Dianne is the founder of the Lennon Recovery House Association. She has been an advocate for change in PEI’s mental health and addiction system for many years. After her son Lennon ended his life by suicide in 2013, Dianne has been very persistent in creating housing and treatment for those suffering as her son did. It is her hope that Lennon House will bring healing and a new way of life to those who come to recovery at Lennon House.
Linda lost her son to addiction and mental illness. Since that time, she has had an overwhelming sense of uselessness, and wants to be a part of LRHA as her way of making a difference to those who suffer like her son did with addiction and mental health issues. Her involvement with Lennon House is her opportunity to make a difference.
Jessie is a Chartered Professional Accountant working at Fitzpatrick & Company. Jessie has worked with the firm for over 8 years while working towards her professional designation which she received in December 2016. In October 2016, Jessie moved to a manager role within the firm – a role in which she focuses mainly on corporate reorganizations, pro forma financial statements, tax planning, succession planning, and financial analysis. Jessie also serves on the Hospice PEI Board, the finance committee of Farmers Helping Farmers, as well as on the Advisory Committee for the Holland College Accounting Technology Program.
Gordon lives and works in Charlottetown. He is so excited to be part of this amazing journey and feels that if a community supports each other they do not feel alone with their mental health struggles. He has been a fitness instructor with UFIT.inc for over 15 years, he is also a professional motivational speaker and the current Chair of the United Way provincial campaign. He wants to get involved because he believes that being active is one of the tools that can assist on the journey through difficult times. He hopes to be a strong board member and believes in the positivity of everyone unconditionally. He is excited to be a small part of being there for others. Finally, he is a founding member of PEI’s Man Up group that stands against any all forms of violence against women.
Claire is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Classical Homeopath practicing in Charlottetown.
Clair believes that the link between nutrition and mental health is something that has been overlooked for far too long. Without the foundation of a healthy, well balanced diet that meets all our nutritional needs, a healthy, a well balanced lifestyle, is very difficult to obtain.
Claire would like to see Lennon House offer healthy, nutritious meals to its residents. From farm to table, having a garden on the grounds, which residents take pride in tending and harvesting, will go a long way in educating individuals about the importance of whole foods in overall health. Residents should learn and be responsible for preparing meals and sitting down together to enjoy the food that has been prepared. She believes that our society no longer understands the value of real food and the power of enjoying it together. Addressing nutritional deficiencies through diet is key, and must be part of a holistic approach to healing.
Mary Lou Griffin-Jenkins
Mary Lou has spent her career in education. She has primarily taught adults and is currently a curriculum and instructional consultant at Holland College. She has served on other boards in various capacities, including Learning Disabilities Association of PEI. She has paid close attention to the development of Lennon Recovery House and is excited about the future with this service in our province. Mary Lou lives in Charlottetown with her husband and 3 children.
Peter has been working in mental health in a wide range of capacities for the past twenty years starting as a Youth Worker. After completing his degree in music therapy at Acadia University Peter moved back to PEI and opened a private practice. During that time Peter decided to pursue his MSc in Mental Health Counselling to allow him an opportunity to provide mental health supports beyond music therapy to the community. Seven years ago Peter left his private practice and took the position of Executive Director of the Catholic Family Service Bureau. Aside from his administrative duties, Peter continues to do clinical work with children, adults, and seniors.