Yasmin Virani holds an MA and BA in Criminology with a minor in Law from Ryerson University. She brings a diverse range of experience to her role having worked with children, adolescents and families with varying cognitive, behavioural and mental health diagnoses. Yasmin has worked with these individuals and families in various settings and roles within the sectors of education, community recreation and engagement, social justice and crisis response. Yasmin is skilled in crisis management and tactful handling of high-conflict situations as her most recent jobs included instructional and management positions with the City of Toronto and as a communications operator with the Toronto Police Services.
Crystal Mathers is a Child and Youth Care Worker, certified through the OACYC, with over 15 years of experience working with children, youth and their families. Crystal has worked in residential treatment centres, for both adolescent and latency aged children and youth, and intensive service programs for child care centres and day treatment programs, provided through children’s mental health agencies. As well she teaches at Centennial College in the Child and Youth Care program. Crystal has had extensive training and experience working with children and youth with mental health and attachment concerns and diagnoses, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and, with children and youth experiencing effects of trauma. Throughout her career, Crystal has consistently worked in settings which have been developed for children and youth who are experiencing crisis and works with all involved to make environments safe so they can develop new skills and heal.
Lynda Evans has 23 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in mental health programs that focus on assisting individuals gain control over their behaviour. Lynda attended York University and graduated with a degree in psychology. She has also provided services as a private practitioner in a number of settings and in community based contracts. She brings an exceptional professional manner in dealing with client, family members and with community organizations in social service, education, youth justice and health care.
Sonia McDonald, a qualified Child & Youth Worker, is a Cambrian College graduate with experience working with youth of all ages and is a professional, certified member of the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Counsellors. With over 20 years experience in the field, Sonia possesses a wide range of skills and experiences with children, adolescents and their families. Sonia became an ASIST Trainer with Living works in 2007 within her role as a youth project facilitator at the Canadian Mental Health Association. In addition, she is also a certified SafeTalk Trainer. She has worked with a community training team as well as facilitated much training at colleges and high schools over the past few years. She has recently upgraded her ASIST certification to become a consultant trainer. Sonia also teaches at Humber college in the Police Foundations Program.
Holly Fisher has been supporting children and adolescents in a variety of settings including open custody, residential and day treatment programs for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with families in custody and access matters. Holly previously coordinated custody and access services through Bartimaeus Inc. before joining Brayden Supervision Services Inc. Holly holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Guelph.
Kellie Gies is a certified Child and Youth Counsellor with over 15 years experience working with children and families. Her experience has been in the areas of children’s mental health, family support, modeling and problem solving; special education and family supervision. Kellie has worked in and developed programming for youth in a children’s mental health inpatient unit in a hospital setting; and assisted in bridging the gaps between children, their families and teachers within the school system. Kellie holds a Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Humber College. She has been with Brayden since 2012 as a visit supervisor and service director.
Tara Reid-Laframboise has an extensive background in mental health, youth residential and court appointed supervised access for parents and children. She has spent her career working in diversified roles including co owner, management, front line and trainer. She is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner as well as a certified trainer for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. Tara speaks at a mandatory information program for individuals going through the family court process. She holds a BA in Psychology from Trent University. Tara is previously co-owner of Reid and McKinnon Supervised Access Services and in 2016 has merged services with Brayden Supervision.
Emily Carty has an MA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and over sixteen years of experience working with children, adolescents and families who were experiencing behavioural and mental health challenges. Most recently Emily managed an adventure-therapy based program for Outward Bound Canada and is currently a part-time instructor at Georgian College in the Child and Youth Care Program. Previous positions included part-time instructor at Sheridan College in Toronto, a practitioner at Kinark Outdoor Education Centre and at Wendigo Lake Expeditions. In addition to being Service Director at Brayden Supervision, Emily coordinates Bartimaeus Specialized Behavioural Services in Muskoka, North Bay, Parry Sound, and Sudbury.
Valerie Morinville has been working with children and families since 2001. She has extensive experience working with families in the family court system. Valerie is dedicated to helping parents support their children through family conflict. She prides herself on keeping the children’s interests forefront while considering the parents’ strengths. Valerie is a registered social worker (OCSWSSW), an accredited family mediator (OAFM) (2016) and a family relationship professional with Collaborative Practice Ottawa (2009). She has a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) and a Master of Social Work. Valerie is a founding member of Family Consultants Ottawa (2012) .Valerie has worked in variety of settings with families and has been in private practice since 2006. She has extensive knowledge of the military family experience having worked with military families in a variety of settings for over 25 years. As a master trainer, Valerie facilitated mental health workshops for the Department of National Defence and the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2009–2019. Valerie is fluent and provides services in both English and French.
Rob MacKenzie is a Child and Youth Worker, with over 23 years of experience working with children, youth and families. Rob has worked in a variety of settings including residential mental health centres, schools, and hospitals. He has extensive experience working with families in Nova Scotia communities, directly in their homes or community settings. Rob leads others in understanding behaviour and developing best approach for services. He is also a certified trainer in Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB). Rob’s work focus is on making environments safe so all involved can develop new skills, heal and grow.