Who We Are

Pleo was created by parents, for parents.

We know first hand that parents play a significant role in their child’s outcomes and research supports this. We recognize that parents can’t and need not do it alone. We understand the challenges and the stressors on families. And we believe that families facing mental health challenges can flourish.

Our Vision is that families facing mental health challenges can flourish, stigma-free, with the support and services they need.

Our Mission is to foster positive outcomes for families with children to age 25 facing mental health challenges by providing family peer support and by amplifying the family voice for system change.

Our Team

This is your Pleo Team. The people who will be there alongside you through your journey, and behind the scenes championing better mental health care for our kids and families.

Our Family Peer Supporters bring the wisdom and experience of supporting their own child, youth, or young adult with mental health or addiction challenges. They also complete extensive ongoing training – on the mental health system, diagnoses, promising and best practices, and specialized skills such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, and SMART Recovery. And they’re locals – they live where you live, in the communities we currently serve, because the experience is different in each community, and we need our services to reflect that.

Michelle Crogie
Executive Director
Anne Lukey
Executive Assistant
Diane Oxborough
Bilingual Program Manager
Chantal Porteous
Bilingual Team Lead: Support Groups
Laura Lea McPherson, BA, CPF
Team Lead: One-on-One
Pamela McPhee-Marinuzzi, BSc, SSW, RSSW (pending)
Team Lead: Helpline
Holly Watson
Team Lead: Helpline
Line Labrecque
Bilingual Family Peer Supporter
Bonnie Schryer
Family Peer Supporter
Chinyere Opia
Family Peer Supporter
Sharyn Duffey
Family Peer Supporter
Linda Cole
Family Peer Supporter
Kim Trimble
Family Peer Supporter
Catherine Shea
Bilingual Family Peer Supporter
Joe Holubowich
Family Peer Supporter
Margaret-Anne Quinn
Bilingual Family Peer Supporter
Austin Antic
Communications Coordinator
Christine Long
Bilingual Family Peer Supporter

Board Of Diretors

Angela Fenton
Chair
Greg Nesbitt
Treasurer
Hedi Gordon
Vice-Chair
Amelie March
Director
Kate Stoudt
Director
Frederic Birts
Director
Krista Daviault
Director
Melissa Jennings

Our Funders

 
United Way Centraide – East Ontario
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Champlain Local Health Integration Network
RBC Foundation
Bell Let’s Talk
 
 
United Way Centraide – East Ontario
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Champlain Local Health Integration Network
RBC Foundation
Bell Let’s Talk
 

Thank you thank you … you were a guardian angel today. I was a bit distressed and you really did help; best phone call I ever decided to make, especially when I have no one. Again I can’t thank you enough .

PLEO Parent

Do you struggle getting your child to attend school?

We will be presenting a workshop on School Avoidance and Refusal in children at this free event, hosted by The Rotary Club of West Ottawa. Learn more and register here

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Join us at free event, "Prepared and Positive: An Information Forum for Parents of Children and Youth", hosted by The Rotary Club of West Ottawa. Learn more and register here.

Rejoignez-nous à l'événement gratuit,"Préparés et positifs : un forum d'information pour les parents d'enfants et de jeunes", organisé par le Club Rotary d'Ottawa Ouest. Apprendre encore plus et inscrivez-vous.

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