The individuals that make up the team at The Nightingale Centre have extensive experience in supporting children, youth, and their families through grief, death and dying. Coming from diverse backgrounds in psychology, organizational governance, thanatology and more, each member of The Nightingale Team shares a passion for supporting our community through significant and devastating loss
Dr. Laura Brown
Dr. Laura Brown is a registered Clinical Psychologist whose life work has primarily been to help pre-teen, teenage, and young adult individuals and their families struggling with a variety of mental health challenges. For the past 15 years in her private practice work with Insight Psychology on Norfolk in Guelph, Ontario, she has provided therapy for a variety of learning, emotional, and mental health issues, as well as learning to cope with the challenges of living. However, her early training at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children, and University Health Network Psychosocial Oncology Program has also provided her with the unique ability to work with young people coping with physical, life-threatening, or chronic illness and/or pain, as well as children, adolescents, and their families coping with grief and bereavement.
For 7 years, Laura volunteered with Hospice Wellington providing grief support to families coping with the bereavement associated with the loss of beloved member of their lives. It was through her work with Hospice that she recognized the need for a dedicated non-profit centre to serve the grief and bereavement needs of children and youth in Guelph and Wellington County.
Laura grew up in Guelph, loves her roles as mother, stepmother, and aunt within a tribe of young people. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, walking her two dogs, gardening, being physically active, and hanging out with her large and diverse family.
Dr. Adelle Pratt
Adelle is interested in the learning, development, and social-emotional growth of children and teens. At Insight, her practice is divided about equally into assessment and treatment. She works with children and teens with many different concerns, such as anxiety, depression, life transition stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and family relationship issues. Cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, relational therapy, insight-oriented therapy, and other approaches are often used.
Adelle feels lucky to be able to work with many dedicated families in the Guelph-Wellington community and be a part of their often difficult journey. She is a mother to two school-aged children. To recharge her own batteries, she enjoys running, gardening, chasing after her two ve
Bill has volunteered on several not-for-profit and charity boards as a board member, committee chair and board chair. With the Ontario government, he held positions in six different ministries, culminating as Deputy-Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Bill holds a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Guelph and an MBA specializing in organizational development from Laurier University. He is an avid cyclist and downhill skier.
In 2007, Madison suffered the personal tragic loss of her younger brother, Nicholas Lambden. As a bereaved adolescent, Madison quickly realized the lack of both peer and professional support that was available to her. Throughout her grief journey, she has found healing in providing peer support to others and assisting in the development of her brother’s foundation, which serves to support less fortunate youth in the community through sports, education, and the arts. Madison’s personal experience coping with a significant loss at such a vulnerable age has fuelled her desire to give back to the grieving and bereaved individuals of the Guelph community through The Nightingale Centre.
As a Guelph native, Madison holds the community extremely close to her heart. She hopes to be able to spark a sense of hope among youth experiencing similar journeys with her story and the insight she has gained. More importantly, she wants to ensure that bereaved children, youth and their families in the Guelph community never have to feel as isolated as she once did.
Susan suffered the personal tragic loss of her son, Nicholas Lambden, in 2007. She was successful in finding bereavement support for herself, but was made aware of the lack of programs available for her daughter throughout their bereavement journey. Since then, she has found fulfillment in providing peer support to those who have also lost their children. She is most passionate about giving back to the community through her son’s foundation, which serves to support less fortunate youth through sports, education, and the arts.
Susan looks forward to supporting The Nightingale Centre’s mission in ensuring that bereaved children and youth will have a safe space to access the support and counselling that they need.
Ryan is on the board for the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in Guelph, where he helps facilitate events that bring young professionals in the community together to share, connect and develop as leaders in their respective area.
After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), he joined the Laurier Alumni Relations department as a Communications Officer for the Annual Giving team. Ryan fell in love with the Laurier community and working with the Annual Giving team to raise funds to support the University, the students and the faculty was a perfect fit.
Born and raised in Guelph, Ryan feels a sense of pride and responsibility to see his community grow and flourish. Ryan is passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives and is thrilled to be able to help The Nightingale Centre reach those who are in bereavement.
Dr. Jim Brown
Prior to his training as a therapist, Jim was trained in laboratory medicine and retired from that work as Director of Laboratories at Guelph General Hospital in 1988. He currently has a private practice in psychotherapy in his home beside his wife, Jean, who is a registered nurse and therapist.
Jim believes that his experience as a life partner, parent, and his participation in a Men’s Group for 30 years provides much of the perspective that he brings to his work. Currently, as he is more aware of his ageing, he has a daily practice of meditating on living and dying and is keenly interested in understanding more of the bereavement process in himself and others.
For over 5 years, Jean volunteered with Hospice Wellington providing individual and group bereavement counselling. She also co-facilitated a support group for families of people living with a brain tumour, knowing that when one family member suffers, all are affected. She is always looking for practical ways to help people to honour and regulate their emotional wellbeing and their connections with each other.
Jean is no stranger to grief and loss on a personal as well as a professional level. Being part of The Nightingale Centre seems fitting in recognizing that grandparents as well as parents are deeply affected when loss occurs in a family. She feels honoured to be part of such a dynamic and compassionate team.
Dr. Bob Wickett