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.
Jennifer Myrie is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Jennifer’s experience includes over 15 years in a multi-site Family Service Agency, managing clinical services, and providing clinical supervision to clinicians and supervisors from diverse backgrounds and at various stages of professional development. Jennifer has taught in the University of Guelph’s Couple and Family Therapy Program and currently is a sessional instructor with University of Guelph OpenEd Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies program and Tyndale University Counselling program.
Jennifer is passionate about clinical practice, teaching and clinical supervision, and is committed to practices that embody equity, excellence and collaboration.
She enjoys being engaged at various levels of her church community, relaxing with a good biography, and gardening.
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.
Tom is the Director of our Congregational Assistance Plan (CAP) and Clergy Care programs. As a practicing Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with previous experience in pastoral ministry and management with a national Employee Assistance Program (EAP) he brings a unique perspective to the direction of these Shalem programs. Through his work experiences, Tom has witnessed the value and impact that accessible, confidential, and professional mental health supports can have on workplaces and communities of all sizes.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministries from Pacific Life Bible College and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. When he is not working, Tom loves hiking and tracking wildlife with his wife, and their quirky rescue dog, Zoey. He also enjoys backpacking, playing soccer, and holding out hope for the Maple Leafs!
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.