Project Trauma Support Peer Groups
The Project Trauma Support Peer Groups are weekly or biweekly gatherings open to any military members, veterans or first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, corrections officers) with the desire to heal from the effects of trauma.
We have learned that healing from PTSD and Moral Injury is best accomplished through connection; isolation and loneliness only leads to more suffering.
There is no cost to attend the meetings.
The groups are a fellowship of members who share their experience, strength and hope with each other. The leaders donate their time because they care. This is a safe place where everyone in attendance has earned their seat. The group provides a forum where openness and honesty are admired and encouraged under an umbrella of assured confidentiality and anonymity.
The purpose of the groups are not to exchange war stories so details of traumatic incidents are not shared. Instead, the meetings are intended to help members weave a new story of hope and healing. Come for support and understanding, new tools and attitudes and new friends.
“For me the peer support group is a safe place I can go once a week and be with other first responders who truly understand what I’m going through. I can be honest and not feel judged. I can shed a tear and not feel weak. I can be in a room full of other warriors and finally not feel all alone.”
Russell, ON: Thursdays at 6pm at the Russell Meadows Retirement Community at 475 Church Street, Russell, ON. For further information, please contact Vemon Nielsen (613-454-5769 or 639-317-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Smiths Falls: Wednesdays at 7pm in the Gallipeau Centre on Queen Street in Smiths Falls. For further information, please contact Greg Waters (Paramedic 613-283-8848 or email@example.com), Pat Cyr (Military 613-284-7365 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or Mike Douglas (Military 613-920-2639 or email@example.com)
Ottawa: Mondays at 6:45pm at the Surgenor Car Dealership at 939 St. Laurent Blvd in Ottawa. For further information, please contact Jason Burd (Firefighter 613-859-2873), Rob Mitchell (Paramedic 613-862-4744), Marie Julie Cosenzo (Paramedic) at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jessa Blackburn (Corrections 613-798-6066), or email@example.com
Fort McMurray: Thursdays at 7pm at the Unifor Local 707A Building on MacDonald Ave in Fort McMurray. For further information, please contact Andrew Gorman at 780-838-0962 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston: Sundays at 7pm at Fractal Workspace at 623 Fortune Cres. #100 Kingston, ON K7P 0L5 For further information, please contact Steve Carroll (Firefighter at 613-328-1608), Jonnathon Marconi (Corrections/Fire at 613-876-9194), or Matthew Tofflemire (Military/Fire at 613-893-4583 or email@example.com)
Belleville: April 1, 15 + 29, May 13 + 27, June 10 + 24, 2019 at 6:30pm. Location is Harmony Public School at 626 Harmony Rd, Corbyville. Meeting is in room 185. There will be no meetings on Statutory Holidays. More dates to be announced! For further information, please contact Scott Burke (Police) at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
London: Mondays at 7pm. Location is in London. Please contact Steve (Police), Mike (Paramedic), or Greg (Corrections/Military) for location. For further information, please contact Steve Stokan at 519-317-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Cross at 613-809-3394 or email@example.com or Greg Merson at 519-871-8147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meaford: Wednesdays at 7pm at McGinty's Cafe at 45 N Skyes St., Meaford. There is parking out back behind the TD Bank. Enter through the rear door as the front entrance will be locked. For further information, please contact Mark Cushman (Military), Lance Mulholland (Police 905-965-1531), or email@example.com
Halifax: Wednesdays at 7pm at the All Saints Anglican Church at 1408 Bedford Hwy, Bedford, NS. For further information, please contact Phil Reddy at 902-221-0047, Dave Walker at 902-220-5382, Cindy Renouf at 902-489-1662 or PTSHalifax@gmail.com
Hamilton: Tuesdays at 7pm (STARTING SEPTEMBER 3). Located at the Chedoke Presbyterian Church (parking lot entrance) at 865 Mohawk Rd. W. in Hamilton. For further information, please contact Mike Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick Millar at email@example.com, Denise Robinson at Drobinson.firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay Anderson at email@example.com
North Bay: Thursdays at 7:30pm at the 22 Wing Chapel Annex located at 39 Sterling Ave, Hornell Heights. Parking in front of building, please enter through the office doors to the left of the Chapel. For more information, please contact Shawn Sweezey at (705) 491-2718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.