The TEACH Team listed below
Debbie is the Director for TEACH and Community Youth Supports for Support & Housing-Halton. Working at TEACH since 2006, Debbie brings over 20 years of experience working in health care research and community-based service organizations. Debbie has enriched TEACH through her knowledge and skills in program design and evaluation, research and organizational development.
Christina has been a TEACH staff member since 2013 and previously worked with the Schizophrenia Society Of Ontario for several year with families. Christina draws her passion to support positive change in health care from her lived experience and her social work background. She is looking forward to working with everyone to progress our systems with this very exciting Sustaining Peer Support Initiative!
Cheryl joined TEACH as a volunteer peer supporter and group facilitator in 2010. In 2011, she was hired at Support & Housing – Halton as an Administrator at their head office. In May of 2015, Cheryl joined the TEACH team as the Program Support Administrator. She also facilitates weekly CheckPoint group in Milton, self esteem and anxiety management. Cheryl is often described as compassionate, insightful and passionate. In sharing her personal journey in Recovery, she hopes to support others in their own journey and reduce stigma by raising awareness in the community.
Lynn was first introduced to TEACH in 2011 and was taken by the healing philosophy and contribution the organization makes in the community. After learning new skills, knowledge and confidence through volunteering at TEACH she started working at TEACH and is now the Program Supervisor. She is passionate about sharing her personal story with the intention of delivering the message of hope, that we can create and live a life of purpose, passion and balance.
Crista is the Training Coordinator here at T.E.A.C.H. and works closely with our volunteers and other peer support services in Halton and Peel regions to provide Peer Mentor and Peer Facilitator training. She has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo with a Human Resource Management Diploma, and has been active in the development of our Core Skills program since 2009. Crista is a supportive facilitator who creates peer-to-peer connections through personal experience, empathy and humor. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, nature walks, and writing about herself in the third person.
MaryAnne Lepinskie joined the TEACH family in July of this year after spending the last 10+ years volunteering in a peer role. MaryAnne 's passion to work with others in recovery is born out of her own personal lived experience with a concurrent disorder. She attributes the success she's had in her recovery to the peer experiences she has shared over the years. MaryAnne is really excited about the direction that peer work is headed!
Betty-Lou is a bereaved mother, in recovery for 17 years from co-occurring alcohol/multi-drug addictions, trauma and mental health issues who also lost her 25 year old concurrent disordered son to an accidental OxyContin overdose. For over ten years Betty-Lou has been engaged at provincial systems level as a "lived experience/family" advocate helping to frame policy, governance & programming who additionally provides peer support and outreach at community level.
Jenny is the ElderTALK Program Coordinator at TEACH. She has many years of cross sector experience in program design and evaluation. Jenny is well connected to the physical, emotional and social challenges many older adults experience and is proud to contribute to the creation of a healing and inclusive community for seniors through her work at TEACH.
Dinah first discovered TEACH while searching for a different approach to recovery. She was immediately taken by the deep empathy and understanding of the TEACH team. After taking her Core Skills Training with TEACH she decided to become a volunteer and as she continued to work on her personal journey she learned to face each new situation with courage and optimism. Today, Dinah is part of the TEACH Team in the role of Program Support Administrator/ Facilitator. Dinah wishes to deliver the message of hope to others through her own personal experience. She is a strong believer that seeing herself as “perfectly imperfect” showed her that the future is one filled with promise and possibility and through inner strength you can determine your own worth, accomplishments and always feel loved.
Marty began at TEACH as a volunteer peer mentor and facilitator in 2010, he has had training from TEACH, Canadian Mental Health Association and, OPDI. . He was worked as a peer mentor in a drop-in centre, clinic and community setting. Marty is currently a Groups Facilitator with Teach.
Bryony’s journey with TEACH began over five years ago when she was given the opportunity to join the team as a summer student intern. She is very excited to have found employment with TEACH after completing her schooling in social work. Bryony’s dedication to the mental health field has been inspired by her lived experience, and she is thrilled to be in a position that allows her to use this experience to support positive growth in others.