Fully staffed by caring and dedicated volunteers

Rev. Suzanne Landry

Executive Director

Pastor Sue has dedicated her life to helping those in need and the betterment of the community. Having previously spent 14 years preventing individuals from bankruptcy and rebuilding lives through Credit Counselling, Sue’s passion for helping those in need is now being redirected as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist.


Currently, Pastor Sue works directly with our bail program and attends family courts when possible. Her visible compassion for others affords her the ability to listen to the problems faced by her clients and provide tangible solutions. Her honesty and integrity is admirable and when paired with her impeccable leadership abilities, allow her to be a tenacious asset to our team. By actively seeking out individuals in need within the community, she takes a hands-on approach and has become recognized as a trusted ally to fight for all underdogs alike. Accordingly, Pastor Sue’s door is always open and free of judgement. She encourages anyone in need of support to contact her, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Our Team

Wahab Daghmach

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 Clinical Coordinator


Addictions and Mental Health Support

Wahab sees the job as a great opportunity to help his community in this beautiful city.

Most people has some sort of addiction or addictive tendencies

He worked with sufferers from various kinds of addictive behaviors for more than 15 years, and he believes in a counseling and psychological approach for the clients as a most important choice to help them control their symptoms.

His educational background includes a bachelor of doctor in medicine from Odessa National University in Ukraine and a MA in psychiatry from Damascus University, and continuous education in the field of psychiatry, substance use disorders.

He speaks English, Arabic and Russian

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Yodanis Elias

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 Mental Health Counsellor (CCPA) 


 

I am originally from Cuba. I live in Canada since 2005. I genuinely enjoy working as a mental health counsellor. I hold a Master in Counselling and Psychotherapy from both Ottawa University and Saint Paul University. I am very committed to providing culturally sensitive care. I completed my Master thesis in the area of Integrating Canadian Aboriginal Spirituality and Healing practices into Western Models of mental health. 

My theoretical orientation is eclectic with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as well as Jungian approaches. My aim in therapy is to help individuals reach out into the strongest versions of themselves. 

Cassy-Lynne Sabetti-Vigneux

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Addiction and Community Service Worker

 

Cassy-Lynne comes to us from another community centre where she worked as the onsite addictions support worker, housing aid, as well as the outreach worker. She participated in the weekly dropi-ins and has done so for roughly 3 years. She came to us in May and has since participated in our Thursday drop-in’s, as well as provided her expertise in the realm of addictions and community services. She has always maintained a passion for the field of helping and certainly carries out her roles within the community with great pride.

She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts at Carleton University, with a major in Forensic Psychology and a minor in the Neuroscience of Mental health. She also carries a diploma in Addictions and community services. Along with these, she carries various certifications, including First aid & CPR, Suicide Assist, Harm reduction and safe needle exchange and non-violent crisis and intervention.

We are certain her expertise and kind heart will a huge asset to the centre


Jason Harrod

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 Addiction and Community Service Worker


OCS Is pleased to have, Jason Harrod on our team, Addiction and Community Service Worker.

 

Jason is educated in the field of Addictions and Community Services. Over the past few years, he has benefited greatly from the services available at Onyx. He has gotten support when facing obstacles of divorce, and battles of custodyJason now volunteers in an effort to give back to the community by providing the same help and encouragement that he once received. Jason is dedicated to providing support to the LBGTQ+ community. As a transgender person himself, Jason uses his own experience to help others when facing everyday challenges in the community." 

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Mental health worker and traditional therapist


Jin Qi (Jackie) Zeng has been a practitioner of traditional medicine for over 15 years since she moved to Canada in 2011. She has training in integrative mental health with special interest by using holistic approach to help those with mental health conditions. 

Jin Qi Zeng was born and raised in a family of traditional Chinese medicine. Before she moved to Canada, she had focused all her career in medical field. She holds M.D. as neurologist and Ph.D. degree in clinic medicine of combined traditional and western medicine as well as clinic post- doctoral neurologist certificate. She has more than a decade of experience in large hospitals practicing her specialty as neurologist and physician in China. 

Jin Qi is passionate about the wellness of community and has been actively volunteered for community, non-profit and charity organ

Dorieann Doyle/Social Worker R.S.W.


