Our Trainers

The Training and Technical Assistance Program carries a faculty of expert trainers who are leaders in their fields and are working in agencies or private practice across Canada.

Core Housing First Training Faculty

Below you will see a list of the current members of the Core Housing First training faculty, their bio’s, and a list of areas of specialty.

If you would like to access one or more of the trainers listed based on their areas of expertise, or if you are interested in becoming a member of our training faculty, please contact us.

British Columbia

Catharine Hume

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

To come.

Aaron Munro

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Chelsey Bromley

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Specialties:
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Home Visits
  • Community and Social Engagement
  • Meaningful Daily Activity
  • Harm Reduction
  • Occupational Therapy in Housing First
Jolanta Krysinski

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SPECIALTIES:

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Laura Caron

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SPECIALTIES:

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Heather Gilmore

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

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Sue Baker

mpa-s-baker-2014-34-edit-683x1024Sue has worked in mental health and supported housing over 25 years. Her entire career has been with the MPA Society in Vancouver, B.C. which is a large non-profit agency that was started by persons with mental illness back in 1971. Currently, MPA provides housing and supports to over 900 individuals in both the Vancouver and Fraser Health regions. Sue was the Housing lead on the project team of the Vancouver arm of the At Home, Chez Soi national research demonstration project on Housing First. Currently she is involved in several housing first initiatives throughout greater Vancouver.

Specialties:
  • Housing Procurement
  • Housing First Principles
  • Housing First Fidelity

Alberta

Carrie Bartsch

Carrie Bartsch is a passionate Person Centered Planning Trainer and Facilitator and that has been integral to Housing First in Grande Prairie since 2010. She has held roles as a case manager, team lead, and is currently the Housing First Program Specialist. Carrie has a background in Early Childhood Development, Rehabilitation, and Youth Services, which has been instrumental in providing program development and management in the Homelessness Initiative. Carrie truly believes that in order to provide optimal service to people who are experiencing homelessness, you must develop a dedicated team who support one another to be the best version of themselves.

SPECIALTIES:

To come.

Quinn Moerike

Quinn has worked in serving people experiencing homelessness since 2004, utilizing his own experience as a person who had been homeless while experiencing addictions and mental health issues. He is now working as a Program Coordinator for the Housing First program in Edmonton where he works to integrate good data, good research, and case management.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Housing First Team Lead/Meetings
  • Harm Reduction
  • Housing First 101
  • BGCC of Calgary
Kim Wirth

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

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Heidi Walter

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Sue Fortune

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SPECIALTIES:

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Jocelyn Adamo

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Tim Fox

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Kale Hayes

Kale currently possesses a degree in Health Science with a major in Addictions Counselling and is in the process of completing his Masters of Counselling Psychology. Kale has worked with Family Ties Association in Lethbridge, AB for 6 years. His professional career has been built around the development and implementation of community-based programs and initiatives for under-serviced vulnerable populations implementing programming to better support them. Through his professional involvement in the social work, addictions, justice, and homelessness fields, Kale has developed a strong understanding of supportive systems and pathways. Currently, as the Program Supervisor of River House, Kale provides management to a 10-Bed congregate-living permanent supportive housing facility. The River House program is based on the Housing First philosophy. Utilizing harm-reduction strategies, with a focus on integrative health/well-being, River House provides housing and low-intensity therapeutic supports to chronically homeless males with comorbid conditions (physical health, mental health, & severe addictions).

SPECIALTIES:
  • Program/Community Development
  • Homelessness System of Care
  • Harm Reduction
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Strength-Based Client-Focused Service and Treatment Planning
  • Effective Staffing Structures
Hope Hamerston

Hope hails from Medicine Hat, AB. She has two degrees, one in Sociology and one in Human Justice. Upon graduating Hope went into the Human Services/Social Services field and has worked in a variety of positions within Medicine Hat including Corrections. Her passion has always been in Family Violence and of course Housing First. I have been with the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter for 10 years, and in the last 5 years with the Housing First Program. She has gone from front line to Team Lead and was recently promoted to Program Manager of Housing First. Hope believes in the fidelity to Housing First and a client-centered approach are important in ending homelessness.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First & Families
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Home Visits
  • Team Lead/Meetings
  • Manitoba

Manitoba

Mamawi Wi Chi Itata

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

To come.

