BSW, MSW, RSW, Executive Director ext. 230
Deb has practised as a social worker and psychotherapist for more than 25 years in women’s shelters and community-based services. For 16 years she worked with children and families in the stem-cell transplant and pediatric brain tumour programs at SickKids. She has facilitated groups for women with eating disorders and body image issues at Sheena’s Place for 20 years. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. An active public speaker, Deb has presented at numerous conferences including TEDx Toronto in 2013.
Registrar and Program Administrator ext. 220
Hema has been an advocate for youth services and bullying awareness campaigns for over 7 years, and is passionately supportive of several other communities across the GTA. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in anthropological studies at York University, and as a side passion, Hema is an active participant at many art exhibits. This next step in her journey as Registrar and Program Administrator at Sheena’s Place is an exciting experience and development for her. She has long admired Sheena’s Place and their dynamic services, and looks forward to growing with the organization.
MSW, RSW, Program Manager ext. 340
Kelsey received her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2017, where she specialized in social justice and diversity. In 2016 Kelsey joined Sheena’s Place as a placement student, and became a group facilitator following the completion of her degree. Prior to joining the Sheena’s Place team as program manager, Kelsey worked as the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC). Kelsey is passionate about providing low-barrier access to mental health care through community-based work.
MSW, RSW, Program and Outreach Coordinator ext. 330
Kaitlyn entered the field of eating disorders through her research at the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal in 2013, while studying at McGill University. Since then, Kaitlyn has worked and volunteered for a variety of mental health organizations (including LOFT Community Services, Jewish Family & Child, and Yorktown Family Services) supporting youth and adults with eating disorders and other mental health challenges. Kaitlyn received her MSW at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in mental health and health. At Sheena’s Place, Kaitlyn facilitates groups and coordinates and delivers outreach presentations in the community. Through her work, she aims to destigmatize eating disorders and increase accessibility of support.
Development Officer ext. 250
JP spent the first 14 years of his career in the financial sector; ultimately working his way up to Director of Relationship Management with RBC Global Services. In this role, he was responsible for the bank’s relationships with a number of top tier clients, including The Hospital for Sick Children. It was here that the Sickkids foundation asked him to volunteer and then ultimately jump industries all-together and develop their individual giving program. In his 12 years at SickKids, JP developed multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns, and worked with Canada’s leading philanthropists and companies to achieve their charitable goals. JP is now excited to bring this experience and passion to Sheena’s Place.
Operations Manager and Bookkeeper ext. 300
Julia has a wide range of experience in office management, bookkeeping and payroll in the private sector. She is also trained as a Social Service Worker and has provided volunteer work at the Toronto Distress Centre, The YWCA Beatrice House and The AIDS Network. Julia is very grateful to be part of our team and is looking forward to continuing to grow with Sheena’s Place.