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 youth who are experiencing crisis and works with all involved to make environments safe so they can develop new skills and heal.
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 they 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 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 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.
Suzanne Amodeo, BA, has an extensive background working with families going through transitions due to unexpected life circumstances. She has spent her career working with families who have gone through trauma and are dealing with the aspect of putting their lives back in order after the crisis. Suzanne is a Licensed Paralegal, Certified Case Manager and Canadian Life Care Planner. She has sat on the National Case Management, Canadian Spinal Cord Research Organization and Ontario Brain Injury boards. She has been trained to support families who have or are going through major issues involving: substance abuse, behaviour modification and cognitive related challenges. Suzanne has worked in the family court systems and understands the need for support while families work through their child custody issues.
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.