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Ken O'Neil owner of P.A.C.E. Inc.
Ken O'Neil, CYW - Owner

Ken is a caring and empathetic Child and Youth Counsellor, who has owned and managed his own counselling and consulting business since July 1997 (The WAY Out Counselling services 1997-2020; P.A.C.E. Inc. 2020).  Ken began his business endeavor one year after graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work at Lambton College in 1996.  Since then, he has continuously added to his credentials by participating in numerous training opportunities such as, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Trauma and Grief Response, Community Violent Threat Risk Assessment, and Mental Health and Addictions programming.  Ken, in the past, has contributed to his profession by teaching at Lambton College in the Child and Youth Worker Program, as well as serving as a Faculty Advisor for over 11 years.  On a personal level, Ken is a proud father of three beautiful children and has been happily married since 1996.

Since the inception of his business, Ken has had multiple opportunities to work in partnership with the Walpole Island Health Centre, Enodmaagejig Social Services, Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig, Walpole Island Home and Community Care Program, Bkejwanong Children’s Centre, Bkejwanong Children’s Services Unit, National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, Lambton-Kent District School Board, Southwest Area First Nation Health Board, Kettle & Stony Point Hillside Elementary School, and various Children’s Aid Societies, to name a few.

  

Since 1997, Ken has had the opportunity to develop, implement and coordinate many different programs within Walpole Island First Nation, and the Lambton-Kent region.  Programs such as: Men’s Support Program, High School Integration Program, Walpole Island Trauma Response Team, P.A.C.E. Program, Specialized Elementary Support Program, and Walpole Island Community Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy are some, among many, community-driven initiatives that Ken has proudly developed, implemented and facilitated over his vast career in Human Service.

Certifications: 

Violent Threat Risk Assessment Level 1 & 2

Trauma and Loss Consultant

Trauma and Loss School Specialist

Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing

Restorative Justice Forums

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Mental Health First Aid

RedPath Addiction Treatment Program

Death Notification - MADD

Andrew Thomas Manager and Counsellor at P.A.C.E. Inc.
Andrew Thomas, CYW, CTRP-C - Manager and Counsellor

 

Andrew has been a member of the Sarnia – Lambton community his entire life. He completed the Child and Youth Worker Program at Lambton College so he could further his passion for working with youth in his community.  He has also completed his training through STARR Commonwealth and is a Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner - Clinician.

Since 1997, Andrew has had the opportunity to work with diverse population of youth ranging in age from 8 to 24 years old. Some of his past job experiences include working in group homes and open custody facilities, being a manager of a grassroots organization in Sarnia, and being a faculty advisor at Lambton College, in the Child and Youth Care Program. Andrew sees the potential in all the youth that he supports and enjoys working with them to make that potential become a reality.

 

On a personal level, Andrew is the father of 2 daughters and husband to a loving and supportive wife. He enjoys creating memories with his family, travelling, camping and fishing. 

Certifications:

A.S.I.S.T. - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Level 1 Violence Threat Risk Assessment Training

Red Cross CPR and Emergency First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Initiative to Address Human Trafficking

Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Certificate

Certification on Combatting Anti-Black Racism

Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management

Cherrie Lalonde PACE Program WDSS

Cherrie Lalonde, RSSW, CTS

Registered Social Service Worker/ Counsellor

 

Cherrie grew up in Wallaceburg, where she lives now, with her husband, Kim.  She has 2 sons, both married, 6 grandchildren, with one on the way.  When Cherrie's children were younger, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. When they were both in school, she joined the workforce.

 

In 2006, Cherrie decided to go back to school and enrolled in the Social Service Workers program at Lambton College, graduating in June 2008.  A Clinical Trauma Specialist, Cherrie also belongs to the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

In November 2006, Cherrie joined Ken O’Neil at the ‘Way Out” Counselling Services at Wallaceburg District Secondary School in the P.A.C.E. program. Cherrie has been working in the P.A.C.E. program going on 18 years now.  

"I love my job helping the youth in our community. It is such a rewarding job.  God willing I can continue for years to come."

Certifications:

Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist

Suicide Intervention

Level 1 VTRA Training

Mental Health First Aid

TECIP Training

ASIST Training

REAL JUSTICE Conferencing Facilitator Training 

Victim Services - 60 hours core training 

Death Notification Training

Alyssa Sands PACE Program WDSS
Alyssa Sands, CYC-P
Counsellor

 

Alyssa Sands is a proud member of Walpole Island First Nation, who holds an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care, from Lambton College (2019). Alyssa began her Child & Youth Care journey with the PACE Team, having completed both her first and third year placements with the PACE Program at Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig, and Wallaceburg District SS. Understanding that the therapeutic relationship thrives on mutual respect, honesty, and trust, Alyssa is an empathetic and non-judgmental Child and Youth Care Practitioner; utilizing lived-experience to support and join with her clients. She offers a unique approach, implementing both Western, and Indigenous approaches to mental wellness.

