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Our Purpose

The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation is a national charity, providing support and advocacy to our Canadian First Resonders, Veterans and their families.  As a national charity, the purpose of the CCISF is to provide a network of resources, programs and education, that enables and enhances crisis response to first resonders and their families, impacted by trauma. The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation recognizes the need to not only support our active duty emergency personnel, but to also support and never forget the families and children of those members that have died in the line of duty, by suicide, or sudden death. 

Our Vision
That all first responder organizations will have effective and efficient programs in place to assist individuals exposed to trauma. That every organization will have consistent programs and processes that utilizes nonjudgemental and confidential peer programs and resources that assist members dealing with trauma. That every member of an emergency service has access to ongoing quality support through peer crisis programs, resources, and best practises, that can assist in the healing process and nurture and promote psychological wellness.

Our Future

 Is to be a leader in Canada for mental health initiatives for first responders and their families. To continue to explore new initiatives and processes that will further support active-duty personnel, reduce mental health stigma, and increase awareness regarding mental health concerns, not only for our front line, but their families as well.


The work of the CCISF is fuelled by research, best practices, powerful partnerships, and the dedication of many volunteers across Canada. By identifying gaps in services, resources, programs, and support, we can affect positive and lasting change.


Together we can male a difference!


Registered Charity #87127-1953-RR0001



Renee Jarvis

Chair, Treasurer

Regan Fiuza

Board Member

Heather Mitchell 


Danielle Blair
Board Member

Chris Piva

Board Member


We are proud to introduce our exceptional advisory board, a group of individuals who bring together a wealth of skills, unwavering dedication, and remarkable talents. Their combined expertise and commitment form the cornerstone of our organization's success, providing invaluable guidance and insight to help us thrive in our mission

Alannah MacDonald
Educator - Peel District School Board / Assistant Camp Director

Andy MacDonald
Retired Fire Chief Brampton Fire Service

Erin Ochakovsky
Representing spouses of LODD and founder of SOLE

Peter Neily
Constable, RCMP

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief, Guelph Paramedic EMS Services

Glenn Marais
Art Director / Musician

Wendy Lund 

 BScN, MSc in Mindfulness Studies

Michelle Lombardo
Correctional Services Canada


Andrew MacDonald
Ontario Provincial Police

 Louise Brown Thewlis

  Respresenting spouses of sudden death

                                             Kris King

                  Senior Vice President Hockey Operations, National Hockey League

                                          Daniel Saugh
                          Registered Psychotherapist, Ordained Pastor
                                           Mindy Piva
                    Former Paramedic representing families with PTSD

Harold Coffin
RCMP Association

Angela Gevauden

Representing spouses of LODD

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