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Badge of Life Canada maintains an excellent list of lived experience individuals

Badge of Life Canada itself does not offer peer support services. We have sought out and validated the existence of peers with lived experience and groups who are presently doing peer support work within their communities. We look for positive growth amoungst those who are listed as having lived experience and confirm that they have their own self-care plans to ensure their own well-being as they work to support others. We believe that mental health professionals are part of the journey and maintenance in a healthy life of a survivor.

It is incumbent upon each person who reaches out to an individual with lived experience or peer group to determine if they are the right fit for their individual needs. Empathy may be the key connecting factor – recognizing a person who has walked in their shoes.

Name: Adam Carter

Location: Niagara, Ontario

Training: R2MR (Police) Supervisor / Mental Health First Aid (MHCC) / Reintegration Training / Numerous courses through ICISF including Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention / Advanced Group & Advanced Individual Crisis Intervention / Line of Duty Death 

Certification: Certified Trauma Responder (ATSS) / Certification Critical Incident Stress Management (UMBC) / Certificate of Specialized Training – Emergency Services (ICISF) / First Aid & Mental Health and Wellness Instructor (SJA) / Approved Instructor Program (ICISF) / Instructor for several Law Enforcement Traffic Management Courses


Years’ Experience -

As a front-line responder: 26

As a peer support provider: 2

As a PTSD survivor: 4

Retired or Active: Active Police Sergeant Traffic Unit

Background: Adam started his policing career in 1998 after graduating from Brock University where he was introduced to crisis intervention, counselling and peer support training as a Residence Life Advisor.

In 1994 Adam joined St. John Ambulance as a frontline Emergency Medical First Responder volunteer and served in several leadership positions as: Training Officer, Unit Chief, Regional Community Service Coordinator and District Operations Advisor for Southern Ontario during which he received training in CISM, Emergency Preparedness, and Crisis Intervention.  During his 11 years as an EMFR he provided over 6000 volunteer hours, including emergency crisis response for the Eastern Ontario Ice Strom in ‘98’, the Toronto SARS Pandemic in ‘02’, and the Ontario Provincial Blackout in ‘03’.

Throughout his policing career he has held several postings: 5 years Uniform Patrol, 4 years Central Traffic Enforcement, 10 years Collision Investigation, 1 year Uniform

Patrol Supervisor, and has been in-charge of a Traffic Management and Road Safety Team since March 2018.  Adam’s “lived experiences” span the spectrum of traumatic stress.  He grew up with a terminally ill father who passed away when Adam was 16, and then a year later his soccer teammate was killed by an impaired driver.  At 31 he lost his childhood best friend to a sudden brain aneurism.  Policing has “gifted” him with two departmental collisions during his first month on the job (passenger in both), the aforementioned shooting incident in his 4th year, a time lost duty injury after an accused attempted to take his firearm, and nearly 600 life-altering and fatal collision investigations.

His 10 years as a fulltime collision investigator, “getting families answers in the most traumatic times of their lives” was his most prevalent experience.  By the end of 2015 he had been on-call for 28 weeks and attended over 75% of the unit’s crash investigations. The start of 2016 was compounded with personal stressors, as well as ancillary duties as a Team Leader, Unit Training Officer, the ever stressful promotional process, and in April he pulled a university teammates charred and partially cremated body from a fiery single car crash.  Then on July 20th, 2016 after having worked 22 hours the day before, his body shutdown and Adam went off work an operational stress injury.  Without any reference as to what was happening he made a cold call to BADGE OF LIFE CANADA.  That evening BILL RUSK spent nearly 3 hours on the phone with him, helping to normalizing his experience and providing him with the professional resources to help understand what he was experiencing.

As part of his post-traumatic growth journey Adam continues to educate himself about the different types of traumatic stress injuries and the effects that sanctuary trauma has on a first responders ability to remain resilient through their post-traumatic growth phase, return to adaptive functioning, and on their overall mental health and wellness.  Adam now volunteers with his Service’s Critical Incident Response Team, was nominated to their Peer Support Team, started presenting about his lived experience, has written articles about his OSI journey, and is instructing in several areas of first responder mental health and wellness.  He looks to share his knowledge and pay it forward during the last quarter of his policing career by helping to prevent, educating others to recognize, and intervening before trauma’s can manifest themselves into debilitating injuries.

Contact Information: 905-651-2093



Name: Dave Connor

Location: Mississauga, Ontario

Training: CISM (Mitchell, ICISF) Peer Support (J. Sawatsky, OPP Psychologist), ASIST, R2MR (Fire) instructor, first cohort.

