We have heard the call for help from across Canada. We are here to answer the call.
We are a peer-led organization established in 2018, after a tremendous response from other areas in Canada regarding the first Funeral Peer Support established in Ottawa.
We have received tremendous support from the media, including CTV, CBC, Maclean’s Magazine. People are talking about us. We want you to be a part of that talk.
We would like to change the way we look at mental health in our industry. We want it to be a positive experience for any individual requesting our help so we can keep good people in the industry.
The Canadian Funeral Peer Support Group is committed to providing support, healing, education and knowledge to funeral professionals.
Support is the key to recovery.
The Canadian Funeral Peer Support promotes wholeness and wellness by uniting funeral industry professionals through a nationwide network of regional organizations offering support, information and resources within their community.
Our Mission is to be Canada’s leader in providing resources for the wellness of funeral professionals; to share our personal experiences, educate and advocate; and to foster a network of peer support groups across the country.
Board of Directors
Tori is a graduate of St. Mary Catholic High School, attended Nipissing University and Humber College. In 2011, Tori started assisting her family at the funeral home while still in high school and continued during her post secondary education period. In 2015, Tori realized that assisting the community during their time of need was to be her calling and started her journey towards the goal of obtaining her funeral directors license and joining the family business.
Joseph’s career started in Real Estate in the Ottawa Region in 1984, which turned into a Banking career shortly afterwards. I grew throughout the banking network ranging from Bank Teller associate, then Securities and Investments associate, Lending officer, Financial Planner, General Manager, then Regional Manager with two leading Chartered Banks.
In between, I moved to Vancouver with my wife and 2 children, July 1997.
Patrick is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Arts and Education and a Master in Education, he taught for the former Ottawa and Carleton Boards of Education and their successor, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). He also taught for Algonquin College and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Patrick retired in 2002 from the OCDSB after twenty years as an educator.
Lisa C. Smith is an experienced NSCC Faculty member with 24 years of demonstrated history of working as an adult educator. She is skilled in Educational Technology, Team Building, Facilitation, Fundraising, and Leadership. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours from Mt. St. Vincent University, a Diploma focused in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service Inc., and a Community College Adult Educator Certificate.
Marketing Specialist with a Master’s degree in Communication and Political marketing, a solid project management background, 5 years of experience in public affairs and communications as an Advisor for The Chamber of Deputies in Romania and over 6 years of experience in marketing.
Recently gained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and wrapped-up 3 years of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy training.
Meet our Team
Mike was born in Transconia, Manitoba and moved to Ottawa in 1976. He attended St Pius X High School, then Algonquin College. He has worked in the funeral service industry for 26 years as a Funeral Director’s Assistant and will be attending Humber College in the Fall of 2019 to become a licensed Funeral Director.
Part of “Proud To Be Me”, a youth charity that deals with bullying in our communities. He also initiated Reach Up Ottawa, a local mental health charity focusing on teenagers and young adults.
Tracey has more than 15 years of management experience in the Health Care and Hospitality field. articularly effective in assessing and resolving operational and organizational problems to increase efficiencies and productivity, while reducing operating costs. With a background in sales and marketing, Tracey is working to get the word out about Canadian Funeral Peer Support. With many years devoted to volunteering Tracey has sat on numerous boards including the Rotary Club of Kanata Sunrise, Kanata Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Society
Katie is a licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer of 12 years, with a total of 17 years serving the funeral industry. She understands what many Funeral Professionals face daily. Katie’s career began with her high school co-op and she has worked with both family owned funeral homes and corporations. With many accomplishments in the pre-planning division, her passion remains in the prep room. Katie enjoys reading, racing sailboats, gardening and cooking. She has a kind partner and an infant son who is a wicked delight.
Glenda Cole, CFSP. Funeral Director with Atlantic Funeral Homes (Halifax Chapel). Glenda is a graduate of the Funeral Service Program at NSCC Kingstec Campus, class of 2012. Glenda started working in Funeral Service in 2006 at McArthur Bros. & MacNeil Funeral Home in Cornwall, Ontario, first as a Funeral Director Assistant, then as a Funeral Director Apprentice to F.X. Curry. In 2010 Glenda and her husband (late Don 2018),Read more...
Kate has been an employee of Brenan’s Funeral Home & Crematorium since 2008, first as an apprentice, before becoming a Licensed Funeral Director And Embalmer. In 2017, she became an InSight Certified Funeral Celebrant, which allows her to officiate celebration of life services. As part of her schooling at Nova Scotia Community College, she also completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).Read more...
Amy has been in the funeral profession since 2002 and obtained her Ontario Funeral Director Class II license in 2006. Amy spent her career working in the GTA, serving families who had lost their loved ones to murder, suicide, war, accidents and at very young ages. Amy’s career took her to places she never thought she would go and every experience left an imprint on her heart that will last a lifetime.Read more...
Mark was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and attended Kildonan East Collegiate. Mark was trained as a Mental Health Worker with the Province of Manitoba and served as mental health worker for a couple mental health self-help organizations. He also served as a board of director for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and later as Chairperson. He later worked for the City of Winnipeg as a bus operator for Winnipeg Transit until 2014.
Jenny started out in funeral service by completing a highschool co-op while living in her hometown of Niagara Falls. After highschool Jenny attended Niagara College and Humber College. She started out in funeral service as a preplanning director but felt she needed to help families at the time of death as an at need funeral director. She has worked at both independent and family owned firms. Outside of being a funeral director Jenny has two amazing children who she enjoys spending her spare time with.
Chantel Adair was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. She worked for the Pembina Trails School Division for 22 years as an Educational Assistant. For most of those years she worked with high school students in the Lifeskill Program, also working as a job coach with them as well. She was then handpicked for a new Transition Program for at risk youth. Many of those kids dealt with drugs and alcohol abuse, and mental illness. Chantel made that space a safe one and treated each person with respect and dignity.Read more...
Warren is a Funeral Director/Embalmer who received his Funeral Service License in 2018, however his time in the funeral industry totals at [a little more than] seven years. With this knowledge, he has come to understand the physical [and mental] strains that Funeral Professionals may face on a daily basis.
Rachele is a University of Ottawa graduate with a degree in history and communications in French Immersion. She is currently a change management advisor in the federal government working on the workplace modernization. In her spare time, she has volunteered in many capacities, such as serving as the Co-Chairperson of the Ottawa chapter of Partners For Mental Health.Read more...
Amber has recently graduated Algonquin College with honours from their Graphic Design Program. She is homegrown in Ottawa and a full-time dog Mom to Blue, her 1 year old corgi. Amber has had the pleasure of working on multiple design projects and is continuing to build her experience and grow as a designer.
My name is Asj̈a-Monique Jacelon!
I am a licensed Funeral Director at Glen Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Oakville.
Prior to my arrival in Canada (just over 3 years ago), I grew up in Trinidad (West Indies).
Currently, I reside in Barrie with my fiancé and 2, 4-legged children, Leia (Mastiff and Akita mixed 5 year old puppy) and Knuckles (9 month old hedgehog).
Get in touch with us
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