Meet Our Team
Therapists • Counsellors • Professional Educational Support Team • Professional Tutors •
Specialized One-On-One Workers • Case Managers
Ken O'Neil, CYW, CYC Cert.
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, RSSW, CTS
Social Service Worker
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."
Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist
Level 1 VTRA Training
Mental Health First Aid
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.
Andrew Thomas, CYW, CYC (cert), CTRP-C
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.
For the past 22 years, 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 residential 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.
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
Member in good standing of the Ontario Association of
Child and Youth Care
Jordan Day, CYW
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.
Maritza Rodriguez-Arseneau, M.Ed, RP, CCC
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.
Alisha Rombouts, BA
Alisha majored in Fine Arts and Psychology at the University of Waterloo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2018. She is currently completing her Master’s level diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is a Registered Psychotherapy (qualifying) 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.
Angel Bilagot, RP, RDT
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
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
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
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 the hard work in.
Dave Hodgson, MSW
Social Worker, Therapist
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.
Tammy Dubuque, CYW
Tammy grew up in Wallaceburg and still resides there today.
In 1993, Tammy enrolled in the Child and Youth Worker Program at Lambton College, graduating in 1996.
As a CYW, Tammy has worked in a variety of different settings such as a homeless shelter, in home support, and tutor. Tammy was contracted through the Lambton Kent District School Board for 19 years, working in a variety of different local schools. Tammy has worked with a number of different children and youth over the years. She has developed programming that takes into account a child's behavioural needs, social needs and cognitive needs.
In 2018, Tammy was hired permanently as an Educational Assistant with the Lambton Kent District School Board.
Her passion has always been working with children and youth. Her Mom always said,"it was what she was meant to do"!
Violence Prevention Training
Cyber Security and the Protection of Privacy
Ky Nahmabin, CYW
Ky grew up on Walpole Island and is a proud band member of Bkejwanong First Nation. She enrolled in the CYW program at Lambton College, with the goal of one day being able to support the youth from her home community. In 2017, she graduated from Lambton College with an advanced diploma in the Child and Youth Worker Program and immediately jumped into the field. She soon found her passion for working with 2SLGBTQ+ youth. Ky is very knowledgeable with regards to gender, diversity, and inclusion. She’s been an avid guest speaker at local 2SLGBTQ+ events and has facilitated Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion training to various organizations.
As a certified Child and Youth Worker, Ky has gained a variety of experience and has worked in various settings. She is very open minded, kind, understanding and takes great pride in the work that she does. Ky is always interested in learning new skills and looking for ways to further her education as CYW.
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.
VTRA - Level 1 Critical Incident Stress Management
ASIST, Mental Health First Aid,
Helping Trafficked Persons
Trauma & Resilience Specialist
Alyssa Sands, CYC-P