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Meet our team


Sonia McDonald

Team Leader

CYW, CYC cert.

Sonia is a Certified Child and Youth Counsellor with many years experience working in the Mental Heath field. She has worked extensively with youth and families in all areas of Mental Health.  Her expertise lies in Suicide intervention and program development. As a mental health advocate, her dream was to create a hub that allowed for a 'no wrong door' policy; a space where well rounded services are offered and everyone is welcome. Creating awareness about Mental Health and Suicide along with creating community connections has always been her passion. 

...and here we are ....The Edify Centre! 


Brian McFadden

Head Coach

Brian is our Head Coach and partner at The Centre. He contributes a wide range of skills and experiences to this role that help others everyday.  From coaching in the Physical Focus Program, to creating Community Partnerships to assisting with Mental Health workshops, Brian is able to create balance and a positive outlook for everyone. He is a strong believer in creating good healthy habits that will in turn help people overcome the challenges they face in everyday life.


Paul Charbonneau

Counsellor, RSSW

With a strength based, positive approach to counselling, Paul brings a skillset that will provide you with coping strategies, for anxiety and depression, stress, worry, self confidence and addictions challenges. Paul helps to break the stigma that guys must be tough and rugged by providing a safe and confidential environment to speak freely and openly.


Jolene Bonning


Jolene is a decorated boxer winning the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, taking Bronze at the Canadian Nationals and brought home a

Gold Medal at the Ontario Provincials.

She is a committed coach and a positive, inspiring part of our team. For those who don't know, not only is Coach Jolene a fantastic boxer and a super human being, she is also a very caring and committed Early Childhood Educator.  We can't wait to get started on the fun new programs we are working on together


Mike Roesch


Mike has been a long time supporter and friend of The Edify Centre.  He is a fantastic boxing coach with a passion to teach new skills to anyone who gets in the ring.  He is not only a coach, he has a understanding of Mental Health Concerns and has been certified in Suicide Alertness since 2017

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Liane Westlake

Counsellor, BSW, BAH

Liane is skilled and a fantastic human

with her degree in Psychology and Indigenous studies, followed by her Bachelor of Social Work from York University

Liane thoroughly enjoys working alongside young adults and seeing them reach their full potential. She is often heard saying “nothing about them, without them.”  She brings to The Edify Centre over 28 years of experience in helping youth strive to become their best versions of themselves


Danon Hennessey

Facilitator, RSSW

Danon has joined our Team at The Edify centre and brings a unique approach to working with those in need of support. 

He is currently supporting young people in a therapeutic and facilitation

role in the community. 

This approach is new to Canada and most definitely the only Therapeutically Applied Roleplaying Game facilitation that

we know of in our area.

We can't wait to get started!


Lacey Fogden

Counsellor, RSSW

Lacey started her journey towards helping others heal when she found  a my passion in mental health and wellness. She has worked with children with intellectual disabilities, adults living with different dual diagnosis, as well as young people in a residential living environment. 

Lacey loves her work and hopes to continue to help people heal and grow in a safe, non-judgemental environment through one-on-one counselling.

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