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About Us

The Grief Centre is committed to our Vision and Values and executing on our Mission:

To provide optimal grief support, a safe space, programs and resources to children, youth and families; leadership in the integration of research, care and education to build strength, resilience and hope in our community and beyond.

Our operating plan is to evolve quickly from a virtual service delivery model to a more comprehensive centre of excellence which will also have a multi-use 'bricks and mortar' space, and one which will integrate research into all aspects of a broad array of programs, services, and resources.

We will also dedicate efforts to reach out to partner with under-served areas/communities, including those of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit, to learn how we can help them facilitate the provision of grief support services and resources.


Our Board

Jay Bacher, DDS

Jay joined an exploratory committee in June 2021 which sought to look at what could be done to address the critical need for grief counselling and services for children, youth, and families following that Board's decision to permanently close the doors of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre in May 2021. Following work done over the summer and fall, Jay helped create The Grief Centre, becoming a founding Board Member in December 2021.

Jay is a retired dentist who practised dentistry for over 33 years both in private practice, also teaching dentistry at the University of Toronto.

He was the founder of Dr. Jay's Charitable Foundation 25 years ago and a founder, energetic supporter and inaugural Board Member of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre. Jay began the annual Dr. Jay Golf Classic which has raised several millions of dollars for these charities.

We are honoured to have Jay's support, experience and passion.

Lorne Glass

Lorne joined an exploratory committee in June 2021 which sought to look at what could be done to address the critical need for grief counselling and services for children, youth, and families following that Board's decision to permanently close the doors of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre in May 2021. Following work done over the summer and fall, Lorne helped create The Grief Centre, becoming a founding Board Member in December 2021.

Lorne is a practising lawyer in Toronto at Glass and Associates with a Family Law and Child Welfare practice he built over the last four decades.

He was a founding Board member for Dr. Jay's Charitable Foundation and Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre and a loyal supporter, donor, and top fundraiser. Lorne was on the Board and was the Chair of Access for Parents and Children of Ontario (“APCO”) which is the supervised access program in Toronto. He was also on the Board of Vita Community Services, which is an organization assisting young adults with developmental disabilities, dual diagnoses and chronic mental illness.

We are honoured to have the support and valuable counsel of Mr. Glass.

Brian Dunphy

Brian joined an exploratory committee in June 2021 which sought to look at what could be done to address the critical need for grief counselling and services for children, youth, and families following that Board's decision to permanently close the doors of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre in May 2021. Following work done over the summer and fall, Brian helped create The Grief Centre, becoming a founding Board Member in December 2021.

Brian was the former Director of Development of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre up until its closure and used his non-profit and charitable sector consulting experience to help start the new Grief Centre. Brian was also a donor to DJCGC. Brian has worked in this sector as a fundraiser and leader for the past thirteen years. He has decades of senior operational experience with a focus on building capacity and teams.

We are honoured and fortunate to have Brian working with us to build this organization.

Scott Morrison

Scott joined an exploratory committee in June 2021, which sought to look at what could be done to address the critical need for grief counselling and services for children, youth, and families following that Board's decision to permanently close the doors of Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre in May 2021. Following work done over the summer and fall, Scott helped create The Grief Centre, becoming a founding Board Member in December 2021.

Scott was a sports journalist/broadcaster/author for more than 40 years, working for The Toronto Sun, Sportsnet, CBC and Hockey Night in Canada. He received the Hockey Hall of Fame's Elmer Ferguson Award in 2006 and has written numerous books.

Scott and his son Mark became associated with the Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre after the passing of his wife in 2008. He served on the board of the Dr. Jay's Charitable Foundation and through an annual golf tournament in his wife's memory he continues to be a loyal supporter and fundraiser. He was also on the founding board for Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer with Princess Margaret Hospital. For more than 30 years he has been Chair of the Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner in support of Easter Seals Ontario, and is on the board of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

We are honoured to have the support and valuable counsel of Mr. Morrison.


The Grief Centre's Advisory Committee

Adam Rapoport, MD, FRCPC, MHSc

Dr. Rapoport is an internationally recognized, honoured, and awarded leading expert in paediatric and palliative care. He is currently the Medical Director, Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is also the Medical Director of Emily's House Children's Hospice and Associate Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rapoport is a general pediatrician with a Masters in bioethics. In 2009, Adam joined the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital as their pediatric consultant. In July 2011 he became the first Medical Director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service at SickKids. PACT provides both inpatient and outpatient palliative care to children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families, including grief and bereavement support. In 2013 Adam became Medical Director at Toronto's first pediatric residential hospice – Emily's House. Adam's academic work focuses on the intersection of his 3 primary interests: pediatrics, palliative care and ethics.

Nancy Webb, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Nancy is an experienced therapist, teacher, consultant and leader. She has held positions as a clinician and an administrator. Nancy is passionate about and has extensive experience in mental health and advocacy: as the founding Executive Director of the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre, an executive with the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Director of the Huntington's Society of Canada, Assistant Director of Massey Centre for Children and Youth, and a founding Executive Director of Touchstone Youth Centre.

Nancy has a thriving clinical private practice and maintains a long-standing relationship with the Sick Kid's Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), where she is currently providing training in supervision. With the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Nancy as the Provincial Manager of Clinical Services, oversaw their comprehensive clinical program which included 320 clinical professionals.

Nancy is a long-standing member of OASW and is now in her second term on the Provincial Board as Central Ontario Regional Director (2017-2022). Nancy believes in life-long learning and feels that the role of OASW through advocacy and education is vital to its members.

Colleen Mousseau, M.Ed., R.P.

Colleen is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is the co-owner and Clinical Director of Andrea Warnick Consulting.

Over the past 20 years Colleen has worked in agencies such as Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and Woodview Children's Mental Health and Autism Services. Colleen has extensive experience helping people of all ages and abilities face challenges related to serious illness, grief and bereavement. She also possesses the rare expertise of helping those with Autism Spectrum Disorder navigate grief. She is trained in a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, art therapy, play therapy and EMDR.

Oren Baum

Oren is the Managing Partner at UpOnline, a digital marketing agency specializing in healthcare, SMB, and non-profit services. For over two decades Oren has helped charities raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through UpOnline services and donates much of his time and services to clients and causes in the industry.

Oren has run or assisted with numerous fundraising initiatives for the Dr. Jay Charitable Foundation, Ontario Camping Association, Bnai Brith / Camp Northland, Maccabiah Games, and the Volunteer Readers Programme, to name a few.

A problem solver at heart, Oren started applying those skills professionally while studying at the University of Toronto for Software Engineering and then founding startups in the areas of mobile software development, SaaS platforms, and IT Management. Those experiences along with skills and clients picked up along the way led to launching UpOnline in 2002 originally as a way to provide online marketing services to existing customers. In 2017, Oren opened a digital start up space called The Annex Exchange to provide space and an ideal environment for growth and mentorship in Toronto.


Legal Counsel

Drache Aptowitzer, LLP