Line is the founder and Director of ECDSS. She holds a degree in Psychology and Sociology, a Masters in Family Ecology and Practice, and a certification in Indigenous Early Childhood Development Leadership. Line has over 30 years of teaching and facilitation experience and brings passion and energy to the human services field. She worked on the Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) as the Community Development and Mobilization Manager, leading the engagement and creation of 100 early childhood coalitions across the province.
In 2015, Line became certified as a Community and Workplace Traumatologist and has trained over 450 professionals in Trauma Informed Care. She is currently contributing her passion and energy to the Community Mental Health Action Plan. Line also sits on the Board for Change for Children and on the Early Learning and Care Task Force for Public Interest Alberta. Her favorite roles are being a mother to three grown children and the proud grandmother to a beautiful grandson. Line lives in Edmonton with her husband Salvi and their two cocker spaniels.
Angela is our Early Childhood Facilitator and has been with ECDSS since 2012. She is passionate about learning how our early experiences impact our lives and how we can create communities that support healthy children and families. Angela has worked throughout the field of early childhood including the areas of childcare, early education research, and classroom teaching from preschool through second grade. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education with a focus in early childhood from the University of Alberta. In her spare time Angela enjoys the quieter things in life – yoga, knitting, reading, and spending time with her loved ones, including her Moto Guzzi.
While it’s no surprise that, with an undergraduate degree in Human Services (Major in Child and Youth Care; Minor in Psychology) and over 17 years of experience in office management, Kim has found a cozy home at ECDSS. After several years designing and teaching curricula for children and youth programming while providing administrative support for several non-profit organizations in the Calgary region, Kim moved to Edmonton with her husband for his post-secondary pursuits while she continued to search for her ‘Northern Niche’. None too soon, her path intersected with Line Perron and the ECDSS team and the rest, they say, is history.
Perhaps more surprising than the ‘administrative (s)mothering’ that Kim bestows upon the ECDSS team is that she’s a proud born and bred farm girl that still longs for open fields and starlit skies and her old feline and equestrian colleagues. To help fill that void, she has visited 26 (and counting!) countries on her bucket list and may have some hidden talents behind a camera, in the kitchen and with a puppet.
Lorae is our Administrative Assistant. She has over 20 years’ experience with Administration work in the Medical, Government, Retail and Non-profit Sectors. She also owned and operated her own Administration Company so she could work from home while raising their 3 sons. Lorae is very family oriented and is thrilled to be a member of the ECDSS family.
Dana is our Mental Health Facilitator. Prior to joining ECDSS, Dana was the National Project and Research Coordinator for the Handle with Care project. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Alberta (UofA) in 2005 after which she practiced nursing primarily in Emergency Medicine and as an Instructor with the UofA. In 2012, Dana completed her Master’s in Public Health (UofA), specializing in Health Promotion. During her graduate work, she travelled to Zambia to work with children and youth and has since been focusing her efforts on Health Promotion with children and communities. In her spare time, Dana especially enjoys spending time in nature alone and with her son, husband and dog. She also enjoys travelling, playing the violin, drawing, dabbling with interior design and décor and watching Netflix.
Salvi has been our Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Trainer for the past two years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has a Human Resources Management Certificate, both from the University of Alberta. Furthermore, Salvi has a Project Management Certificate from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Salvi has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. This includes over 20 years of leadership experience for various local not-for-profit organizations.
In addition to his formal education Salvi has successfully completed courses in the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Challenge, CMHA’s Psychological Health and Safety Advisor Training and, the Brain Story Certification from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.
He is very proud to have been born, raised, educated and raised a family in Edmonton. Salvi is an avid sports fanatic and loves spending family time with his beautiful wife, Line, and their two cuddly canines, Makki and Camper. Salvi is also a proud grandfather and is fortunate and very grateful to spend a lot of time with, and help develop the brain of, his grandson.
June is one of our Community Mental Health Facilitators, focusing on the development and implementation of the Community Mental Health Action Plan’s Training Framework. With an extensive and varied background in Human Services, she is excited to bring her 25+ years of experience to the ECDSS team.
June has a degree in Special Education from the University of Alberta. In addition to teaching abroad (Singapore), she has experience in program coordination and development, accreditation, and training organizations in behaviour management and outcomes evaluation.
June’s family shares her passion for travel and although together they have explored numerous parts of the world, that journey is far from over. She enjoys running, singing and spending time with good friends. Her husband and two grown daughters remain the supernovas in her universe.
Jennie joins our team after working for the past 20 years with marginalized and vulnerable populations with complex needs. She has had the opportunity to work for both for-profit as well as not-for-profit agencies such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (in both Edmonton and Toronto), working in Toronto with Adults with Acquired Brain Injury as well as facilitated programming in a respite care program for youth with complex needs.
Over the past 15 years, Jennie has been working with youth and families who have been impacted by addictions through Alberta Health Services as a Youth Mobile Addiction Counsellor. This opportunity has allowed Jennie to explore the impacts of addictions and mental health on youth and families in both treatment and outpatient settings as well as supporting both urban and rural communities. Some larger projects Jennie has contributed to has been working closely with Allies for Youth, Edmonton Police Services, as well as Edmonton Public Schools in the capacity of Project Coordinator of a Mental Health Collaborative Project at Lillian Osborne High School.
Launa is one of our Community Mental Health Facilitators focusing on the development and implementation of the Community Mental Health Action Plan’s Training Framework. She comes with over 25 years of experience working in human services specializing in education, training and community development.
Launa has a degree in Professional Arts and Human Services as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Her drive for connection at the most human level is supported by her passion for play and creativity. She is certified in the Torrance Tests of Creativity (creative assessment), Filming Interactions for Nurturing Development (F.I.N.D.), Strengthening Families Approach (Center for Social Policy) and Brain Certification (AWFI). In addition, Launa has taught and authored post-secondary courses related to leadership, community development and early human development.
Launa enjoys her life in the southern part of the province. Originally from the Lethbridge area, she now lives with her partner, Mark, in Calgary. Being a farm kid gives her the background to understand and have a voice for the unique needs of urban and rural settings. She has 4 children and 3.5 grandchildren which give her lots of playmates and grandma sleepovers.