Need help now?

We don't provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.

Our Team

We’re a multidisciplinary team focused on student mental health

Our team includes mental health professionals, system leaders, subject matter experts, and implementation scientists. The majority of our team supports School Mental Health Ontario part time. We also have committees to provide advice and feedback to help improve the effectiveness of our work. We are guided by a CODE (Council of Ontario Directors of Education) Advisory Team, ensuring our provincial school mental health strategy is aligned with priorities and practices in Ontario school districts.

Communications and Support

Anthony Calarco

Learning Management System Specialist

Brian Woodland

Communications and Support Team Lead

Christopher Pagliari

Learning Management System Specialist

Dani Rathwell

Communications Officer

Dayo Kefentse

Social Media Management

Louise Bernardini

Information Technology Support Specialist

Marsha Gillis

Translation Coordinator

Mélissa Gagnon

French Translator & Proof-reader/ Reviewer

Shelly Upson

Communications & Portfolio Support

Directors & Administration

Fireda Ahmed

Organizational Equity and Learning Lead

Kathy Short

Executive Director
kshort@smho-smso.ca

Kim Chapman

Executive Assistant

Michele Lambie

Executive Assistant

Racquel Peters

Human Resources & Operations Lead

Theresa Kennedy

Co-Director
tkennedy@smho-smso.ca

Tracy Weaver

Leadership Team Coordinator

Equity and Mental Health

Fireda Ahmed

Organizational Equity and Learning Lead

Huda Hussain

Student Equity Portfolio Lead

Joan Kantola

Implementation Support Coach

Reah Shin

Equity Portfolio Coordinator

Saleem Haniff

Equity and Mental Health Team Lead

Tanja Steinbach

Indigenous Mental Health Project Coordinator

Tracey Grose

Culturally Responsive Portfolio Lead

Toni Lauzon

Culturally Responsive Portfolio Consultant

Mental Health Leadership / Learning

Andréanne Fleck Saito

Mental Health Leadership & Learning Team Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Toronto/Northwest/East)

Louise Moreau

Mental Health Leadership & Learning Team Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Central)

Monique Chartrand

Francophone Portfolio Support

Theresa Wilson

Mental Health Literacy & Programming Support / Implementation Support Coach (East)

Mental Health Promotion

Deanna Swift

School Mental Health Special Education Portfolio Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Central/Provincial Schools)

Deborah Shackell

Educator Mental Health Literacy & Practice Lead

Denise Andre

Senior Administrator Mental Health Literacy & Programming Coordinator

Elizabeth Paquette

Early Years Mental Health Portfolio Lead

Gail Lalonde

Mental Health Promotion Team Lead

Judith Desjardins

School Leader Mental Health Literacy & Practice Lead

Lindsay Bunn

Student Support Staff Portfolio Lead / Implementation Support Coach (West)

Toni Lauzon

Culturally Responsive Portfolio Consultant

Prevention & Early Intervention, System Collaboration

Ashley Hendy

Youth Suicide Prevention Northern Support Portfolio Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Northeast/Northwest)

Barbara Ward

School Mental Health Professionals Learning & Training Portfolio Support / Implementation Support Coach (West)

Brenda Kenyon

School Mental Health Professionals Learning & Training Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Central/Northeast)

Elizabeth Paquette

Early Years Mental Health Portfolio Lead / Implementation Support Coach (Northeast/West/Prov. Schools)

Gwendolyn Fearing-Afflick

Substance Use and Addictions Prevention Portfolio Consultant / Implementation Support Coach

John Wilhelm

School Mental Health Professionals Learning & Training Support / Implementation Support Coach (Central/Northeast)

Lisa Doerksen

Prevention & Early Intervention / System Collaboration/ Northern Focus Team Lead

Maureen MacKay

Youth Suicide Prevention Portfolio Lead

Tracey Grose

Culturally Responsive Portfolio Lead

Research Liaison

Alexandra Fortier

Research Liaison Team Lead

Elana Gray

Evaluation Coordinator

Reah Shin

Equity Portfolio Coordinator

Tracy Weaver

Research Coordinator

Student and Family / Caregiver Engagement

Alina Medeiros

Student and Family / Caregiver Engagement Portfolio Coordinator

Elo Igor

Student Engagement Portfolio Lead

Huda Hussain

Student Equity Portfolio Lead

Joyce Erogun

Student & Family / Caregiver Engagement and Literacy Lead

Patricia Codner

Parent/Caregiver Engagement & Literacy Lead

Susan Sweet

Student Mental Health Literacy Lead

Implementation Support Coaching

Central

Brenda Kenyon

bkenyon@smho-smso.ca

Jacquie Brown

(Implementation Support Coaching Team Lead)
jbrown@smho-smso.ca

West

Elizabeth Paquette

epaquette@smho-smso.ca

Gwendolyn Fearing-Afflick

gfearing-afflick@smho-smso.ca

East

Andréanne Fleck Saito

aflecksaito@smho-smso.ca

Theresa Wilson

twilson@smho-smso.ca

Northwest

Ashley Hendy

ahendy@smho-smso.ca

Andréanne Fleck Saito

aflecksaito@smho-smso.ca

Toronto

Andréanne Fleck Saito

aflecksaito@smho-smso.ca

Jacquie Brown

Implementation Support Coaching Team Lead
jbrown@smho-smso.ca

Toni Lauzon

Implementation Support Coach
tlauzon@smho-smso.ca

Northeast

Ashley Hendy

ahendy@smho-smso.ca

Brenda Kenyon

bkenyon@smho-smso.ca

Elizabeth Paquette

epaquette@smho-smso.ca

Simone Rose-Oliver

sroseoliver@smho-smso.ca

Provincial Schools

Deanna Swift

dswift@smho-smso.ca

Elizabeth Paquette

epaquette@smho-smso.ca