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.


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.








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