Opioid Problems, Treatment Solutions Course Facilitators

Betty-Lou Kristy

Betty-Lou Kristy is a bereaved mother, in recovery for 17 years from co-occurring alcohol/multi-drug addictions, trauma and mental health issues.  She lost her 25 year old concurrent disordered son to an accidental overdose of Oxycontin mixed with psychiatric medication on December 23, 2001.   As a result of Pete’s death, Betty-Lou dedicates her time as a provincial systems level, lived experience/family adviser, educator  & advocate – helping to frame policy, governance, programming and funding.  She additionally provides peer support and outreach at community level. Betty-Lou is the recipient of the 2009 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Transforming Lives Award and the 2012/13 Ministry of Health ACE Award- Partner Relations category for her work with Expert Advisory Narcotics.

Lori Naylor

Lori Naylor is a Registered Social Worker and Clinical Lead at Breakaway Satellite Opiate Addiction Treatment program, where she has worked since 1999.  She has a passionate interest in the connection between trauma and addiction, and has provided clinical education on this topic to agencies and conferences across Canada.

Lori is a facilitator for the CAMH Opioid Resource Hub, having created and presented a variety of webinars and trainings including  Opioid Problems, Treatment Solutions , MMT and chronic pain, and MMT and trauma.  She is an author in the CAMH text "Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Abuse" (2007), on the topic of "Creating Comprehensive Methadone Treatment for Women".  In addition, she is a member of the University of Toronto/CAMH faculty which trains physicians, pharmacists and counsellors in the Opiate Dependency Treatment Certificate Program and is on faculty at Centennial College and York University School of Social Work.  Lori also runs a private psychotherapy practice, since 1996.

Sean LeBlanc

Sean LeBlanc grew up on a series of Air Force bases to a very abusive father and left home at age 13.  Despite his early struggles, he got through high school and went to university, where a tragic loss started him on his addiction to opioids.  Homelessness, jail and a series of personal losses gave him the impetus for change and he founded the Drug Users Advocacy League (DUAL), an advocacy group for drug consumers, in 2010.  He was able to combine advocacy with recovery and now lives a very happy life in Ottawa with his partner Catherine.  He is a CAMH consultant, a trainer for the CAMH Strengthening Your Voice and Opioid Problems, Treatment Solutions courses, and an outreach worker for a local health organization.  Sean has done a lot of various research, advocacy, and service provision.

Niall Tamayo

Niall Tamayo grew up in Rexdale, Etobicoke and experienced how education, immigration, and low income can impact ones health.  After studying Nursing at the University of New Brunswick/Humber College, Niall focused in the area of mental health and addiction.  Niall is currently working as a registered nurse at the Addiction Medicine Service at CAMH, and in the past, worked at Rexdale Community Health Centre, and St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.  In his spare time, Niall loves to travel the globe with his partner Francisco, make ice cream with wild flavors, appreciate art, food, and music, swim, cycle, and enjoy Toronto!

Sam Gruszecki

In addition to his work with  Opioid Problems, Treatment Solutions , Sam Gruszecki is a Peer Support Specialist with the STAR (Supporting Transitions and Recovery) Learning Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital where he develops and facilitates classes that support individuals from vulnerable populations in developing life skills. His professional background includes working abroad on cruise ships and resorts, managing successful singles events and travel company, business development, and much more. Through his international travels, he has learned that oranges can change your life, monks actually use weed-whackers, and there’s nowhere on earth you can go to get away from yourself.

After coming to terms with addictions, substance abuse, depression, and ADD, he dedicated his life to personal growth and self-improvement. He now focuses on helping others develop their lives in their own way, as he did for himself.

Paul Koniec

Paul has worked as a Registered Nurse at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 2012. He is currently working for Addiction Medicine Service focusing on intake, triage and assessment. Previously he has worked as a Client Program Facilitator at the Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services and as a Residential Counselor at the Central West Specialized Developmental Services.

Carol Batstone

Carol has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years in Canada and the U.S. in Medical-Surgical units and Intensive Care Units.  For the last 15 years, she has worked with individuals with substance use disorders in the Addiction Medicine Service at CAMH.

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