Three key priorities the WRSPC is working on

At the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Strategy meeting on November 24, 2016, the following three key priorities were determined.  These three priorities have working committees attached and will guide our work during 2017 and 2018.

Priority One – Stress and Resilience Strategies


The purpose of this committee is to assemble and make available through our website resource materials assuring availability and resources that are user friendly.

Committee Members

Community – Mark Beadle (Co-Chair)

First Responders – Ryan Shubert

Children and Youth in Education – Barb Ward

Individuals, Bereaved Families – Colleen Pacey (Co-Chair)

Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities – Linda Flemming

Older Males and Community Mental Health– Rob Martin

Region of Waterloo Public Health – Stephanie Watson

Terms of Reference

Download Terms of Reference for Stress & Resiliency Committee > 


Priority Two – Research


Looking at current research to differentiate between who is dying by suicide and who is attempting suicide within our region and looking for trends that can guide us in our preventative work.

Committee Members

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Amanda Demmer (co-chair)

Individuals, Bereaved Families – Colleen Pacey

Youth Mental Health – Bianca Prince (co-chair)

Youth in Catholic Education – Sandra Ayerst

Faith Based Community – Bev Voisin

Ethno Cultural Community and Community Mental Health – Melissa Strachan

Region of Waterloo Public Health – Jessica Demming

Terms of Reference

Download Terms of Reference for Research Priority Committee >


Priority 3 – Hospital Care Resource


The purpose of this priority committee is to research and develop a hospital care resource for those who come to the Emergency Rooms with suicidal ideation/behaviour at Grand River and Cambridge Memorial hospitals but are not admitted. The key goals include: conducting an evidence-based understanding of what people and their support circle need in keeping safe from suicide (defined in time) following presentation of suicidal thoughts at the hospital emergency room and to equip people with informed, evidence-based, sustainable package/supports to keep them safe.

Committee Members

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Elisa Brewer-Singh (Co-Chair)

Hospital Service Providers – Debbie Callahan

Young Adult Mental Health – Kim Hewitt (Co-Chair)

Rural Communities – Laura McShane

Access – Debbie Emery

Lived Experience – Rondi McFarlane

Community – Adrienne Luft

Terms of Reference

Download Priority #3 Terms of Reference >

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