Lerena Greig has worked in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years and has been an advocate for recovery. She has presented all over Alberta to corporations, churches, community groups and foundations on addiction and recovery and has volunteered teaching and facilitating a group of 10 -12 women in a local residential recovery program and with other inner city agencies. In 2015, she was awarded the Philanthropy Supearlative Award for her volunteerism in the community. Lerena believes it's time that we recognize the challenges with mental health and addiction, change the thinking and behaviour through recovery programs and education; increasing the support and systems to handle this need that continues to grow at an alarming rate; strengthen the family and together we will rebuild hope and healthier communities.
In addition to her knowledge of addiction and recovery, she has over 20 years of expertise in marketing, communications and public relations. Lerena also has her own consulting firm, LeeDawn Consulting. She coaches and empowers others for change; personally and professionally. She is an aspiring author and inspiring speaker.
PEP Facilitator & Co-Founder
Maralyn Benay brings her years of experience as a front line worker working with families where an addiction or violence is front and centre. She continues to work for PEP in both a facilitating and leadership role. She is a lifelong learner and educator in group facilitation. She was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in 2012 in the Edmonton Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Lerena has co-facilitated PEP meetings since November 2014. With her lived experience along with knowledge of addiction and recovery, she is an asset to the team. She lives the mantra of PEP, "Change begins with me".
Vivian joined PEP's team in 2015. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of addiction treatment and recovery that expands over a 25 year period. For the last nine years, Vivian has been employed as a full-time lead therapist, facilitator, and counsellor in a woman's facility in Edmonton, AB. Previous to this, she worked for 3 1/2 years as a therapist in a mixed gender facility and was employed for 12 years with institutional services with the Alberta Government as a youth therapist, family facilitator and family support worker with addiction being the main focus. She has volunteered in many capacities over the years.
Jolene joined PEP's team in 2015. She has her Bachelors of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology. Jolene has been employed with Alberta Health Services for 5 years and 3 of those years were with the PChAD program. Her current position with AHS is Mental Health promotion and illness prevention.
U-turn for Youth Facilitator
Ryan Gerard is a Registered Psychologist, with experience working in corrections and child welfare environments. Ryan began work with McMan Youth, Family and Community Services in 2001, where he served several years as a Youth Worker and Family Support Worker. Ryan continues his work with McMan, and currently assumes the role of program clinician with the Family Intervention Program. Ryan also works part time as a Psychologist at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Center, and he runs a small private practice. Ryan has experience in group facilitation and has a passion for helping people to identify and reach their goals. He has been facilitating U-turn since it started in 2004.
U-turn for Youth Facilitator
Shannon Lust is about eight years clean from her addiction and is an asset to the team with her personal experience. She completed a Sociology Degree specializing in Family Youth and Diversity and is presently pursuing her Master's in Counseling Psychology. She is also employed with McMan Family and Community Services Association as a front line worker. She is passionate about working with youth including high risk youth who are experiencing addiction and mental health issues.