About Us

Shaleen Jones
Executive Director

Shaleen Jones has worked in the fields of peer support and mental health for over 20 years, holding leadership positions with peer led organization such as the BC Eating Disorders Association, Laing House, and Eating Disorders NS. Having recovered from an eating disorder, she is passionate about recovery and the transformative power of peer support. Shaleen was one of the first people trained specifically to provide peer support for those with eating disorders in Canada, and is a Certified Peer Supporter with PSACC.

Committed to creating positive change in the way we think about and support people living with mental illnesses, Shaleen is passionate about peer support.

Kim Sunderland
Director – Special Initatives

Kim Sunderland has been closely involved in the Canadian peer support community for several years.  She played a key role in the creation of the National Standards of Practice for Peer Support as well as the development of certification processes.  She also authored the Peer Support Guidelines and co-authored Peer Support Training Guidelines on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Since the creation of Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada (PSACC), Kim has played a key leadership role in galvanizing the peer support community towards the common goal of enhancing recognition and accessibility of peer support in Canada.  As PSACC’s first Executive Director, Kim was involved in every facet of the organization and works with countless volunteers who share the organization’s vision.

Certification Coordintator
Coming Soon

PSACC would like to thank the dedicated members of our Certification Committee:

  • Kim Dixon
  • Debbie Sesula
  • Deborrah Sherman
  • Fiona Wilson
  • Debbie Weibe

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stephane Grenier MSC, CD, LLD

Stephane Grenier is a Veteran of the Canadian Military who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel following 29 years of service and numerous overseas missions such as in Cambodia, Haiti, Lebanon, and Kuwait. Most notably, he spent 10 months in Rwanda in 1994/95 and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.

Faced with undiagnosed PTSD upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with mental health issues; a mission he has now decided to broaden to the entire Canadian workforce through his work in developing non clinical mental health interventions as a complement to traditional clinical care. In 2010 he was seconded to the Mental Health Commission of Canada and since his retirement from the military in 2012, Grenier has founded a charity and created Mental Health Innovations, a social enterprise dedicated to re humanizing workplaces in Canada.

Throughout his career, Grenier has been recognized for his transformational leadership style and commended for his collaborative efforts and outstanding leadership, notably during the post war humanitarian disasters in Rwanda. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada, and in 2015 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Guelph for his contributions in the field of mental health.


Dr. Arnold completed his M. D. at Queen’s University at Kingston in 1968 and was certified in general surgery in 1973. From 1973 to 1981 he worked as a surgical consultant in Labrador and North-eastern Québec.

Dr. Arnold’s work in Occupational Health started in 1975 and has included roles with Quebec Cartier Mining Ltd, the Iron Ore Company of Canada, the Alberta Government, Dow Chemical Canada, Noranda, and Alcan where he was responsible for EHS globally and was also Vice – President of Alcan International.

Since retiring from Alcan in 2002, Dr. Arnold has worked as a consultant in HSE for the International Aluminium Institute, the International Council on Mining and Metals and several national and international companies. Dr. Arnold was a charter member and Chairperson (at the request of the Honourable Michael Kirby), of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is a Board member on several volunteer boards.

Dr. Arnold has published/presented over 100 scientific papers. He has been recognized for his work in Occupational Health by his peers as the CBOM Memorial Lecturer and the Mastromatteo Orator for OEMAC. In 2012, he received the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in workplace psychological health and safety.

André Bussière , CPA

Andre was a Partner, EY (Ernst & Young and predecessor firms ) for 28 years and has been retired since 2006. He has served on a number of boards including United Way of Ottawa; Community Foundation of Ottawa; and Ottawa General Hospital.

Shana Calixte, MA

Shana Calixte is the Mental Health and Addictions Lead for the North East Local Health Integration Network. In this role, she implements short and long-term strategies to enhance mental health and addiction service and housing provision across the continuum of care for a diverse population. Her previous role was as the Executive Director of NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, a consumer/survivor initiative located in Sudbury, Ontario, where she provided administrative and organizational leadership, as well as advocacy for people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions challenges in the northeast.

