Board of Directors

Rosanna Ruppert

Rosanna Ruppert - Vice President and Director, Family Connections

Rosanna was first introduced to Family Connections several years ago as a participant. The effectiveness of the group and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was quickly evident to her. She became a parent co- facilitator and has been facilitating groups year round since then at CAMH. She helped start a new FC group at Davenport-Perth Community Centre. This year she became a member in Sashbear and is pleased to be nominated for a position on the Sashbear Board of Directors. She is no stranger to deep involvement in the community. She is a Community Guider, treasurer and unit guider and has been with the Girl Guide organization for 13 years. She has received many awards from Girl Guides of Canada. In 2011 she was also recognized as Club Volunteer of the Year by Gymnastics Ontario.

Johanne Papillon

Johanne Papillon - Treasurer

Johanne Papillon is an actuary who works with a large Canadian insurance company. Johanne was first introduced to The Sashbear foundation in January 2016, when she attended the Family Connections program. In Johanne's own words, "The program was transformational for our family, and I decided from that point on to get involved and use my skills to help this wonderful organization.".

Carolyn MacLean

Carolyn MacLean - Director, Legal Advisor

Carolyn A. MacLean graduated from Queen’s Law School in Kingston, Ontario in 1992 and has practiced as a sole practitioner in Toronto since 1994. She graduated with her Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall in 2004. She worked as a consultant with the Ontario government on child protection mediation issues. For several years she coached the Small Claims Court mediation program, which engages third and fourth year Osgoode Hall Law School students trying to mediate the resolution of Small Claims Court matters. Ms. MacLean has been teaching in the paralegal program at Humber College since 2007. She has taught an array of courses, such as the first year courses of Tort and Contract, Charter and Introduction to Legal Writing, as well as the third year Elder Law course and the fourth year course on Practice Management.

Karen Black

Karen Black - Director, Communications & Marketing

Karen Black graduated from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, after receiving BA degrees in Journalism and History from Ryerson and U of T respectively. For the past 15 years she was responsible for the overall strategic development and management of the City of Toronto’s Museums and Heritage Services department and has been honoured with various management and marketing awards. Karen has held a variety of communications-related positions in the non-profit sector and has also worked has a journalist. Most recently she received the 10-year Ontario Volunteer Service award for her work on the Parent Council at her daughters’ school. She was first introduced to Sashbear Foundation when she and her husband took the Family Connections program several years ago as participants. She believes strongly in the effectiveness of the Sashbear programs and is looking forward to contributing to the organization.

Sheryl Trachter

Sheryl Trachter - Director, Clinical

Sheryl Trachter, B.Ed, MSW, RSW, formerly a teacher for twenty years with the York Region Board of Education, volunteers with The Sashbear Foundation as both a DBT Youth Skills Group and a Family Connections co-facilitator. Ms. Trachter is a social worker in private practice in North York, specializing in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for children, youth, adults and families who struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation. She is also trained in brief solution focused and narrative therapy, and psychodynamic therapy and is currently training in Infant psychotherapy.

Leanne Nicolle

Leanne Nicolle - Director, Strategic Planning

Leanne Nicolle, idea generator, girl advocate and globally minded social innovator left her private sector marketing executive career to dedicate her life to helping girls around the world and social impact initiatives.

Leanne has a passion for human development and has worked for UNICEF, Plan Canada and as the founder of “girl !mpact”. In 2010, she joined the team at Plan Canada as the Director of Corporate Development and Youth Engagement to work primarily on the domestic and global platform for girls’ issues and rights through the "Because I am a Girl" initiative. Most recently, Leanne continued her journey in the social space as the Executive Director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. After Rio in 2016, Leanne decided to expand her reach and re-established her consultancy, Ubuntu Marketing, a collective putting organizations in touch with humanity. This gives Leanne the opportunity to apply her social impact philosophy to various organizations and industries including sport, charities, education institutions and private sector companies.

  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
  • Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • We are all in this together, you are not alone...
  • Validation before problem solving...
  • Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
  • Let's intervene, let's intervene early...
  • Show me compassion and empathy first, don't just tell me how to change
  • Let go of judgments and believe in me so that I can believe in myself
  • Accept me so that I can better accept myself
  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better next time
  • Take care of yourself then you can attend to others
  • Be mindful - Observe, describe, participate effectively
  • Observe your own emotions rise and that of others, pause then engage effectively
  • Strive to be wise, not just rational or emotional
  • Change what you can, accept what you cannot
  • Validation is not agreement
  • Validate, Validate Validate
  • Be supportive, let go of judgements
  • We can't control having strong emotions but we can change how we respond to them
  • Hope is everything and is always there even when I cannot see it
  • BPD is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined 6%
  • The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400 times that of general population
  • BPD is the third leading killer of young women between the ages of 15-24
  • 1 of 5 seek help, 4 of 5 benefit from treatment
  • 4,000 young people die by suicide per year in Canada
  • I am not the disorder. I am a person
  • Stop the Stigma - by Speaking Up
  • Living with BPD is like not having an emotional skin
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and invalidating environment could lead to BPD
  • Breathe
  • Mindfulness is not what you think
  • Mindfulness is being present moment to moment
  • Mindfulness is just observing, paying attention to non-judgement
  • Patience, trust, non-striving and acceptance
  • Mindfulness does not come by takes practice
  • Let your breath be your anchor to observe thoughts as they arise
  • Observe thoughts as they come and go like waves on the ocean
  • Pay attention to what you are actually paying attention to
  • What we frequently think we become
  • Turning my auto-pilot off
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake - Thoreau Walden
  • It is a radical act of love to just just down and be quiet for a time by YOURSELF
  • You are HERE!
  • Make each moment count!
  • I am a valuable part of all that EXISTS
  • I am Love. ALL is Love
  • The practice of mindfulness is not to follow your heart but to train your heart
  • It's OK, let it be
  • Smile at thoughts, they are empty. The only power thoughts have is the power you give them
  • The benefit will come to your life with consistent mindfulness practice everyday
  • Whatever you do to make it mindful!
  • Kindness is pure wisdom
  • Mindfulness is free or craving, want or hate
  • Be gentle to yourself as well as others
  • When you feel connected to someone that connection gives you purpose
  • Practice kindness whenever possible. It's always possible - Dalai Lama

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