Dorieann Doyle is not only a loving mother of teenagers, a wife and a Logistics Officer in the Cana

 
Dorieann Doyle is not only a loving mother of teenagers, a wife and a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces but she is also a Registered Social Worker in Ontario.  She graduated from her first degree in Social Sciences at University of Ottawa, followed by attendance at Georgian College where she took the Addictions: Treatment and Prevention program.  Following her time at school she worked as an addictions counsellor, detox worker and gambling counsellor.  Dorieann’s second degree completed a personal milestone for her, a Bachelor of Social Work.   Dorieann is looking forward to volunteering at Onyx where she can offer support and give back to the community.  

Moira Taylor

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Chaplain / Reintegration Worker 


Rev. Moira Taylor is an advocate and assists her clients in community reintegration, with the support of Leeds & Grenville Addictions and Mental Health, the Brockville Police and The Ontario Disability Support Program. 

She is a board-certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Program (NLP) that has its findings in Integrated Psychology.

Rev. Taylor is the founder of People Investing in People Ministries. An organization to help the less fortunate. She is dedicated to helping others through their struggles and help in building relationships through her community.

Dedicated to the Christian teaching she encourages others to live up to their full potential.

As a volunteer Moira is presently involved with Prison Fellowship Canada, and the Brockville Integration network. She has served as president on the Maitland Education Recreation Corporation for several years. She created the Maitland Community Policing Program and the local swim program for hundreds of students.  



Bridget Fitzgerald

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Criminal Justice/ Mental Health Worker


Bridget recently completed a Graduate Certificate program in Concurrent Disorders through Mohawk College. Prior to this, she studied Psychology and Genetics at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

Her graduate studies involved the completion of a practicum at an emergency youth shelter where she supported a mental health team, working with local residents facing a variety of obstacles and challenges. This learning experience ensured her desire to pursue a career in the social services field.

She is joining Onyx Community Services in order to gain more practical experience working with those living with mental health and addiction. This will also provide her the opportunity to develop greater understanding of the legal system and challenges experienced by those involved.  - On Call

Cody Lang Watson

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Life Coach 

Legal Research


Board Treasurer

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Gadisse is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.  She is also a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants(ACCA) of United Kingdom. She has over fifteen years of diverse background in accounting and bookkeeping services, banking, tax preparation, budgeting, forecasting, and property management working with international multi-lateral organizations such as the United Nations, Non-for- Profit Organizations and the private sector.  She is proficient in the use of different software programs including Sage Peachtree, QuickBooks and Microsoft Office Suite.  She volunteered as a Board Treasurer in ‘University Graduate Fellowship’ in her country of origin. She enjoys helping people and wants to put her skills to good use.  Her honesty, integrity and professionalism are qualities many people appreciate.

Belinda Tindyebwa

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Legal Research Department 

Landlord & Tenant 

Small Claims Court 


 Belinda graduated from Carleton University with a BA High Honors in Law with a concentration in Business Law and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Development. She has worked for regulatory agencies and financial institutions. 

During her studies, she participated in several leadership roles at the Ottawa homeless shelter, advocating for abolishing human trafficking and other community centered projects. She believes the environment is more than your surroundings, these surrounding are tied to life, well-being and overall health. She is eager to create positive environmental change for those in the vulnerable sector especially women, those living with mental health challenges and individuals in conflict with the law. She will providing her skills in the areas of Civil law, Criminal law and Business law.


Belinda Tindyebwa Msc. Sustainable Energy Development BA High Honours Business Law 


Jawad Quazi

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Public Relations / Community Outreach


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Health and Safety

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Maureen Njoga

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Addictions and Community Support Services Worker - On Call


Maureen, originally from Nigeria came to Canada in 2011. She holds a Bachelor degree in English and Literary Studies, a Master degree in International Relations, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She taught English Language and Literature in English in High school for several years before joining the Federal Ministry of Education as an Assistant Director.

On arrival to Canada, she discovered her love for the helping profession thus she worked as a Personal Support Worker, as well as a volunteer, helping the vulnerable. She has extended her helping profession to those living with addictions, and has therefore, obtained a Diploma in Addictions and Community Support Services from Willis College, Ottawa.

