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Board of Directors 2015-2016

The Canadian BFRB Support Network is governed by an exceptional volunteer board of directors. Their considerable knowledge and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds, including law, finance, business, communication, fundraising, educational and social justice, guides the strategic direction of CBSN. In addition to considerable time commitments, our board members contribute financially in a variety of ways. A summary of each board member’s expertise and background is presented below.

Sarah Robertson, President & Founder of CBSN – H.BASc, RSSW:

Sarah RobertsonSarah is a born-and-raised Torontonian who developed trichotillomania at the age of twelve. Her experiences within the mental health system and her passion to address the stigma motivated her to found CBSN. Sarah attended the University of Guelph-Humber, where she received her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Family & Community Social Services, alongside a Social Services Diploma. She is currently registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Sarah is on the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre Advisory Committee, which is a part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she brings to light the needs of patients and their families in the community (specifically those with BFRBs). Sarah is also a Guest Blogger for The Huffington Post, where she discusses various topics (mainly mental health related).  Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys spending time with her fiancee & rescue dog – Rory, watching a Jays game, and visiting as many small towns in Ontario as possible.

Pamela O’Leary, Vice President – M.A. Communication, B.J. :


Having developed trichotillomania at the age of 13, Pamela’s experience living with the disorder is the fuel behind her advocacy for mental health issues. Over the course of her professional career, Pamela has served in a variety of roles in public sector institutions, including as director of communications in the Government of Canada and as an executive advisor to the President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Pamela has amassed a wealth of professional expertise in strategic communications, media relations, issues management, event planning, government and stakeholder relations, research, writing and editing. She holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism (High Honours) from Carleton University and a Masters of Arts (Communications) from the University of Ottawa. Pamela grew up in rural Ontario but currently lives in Ottawa where she is on contract to provide government and community relations advice to VIA Rail Canada. She enjoys yoga, knitting, and spending time with her husband and their young daughter.

Theresa Nguyen, Treasurer – CPA, CMA:

theresa head shotTheresa graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Guelph-Humber with a specialization in Accounting. She started her career working in the Finance Department at Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes in Hamilton, Ontario and eventually transferred to their Toronto office to work in property management where she got to work closely with individuals who have mental illnesses and addictions while working towards her accounting designation. Currently, she is the Accounting Manager at Christie Gardens Apartment and Care, a not-for-profit retirement community that offers a continuum of care for its resident ranging from life lease ownership suites to long-term care beds. Outside of the office, Theresa enjoys doing yoga and participating in team sports, traveling the world and cooking healthy, delicious meals.

Christine K. Demetriades, Secretary – BSW, J.D., CIPP/C candidate:

christineheadChristine K. Demetriades holds a Bachelor of Social work from Ryerson University, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Information Privacy Professional in Canadian privacy law. Christine’s professional and volunteer background is diverse and includes working in the legal sector, the financial industry, and for the municipal government. She has previously sat on a local University’s Senate as an alumni member while serving as a board director to the University’s Alumni Association, she has volunteered with homeless initiatives while educating herself on the importance of mental health inside and outside of the workplace. In her spare time, Christine keeps herself busy with yoga, tennis, non-fiction reading, and being a “goalie mom” to her sports enthusiast son. Christine looks forward to being a member of the CBSN board and assisting to further the goals and mission of the Organization.

  Lucie Stuart-Burton, Vice President – CPR, B.A.


Lucie grew up in Toronto and at the age of 12 began pulling her eyelashes, moving then to the hair on her head. Through her high school years at a boarding school in the UK (a tough experience) to a women’s university in the States (a wonderful experience where differences were accepted), and throughout her adult life as a mom and fundraiser, Lucie has struggled with trich – alternating between wanting acceptance but also a cure, to frustration over the lack of awareness and support.  Today, she is three years pull-free and, as Manager of Individual Giving at United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area, where her role is to engage existing and prospective donors, the thought of walking into a room full of strangers no longer fills her with the anxiety she once felt.  With experience in fundraising event planning, sponsorships, major gifts and grant review work, Lucie also completed a post-grad Certificate in Public Relations. As the proud mother of two kids in post-secondary, she is happy to be living once again in Stratford, playing as much tennis as she can, running and enjoying quality time with wonderful friends and volunteering both with her local tennis club and her former workplace, the Alzheimer Society. 

 Dr. Peggy Richter – Honorary Board Member

Dr. Mark Sinyor – Honorary Board Member

 Scientific Advisory Board


Peggy M.A. Richter, MD, FRCPC. Director, Clinic for OCD & Related Disorders; Head, Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre; Dept. of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Mark Sinyor, MSc, MD, FRCPC. Psychiatrist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Sebastian Siwiec

Brittany Meredith