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Who We Are

The EMSB’s MHRC consists of a group of professionals from the Student Services’ Department. We are psychologists, guidance counsellors and behaviour specialists with the common goal of providing more support and effective services to address the mental health concerns of the EMSB student population.  We work with schools, teachers, and parents with the goal of enhancing school life whether via prevention, consultation, and/or intervention.

Team Members:

Psychologists Behaviour Specialists:    Guidance Counsellor:
Despina Vassiliou (coordinator)    
Maria Castellanos  Catherine Korah Paola Borzone
Lena Moise Lori Rubin  
Janet Perlis    
Nancy Marget    

Student Services Management Team:

Dora Cesta, Assistant Director, Student Services Department
Julie René de Cotret, Assistant Director, Student Services Department
Lew Lewis, Director, Student Services Department                                   

MHRC Associates:

Claudia De Luca, Occupational Therapist
Pina Evangelista, Healthy School Consultant
Daphna Leibovici, Violence Prevention Consultant
Joseph Monachino, Spiritual and Community Animator
Susan Waite, Speech and Language Pathologist   

Mission Statement:

The mission of the EMSB Mental Health Resource Centre (MHRC) is to serve as a center of expertise which is facilitated by a specially trained team that utilizes different avenues to share information, knowledge, and expertise (based on current research and best practices) for the betterment of services provided to students. In order to achieve this goal, the EMSB aims to:

  • Affirm our commitment to provide the necessary prevention and intervention services to address the mental health needs of students within a regular school setting.
  • Strengthen and expand our partnership network via collaboration with various mental health partners. The goal is to enhance our team’s skills in order to provide effective support to our schools and most importantly to children and their families.
  • Promote research that is school-based in order to deliver our services more efficiently.
  • Focus on generating research that is school-based and can help direct our delivery of service more effectively.
  • Identify the needs of our school community regarding the issues of mental health in order to best service them – whether it is via consultation, in-service, videoconferencing, etc.
  • Promote teachers’ knowledge and understanding of mental health in order to strengthen their skill set when they have students with mental health concerns.
  • Create an exemplary model of service at the EMSB.