Margo Sargent has made a career of helping families; she has over 20 years of expertise in parenting education, behaviour management and helping families in crisis. Her professional experience includes working with adolescents in residential care, advocating on behalf of youth and their families, youth counselling and family coaching. In addition Margo taught part-time for more than 12 years at the college level and as a professional consultant she designs and leads workshops and training seminars throughout Ontario. Margo currently coordinates the Parenting Programs at Family Services Ottawa. She also has her own well established coaching practice – The Parenting Coach – helping parents find solutions to their parenting challenges. A mother of 2, Margo knows firsthand the challenges and joys of parenting which helps her educate on important family issues with sensitivity, straightforwardness and a healthy sense of humour.
Tim Paquette brings years of experience in parenting, especially with respect to father involvement. He coordinated a national project called “My Daddy Matters Because…”, a framework that promotes and acknowledges the role of fathers. He is currently chair of the Father Involvement Initiative-Ontario (FII-ON). Tim has facilitated workshops on father involvement locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Betsy Mann is a Certified Canadian Family Educator. For over 16 years, she has facilitated workshops for parents of children of all ages, from birth to adolescence, as well as for caregivers in home and centre-based child care settings. These workshops are delivered through a variety of community organizations, school boards and Early Years Centres in Ottawa, in Eastern Ontario and in the Outaouais region. She is editor of the quarterly newsletter of the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs and also writes in the areas of child development and family support. Her publications include 14 modules in a training program for home child care providers, a handbook for facilitators of parenting groups and a literature review in the field of parent education for vulnerable populations. She also writes handy resource sheets for parents, of which many are available online at www.parentsmatter.ca
Susan Duke is an Early Childhood Educator with extensive experience spanning 30 years. Susan has worked as a teacher in Day Care and Nursery School as well as a Program Director for 2 two local Day Cares. Over the past 18 years she has worked as a Family Resource Coordinator and Parent Educator for Ontario Early Years as well as in the workplace.
Joanne Boyd is an Early Childhood Educator who has been working int he childcare sector for over 10 years. She has worked in daycare centres, home daycare, schools and family resource centres with children of all ages. Joanne is a vibrant and experienced facilitator who has delivered engaging workshops to diverse groups of adults and children.
Linda Ogle, MSW has worked with families for over 30 years. Over the past 5 years, Linda has specialized in facilitating parenting courses that focus on anger management and high conflict divorce and separation. Linda believes in staying current and has participated in on-going training in the areas of, family dynamics, mental health, working with multi-parties, and cultural diversity. She feels her greatest learning is thanks to the families she has worked with and her 4 grown daughters and 9 grandchildren. Her grandchildren are a constant reality check and a reminder of the challenge and the fulfilment of parenting. Over her career, Linda has also worked in child protection, adoption, foster care and family mediation. She has spent many years of her career as a counsellor working with families and individuals of all ages.
Linda Rombough is a certified Child Meditation Facilitator, and a FRIENDS for Life anxiety prevention and program Facilitator who works with children and youth in the Ottawa area. Linda holds an Honours BA in Psychology, and is currently doing her Master’s in Counselling at Ottawa University. She is the past Vice-President and Chair of the Youth Committee for the ADAO (Anxiety Disorder Association of Ontario), and past Secretary of ADAC (Anxiety Disorder Association of Canada). As a certified SMT (Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching) instructor, Linda tutors children who struggle with dyslexia and other learning challenges while providing one-on-one coaching to parents in the area of advocacy, support, empowerment, coping strategies and adaptive technologies.
Maria Koneva has more than 20 years of experience working in the counselling field. Prior to immigrating to Canada she worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist at a mental health hospital in Minsk, Belarus. There she performed psycho diagnostic testing and group psychotherapy. She taught psychology at a college in Volgograd, Russia. Maria currently works with children who have anxiety. She tries to create warm and friendly atmosphere to help children to feel free to express their emotions and fears. She is attentive to children needs, sensitive, fun, always ready to help.