Witnessing the recovery of others through peer support, Shana believes in the power of mutual aid to challenge as well as strengthen an ailing mental health system. She also believes in the need for social justice to be at the forefront of every movement for change, and therefore speaks often about the need to include a health equity lens into peer support work and organizing.

Shana also works in the Department of Women’s Studies, Thorneloe at Laurentian University, teaching courses on Girl Cultures, Mothering and Reproduction, and Sexuality Studies. Shana is completing her PhD in Women’s Studies at York University, focusing on the histories of Caribbean Girl Guide movements, and the intersections of girlhood, sexuality, and empire-building within this colonial organization. Her most recent publications include:  Transnationalizing Girlhood Studies: Girlhood and Guiding as Imperial Practice (SUNY Press: 2015) and Authentic Peer Support Work: Challenges and opportunities for an evolving occupation (Journal of Mental Health: 2015, with Karen Rebeiro Gruhl and Sara Lacarte). Shana was honoured with the Jack Layton Leadership Award at the Sudbury Social Justice Awards in 2013, and in 2015, was featured in Canadian’s Living’s Top 40 Change-Makers.

Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon is retired from his position as Vice President and Human Resources Officer at NAV Canada having served at the VP level at both CN Rail and Unisource Canada in the past. Richard was the Chair of FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications) until September 2013. NAV Canada was recognized nationally for advancing mental health in its workplace through a pioneering peer support program.

He also served on the Workforce Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada until 2011 and continues to be involved in Psychological Health and Safety Advancement Committee with the Commission. He currently serves on the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources Advisory committee as well as the King’s University College (Western) Alumni Committee. Richard serves on the Ashbury Human Resources Committee and continues to be involved in various mental health initiatives

Deanna Matzanke, J.D.

Deanna Matzanke is a Strategic HR and Diversity Professional and employment lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of minority inclusion and employment systems and practices. She is currently the Director, Measurement & Analytics at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (www.ccdi.ca).  Prior to this, she acted as the head of Diversity and Inclusion in the Global HR function at Scotiabank where she was responsible for a wide range of employment strategies.

Deanna’s significant community engagement is also focused on minority inclusion. She was appointed to the Partnership Council for Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities by the Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure for the period of May 2014 – May 2016. She is also an active committee member on the Workplace Action Team for Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) and the Episodic Disabilities Advisory Committee of Realize:  Fostering Positive Change for People Living with HIV and Other Episodic Disabilities. Deanna served as Co-Chair for the Status of Women Committee for the City of Toronto and she also provides strategic advice and guidance to the non-profit sector in Toronto.

Deanna holds a B.A. (Hons) in Romance Languages from University of Alberta, both her common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, a Global Professional Human Resources designation from HRCI and has completed her Human Capital Strategist with HCI.

Robyn Priest

Robyn Priest has extensive experience over the last 25 years in the mental health sector in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. She is the Lead Project Coordinator for Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, a SAMHSA funded consumer run technical assistance center and the Chief Communications Officer for Resiliency Unleashed Training and Consulting.

She has been involved in government policy and planning, CEO of a community mental health team, a health services auditor, quality management consultant, Executive Director of a state-wide peer network, a PeerZone coordinator and facilitator, an accomplished trainer for many topic areas, and is a sought after public speaker. Robyn has been involved in multiple service sites related to the implementation and delivery of peer support.  She is a peer and a family member and was the lead facilitator throughout the Mental Health Commission Canada “Making the Case for Peer Support” project.  Her passion is bringing diverse groups of people together for the excellence in service delivery.


“Where a group is too large to efficiently make all necessary decisions, it creates an entity to facilitate the process. Group members delegate a large portion of the decision-making responsibility to this entity. One simple definition of governance is “the art of steering societies and organizations.” Governance is about the more strategic aspects of steering, making the larger decisions about both direction and rolesIn the non-governmental sector, representing stakeholder interests may be a determining factor in the governance to be applied. Even within these sectors, size, shape, form and function will vary greatly from one organization to the next.”

Source: The Institute on Governance, a not-for-profit public interest institution in Canada