Certification: R2MR (Fire) Instructor

Workshops: Mental Heath Trainer, MFES

Years’ Experience -

As a front-line responder: 35

As a peer support provider: 30

As a PTSD survivor: 35

Retired or Active: Retired


District Chief, Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, 2004-2016, Captain 1997-2004, Firefighter 1981-1997.


Dave Connor initiated the Peer Support program at Mississauga Fire in 1989 while serving as an Association representative on the joint health and safety committee, and served as an active member and management liaise until his retirement in 2016. He worked with Employee Health Services and the EFAP provider to create and deliver a half day mental health program for all crews and officers (over 600) in 2012,  and received a Certificate of Recognition from the International Association of Firefighters for leadership in mental health. He was selected as a member of the first cohort of fire service trainers in R2MR, and delivered the first recognized program in Ontario. Dave is a special advisor for peer support with the Mood Disorders Society.  He is an author, speaker, mental health and PTSD awareness, leadership communication and development trainer, and develops and trains peer support teams in the fire service. His consulting services may be found at www.daveconnor.ca

Contact Information: 416-569-5218




Name: Danielle Du Sablon, B.A (honours) Criminology, minor in Psychology

Location: Brantford, Ontario

Individual or Group: Probation and Parole Officer (Correctional Services)

Relevant Training: Ontario Correctional Services College, Mental Health First Aid, R2MR, Certified Health and Safety Representative, Risk and Recovery – St Joseph’s Healthcare

Education: B.A (honours) in Criminology, minor in Psychology, Carleton University

Years’ Experience -

As a front-line responder: 13 years

As a peer support provider: 6 years

As a PTSD survivor: 9 years

Retired or Active: Active

Background: Danielle Du Sablon is a graduate of Carleton University with a B.A (honours) in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She has worked in the capacity of a Probation and Parole Officer in Correctional Services for a period of thirteen years; having worked in both large urban centers and rural communities. Following a series of traumatic incidences throughout the course of her work on the frontline, Danielle was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress disorder and became a strong advocate for employee mental health. Her greatest accomplishment was successfully advocating in the Ontario legislature for Probation Officers’ inclusion in presumptive PTSD legislation under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Danielle has represented the interests of Probation and Parole Officers on a regional level in her role as the Western Ontario Regional Employee Relations Committee Co-Chair and President of OPSEU Local 221. With an extensive background in mental health, both personally and professionally, she currently co-facilitates a peer support group through Wings of Change in Brantford Ontario and continues to share her experiences with occupational stress injuries by routinely participating in panel discussions at mental health events for first responders.

Danielle is hopeful that she may continue to offer support to her peers through her shared lived experience with an occupational stress injury.  

Contact Information: 226-922-1377


Name: Carmen Inglis

Location: Ontario

Training:  OPP victim Services as Crisis Trauma Advocate (ASSIST) in suicide intervention

Certification: Stress Management Instructor


Years’ Experience -

As a front-line responder: 33

As a peer support provider:

As a PTSD survivor:

Retired or Active: Active


Suicide Awareness
Dealing with Mentally ill persons
Guns and gangs
I’m involved with ATSS ( a group of trauma Stress Specialists That primarily deal with first responders.)
I mentor Women in corrections
Have run talking sharing circles for native women
I hold a black badge in pistol shooting and privately assist with law enforcement firearms instruction.
I am a CURE member (Committee for unity&Racial Equity)
In June 2018 I had the most amazing privilege of SOLE Sistas retreat meeting other women Survivors Of Lived Experience and connected with other women not just in corrections  but law enforcement fields.

Contact Information:



Name: Paul Glennie

Location: Cambridge, ON

Peer Support Training: none yet

Peer Support Certification: none yet

Education: Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certifications: ASIST, Mental Health First Aid, R2MR Facilitator (police), Attended First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference (Edmonton - September 2017)

Years’ Experience –

     As a front-line responder:10

     As a peer support provider:3

     As a PTSD survivor:5

Retired or Active: Active

Background Information:

Paul Glennie is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police serving in Alberta. Paul started his career with the RCMP in 2006 when he graduated Depot as Troop Valedictorian, and received the Legion Award for the cadet most exemplifying the the RCMP core principles. Paul’s began his career working in northern Manitoba in a First Nation community and was then transferred to a southern Manitoba to a municipal detachment. His next stop was to the ‘G’ Division Northern Relief Unit, exploring Canada’s north for a year and a half; this was followed up by a transfer to a NWT detachment. After his second northern tour, Paul was transferred to Alberta where he has worked in two municipal detachments thus far. Paul experience in the RCMP has been very diverse ranging from rural and city policing on the Prairies, to remote and isolated postings in the Arctic.

