Dr. Russell GoldmanDr. Russell Goldman

Dr. Goldman became the director of the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Program in 2011 and is the director of the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care.

"The value of this program for me as a physician providing paliative care is knowing that when went in today, to see a 46 year old mother who will die of cancer in the next few months, that could have a counsellor from the Children's Grief Program come out to help her and her children cope with this awful situation. The team brings a unique expertise to this field and supports families with skill, compassion and empathy."

Dr. Adam Rapoport

Dr. Rapoport is our Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at the Hospital for Sick Children.

"There are days when I have a good cry," he says. Dr. Rapoport says this in a matter-of-fact tone. He's not sheepish about it, but he's not boasting either. It's simply an outcome of the job he's chosen: pediatric palliative care, permit myself to get attached to the children I treat," he says. "It makes me more effective in what I do and the families understand and appreciate that. The truth is: I bye my work, because I really feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of these children, and their families,

Our Children's Grief Counsellors Or 'Angels' As So Many Have Called Them


Sarah Henderson

Sarah is the Clinical Leader of the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Program and has been a counsellor with the program since 2010. Sarah holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and has been working with children, youth and families facing issues of illness and loss in various hospital, mental health and community-based settings for the past 13 years. Sarah is dedicated to building the capacity of individuals and communities to better understand and respond to the unique needs of grieving children and youth.



Heather O'Brien

Heather graduated in 2001 and has worked in Child and Adolescent mental health in a number of different settings. She has worked as one of our grief cousellors since 2008. She developed a child and adolescent bereavement course for George Brown College and was awarded the Golda Fine award in 2013 to study Dignity Therapy. Heather is also the director for Camp Erin in 2014.



Ceilidh Eaton Russell

Ceilidh Eaton Russell Ceilidh graduated from the Child Life Program at McMaster University in 2001 and eamed a Master's of Science from the University of Guelph's Family Relations and Human Development in 2013. She has been a counsellor with the program since its inception in 2006. She also conducts research with the Brain Tumour Program at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, exploring family interactions with seriously ill children.


Colleen Mousseau

Colleen recently completed a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology through the University of Toronto. She has been working with children, teens and their families through children's mental health and family service agencies across Southern Ontario for over 12 years. She is passionate about helping others. She works through an integrated approach of cognitive, behavioral and expressive arts therapies supporting groups and individuals, including those who have been victims of violent crimes and survivors of trauma.


Lysa Toye

Lysa is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Master's-trained Social Worker with a collaborative certificate in Palliate and Supportive Care, and has worked in pediatric and adult health, mental health and palliative care settings for a decade. Lysa worked with the Centre full time from 2007 - 2010 and returned in 2013 on a part-time basis while also working at the Hospital for Sick Children and in private practice. She is passionate about supporting children, youth and families living with grief and trauma, to grieve, grow and give voice to their experiences.



Leslie Edwards

Leslie is the program's volunteer coordinator and has been with us since 2012. She has been working in Volunteer & Event Management with non-profit organizations for over 13 years, most recently with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind as the Fund Development Volunteer & Event Coordinator. Leslie has a passion for working with volunteers and finds joy in connecting families and coordinating the program's monthly family nights.


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