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Our People

Reaching IN…Reaching OUT is fortunate to have been developed and nurtured by many enthusiastic people who steadfastly work to promote optimal development, health, well-being and resilience in young children and their families.


Meet the people that think and do resilience everyday

Darlene Kordich Hall, PhD
For more than 40 years, Darlene has been a researcher, educator and clinician focused on mental health promotion in children and families. From 2002-2012, she was the coordinator of Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO) and a co-developer the RIRO Resiliency Skills Training Program as well as many resiliency resources for service providers and parents. She is currently responsible for the ongoing evaluation of the RIRO and Bounce Back & Thrive! resiliency skills training programs as well as knowledge mobilization activities. Before coming to Reaching IN...Reaching OUT, she developed and evaluated several early intervention programs including an evidence-based treatment program for young children at risk for maltreatment. She was a faculty member in the School of Nursing at York University as well as several universities in the United States. She is published and is a recognized trainer in the areas of child maltreatment, trauma and resilience. Darlene is the proud parent of two daughters who are a source of inspiration in her work on resilience.

Jennifer Pearson, R.P., DipTIRP, BFA
Jennifer is a registered psychotherapist and is known internationally as a program developer, trainer and consultant in education, mental health and community-based settings. Jennifer is lead developer and master trainer for the RIRO Skills Training program for service providers and the companion program for parents, Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT). Prior to her involvement with Reaching IN…Reaching OUT, Jennifer led clinical staff trainings in the practical application of resilience theory with children and families, and co-developed and facilitated programs in family resilience, trauma assessment for sexually abused pre-school children, and arts-based work with latency aged children with aggressive behaviour. She has directed documentary-style videos for a number of training programs and is published in resilience promotion, and using the arts and therapeutic metaphor to promote creative expression and interpersonal skills in children at-risk socially and emotionally. Jennifer is grateful to be a hands-on Gramma to four spirited young children who keep her honest and motivated in her quest to build resilience in families and communities.

...and RIRO and BBT trainers & volunteers
More than 250 professionals have been trained to bring the RIRO and BBT resiliency skills training programs, information sessions and resources to service providers and parents in their communities across Canada from large urban areas to small northern communities.

Special acknowledgement goes to Paola Hohenadel and Tricia Holzworth for their contribution to the development of the RIRO Resiliency Skills Training Program and to Karen Dykstra for her work on the pilot project. Special recognition also goes to Alysha Boles for her contribution to the development of the Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT) Resiliency Skills Training Program and to the following trainers and volunteers who piloted BBT in their communities and offered their insight and creativity:  Mary Ann Avey, Heidi Payne, Dr. Kathleen Brophy, Terri Ann Irwin, Crystal Cummings, Harriet Kideckel, Lynda Banning, Judy Robbins, Megan Gill-Vander Wieland, Sandy Prentice, Lee Gibson, Joanne Harris, Kim Humphrey, Michele Cole, Michelle Walker, Charlene Abrahams, Lucinda Cull, Amy Leduc, Andrea Muir McGregor, Liisa Hansen and Rhona Karschti. We would also like to recognize the work of Lori Nichols on developing resiliency resources for parents and Cathy Vine on our knowledge mobilization strategies. We also express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Rolfe Morrison who has volunteered countless hours managing our database and providing statistical consultation that supports the ongoing evaluation of our resiliency skills training programs. And for all of the time she has volunteered to build and enhance RIRO’s websites for service providers and parents over the past 10 years, we thank Ilana Wilner at Launchbox.


We would also like to acknowledge a group of dedicated professionals committed to promoting resilience in children and families:

Lorrie Huggins, MA, EdS
General Manager Child, Youth & Family Development
YMCA of Greater Toronto

Tony Diniz, MSW
Executive Director
Child Development Institute

Donna Lero, PhD
Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work
Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being
University of Guelph

Kathleen Brophy, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
University of Guelph

Patricia Chorney-Rubin, BA
Chair, Early Childhood Program
George Brown College

Connie Winder, MA
Professor, Early Childhood Program
George Brown College

Reaching IN…Reaching OUT deeply appreciates the time, know-how, unflagging support and leadership provided during the development and pilot evaluation of our training programs and other resilience-building resources.







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