Rev. Serena Eccleston

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Youth and Women Outreach / Durham Region 


My name is Serena Eccleston and I am the new director for the Youth and Women Outreach Service. I am grateful to be working with Onyx Community Services in the Durham, Stouffville and Markham regions. My office is situated in the city of Markham. I believe everyone deserves a second chance; we are not perfect and we do make mistakes, which is a life learning experience. We should not be judgmental of others despite their circumstances. I’m the author of the new book called “The Broken Me.” I wrote this book to inspire others so they can be motivated and be encouraged. I’m also an Early Childhood Educator who is presently working on my bachelor degree to become a teacher. I’m committed in helping others, who are facing charges before the courts, get reintegrated into the community. I am also committed to helping abused women or abused children who need assistance with court documents being presented to the court. I’m looking forward to working with you. 

Nicholas Saikali

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 Intake Worker

Administrative Coordinator

  

Nicholas is completing a Bachelor of Arts at Carleton university with a major in Health Psychology and a Minor in Religion. He has a passion for helping others and making a difference in others lives. Nicholas plans on continuing his education in pursuit of a career in counselling.




Pierrette Smith

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Board Member Advisory Committee


Court Liaison / Reintegration 


With a long history in government work and years of positions advising, Pierrette is a skilled organizer and sits on the current board.

Her management restructuring skills are second to none, and is an incredible people person. 

Pierrette returns to us after a 2 year battle with Cancer and is dedicated to making Onyx a great Community Hub for those in ne

Mario Kezic

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IT Supervisor


Administrative Assistant


Mario comes to us from an IT background at Algonquin college. 

He maintains all our communication systems,  and internet and net security systems.

Mario is working towards finishing his internship with Onyx Community Services and then to move to the government sector in IT.


Elsa Michel

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Life Coach


 Elsa had a career in teaching for many years, and recently graduated from law school at the University of Ottawa. Her goal is to work as a lawyer in the public sector and get more involved in helping people in her community. She has a range of experience and skills which she hopes to put to good use as a life coach. Elsa offers one-on-one personalized sessions, whether it’s helping clients access the services that best suit their needs, or finding ways to improve their work and life skills to get them to where they need to be. In addition, Elsa is available to help clients who have concerns about the progress of their education or need help with organization or study habits. Elsa offre aussi ses services en français.


Laura Lachance

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Community Reintegration Worker


 “Laura has always believed that we are here for each other and what better way to exemplify that than to join the Onyx team! After obtaining a specialized degree in Criminology, Laura did a placement with the parole office and then worked with a halfway house. She hopes to be able to provide support to those going through the system.” 

Tom Deafy

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12 Step Group program

 and A.A. Coordinator


With 34 years of continuous sobriety, Tom runs groups for those who have a desire to quit drinking or using. He will also help that individual who needs support to get to a meeting and not feel alone.

Tom is als director of and founder of  " Music In Healing ", and leads a rock band at 65 years old, Rock and Roll Eagles.

Jennifer Suadjo

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On Call Reception

Iman Nasrallah

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  Administrative Assistant 


Board Advisor


Iman is pursuing her last year of undergraduate studies at the university of Ottawa working towards her Honours Bachelor of Social Science with Major in Public Administration and Major in Psychology. With ample prior experience in the field, she directs our department of administration and hopes to gain further experience advocating for individuals in conflict with the legal system who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. Iman is passionate about the wellness of the community and has actively volunteered in various community and charity organizations and hopes to develop a greater understanding of the legal system and the challenges experienced by those involved. 

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Janice Dart

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Women's Circle Team Member


 

Rachael Kelly

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Social Media Coordinator


I am in my last year of undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. Completing a degree of Honours B.A with a specialization in Communications. Social media has always been a passion and interest of mine. As a social media coordinator, I hope to be able to spread the messages of the work done at Onyx Community Services, as well as spread awareness of the services provided at Onyx. I am excited to be a part of a wonderful group of people working towards making a better life for those in our community. 


Dwain Hamilton

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Community Outreach Worker


BDS Property Management 

 

My name is Dwain Hamilton and I volunteer in outreach at onyx community services.Although I may not have degrees, I do have life and street smarts and experience. 

I’ve been homeless in the past. I’ve gone through many ups and downs because of drug usage. 

Because of these things I know where to look for help and how to get it. I’m also trying to open a food cupboard here at Onyx. If you need help with housing, financial (O.W\ODSP) or even just getting settled in to your new place. I can direct you to furniture banks and food banks. Everything is 100 % confidential. Please come by or call to make an appointment.