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 an Honours B.A in Psychology with an emphasis on Family Development from Trent University, and also a post graduate certificate in Concurrent Disorders from Mohawk College. She has worked 1-1 with youth experiencing mental health concerns in the Good Shephard Shelter system in Hamilton in her college placement, and has been at FAME since 2010. Stephanie has worked closely with mental health partners in the Mississauga and Halton region, and in the past co-facilitated both the First Episode Psychosis family education group, and the Concurrent Disorders family education group through FACT Peel at CAMH. Currently she partners with the Sashbear Organization to co-facilitate their 12 week Family Connections program for caregivers with a loved one experiencing Emotion Dysregulation. Stephanie is very involved with supporting families through 1-1 counseling, support groups, educational workshops and advocacy. Currently, she is engaged in completing the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy certification course through the University of Toronto continuing studies program.
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.
eMail Brampton FSW
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 and has completed the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College. Karen supports the FAMEkids team in providing individual counselling and psycho-educational group facilitation to children, youth and young carers. 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 education, support and advocacy for individuals in need. With a passion for community collaboration, Karen has partnered with CAMH, Jean Tweed Centre, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, and other local organizations to help meet the needs of families.
eMail Simona Martella
Simona attended Western University for her Bachelor in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is completing her final semester of the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College through which she completed two consecutive placements at FAME. Simona supports children and youth in the FAMEkids program through individual counselling and psycho-educational group facilitation. She looks forward to continuing the important work of building resilience and empathy in families 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. His 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.