At the start of January 2021, Jennifer began serving Shalem in the role of Executive Director. Having led the counselling program since 2009, and has loved her time growing and supporting Shalem’s staff in its mission and values. Before Shalem, she worked for 20 years in the field of marriage and family therapy as a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer, valuing opportunities to work in both Family Service agencies in the GTA and faith-based clinical settings. She brings a passion for team building, visioning and community partnerships, and is keen to support the board in continuing its mission of engaging our community. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Toronto, studying psychology and religion, was active in leadership in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and completed a Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counselling degree at Tyndale Seminary. In recent COVID months, she’s balanced her work with long family walks with her children, a healthy pile of novels, and many pots of tea.
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.
Sharon is our Interim Clinical Director. A Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, she brings a wide range of experience from her work of private practice, post- secondary institutions, community, and children’s mental health agencies within Christian and wider public settings.
Sharon has journey with individuals, couples, and families through many of the expected and unexpected transitions of the life. Her clinical work focuses on the search for hope and change through the healing power of being seen and heard. Currently, her clinical, supervisory and consultation practice has taken on a more overt advocacy stance in response to the cultural, societal, and emotional shifts that impact her clients.
Sharon completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and French at Carleton University, and she holds a Master of Divinity degree (Counselling focus) from Ontario Theological Seminary (now Tyndale). She finds joy in the small things: a healthy supply of fountain pens, fine stationery, lots of ink, French literature, cups of tea, and the simple pleasures of family, friendship and music.
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. Betty is a certified supervisor, consultant and trainer 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.