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
Stéphane Alix, Psychologist
Rosanne Baatz, Psychotherapist
Soumaya Baklouti, Psychotherapist
Gabrielle Bélanger-Dumontier, Psychologist
Saliha Benkacem Bahig, Psychologist
Margarita Muniz Buenrostro, Massage therapist
Liliana Carreno, Psychologist
Vanessa Cediel, Psychologist
Marie Charlebois, Psychologist
Pascal Chavannes, Psychologist
Katia El Eter, Psychotherapist
May Elrakhawy, Psychologist
Heather Fraser Fawcett, Counsellor
Marilyn Gabriel, Massage therapist
Margarita Maria Giraldo, Psychologist
Cynthia Glen, Psychologist
Chantal Gravel, Psychologist
Veronique Harvey, Msw, Psychotherapist
Jairo Jaramillo, Psychotherapist
Nadejda Juracovschi Timpov, Psychologist
Sophia Koukoui, Psychologist
Ann-Marie Lambert, Psychologist
Sylvie Laurion, Psychologist
Ranya Letsas, Psychologist
Anousheh Machouf, Psychologist
Kaisorak Madriz, Psychologist
Fahimeh Mianji, Psychologist
Mariko Morin, Psychologist
Maribel Nunez, Psychologist
Rose Oudot, Psychologist
Agustina Perez Saldana, Psychologist
Michel Peterson, Psychotherapist
Hue-Tam Pham-Thi, Psychotherapist
Jonathan Quiros, Psychotherapist
Claude Sauriol, Psychologist
Myriam Vargas de Luna, Psychologist
Musuk Viger Rojas, Psychologist
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.