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, SSW.  Marisa has a variety of experience in working within counselling centres, homeless shelters and funeral homes. Marisa is currently working as the Residential Services Supervisor for the Salvation Army Centre of Hope. Marisa is continually developing as a professional and is passionate about working with her home community. 

Margaret Brooks, Margaret is currently completing her Certification in Bereavement, Grief and Loss as well as her Honours Specialization in Thanatology (spring 2022).  Her areas of interest have been focused on helping those in acute distress with additional training in suicide prevention, peer support and mental health. She is a former volunteer with Dramaway, a non-profit process-based arts program that facilitates social and life-skills development for individuals of the All Abilities community. Margaret completed her student placement at JTL and is thrilled to be a joining as a facilitator.