Advisor

Hank Idsinga

the story

About me

I am a retired Canadian law enforcement officer with a career spanning 34 years in the Toronto Police Service. I spent the first 15 years of my career in Divisional work before moving to the Homicide Squad in 2005 as a Detective. In 2011, I was promoted to Detective Sergeant, and in 2018, took on the role of Inspector in charge of the Homicide Squad.

Overview And Experience

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Honored to be part of Badge of Life Canada

I am honored to be involved with Badge of Life Canada and continue our work in providing vital support to those who serve and protect our communities, ensuring they have the resilience and resources needed for their challenging roles.

My experience and a deep commitment to the well-being of public safety personnel and first responders will be available to Badge of Life Canada and the outstanding services they provide. My journey has imbued me with a profound understanding of the operational stress injuries and mental health challenges faced by public safety personnel. My advocacy for mental health awareness and support in law enforcement circles has been unwavering. I have been instrumental in implementing support systems and training aimed at addressing the psychological well-being of officers and staff, recognizing the critical need for proactive and preventive mental health strategies in high-stress professions.

As an advisor to BOLC, I bring not only my extensive professional experience, but also a personal commitment to supporting individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation. My vision aligns with BOLC’s mission to empower Canadian Public Safety personnel and their families towards achieving healthy living and post-traumatic growth. I am dedicated to leveraging my knowledge, experience, and network to enhance the support structures available to BOLC members and to advocate for comprehensive mental health resources within the public safety community.

I hope that my role as an advisor will strengthen BOLC’s capacity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our members and their families.

Certifications

A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

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Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.