Marie has had extensive experience in dealing with individuals and advocating for them within the criminal justice system and those with mental health issues.
Marie continues her work in the community daily with those in need by leading our new drop in at St. Margaret's Anglican Church Vanier meal program and outreach services.
She completed her Mental Health First Aid training.
Marie also acquired her Emergency First Aid AED Level C and
Security/ Private Investigations with Harris Security.
Marie will be assisting with GPS Offender Monitoring with TraTek Industries, to assist those seeking bail and Alcohol monitoring for Driving offences in provincial courts and is working with the team in September 2020 in Family Court.
She is now actively involved in the bail courts and is also actively involved in creating community partnerships and growth in our community.
" My door is always open."
Mental Health Counsellor
Certified Canadian Counsellor
William is a graduate of the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. In therapy William works from a person-centred approach and looks to build upon client strengths to create the best therapeutic outcomes. By creating a space for acceptance and empowerment he works with clients to reach their goals in therapy. Of special interest to William is working with the youth and young adult population. Most of all, William is looking to create a positive impact working at Onyx Community Services.
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.
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor
Tom has joined our team with 27 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health & Addictions. He works with clients in both individual and group counselling settings.
In addition to his training in Mental Health & Addictions from Algonquin , an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Clinical Supervisor.
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
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
Family Court Matters
Life Coach, Credit Counselor
Always there helping those in need. Pastor Sue has always loved working at street level in our local communities.
Although on call after a major surgery, she remains o committedthe organization and its message of hope and growth.
She remains on the Board of Directors in good standing and as former Executive Direcor.
Sr. Law Clerk
Graduate / Algonquin College
I was born and raised in New York City. I've lived in Canada, now, for four years - the latter two in Ottawa. My primary areas of interest and experience are: major mental illness, housing instability, drug use, domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse, and Trauma. I believe in the power of human resilience, and kindness.
We all come into this world with unique skills, histories, and supports. What I hope to provide is (1) guidance toward a more stable and empowered future; (2) development of a stronger, wiser, and kinder support network; and (3) a deeper understanding of self.
When a person is able to find their truth, face old wounds and mistakes gently, and celebrate their unique and hidden strengths, I believe, the future holds more hope and promise for all of us.
Alana Grant is a Social Service Worker student at Algonquin College. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Alana is part of the Community Justice team, as well as doing social service work.
Evening Meal Program
Social Media / Promotional Designer
Inuit Program Coordinator
Cody volunteers at Onyx as a Life Coach, Reintegration Specialist, and Legal Researcher. He has previously obtained a Bachelors of Kinesiology and a Masters of Applied Health Science from Brock University. Currently, he is completing a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa. Throughout his educational career, Cody has received a number of academic awards and achievements, including Dean’s Honour List and various scholarships/fellowships. At Onyx, Cody combines his health and legal educational experience to create comprehensive life coaching and reintegration programs for his clients.
Community Justice and Reintegration Worker
Haley Lee is a recent graduate of the Fleming College Community and Justice Services program and has since spent time aiding individuals in the vulnerable sector, specifically in a hospital setting. Haley also comes to Onyx with several hours of crisis management and conflict resolution skills in the residential group home setting. She also possesses several certifications such as;
•Ontario Security Guard License
•Mental Health First Aid
•Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
•Safe Talk Suicide Intervention
Algonquin College Graduate Program
Karina is a fourth year Law student currently completing her undergraduate degree at Carleton University. She has previously studied at Vanier College and obtained a CEGEP diploma in Psychology. She is interested in legal studies and criminology and is passionate about criminal law. Karina is joining the Onyx team to help out the community and in hopes to pursue a career in the legal
Northern Ontario Liaison
Jon medically released from the RCN in 2019, He enrolled in Herzing College as a Community Service Worker the same year and has completed his academic studies in this program.
Jon was a First Aid Instructor with the Military and is qualified as an Emergency Medical Responder, Mental Health First Aid, Helping Others (MHCC), ASIST, RCE/ADR, has taken courses in Alcohol, Gambling and other Drugs, and was part of the SENTINEL program with the CAF.
Since 2018 Jon has Volunteered as a medic at the Kaleidoscope Gathering specializing in mental health first aid.
When not standing in front of the BBQ Jon is usually out with the family camping or out hunting/scouting with the dogs.
Andrew comes to us from Algonquin College's Tourism department and will be interning with us to help staff with travel logistics.
Public Relations Director
Assistant to the ED
Mental Health Intake Worker
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist