Our Facilitators

Linda Cottell, Certified in Grief and Bereavement Studies. Linda is the Ontario Regional Manager for the Look Good Feel Better Program which is for women living with cancer. Her duties include the recruiting, training and management of volunteers, grief training for the Team Leaders, and community education. Linda continues her studies in the field of Thanatology at Kings University College.

Sallie Hammond, B.A., R.N., Certified in Grief and Bereavement Studies. Sallie worked at St. Josephs Health Care, London on the High Risk Ante-Natal Unit for several years. She is also a midwife. After changing her career in obstetrics, Sallie worked on psychiatry at South Street until she retired from nursing. She graduated in Religious Studies in 2004 and obtained her Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies in 2006.  Sallie has had a not-for-profit private grief/bereavement counselling practice since 2008 and offers private counselling to Journey Through Loss members upon request.

Brad Hunter, B.A., CHt. Bereavement educator, Grief and Trauma Counselor. Brad is a meditation facilitator and clinical hypnotherapist. He specializes in trauma and grief work chaplaincy while leading ‘conscious living/conscious dying’ retreats and workshops.

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.

Daniel Lockwood, B.A., Major in Thanatology, Grief and Bereavement Studies. Daniel is the Director of Programming and Operations for Wellspring London and Region Cancer Support Centre specializing in the development of programs and services focusing on coping skills and emotional supports for those affected by cancer. In addition, he has worked extensively with individuals and families dealing with issues of loss and bereavement due to cancer.

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.

Margaret Mantz, BScN, R.N. (retired) Certificate Palliative Care & Thanatology.  Margaret worked for 12 years with the St. Joseph Health Care Palliative Care Service as bedside care nurse and with the outreach team visiting clients in their homes.  After leaving this service, Margaret worked as Bereavement Counselor and group facilitator for Westview Funeral Home for many years, sharing her training and experiences with many people, learning along the way the value of sharing the human spirit to aid in healing.

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.