Meet the FAME Team
At the heart of FAME is an amazing group of people who are well experienced in providing social services and community support. They are a highly qualified, empathetic, insightful and supportive team that truly care about each and every family member who reaches out for help. FAME is committed to providing families with the very best support we can. We are here to help.
FAME Family Support Staff:
416-207-5032 ext. 29
eMail Mary Jursinic
Mary has an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree with Majors in Psychology and Sociology from University of Toronto. In her career she has worked with adults living with intellectual, addiction and mental health challenges in supported and independent living programs. Mary has been with FAME since 2001 and supports families in the Etobicoke and North York areas by providing 1-1 support, support groups. Mary organizes the Etobicoke Educational Speaker Series.
eMail Frank Logue
Frank received a Bachelor of Social Work in 1987. He has worked in several areas of social services including: Child Welfare, seniors housing, street involved youth and mental health. Frank has worked in the mental health field since 1999 and has been providing support to Brampton families for FAME since 2006.
eMail Stephanie Kerr
Stephanie holds her Honours B.A in Psychology from Trent University, with an emphasis on Family Development; and has a post graduate diploma from Mohawk College in the field of Concurrent Disorders. She completed her college placement in the Good Shepherd Youth shelter system in Hamilton, where she worked closely under the Mental Health clinicians and delivered one to one programming to the residents. Stephanie has been with FAME since 2010, and is passionate about supporting families in the Mississauga and Halton area. She works closely with other agencies to provide support through one to one counseling, peer support groups, and education workshops for families. At this time Stephanie partners with the Fact Peel first episode clinic at CAMH to co-facilitate family education groups for first episode psychosis and concurrent disorders.
eMail Patricia Bailey-Brown
Patricia holds a BSW from Ryerson University and a Social Service Worker diploma with a focus on newcomer, immigrant and refugee issues from Seneca College. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Since 2007, Patricia has worked directly with seniors, youth and newcomers, as well as people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and substance use. She is an advocate for anti-discrimination and inclusivity, addressing issues such as racism, oppression and homophobia — all of which are among the factors causing mental illnesses like depression and PTSD among the population she has worked with over the past 10 years. Throughout her career, Patricia has worked with community organizations such as the YMCA, Eva’s Initiatives, Regeneration Services, The 519 Community Centre, Fred Victor and many other community organization to meet the needs of families and caregivers through counselling, advocacy and referrals.
Sharicka completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), at the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology (UOIT). She has previous experience working with mental health consumers at the Canadian Mental Health Association. In addition, she has experience supporting individuals with dual diagnosis and concurrent disorders. Most recently, Sharicka has supported individuals and family members who are affected by acquired brain injury by providing counseling, advocacy, education, and case management services. Sharicka is excited to be heading up the second FAME office in Brampton at 60 West Drive.
Family Support Worker, Rexdale
eMail Sarah Robertson
Sarah received her Honours B.ASc in Family & Community Social Services and her Social Services Diploma from the University of Guelph-Humber, and is a registered member with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers. Sarah advocates for mental health awareness through her work as a guest blogger for the Huffington Post, as a member of the F.W.Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre Advisory Committee (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre), and as the Founder of a non-profit — the Canadian BFRB Support Network.
eMail Irina Fershtater
Irina comes to FAME from her previous role as a Senior Social Worker at Georgina Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic. She has extensive work experience in the social service sector, including the delivery of individual (adults, children and youth) and family counseling, case management and group facilitation. Irina possesses an MSW and a B.A. in Behavioural Science and is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service. And she speaks five languages!
eMail Karen Naismith
Karen attended the University of Windsor for Psychology with a minor in Family and Social Relations. She completed the Art and Design Foundation course from George Brown College, and has graduated from the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College. Karen coordinates the FAMEkids program, providing individual counselling and psycho-educational group facilitation to children and youth. She utilizes her creativity in the development and expansion of children’s programs, as well as preventative programming for at-risk youth. Karen seeks innovative methods to provide knowledge, support and advocacy for individuals in need. With a passion for community collaboration, Karen has partnered with CAMH, Jean Tweed Centre, Hincks Dellcrest Centre, and other local organizations to help meet the needs of families.
416-207-5032 ext. 26
eMail Christina Lanteigne
Christina holds a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Mental Health and Health, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Child, Youth and and Family. She has experience working as a clinical social worker in a children’s mental health agency and has familiarity supporting family systems through school, group home, hospice and social services. Utilizing a trauma, neurobiology and attachment lens, Christina works diligently to increase understanding and empathy towards those affected by mental illness. She hopes that with your partnership, we will continue to build the strengths and resilience of children and youth in our community.
416-207-5032 ext. 27
eMail Ryan Tucker
Ryan has been privileged to work in leadership capacities across both the social service and international development sectors. A graduate of Western University, Ryan’s work with not-for-profits has spanned five continents over the last two decades. His expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, partnership development, resource management and community leadership has been garnered through his involvement with community-based initiatives addressing health, education, employment, environmental sustainability, settlement, crime prevention, housing and homelessness. Ryan believes firmly in the abundant capacity of families and communities to drive health and well-being, and is extremely proud to join the FAME team in representing the family perspective on mental wellness.
eMail Isaac Thornley
Isaac studied History, Philosophy, and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, he attended Centennial College, where he received a Graduate Certificate in Communications and Professional Writing. Isaac is passionate about using communications and content creation to bring about social change. He has interests in mental health, gender and sexuality, and science and technology. At FAME, Isaac manages social media accounts, markets FAME’s programs and services, and creates engaging digital content.
416-207-5032 ext. 21
eMail Diana Handal
Diana is Humber College graduate with a 3 year diploma in Accounting & Business. She brings great organizational & bookkeeping skills, with excellent knowledge in all the accounting issues. Her veteran accounting experience is a great asset for FAME.
416-207-5032 ext. 21
eMail Fara Ali
Fara has expertise as a Business Analyst, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She most recently worked as Office Manager at Infrared Imaging Solutions Inc. Fara comes to us with a great number of organizational, and administrative skills, as well as not-for-profit experience with the Ontario Association of Foods Banks, where she worked as Office Manager.