Pat Lee has been a reporter, editor and columnist for 30 years and writes a weekly pet column for The Chronicle Herald in Halifax.
She is also an animal welfare advocate who volunteers for numerous rescues.
Pat is also owned by three dogs and two cats.
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KIM GINGELL AND OMEGA (SERVICE DOG)
Kim Gingell retired from the Canadian Forces after 29 years of full time reserve service. She loved the army and her job, logistics. Her career with the army reserve presented many adventurers and opportunities which she accepted with no regrets. Kim graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a BA in English. Through Veteran Affairs Canada, she successfully graduated with a diploma as a Veterinarian Assistant. She worked as a Technical Writing instructor at the Naval Fleet School in CFB Halfax, worked several years with the Nova Scotia Internal Tattoo as the Administration Officer and worked at 36 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters as G3 Individual Training to name a few adventures. Kim will be assuming the role of intake co-ordinator. She also lives with her Service Dog, Omega. The Paws team is happy to have someone with such a diverse background joining the team
DR. DEE RAJSKA, C. PSYCH
Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist
I'm a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist. The focus of my clinical practice is trauma.
I work with veterans, serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as law enforcement professionals and first responders. I believe that those who have put their lives on the line to serve their country or community deserve to be treated with the utmost compassion, dignity, respect, and gratitude.
In addition to my clinical work, I also write a blog called Coming Back Home. The goal of the blog is to provide easy-to-understand information about the biology behind PTSD, as well as to provide support to those with service-related PTSD and their families. You can find the blog at: http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/comingbackhome/
Mental Health Foundation Liason
Starr Dobson is the President & CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. She was appointed to the position in August 2013. Starr is an acclaimed journalist, best-selling children’s author, and dedicated community volunteer. She holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Journalism from the University of King’s College and is an Atlantic Journalism Award Winner. Starr was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth A. Chard Award from Special Olympics Nova Scotia in 2014. She currently serves on the Together We Can Advisory Committee, the THRIVE! Halifax Mental Health Working Group, and the Health Charity Network. Starr left her 23 year career in television because she decided it was time to stop telling other people’s stories and start being a part of one. She brings a fresh voice and perspective to mental health fundraising and awareness.
DEE BRASSEUR, CM, CD1, MAJ RETD RCAF
Standards and Certifications
Dee brings her wealth of experience and knowledge to the Paws Team. The Order of Canada, CF18s, years of dedicated Military Service, Therapy Dogs, and a passion for others who struggle with PTSD are just a few off Dee's interests. She has also founded the One in a Million Challenge Coin project to help fund various PTSD Initiatives. Her Afghan Hounds keep her busy, and the latest. "Sabre" is a real handful.
JOCELYN COUSINEAU and MUNICH (Therapy Dog)
In 2013, Joceylyn co-founded Paws Fur Thought. She now keeps Medric on track. Jocelyn brings her medical back ground as a Certified Nursing Assistant into play and helps with co-ordination of team training. When she is not busy with Mr Munich doing Therapy dog work at the IWK, she enjoys travel, movies, reading and dining out. Her favourite saying? "It is what it is". She always tries to find the Positive in any situation!
MEDRIC COUSINEAU SC, CD, RETD CAPT RCAF, and THAI (Service Dog)
In 2013, Medric co-founded Paws Fur Thought. He is now the driving force behind the initiative. "Cous" is a former Seaking Navigator who was hurt doing Search and Rescue of the Coast of Newfoundland in 1986. This former graduate of RMC enjoys time spent with Thai, whom he was paired with in August of 2012. Their favourite saying? "Keep calm and walk the dog".