One life at a time

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.


RIVO Staff


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

Rosanne Baatz psychotherapist Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Saliha Bahig Benkacem psychologist Ahuntsic-Cartierville 
Liliana Carreno Sanchez psychologist Laval
Marie Charlebois psychologist Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Pascal Chavannes psychologist Plateau-Mont-Royal
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
Margarita-Maria Giraldo psychologist Saint-Laurent
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
Francisco-Jairo Jaramillo psychotherapist Saint-Laurent
Nadejda Juracovschi psychology intern Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Callixte Kabayiza psychologist Montréal-Nord
Ann-Marie Lambert psychologist Plateau-Mont-Royal
Sylvie Laurion psychologist Verdun
Ranya Letsas psychologist Saint-Laurent / Rosemont-La Petite Patrie
Valérie Lévy psychologist Plateau-Mont-Royal
Anousheh Machouf psychologist Plateau-Mont-Royal
Kaisorak Madriz psychologist Verdun
Mariko Anne Morin psychologist Rosemont-La Petite Patrie
Lisa Ndejuru psychotherapist Plateau-Mont-Royal
Maribel Nunez-Melgar psychologist Saint-Bruno / Ville-Marie
Augustina Perez Saldana psychologist Rosemont-La Petite Patrie
Michel Peterson psychoanalist 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.



Ève Gaudet
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 Quinty-Falardeau
Catherine is a social worker involved with asylum seekers since 2013. In 2004, while working in Honduras, she discovered counseling.



Monique Tremblay
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).



Ysabel Viau
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.








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