Director / Founder
Michelle Vincent M.A.C.P., C.C.P.A., I.S.S.T.
Michelle is a 18 year Police Veteran having worked in a variety of units, from investigative, community service to front line. She is a board member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) as a call-out coordinator and peer.
She obtained her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in December, 2015, is registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as well as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is a PhD Candidate.
She has worked with First Responders as clients with PTSD and other mental health challenges. Michelle is trained in equine assisted learning and has a service dog in training for therapy work. She is fully trained in Edmonton Police’s outstanding Workplace Reintegration After a Lethal Encounter program.
Blue Line columnist writer for Holding the Line, Michelle connects mental health with policing through her writing. She also is involved in mental health research study as a knowledge user for a CHIR grant.
She is fully bilingual in French and English and able to provide mental health services in both languages. She is an experienced public speaker.
Melissa Petriglia H.B.A., H.B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW.
Melissa is a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
After receiving an Honours Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Lakehead University, Melissa completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of Toronto where she specialized in Mental Health. Melissa has clinical experience in both hospital and community settings. She began her early social work career working alongside York Regional Police in their Mental Health Support team. In this role, Melissa worked with a police officer, attending mental health related calls in the community. From there, she began working in the Emergency Departments in the GTA as a crisis intervention worker, completing psychosocial assessments, additions interventions and crisis intervention services for individuals who would present to the ER.
In addition, Melissa has her own private psychotherapy practice where she provides treatment for a variety of issues such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression and mood issues, stress and burnout, life transitions, relationship and family related issues, self-esteem/self-image issues, disordered eating, and work/occupational stress/trauma related issues. Melissa specializes in working with first responders, including emergency room staff, physicians, police officers, paramedics and fire fighters. Lastly, Melissa is an active member of the York Region CISM team and assumed the role of as Clinical Director this past summer (2016)
Jean-Philippe Perron O.C.D., D.E.C.
JP is a 19 year Police Veteran who started his career in the North-East Region as front-line member on patrol. During his time up North, he had an opportunity to work in partnership with Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service officers.
He transferred to East Region in 2006 and after a few more years on patrol, moved on to the Community Drug Action Team. Over the years, he has worked in a field of areas from Traffic duties to Specialized Units including Drug Enforcement and Organized Crime Investigations. He is currently assigned as a Team Leader for a Community Street Crime Unit.
He is a part-time member of the Critical Incident Stress Response Unit / Peer Support unit (CISR-PS). He always had a strong interest in mental health and wellness. He is a martial artist and holds the rank of Black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
He is fully bilingual, French being his mother tongue. He is the voice behind our social media posts