Sharon Redsky

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

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Larry Wucherer

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

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Don Robinson

Don, a Cree man originally from the Bunibonibee (Oxford House) First Nation, has been a long time Winnipeg resident. He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in 1991 and the Master of Social Work Program, University of Manitoba in 2001. He is currently employed with as a Trauma Worker with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority providing consulting, and training, therapy services. He brings a unique cultural perspective on healing, inter-generational trauma, cross cultural awareness, family therapy work with Aboriginal families and training and learning, and the traditional ways of looking at life.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Aboriginal Perspective on Trauma Informed Practice
  • Aboriginal Intensive Case Management
  • Motivational Interviewing with Integration of the Medicine Wheel Approach
Betty Edel

Betty is an Aboriginal woman from the City of Winnipeg with over 35 years of experience working and volunteering in the Inner City of Winnipeg on social justice issues of health care, adult and child education as well as affordable housing. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba and is currently exploring returning to school to get a Masters Degree in Social Work from an Indigenous perspective. She was raised in the Child Welfare System in the 1960’s and remained until she aged out of care when she turned eighteen. During her time in the Child Welfare system Betty was homeless for the majority of her teen years. Betty is currently employed at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre as a Community Access Navigator in the centralized intake system called Doorways. Betty has indepth knowledge of the development of internal systems and programming to meet the needs of individuals being supported under an Intensive Case Management model of Housing First. Betty has worked passionately from the beginning of Housing First in Winnipeg to ensure it was culturally appropriate to meet the needs of the majority of people experiencing being homeless which in Winnipeg, is the Aboriginal community.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First Principles
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Intake and Coordinated Access
  • Cultural Competency in Housing First
Paula Hendrickson

Paula possess twenty-eight (28) years of experience in the field of social services in addition to eight (8) years working within the Indigenous community. Paula’s primary focus as a leader is advocating to end homelessness and support a more inclusive society. She is invested in continuing to advocate, promote and participate utilizing a ‘Collective Impact approach’ to end homelessness. Paula’s expertise as a leader is in building relationships, development of programs and services from inception to implementation and ongoing daily monitoring. Paula is currently employed at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre Inc. as the Director of Services. Her duties include supervising the Housing and Housing Support Programs to meet the needs of individuals being supported; under an Intensive Case Management Housing First Model. Paula’s vision and leadership has been instrumental in the establishment of the Doorways Collaboration Project, Stepping Forward, A Place to Call Home, Ni-Apin: At home /Chez Soi, the Bell Hotel, Project Breakaway and the proposal development and initial negotiations of Riverpoint Centre. To name a few, Paula has severed on several committees such as the Point Douglas Community Leadership Council (formerly: Northstar Collaboration), the Board of Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Inc. and the Homeless Count Street Census committee.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First Principles
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Intake and Coordinated Access
  • Cultural Competency in Housing First
Al Wiebe

Brad began working in Vancouver for Raincity Housing, at their low barrier, harm reduction based emergency shelter, Triage. He later became the supervisor of their concurrent disorders outreach team and was fortunate to be a part of Raincity’s ACT team, during the At Home/Chez Soi project, as an outreach worker. Upon returning to his hometown of Thunder Bay Brad spent 2 years as manager of the local emergency shelter/street outreach team and MAP program. Brad presently works for a local employment agency and as a part time professor in the concurrent disorders program at Confederation College. It is a dream come true to be working with CAEH and to contribute in some small way to the end of homelessness in Canada.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Peer Specialists in Housing First