A grand-daughter, daughter, and niece of Indian Residential School survivors, Alyssa is determined to be a force against the cycle of intergenerational trauma. In 2020, Alyssa created a Land Based Mental Well-being Program, based in the culture and language of the Anishinaabe of Bkejwanong Territory. Alyssa counts herself fortunate to sit on several committees in and around her community. She is Mental Health Support for Ji-Bi-Skaabiiwad - Walpole Island Indian Residential School Survivors, CAMH Community Advisory Circle (WIFN research), she was co-author on Lambton College’s first large-scale Human Trafficking Research project, a member of the Sarnia-Lambton Coalition Against Human Trafficking, as well as the Program Advisory Committee for Child and Youth Care at Lambton College.

Certifications:

VTRA - Level 1 Critical Incident Stress Management

ASIST, Mental Health First Aid,

​SafeTALK

Helping Trafficked Persons

Trauma & Resilience Specialist

Sarah VanRoboys Therapist specializing in EMDR
Sarah VanRoboys MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

 

Sarah is a registered Social Worker of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She attended the University of  Windsor where she completed a Honours Bachelor of Sociology and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has also completed a Chemical Dependency Counselling certificate from St. Clair College.  

By using a harm-reduction, trauma-informed approach, Sarah utilizes many modalities of therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Family Systems theory.  Sarah has recently completed EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy training and is now using it with her clients.

Sarah has experience supporting individuals who struggle with substance misuse issues, trauma, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder (BPD), grief and bereavement, stress and interpersonal conflict.

Sarah is passionate about working with trauma survivors, and recognizes the psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual impact of trauma on the individual. She strives to provide her clients with a safe, non-judgmental space where they feel supported, valued and heard. Sarah believes asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather signs of strength, confidence and resourcefulness. 

Sarah's  therapy sessions can be covered through some extended health care benefit packages as well as First Nation Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB).

Alisha Rombouts Psychotherapist and Art Therapy
Alisha Rombouts, BA, RP
Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist

 

Alisha majored in Fine Arts and Psychology at the University of Waterloo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2018. She has completed her Master’s level diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is a Registered Psychotherapy with the college of registered psychotherapists of Ontario. 

 

Alisha specializes in art therapy, it is a form of expressive therapy which utilizes the creative process of art making to expand and improve one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can help in integrating and understanding a range of feelings. In art therapy the emphasis is not on the product but on the creative process and is intended to facilitate insights into the reasons for emotional distress by uncovering many underlying dimensions of our personal stories.

 

Her approach is person-centered, collaborative and individualized in order to meet the unique needs of each client. She is passionate about creating a supportive environment for clients to engage in healing, learning and reflection. 

 

Alisha provides art therapy and psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults and families that is trauma informed, strengths based treatment specializing in trauma, anxiety, and other emotional dysregulation.

Alisha's therapy sessions can be covered through some extended health care benefit packages as well as First Nation Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB).

Denise Sylvain Psychotherapist Children and Family
Denise Sylvain, CYW
Registered Psychotherapist

 

Denise has experience working in a variety of mental health settings for over 20 years, such as intensive in-home with parents and families, in office one on one, and in hospital (Mental Health Inpatient). She received her Child & Youth Worker Diploma in 2001 and is currently working toward her Masters in Mental Health through Southern Cross University. She has been a registered member with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) since 2017.

 

Denise’s therapeutic approach is client driven, and holistic, with acceptance that individuals are always trying their best. With a non-judgmental approach, she offers support and guidance to children, youth and adults who may be struggling with mental wellness, due to the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, or relational attachment. Denise seeks to provide individualized therapy to promote healing and personal growth that will support your journey in life.

Denise's  therapy sessions can be covered through some extended health care benefit packages as well as First Nation Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB).

Kendra Neveau Therapist specializing in Children and Teens
Kendra Neveau, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

 

Kendra is a proud member of Batchewana First Nation, who was raised on her reservation in Sault Ste. Marie. She is developing her skills in understanding what it means to be an Indigenous Social Worker. She provides a sacred therapeutic space by honoring the unique experiences and challenges that we all individually face, regardless of if it’s the impacts of colonization, intergenerational trauma, or other mental health concerns. Kendra will collaborate with you to create a therapeutic experience that you can feel connected with, feel safe, and empowered by.

Kendra is a registered Social Worker of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She attended King’s University College and recently completed the Master of Social Worker Program with a concentration in mental health (2023). Kendra has also completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree at Laurentian University, where she focused on Indigenous studies (2022).

Kendra has experience supporting children ages (5 year and above), who struggled with emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, and coping through life challenges. Kendra has also supported individuals who are struggling with parenting skills, experiencing trauma symptoms (PTSD, disassociation, flashbacks, body regulation), borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, life transitions, and unhealthy relationships. Kendra focuses on providing informed therapeutic modalities in CBT, mindfulness, somatic informed, and IFS. Kendra uses aspects of play and art therapy when working with her clients.

Cherie Calvert Therapist P.A.C.E. Inc.
Cherie Calvert, BA, MACP, CRPO RP (Q)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

 

Cherie spent much of her academic and professional career focusing on marginalized populations and at risk families. She holds a diploma in Police Foundations, BA's in both Criminology and Psychology, from Western and the University of Windsor respectively, as well as a Master's of Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. As a strong supporter of rehabilitation versus incarceration, Cherie has spent many years addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous and other marginalized populations within the Criminal Justice System, and believes passionately in the benefits of the Restorative Justice model.

As an Indigenous, Irish woman, who has spent time living on both First Nations and in Ireland, Cherie takes a person centered approach, emphasizing trust, empowerment, validation, communication, active listening and empathy in order to provide a safe space to establish a positive foundation for a therapeutic rapport. Working primarily with intergenerational trauma, and by extension domestic violence, substance use, self harm, economic insecurity, homelessness and other primary concerns for at risk families, Cherie advocates for those in need, while providing the tools required to assist those on their journey through life.

Cherie passionately supports having your own voice and being provided the space to use it. Using various models, such as DBT, CBT, ACT, EFFT, Cherie encourages acceptance, self compassion and mindfulness techniques in addition to self talk practices.

Most importantly, Cherie believes through open communication, and an authentic approach, therapy can be a beneficial and valuable asset to any self care practices.

Certifications

DBT
ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
ACT for Adolescents
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid Facilitator

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Jennifer Morand, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

 

Jen is a registered Social Worker at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She attended the University of Windsor and received her Bachelor's Degree with Honours and a Discipline in Women and Gender Studies. Jen achieved her Master's degree in Social Work with honours through the Advanced Masters Program at the University of Windsor. Jen is also a graduate of George Brown College in Toronto, where she received a diploma in the Assaulted Women and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program. 


Through an anti-oppressive approach, Jen applies various methodologies to her practice, such as feminist and systems theory, trauma-informed and harm reduction perspectives. Jen provides advocacy through a collective, diverse and safe therapeutic environment, with particular attention to historical trauma issues and social justice concerns that influence individual's interactions with their environments. Jen utilizes a recovery-based, wholistic model and numerous modalities, including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 


Jen has 18 years of experience working in Toronto and Windsor with individuals and families who struggle with mental health concerns, trauma, substance misuse, family conflict, and environmental problems. 


Jen is passionate about working with diverse populations and those who have experienced traumatic situations. Jen provides support and advocacy through a strength-based approach; she strives to provide social justice, equality, unconditional positive regard and empowerment for her clients. 

Tammy Beckner CYW
Tammy Beckner, CYC-P
Child and Youth Care Practitioner, Counsellor

 

Tammy is a kind, empathic and compassionate CYC-P. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care, from Lambton College (2023). A proud member of Lennox Island First Nation P.E.I. Tammy is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 5. She is the granddaughter of a Shubenacadie Residential School survivor and the daughter and niece of (14 Aunties and Uncles) 60’s scoop survivors.


Tammy went back to school as a mature student amid the pandemic. She has always been a helper and working with children and youth just comes naturally. She volunteered on the Sarnia Lambton youth crisis line when they first got started in 2021. Before that, she volunteered on the regular crisis line and Tel-check with the Family Counseling Center. During her Field Placement she worked at The Mental Health Initiative where she used Let’s Face It social media platforms as an educational tool to share her reclamation journey and called it Truth Justice and Reconciliation Thursdays.


Tammy was the first Lambton College Student to facilitate a youth led Have a Heart Campaign to raise awareness for Indigenous Childrens Rights. Through doing so Tammy was able to distribute cookie kits to youth in the community who chose to participate, including a few agencies who served youth in her community. Tammy has also made time to practice Storytelling and share other cultural information in public schools for National Indigenous Peoples Day. She likes helping children be curious about other cultures believing that changing cycles starts early in life with education.
She is passionate about supporting children and youth to thrive in today's world and believes that every child deserves to feel valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Tammy enjoys advocating for youth and their families but encourages youth to find their voice and practice self-advocacy.


Tammy uses a strengths-based approach that focuses on building on the strengths and resilience of children and youth, rather than just addressing their problems. She also believes in working collaboratively with families, schools, and other professionals to create a supportive and safe environment for children and youth to grow and thrive.

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