Shauna MacLeod- Founder/Executive Director
Shauna is the founder/director of The Willow Community Support Services. Having discovered gaps in the current mental health system, she dedicated herself to creating a sustainable, non-clinical creative community for consumers of mental health and addiction services. Drawing from her volunteer experiences as a Martial Art Instructor for over 20 years and her previous academic success at both Niagara College and Brock University, she has lead a team of 10 volunteer start up committee members and 9 board of director members toward making this a reality. She is a passionate advocate for consumers of mental health and addiction services and believes in the collective efforts needed to create systematic changes to the current mental health services in the Niagara Region.
Thomas Keenan- Chair
Thomas is Professor of Psychology at Niagara College and an adjunct member of the Department of Psychology at Brock University. He received his PhD. in psychology in 1995 and has been teaching psychology to undergraduate, graduate, and college students since 1993. He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews and is the author of An Introduction to Child Development 3rd Edition (2016, Sage Publishers). His main interests include developmental psychology, mental health & well-being, and playing music with his band The Throwbacks.
Shawn Mason- Vice-Chair
Shawn, a partner with Swords Law LLP, is an honors graduate from both a paralegal certification program and small business management. He brings 13 years of legal experience with a focus on worker’s compensation, personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, human rights and privacy legislation. He has 10 years of experience advocating with a grass roots organization involving traumatic brain injury. Shawn was an integral part of a successful Canadian Human Rights complaint resulting in a policy being implemented at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for the accommodation of disability to ensure equal treatment without prejudice to all persons
Raymond has been an educator for the past 25 years including the last 16 years as a special needs teacher with the District School Board of Niagara. In addition to obtaining his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University he completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University. Since residing in St. Catharines for the past 20 years, Raymond has served as a director on several boards including 2 local churches and on the Grenadier Place Condominium Board. He initially became involved with The Willow Community in 2015 after meeting with Shauna and learning about her plans to create a safe, non-clinical community for consumers of mental health.
Mary completed her Bachelor of Social Work this June at the University of Waterloo. To accompany that degree is a Bachelor of Social Development Studies with a minor in Social Work from the University of Waterloo /Social Service Worker diploma from Niagara College. Mary became interested in the area of mental health when her children began displaying symptoms as teenagers. Mary owns and operates Happy Tails Pet Sitting Service in Port Colborne. Mary is a lifelong learner and often volunteers and attends supplemental courses and workshops to add to her knowledge base. Mary is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers
Julia is an educator and professional creative with over 30 years in the education, social service and communications sectors. Her keen interest in social change and health issues integrates as atypical social work and community building. She’s the director/publisher of ‘elbow island publishers’. Julia continues with creative explorations and academic study for unique approaches for health and well-being in Niagara. Her education includes: Bachelor of Fine Art Honours – Waterloo University, Waterloo; Bachelor of Education – Brock University, St. Catharines; Bachelor of Psychology – Brock University, St. Catharines; Graphic Design Diploma – George Brown College, Toronto and Addiction Education Certificate (current studies) – McMaster University, Hamilton. Julia plans to continue Masters level studies in 2017.