Your Awesome Robbie Dean Centre Team

Working with existing agencies, our team has developed and implemented all of its programs and services to meet the needs of the communities by working towards closing some of the system gaps.

Monique Yashinskie

Monique is Robbie Dean’s mother. With the help of her community, she created the Centre to ensure individuals and families would not have to struggle so hard to get mental health support for themselves and their loved ones.

 She has brought together a team of professional volunteers and staff committed to helping those who courageously take that first step in their journey to mental well-being. Together they have created a safe and trusted place for everyone to feel listened to, cared for and empowered.

Lived experience, compassion and integrity combined with a need to help others guide her every step. With the help of her community, she creates and builds partnerships that enhance current mental health services in Renfrew County with a goal of ensuring everyone has access to the support they so deserve.

 In her own words: “I have made a decision to take this pain and turn into something that will fuel change. I have surrounded myself with people that have the ability to carry out a vision of a healthier Renfrew County where no one has to struggle alone”  To connect with Monique please email

Clay McAlleer

Clay is a Certified Grief Support Counsellor who specializes in helping clients overcome grief and loss in a matter of months rather than years, so that they can once again live purposeful, joy-filled lives, while honoring their past. He helps them overcome grief much faster than they could on their own so they can once again live while honoring their past, rather than being held back by it. Having overcome life-altering losses of his own and being trained as a Registered Social Services Worker as well as certification in grief support, addictions, and Christian ministry have given him the tools to help others do the same. Today Clay offers individual services, group programs and workshops for the Robbie Dean Counselling Centre. You can reach him by emailing

Tom Sidney

Tom has an extensive background in working with individuals and families in crisis. He specializes in suicide prevention and post-suicide de-briefing. He is an exceptional public speaker who provides engaging community training sessions on a variety of mental health-related topics.

Joanne Haskin

Joanne a Certified Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Counsellor who helps clients connect or reconnect with their culture and identity to overcome challenges with addictions, intergenerational trauma, and loss, so that they can once again find a sense of community and belonging while accepting their past and move forward with strengthened hope and purpose.

She provides culturally specific care in a safe, judgement free environment including the uses of traditional knowledge, teachings, medicines and land-based connection. This helps clients overcome obstacles by allowing them to be exactly who they are meant to be in that moment, without judgment, as they discover themselves in their healing path.

 Having overcome issues with addictions, trauma and a search for identity within culture as an Indigenous woman and being trained as an Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Counsellor, Trauma Therapy, Certified Indigenous Addictions Specialist and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist have given her the gifts to share with her community so she can walk alongside them in their healing journey.

Joanne offers individual services, group programs and workshops for the Robbie Dean Counselling Centre. You can reach her from their website contact page at


Yvonne Kendall

Yvonne has spent many years providing administrative support in team settings.  She also has a background of serving with community organizations that address needs that directly or indirectly contribute to improved mental health and wellness.  Drawing on all these life experiences, Yvonne is happy to provide confidential assistance to callers and connect them to the services they require. You can reach her by emailing or by calling the centre.


Lynn Murphy

Lynn brings to the team years of experience working with men and women who have experienced personal trauma. She uses positives psychology and solution-focused approach to provide individuals with the tools needed to redefine themselves and overcome the long-term effects of sexual trauma.

Jessica Videto

Jessica is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Yorkville University in the Master of Arts and Counselling Psychology Program. As the intake worker and REACH coordinator for the centre, she assists clients by completing intakes and making connections to community resources available within Renfrew County to support their ongoing journey to wellness. You can reach her at

Kelsey Severin

Kelsey is an Addictions Counsellor with a degree in Health Science and continued certifications in trauma, life coaching, mindfulness, fitness instructing and nutrition & hydration. Regardless of your current life circumstance, she will connect with you to ensure you feel heard while learning and developing the skills needed to feel less “stuck” and to live a happier, healthier tomorrow. With a combination of lived, educational and career experience, