Meet Our Team

Therapists • Professional Tutors • Counsellors • Respite Workers • Consultants • Specialized One-On-One

Ken O'Neil, CYW, CYC Cert.

Owner/Operator

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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

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 for 21 years.

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.

  

Over the last 23 years, 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.

Cherrie Lalonde, SSW, CTS

Social Service Worker

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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 14 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

Jennifer Provost, SSW

Social Service Worker

Jennifer has been a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg. After working in various fields, she decided to pursue her dream, and entered the Social Service Worker Program at Lambton College, graduating in 2011.

Jennifer brings with her, a wealth of experience as an SSW, having spent time working in Restorative Justice, prior to joining the P.A.C.E. team. She is skilled in facilitating conflict resolution circles, and is trauma informed. Since 2015, Jennifer has had the opportunity to continue to grow as an SSW with trainings such as Violent Threat Risk Assessment 1 & 2, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid , and extensive Trauma trainings.

Working with youth has been Jennifer's passion since doing her placement with P.A.C.E. during college.

Alyssa Sands, CYCP

Child & Youth Care Practitioner

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Alyssa is a member of the Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Territory.  A graduate of the Child & Youth Care Practitioner Advanced Diploma program at Lambton College (2019), Alyssa has always been passionate about making a difference close to home. The daughter of a Residential School Survivor, she is determined to become a force against the effects of colonialism and intergenerational trauma.

In the short time that Alyssa has been a part of the P.A.C.E. team, she has obtained various certifications and trainings within the Mental Health sector. A few certificates on her resume at this time include: Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Violence Threat Risk Assessment, Helping Trafficked Persons, Critical Incident Stress Management, multiple Trauma and Resilience courses, as well as, Mental Health First Aid.

Understanding that the therapeutic relationship thrives on mutual respect, honesty, and trust, Alyssa is empathetic and utilizes lived experience in her practice.

Jordan Day

One-on-one Worker

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Jordan was born and raised in Sarnia, and is a band member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation. During his teen years, Jordan moved to Thunder Bay where he completed his high school education. Jordan subsequently enrolled and graduated from Confederation College with a Child and Youth Worker Diploma in 2011. In 2017, Jordan moved back to his hometown area where he uses his knowledge, experience and skills to guide youth to success in a school-based setting as well as working individually with clients of PACE Inc. 

 

Jordan is currently employed full-time at Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig as a Child and Youth Worker since 2017. For over 10 years, Jordan has acquired much experience in a variety of settings, working with First Nations families and youth, with a focus on mental health and well-being, as well as helping youth embrace their strengths and visions to empower their own futures.

 

In his spare time, Jordan enjoys photography,building gaming PC's and repairing vehicles.

Allison Kiyoshk, RP (Qualifying)

Psychotherapist

Allison graduated from Brock University with her Bachelor of Science in 2018, then moved on to Yorkville University to pursue her Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology.

 

She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is trained in individual, group, couples and family therapy. Allison's goals as psychotherapist are to use her knowledge and experience to guide, empower and support you through the tough times in life. She is trained and specializes in providing care for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and more.

 

Allison has an empathetic and non-judgmental approach and uses evidence-based techniques to help clients grow, heal, and enjoy a better quality of life.

She is honoured to support individuals of any cultural background, sexual orientation, age, and gender identification.

Maritza Rodriguez-Arseneau, M.Ed, RP, CCC

Psychotherapist

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Maritza is a  Registered Psychotherapist, coach and workshop presenter. She has been a regular contributor to Counselling Connect, the online publication of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has co-authored six books. Maritza has also presented nationally to audiences speaking on the topics of stress management, self-esteem, empowerment, parenting, self-awareness, coping with military life and helping children endure stress.

Maritza has practiced for over 25 years, helping individuals, children and families overcome difficulties and challenges. She has experience working with children and adults with severe emotional and mental health issues, adults on probation for federal crimes, military personnel and their families coping with the consequences of war and the stress of military life. Additionally, she has worked extensively with individuals on wellness issues, personal growth and improving their overall quality of life.

Maritza offers a highly personalized approach, tailored to each of her client's needs in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Maritza provides counselling to adults, children, families and couples for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues including depression, anxiety, grief, stress, conflicts, anger and wellness.

You can visit Maritza's website for more information:  https://maritzarodriguezarseneau.com.

Angel Bilagot, RP, RDT

Drama Therapist

Angel Bilagot is a registered Psychotherapist and Drama Therapist. She is also a mother to four beautifully rambunctious boys. Angel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a combined degree of Psychology and Theatre. She completed her Masters Degree at Concordia University, specializing in Drama Therapy.

 

Angel continued her training in Drama Therapy in New York City, while working as a Therapist at the PTSD Clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. Angel's professional experiences have provided her the opportunity to work, teach, and develop programs for environments such as the Jewish General Hospital (Montreal), The Canadian Institute for Neuro Integrative Development (Montreal), The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, and The University of Alberta (Edmonton).  

Krista Prout, B.Ed

Ontario Certified Teacher, Tutor

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Krista is a certified teacher with over 10 years teaching experience. She graduated with a BA - General Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999 and a Master of Teaching, Primary/Junior from Griffith University in 2007.  Krista taught with the Lambton-Kent District School Board in various classrooms from Early Years to Grade 7. 

 

Currently, she tutor's primary students in all subject areas.  Krista enjoys helping children with reading and working one-on-one to focus on their individual needs while helping to build their confidence. She prides herself with her exceptional patience and energetic personality. Krista believes all children can be successful if given the right tools, encouragement and supportive learning environment.

Marta Dolbear, B.Ed

Ontario Certified Teacher, Tutor

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Marta graduated from high school at the top of her class, winning awards for math, sciences, and languages during her secondary school years.

 

During university, she decided to focus on languages, studying French, Spanish, and German. Through all four years of university, Marta was on the Dean's Honour List and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She brings with her over twenty years of teaching experience. Teaching has been her life's purpose and passion!

 

Marta has primarily taught languages (French and Spanish) and ESL. Most of her experience in the classroom has been with secondary-aged students, but she also teaches elementary students online. Marta is available to tutor students in all subjects through Grade 10, as well as senior students taking languages, English, or social sciences.

Janine Day, B.Ed

Ontario Certified Teacher, Tutor

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Janine has a 4-year undergrad degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and has also played on the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams at York. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

 

With 18 years in the teaching profession, Janine has her teaching specialist in Physical Education and has taught courses in Grades 9-10 Science, 9-12 Physical Education, Grades 10-12 Personal Fitness and Grade 11 Leadership.

 

Currently, Janine is Health & Phys. Ed Curriculum Leader and Student Success Team Lead at Wallaceburg District Secondary School. She has also taught Summer School on Walpole Island for the past 7 years. Janine has taught the Additional Qualification Phys. Ed. course at the University of Windsor for the past 8 years.

 

Janine enjoys teaching/tutoring because she likes to see students achieve something after putting in hard work in.

Dave Hodgson, MSW

Social Worker, Therapist

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Dave is a registered member of the OCSWSSW with a Masters degree in Social Work. Currently licensed to practice psychotherapy in Ontario, he has worked extensively with a wide range of individuals from ages 11-65. Dave is certified in working with clients who struggle with substance use and mild to severe anxiety, and has provided therapy and counseling for many other mental health diagnoses.

 

Drawing from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,

 

Dave strives to collaborate with each client to discern methods of managing life’s challenges. He understands that seeking support

and therapy can be a difficult decision and attempts to provide a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. As he interacts with clients, Dave attempts to explore their past and current struggles and discover strategies to manage their future.

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