Mark has been a marriage and family therapist since 1988 and came to Shalem in 2004. He has worked in child welfare (Northumberland Children’s Aid Society) and in children’s mental health (Kinark Child and Family Services). Until 2004, he served for almost 15 years as the Coordinator of what was then called Children’s Case Coordination Services for Northumberland County, an advocacy position which that involved him directly in the child welfare, children’s mental health, health, adult mental health, youth justice, developmental, medically complex, and education systems. Throughout that period he maintained a private practice in marriage and family therapy. From 2004-2008 Mark served on the Inter-Ministerial Provincial Advisory Committee of the Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy at Queen’s Park. He is the Board Chair of Wrap Canada and Co-Chair of Wrap Canada’s Training and Technical Support Institute.
He is a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator trainer. He has worked extensively with both perpetrators and victims of violence, and is the co-author of Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises, Foreword by Desmond Tutu (Baker, 2007).
Mark loves camping with his family in Algonquin Park, baseball, and his environmentally friendly, waste vegetable oil-powered car.
Danielle has been with Shalem since 2005. She graduated from Redeemer University College with a business major and missions minor. Most of Danielle’s work experience has been with non-profit organizations. Previously she worked at Mission Services of Hamilton, organizing children’s programs, and providing financial management for individuals on the Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.
Danielle provides administrative support to Shalem, and manages our print and web communications. Danielle manages the intake process for the Congregational Assistance Plan (CAP) and the Hamilton Clinic.
Danielle enjoys camping, biking and hiking with her family.
Jennifer is our Clinical Director and a registered marriage and family therapist. She brings a wide range of experience to Shalem from both Christian and wider community settings.
Jennifer has worked with clients through many concerns, including abuse, trauma, addictions, depression, grief and anxiety. Her clinical approach focuses on supporting clients through their difficulties and equipping them to address their challenges by building new stories of hope and health in their lives.
Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at University of Toronto, studying psychology and religious studies, and completed a Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counselling degree at Tyndale Seminary. She balances her days with family walks and camping trips, a healthy pile of novels waiting to be read, and time spent in her garden.
Betty is our Director of the Linking Lives/Building Attachment program and the Artistic Director of Shalem’s RE-create Outreach Art Studio. A registered art therapist and a certified play therapist, Betty has worked with adults, children, teens and their parents for over 15 years at Shalem. She is also a member of ATTACH (Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children), an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment difficulties. Betty is a certified supervisor of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute.
Betty holds a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from the University of Guelph. She also completed the Master’s-level program at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.
Marg is the Director of our Congregational Assistance Plan (CAP) and the Clergy Care program. For most of her career in social work, Marg has worked within the Family Services Ontario network, both as a family therapist and as a Clinical Program Manager with the Family Counselling Centre of Brant. She is experienced in the delivery and development of Employee Assistance Plans (EAP), a type of counselling program widely offered by companies to their employees as a health care benefit. Shalem’s CAP program is modelled on the EAP.
Marg has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and canoeing with her husband, as well as gardening, knitting, connecting with extended family, and participating in volunteer activities with her church and neighbourhood.
Anne holds a M.A. in Religion and Culture and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. She is trained in Restorative Practices and a founding member of the FaithCARE steering team, an ecumenical organization supported by Shalem that offers a restorative response to conflict and a process to become restorative congregations.
Anne’s work experience includes volunteer coordinator with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, lecturer in Religious Studies and Women’s Studies, and program coordinator in the areas of small group ministry and spiritual formation for the United Church of Canada. Anne is a skilled small group facilitator and workshop leader. She is the author of Rooted in the Divine: Nurturing Our Faith Through Small Group Ministry, Toronto, United Church, 2004 and Exploring Faith Questions: Journeys of Faith and Spirituality, Toronto, United Church, 2004. Anne has two terrific children. She loves to travel, write, and learn about just about anything.