Our Facilitators

Linda Cottell, Certified in Grief and Bereavement Studies, King’s University College. Linda is the former Ontario Regional Manager for the Look Good Feel Better Program which is for women living with cancer. Her duties included recruiting, training and management of volunteers, grief training for the Team Leaders, and community education. Linda comes with many years experience in facilitating support groups.

Paul Liebau, B.A., M.A., M.Div. Paul was a United Church minister before changing careers to focus on counselling and support work for individuals in transition. He taught for many years in the Human Services Program at Fanshawe College, offering a group interaction course as part of his teaching responsibilities. Paul brings over thirty years experience of group and individual counselling work to the group setting. In addition, he also has a private counselling practice.

Leslie Misurak, B.A., Certified Palliative Care & Thanatology. Leslie has a private practice with specialization in grief and loss issues. She teaches the Grief Support Group and Communicating with the Dying and Bereaved classes in the Grief and Bereavement Studies Program at Kings University College. Leslie has years of experience facilitating patient, caregiver and bereavement support groups at Wellspring Cancer Support Centre in London.

Lois Mansfield, B.A., B.Ed., Retired Art Therapist, Certificate in Palliative Care and Thanatology. Lois has had experience working with groups and individuals in areas of palliative care, loss, grief and bereavement.

Marisa Penninga, B.A. Major in Childhood and Social Institutions & Minor in Thanatology, Certificate in Bereavement Grief in Loss. Marisa is headed towards earning her diploma in Social Service work. Marisa has a variety of experience in working within counselling centres and funeral homes.

Amir Saeidi, BSW, MSW, RSW has been working as a clinical counsellor/therapist in the London community since 2003. He is a professional member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Association of Social Workers. He has many professional interests such as grief and loss, transition, anxiety and depression, sexual identity, cultural diversity, domestic and sexuality abuse, trauma and PTSD, and relationship issues. Amir is a highly intuitive therapist and strives to see the person as a whole at all times. He often focuses on self-reliance and self-empowerment in authentic ways not only for himself but for others.