After a series of on duty traumatic experiences, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2011. The impact of PTSD had a severe impact on his physical and mental health, often leaving him to feel isolated, confused, and scared. Paul also turned heavily towards alcohol in an attempt to cope with emotional disarray. Paul sought help and began the road to recovery by attending an Operational Stress Injury Clinic where he received treatment for PTSD. He also voluntarily attended a substance abuse facility to get help in dealing with alcohol. He attributes the decision to seek help for PTSD one of the most challenging and rewarding decisions he has ever made in his life.

Paul is very open about his struggles with both PTSD and alcoholism and hopes to be able to share with others that it is possible to survive and have a more bountiful life, free of traumatic triggers and reliance on toxic substances. Paul has found immense value in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being of support and service to others in need. He understand the depths that PTSD and alcoholism can take someone to and wishes to be of help to others who may be suffering. He participated in PTSD awareness video for RCMP members entitled ‘You are not alone”, a video produced by the webpage Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness. The video was seen by thousands and currently uploaded to the RCMP internal health and wellness page.

Paul currently sits on the Board of Directors with the National Police Federation (NPF), an organization lobbying to become the sole collective bargaining agent on behalf of members of the RCMP. Prior to that, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada (MPPAC) with a mandate similar in capacity to that of the NPF. Paul is also on the Board of Directors at the Edmonton Alano Club, an organization dedicated to providing 12 step support groups for substance abuse and addiction. He is currently his detachment’s Respectful Workplace Ambassador.

Contact Information: 780-819-0470



Name: Brian Knowler

 Location: Southern Ontario

 Training: CISR, Crisis Intervention Training, MANERS Psychological First Aid

Certification: CISR, Crisis Intervention Training

 Education: BA History, Bachelor of Laws, Extensive list of law-enforcement related training available if required

Years’ Experience –

     As a front-line responder: 18

     As a peer support provider: 11 yrs

     As a PTSD survivor: incident in 2004, diagnosis in 2012

 Retired or Active: Active Sgt– Ontario Provincial Police

 Background Information: Brian Knowler has 18 years of policing experience. Brian has served in a wide variety of roles: media relations, school liaison, bike and all-terrain vehicle patrol, emergency management, recruiting, and incident command. He is a trained CISR team member and spent 5 years on the OPP Trauma Support Team before taking a leave in 2012.

Brian is also a fully licenced lawyer and a proud member of several professional law associations.

In 2004, Brian was the first responder to the scene of a motor vehicle collision that took the life of the driver, a close friend from university. He buried the memories and effects of that night and hid himself in work, promotions, and isolation from his friends and family.

Finally, in 2012, the dam broke and Brian began seeking treatment for his diagnosed PTSD. He was immediately ‘out of the closet’ about his PTSD and made it a priority to inform both his officers and the public about the prevalence of PTSD in policing.

In March 2016, Brian published ‘On the Other Side of Broken – One Cop’s Battle With the Demons of PTSD. The book was an immediate success and has also opened up opportunities for Brian to do media consultations, training, and public speaking, often with his wife Cathy as his speaking partner.

Brian firmly believes that his family has been the key to his recovery and success and that the journey through trauma can be one of rediscovery and rebuilding. PTSD needs to be dragged into the light, not hidden away in the shadows!

Contact Information: 519-350-4821


Name:  Kyle Wilkinson

Location:  Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Individual or Group:  Individual

Training:  CISM (2015)      

Certification: Advanced Care Paramedic

Education (Trauma related courses):

Workshops: First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference 2016, 2017, 2018

Years’ Experience -

As a front-line responder: 22 (15 as Paramedic, 12 as Firefighter—career & paid-on-call)

As a peer support provider: 1     

As a PTSD survivor: 4

Retired or Active: Certified, but inactive

Background: Kyle Wilkinson’s career has spanned over two decades, where he has served in a variety of capacities within emergency services.  His fire service roles have included Firefighter, Lieutenant and Acting Captain; having worked in both paid-on-call and career fire departments. 

Kyle’s EMS career has seen him work as a Primary Care Paramedic in rural and urban settings in Ontario and as an Advanced Care Paramedic with Alberta Health Services in Southern Alberta. 

After his diagnosis of PTSD in 2016, and the eventual realization he could no longer return to the field; Kyle has focussed on helping others understand PTSD and psychological wellness.  He has presented to over 800 first responders in a variety of settings, across Western Canada and in the United States.

 Kyle is a married father of two boys.  He loves the Alberta mountain lifestyle; where he can ski, hike, camp and enjoy his newfound peaceful past-time, fly-fishing. Mr. Wilkinson is an avid wildlife, nature and aviation photographer.

Contact Information: wilkinsonmedic@gmail.com