Our team

The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre staff have extensive experience in supporting children, youth and their families through dying and death. Their backgrounds include social work, counselling, expressive art therapy, child development and child life studies.

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Sarah Henderson

MA

Executive Director

Member of the Centre team since 2010

About Sarah

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and since the year 2000 has worked in both clinical and management capacities with organizations specializing in children’s mental health, grief and loss. Sarah is excited to channel the passion and dedication she feels for the vital services of the Centre into building strong community and donor partnerships that will ensure the growth and continued success of the Centre.

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Colleen Mousseau

M.Ed., R.P.

Grief Counsellor and Youth Program Facilitator

Member of the Centre team since 2012

About Colleen

Colleen is a Registered Psychotherapist and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She has been working with children, youth and their families through children’s mental health and family service agencies across Southern Ontario since 2000. She works through an integrated approach of cognitive, behavioral and expressive arts therapies supporting groups and individuals, including those who have been victims of violent crimes and survivors of trauma.

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Tara Noble

MSW, RSW

Grief Counsellor and Family and Youth Program Facilitator

Member of the Centre team since 2015

About Tara

Tara holds a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and since 1998 has worked with children and families in children’s mental health, child protection and family law agencies. Throughout her career, Tara has provided parenting assessments and counselling for children and families experiencing a variety of challenges such as relationship ruptures, grief and trauma. Through the lens of attachment and a family systems approach, Tara uses art/play therapy techniques, CBT and Trauma informed practice to empower individuals to move toward healthy coping strategies and positive change.

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Megan Porter

MSW, RSW

Grief Counsellor & Family Program Facilitator

Member of the Centre team since 2017

About Megan

Megan holds a Masters of Social Work and has worked with children, youth and their families living with illness, loss and trauma in community-based settings since 2004. Megan is passionate about supporting families from a holistic perspective to build connection, capacity, and coping through difficulties. She strives to work with people’s inherent strengths to support them as they navigate the new landscape of their lives.

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Lysa Toye

MSW, RSW, ExAT

Grief Counsellor and Camp Erin Clinical Director

Member of the Centre team since 2007

About Lisa

Lysa is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Master’s-trained Social Worker with a collaborative certificate in palliative and supportive care. She has worked in community and hospital pediatric and adult health, mental health and palliative care settings for over a decade. Lysa splits her time between the Centre and private practice and is passionate about supporting children, youth and families living with grief and trauma to grieve, grow and give voice to their experiences through mindful creativity, art, ritual and the natural world.

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Victoria Pileggi

MSc

Research and Evaluation

Member of the Centre team since 2017

About Victoria

Victoria is a doctoral candidate in the University of Guelph’s Family Relations and Human Development department. She completed her Master’s degree in the same program in 2014. She began working with the center as a Research Assistant on a collaborative project funded by the Women’s Xchange Network, exploring caregivers’ concerns when caring for a grieving child. She is excited about research, program-evaluation and evidence-based programming and combines her love of data with a passion for families, children and youth. Adding to her experiences working as a camp counselor, peer mentor, and educational assistant, she also studies family relationships when a child is living with a chronic health condition or disability.

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Becka Soyka

RECE

Intake, Volunteer, and Special Events Coordinator

Member of the Centre team since 2016

About Becka

Becka is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and since 1997 has moved between the fields of childcare, healthcare, hospitality and business. From travelling the world managing entertainment operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, to supporting staff and students within the University Health Network, Becka’s unique skill set including her love of children, administrative strengths, and a passion for helping others makes her a welcome addition to our team.

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Keira Bethwaite

BSc(Hons)

Executive Assistant

Member of the Centre team since 2017

About Keira

Keira moved from the UK to Toronto in 2012 after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire,  with a BSc (Hons) in Police and Criminal Investigation. Keira’s interest areas include victim advocacy and support, child protection and child labour exploitation, and she has worked for a number of community support organizations in the UK, Canada and worldwide. After moving to Toronto, Keira worked in conflict resolution at the University of Toronto and honed her administrative and Executive support skills in corporate environments. Keira’s passion for supporting local communities and creating efficient administrative processes enables her to assist the team in continuing to run a successful and flourishing Centre.

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Alice Tringham

BA(Hons)

Operations Administrator

Member of the Centre team since 2016

About Alice

Alice began her career in London, England working in the Mental Health Sector with young adults.  After immigrating to Toronto, Alice branched out into administration in educational settings with children and young adults, including the University of Toronto and Upper Canada College. Alice is responsible for all the operational aspects of running a thriving organization, creating streamlined processes and systems and ensuring that the Centre runs smoothly each and every day.

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Heather O’Brien
Grief Counsellor

Member of the Centre team since 2008

(currently on leave)

About Heather

Colleen recently completed a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology through the University of Toronto. She has been working with children, teens and their families through children’s mental health and family service agencies across Southern Ontario for over 12 years. She is passionate about helping others. She works through an integrated approach of cognitive, behavioral and expressive arts therapies supporting groups and individuals, including those who have been victims of violent crimes and survivors of trauma.

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Ceilidh Eaton Russell

MSc, CCLS

Researcher and Evaluator

Member of the Centre team since 2006

(currently on leave)

About Ceilidh

Ceilidh graduated from the Child Life Program at McMaster University in 2001 and earned a Master of Science from the University of Guelph’s Family Relations and Human Development in 2013. She also conducts research with the Brain Tumour Program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, exploring family interactions with seriously ill children.

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