Montreal, RIVO provides a range of no-charge psychological and emotional care to people who have experienced organized violence and forced migration. To complement our traditional therapeutic activities we are busy developing sustainable, arts-based methodologies. RIVO's clients usually are referred to us by CLSCs and other professionals.
We also share our expertise by offering training opportunities and professional support for community workers and medical, mental health and social work professionals. We collaborate in several local and international partnerships.
John Docherty, Coordinator
Counselor and Mennonite pastor, John has worked with refugees for over 25 years. He is a founding member of RIVO and has been coordinating the RIVO network since 2002.
Véronique Harvey, Head of Communications and Funding
She is a social worker and psychotherapist specialized in trauma and intercultural issues who has worked as a clinician in the USA and Canada while training practitioners and advocating on behalf of refugees.
Maisan Al Masalkhi, Coordination Assistant
After studying French literature in Syria, Maisan garnered 18 years of volunteering work with the Red Crescent in Syria. In 2006, after the Iraq war, she worked with UNICEF providing children with psychosocial support. She is now a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross and assists the coordinator at RIVO.
RIVO network of therapist members
|Saliha Bahig Benkacem||psychologist||Ahuntsic-Cartierville|
|Liliana Carreno Sanchez||psychologist||Laval|
|Marie Charlebois||psychologist||Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie|
|Jeanne Cronin||massage therapist||Notre-Dame-de-Grâce|
|Katia El Eter||psychotherapist||Rosemont - La Petite Patrie|
|Heather Fraser Fawcett||counsellor||Notre-Dame-de-Grâce|
|Marylin Gabriel||massage therapist||Plateau-Mont-Royal|
|Marie-France Gauthier||psychotherapist||Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie|
|Cynthia Glen||psychologist||Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie|
|Chantal Gravel||psychologist||Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc Extension|
|Véronique Harvey||msw, psychotherapist||Plateau-Mont-Royal|
|Stéphane Hernandez||social worker||Plateau-Mont-Royal|
|Nadejda Juracovschi||psychology intern||Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie|
|Ranya Letsas||psychologist||Saint-Laurent / Rosemont-La Petite Patrie|
|Mariko Anne Morin||psychologist||Rosemont-La Petite Patrie|
|Maribel Nunez-Melgar||psychologist||Saint-Bruno / Ville-Marie|
|Augustina Perez Saldana||psychologist||Rosemont-La Petite Patrie|
|Michel Peterson||psychologist||Outremont, Ville-Marie|
|Jonathan Quiros Carranza||psychotherapist||Rosemont-La Petite Patrie|
|Nathalie Ragheb||psychologist||Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc Extension|
|Marie Claude Sauriol||psychologist||Ahuntsic-Cartierville|
|Maria Teresa Velasco de la Pena||psychologist||temporarily abroad|
|Musuk Viger Rojas||psychologist||Plateau-Mont-Royal|
Board of Directors
Gilles de Margerie, President
Family physician with international development experience and specialty training in community health, Gilles works at the Clinic for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (CDAR) in Côte des Neiges.
Claude Sauriol, Treasurer
Psychologist with extensive experience as a clinician and program consultant, Claude possesses particular expertise in designing psychosocial interventions post-violent events and disasters.
Luke Martin, Secretary
Engaged for nearly three decades with homeless, ex-convicts, refugees and immigrants in Montreal, Luke directs The House of Friendship, an organization dedicated to peace and community solidarity.
Lawyer specialized in corporate commercial litigation and arbitration with the firm Borden Ladner Gervais, Ève has pursued legal studies and experienced urban outreach while in Brazil.
Catherine is a social worker involved with asylum seekers since 2013. In 2004, while working in Honduras, she discovered counseling.
Holding a master's in psychology, Monique worked as a psychologist for over 30 years. She has developed and conducted various training programs in the health and social services networks as well as the TCRI, intervening with refugees and people living in poverty. Monique also leads clinical discussion meetings. Now retired, she is a member of RIVO's Board and the Service d'éducation et d'intégration interculturelle de Montréal (SEIIM).
Business development strategist, writer and author, this "nomad" is interested in cultural diversity and geopolitics, namely since her sojourn in East Timor in 2003, when the developing country was rebuilding after a devastating civil war. She joined RIVO's Board in the spring of 2016.