Yasmin Virani holds an MA and BA in Criminology with a minor in Law from Ryerson University. She brings a diverse range of experience to her role having worked with children, adolescents and families with varying cognitive, behavioural and mental health diagnoses. Yasmin has worked with these individuals and families in various settings and roles within the sectors of education, community recreation and engagement, social justice and crisis response. Yasmin is skilled in crisis management and tactful handling of high-conflict situations as her most recent jobs included instructional and management positions with the City of Toronto and as a communications operator with the Toronto Police Services.
Crystal Mathers is a Child and Youth Care Worker, certified through the OACYC, with 20+ years experience working with children, youth and their families. Crystal has worked in residential treatment centres, for both adolescent and latency aged children and youth, and intensive service programs for child care centres and day treatment programs, provided through children’s mental health agencies. As well she teaches at Centennial College in the Child and Youth Care program. Crystal has had extensive training and experience working with children and youth with mental health and attachment concerns and diagnoses, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and, with children and youth experiencing effects of trauma. Throughout her career, Crystal has consistently worked in settings which have been developed for children and youth who are experiencing crisis and works with all involved to make environments safe so they can develop new skills and heal.
Lynda Evans has 25+ years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in mental health programs that focus on assisting individuals gain control over their behaviour. Lynda attended York University and graduated with a degree in psychology. She has also provided services as a private practitioner in a number of settings and in community based contracts. She brings an exceptional professional manner in dealing with client, family members and with community organizations in social service, education, youth justice and health care.
Georgina Mangos is a Child and Youth Worker with over 25 years of experience working with individuals with mental health issues and behavioural challenges. Georgina worked in residential homes, day treatment settings and the Durham District School Board with infants, youth, adolescents and their families. In these roles, Georgina developed an extensive understanding of assisting children who were dealing with the affects of trauma. She has dedicated herself throughout her career to ensuring that children are able to thrive in a safe environment. After working in the private sector, Georgina joined the Brayden team in 2019 working in the field as a Supervisor and as a Service Director.
Alimah Sutherland is a Child and Youth Worker with over 15 years experience working with children, youth and their families. Her experience has been in the area of children’s mental health and various exceptionalities. Alimah has worked in a day treatment hospital setting for children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, residential settings, and in intensive support programs supporting children with behavioural challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Over her career Alimah had dedicated herself to supporting children and fostering a safe and welcome environment. Alimah has been with the Brayden team since 2019 having worked in the field as a Supervisor and a Service Director.
Kellie Gies is a certified Child and Youth Counsellor with over 15 years experience working with children and families. Her experience has been in the areas of children’s mental health, family support, modeling and problem solving; special education and family supervision. Kellie has worked in and developed programming for youth in a children’s mental health inpatient unit in a hospital setting; and assisted in bridging the gaps between children, their families and teachers within the school system. Kellie holds a Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Humber College. She has been with Brayden since 2012 as a visit supervisor and service director.
Tara Reid-Laframboise has an extensive background in mental health, youth residential and court appointed supervised parenting time for parents and children. She has spent her career working in diversified roles including co owner, management, front line and trainer. She is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner as well as a certified trainer for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. Tara speaks at a mandatory information program for individuals going through the family court process. She holds a BA in Psychology from Trent University. Tara is previously co-owner of Reid and McKinnon Supervised Access Services and in 2016 has merged services with Brayden Supervision.
Rob MacKenzie is a Child and Youth Worker, with over 23 years of experience working with children, youth and families. Rob has worked in a variety of settings including residential mental health centres, schools, and hospitals. He has extensive experience working with families in Nova Scotia communities, directly in their homes or community settings. Rob leads others in understanding behaviour and developing best approach for services. He is also a certified trainer in Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB). Rob’s work focus is on making environments safe so all involved can develop new skills, heal and grow.