for students on campus. This includes: Athletics, Student Wellness Services (Counselling., Student Support Network, Health Clinic, Accessibility Services, Health & Performance Centre), Student Housing, Child Care, Student Life (New Students, Leadership, Intercultural Affairs, Off-Campus, and Community Engagement) and Co-op and Career Services. She was also the contact with student leaders, providing oversight of student organizations and clubs and providing support and advice. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Guelph, receiving a BA in Management Economics in 1982 and an MA in Economics in 1983.


Una Wright

una-wrightUna Wright is the Founder/Executive Director 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 or email


Dr. Helena Zajdeman

Dr. Helena Zajdeman is a clinical psychologist who has worked for the Toronto District School Board for over 25 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


Simon Zelcovitch

simon-zelcovitchSimon Zelcovitch moved to Toronto, from Winnipeg, in 1967 to join an advertising agency as a copy writer and creative group head. A year later he spotted an ad about a class on graphology (handwriting analysis) and this was where his love and interest in learning more about this field began.

Simon left the ad agency in 1990, after being President for the previous fourteen years, and began focusing full time on graphology. He has continued learning and helping others understand themselves better by analyzing their handwriting for over forty years. To reach Simon visit his website at or contact him via email at


Dr. Debby Zweig

Debby Zweig is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1985. Dr. Zweig was granted her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984. She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and is listed on the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Dr. Zweig, until 2017, was a staff psychologist at Mackenzie Health Hospital’s Shaw Clinic, Child and Family Services which she headed for 20 years until 2012. In that role, she also was a clinical supervisor of doctoral students in clinical psychology programs. Currently, Dr. Zweig works at OISE/University of Toronto where she is a faculty member of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Department and Director of a doctoral psychology internship training program.

In addition to her university position, Dr. Zweig maintains a part-time private practice providing general psychological services for children, adolescents and adults, with a specialization in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (including OCD).

She can be reached at (647) 873-5579.