Ontario

Brad King

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Dick Passmore

Prior to becoming Team Lead with Homeward Bound: From Homelessness To Community, Dick Passmore worked in the Traditional Healing Department of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Access Centre in Hamilton Ontario. During that time, he was seconded to the Mental Health and Street Outreach Team, Public Health Department of the City of Hamilton, as well as being involved in Housing First readiness. In this capacity, he gained experience working with the homeless urban Aboriginal population; engaging them, and walking with them as they made positive steps toward a more safe, stable life. He is fulfilling his role as Oshkabaywis (helper) by making use of his connections within the Aboriginal community as an ally, advocate and resource. For most of his life, Dick has been involved in the helping profession, both as a volunteer and a worker. His experiences include being a member on various boards and committees, a volunteer firefighter, union steward, Peer Support Worker, Hospice/Palliative Care Personal Support Worker, community volunteer, master of ceremonies, as well as running Improv Comedy workshops for at-risk youth. As a long-time hospice volunteer, he provided Reiki and Intuitive Energy healing for those at end of life.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First within an Urban Aboriginal Population
  • Creating a Collaborative Team Environment
  • Mainstream/Aboriginal Partnerships
Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson, MBA, is the City of London’s Manager of Homeless Prevention. Her priority and commitment is to solve homelessness in London, and beyond and serves on a number of local, provincial and national advisory groups and committees. Jan is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Western University and is an appointed bencher with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Jan previously worked as the Executive Director for several not-for-profit corporations, as a registered nurse and management consultant and has volunteered with a number of community organizations and board of directors, including the London Police Services Board. Jan is the author of a number of publications, and co-author of research and evaluation initiatives.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First and Veterans
Cheryl Forchuck

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First and Veterans
Sharon Sutor

Sharon manages a Housing First intensive case management program at Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe. She started her Housing First journey with years of experience working in women’s shelters and transitional housing as well as mental health case management. Her first encounter with the Housing First philosophy was at the CAEH conference in Vancouver where she was inspired to create a program with high fidelity to those principles. That program has now housed over 50 of the most acute people experiencing homelessness in the area and continues to grow rapidly. She welcomes the opportunity to share what she has learned about starting a Housing First program from scratch and the opportunity to help communities use their available resources to coordinate and implement Housing First plans that work for their communities.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Strong Housing First Teams
  • Case Management
  • FACT Teams
  • Assertive Engagement/Outreach
  • Working with Peers, Queers, and Cultural Competency

Quebec

Jessica Soto

Bio to come.

SPECIALTIES:

To come.

New Brunswick

Murielle Doucet

Murielle has been a bilingual suicide prevention trainer, educator, mentor advocate and coach with LivingWorks Education Inc for 22 years and offers ASIST, safeTALK and suicide to HOPE training programs. She has extensive leadership and management skills. She was the Team Leader for the ACT team at the Moncton site of the national At Home/Chez Soi Research Project and was part of the first group of Housing 1st TA’s with the MHCC. Presently working as a Service Coordinator for Salvus Primary Health Community Clinic, Murielle helps clients navigate complex systems such as health or social development departments in order to determine the next step for recovery. She continues to work in community development, through her on-going roles as a volunteer and past Board member of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and various regional and provincial committee/volunteer groups.

SPECIALTIES:

To come.

Newfoundland

Gail Thornhill

Gail is the Director of Supportive Housing at Stella’s Circle, a leading non-profit community organization, which has been recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its innovative and responsive approaches in the fields of affordable housing, mental health, and employment and for its quality programming and services. Stella’s Circle provides services to adults who face barriers from fully participating in the community. Gail has a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 17 years. At Stella’s Circle, she oversees the supportive housing team which offers tenant relations, wellness programming and a variety of safe and affordable housing options. Stella’s Circle has 76 housing units and works in partnership with 35 private landlords. Gail also oversees Naomi Centre, an emergency shelter for young women. Annually, the Centre offers temporary accommodation, advocacy and case management services to more than 120 women and responds to 2000 requests for service. Part of Gail’s role includes community capacity building. She serves on the boards of Cochrane Community Outreach and Performance Centre, End Homelessness St. Johns, and has recently completed a term with The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network. Currently she is co-managing a new Intensive Case Management program on behalf of End Homelessness St. John’s, called Front Step. Gail also provides training, mentorship and support to eight Housing Support Workers located in various locations of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

SPECIALTIES:
  • Housing First Principles/Fidelity
  • Housing First in Rural and Remote Context
  • Assertive Engagement/Strength Based/Client Focused
  • Housing Procurement/Rapid Re-Housing

The Training and Technical Assistance Program is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada