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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org), Pat Cyr (Military 613-284-7365 or email@example.com), or Mike Douglas (Military 613-920-2639 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com, Andree Leduc (Police) at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Iron King Gym on Fortune Cres. 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)
Guelph: Thursdays at 7pm at the Orchard Park Building on Highway 6 North. For further information, please contact Jeff Speckeen at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mason Halstead at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Belleville: September 10 + 24, October 15 + 29, November 12 + 16, Dec 10, 2018 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, Mike Cross at 613-809-3394 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Merson at 519-871-8147 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org