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.
Tabasum Abdul-Rasul, director
Nurse by education, Tabasum completed a research degree in international development / gender and public health in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked for more than 20 years in different countries as emergency and cluster coordinator within the UN and the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC). She also worked at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. Since february 2020, she is the director of RIVO.
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.
Arij Al Sabek, Administrative Assistant
Initially a mechanical engineer, Arij spent 2 years volunteering with the Red Crescent in Syria. She has been involved in several interventions in disaster units in war zones and in humanitarian actions. In 2019, she completed her Certificate of Proficiency-English at McGill and now works as an Administrative Assistant at RIVO.
Alida Kouassi, Communications and Funding officer
After studying Communications and Graphic Arts, she worked as a graphic designer and artistic coordinator in advertising agencies in Ivory Coast and Gabon. Established in Quebec for a few years, she is now Communications and Funding officer at RIVO.
RIVO network of therapist members
Stéphane Alix, Psychologist
Rosanne Baatz, Psychotherapist
Soumaya Baklouti, Psychotherapist
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
Sébastien Simard, Psychothérapeute
Myriam Vargas de Luna, Psychologist
Musuk Viger Rojas, Psychologist
Elise Peters, Art-therapist
Cecile Marotte, 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.
Luke Martin, Treasurer
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.
Nadejda Juracovschi Timpov, Secretary
Nadia Timpov (Juracovschi), psychologist and advocate for social justice, refugee and women’s rights. She specialises in intervention with complex trauma survivors, such as trafficking, sexual violence, torture, etc. Highly engaged in her work, she also acts as a trainer, public speaker and supervisor for diverse community organisations groups who are intervening with a vulnerable population. Her involvement at RIVO began with an internship (2015), then as a certified clinician, a trainer, and supervisor, to finally join the board of directors in 2018
Monique Tremblay, Member
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).
Agustina Perez Saldana, Member
Agustina Pérez Saldana - psychologist and a RIVO clinicien originally from Mexico. From 1998 to 2008 she worked as a psychologist with people who have been affected by complex trauma before establishing herself in Quebec in 2008. In addition to having her own private practice, she is one of RIVO’s trainer/speaker/supervisor for professionals in the field.
Sidney Frank, Member
A former Canadian diplomat, Sidney devoted most of his career to visa and immigration work in China, India and the Philippines. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he managed Canada’s overseas operations for the Syrian Refugee Program.
Jennie-Laure Sully, Member
Jennie-Laure Sully holds a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She works as a community organizer at the CLES and is also a researcher at IRIS.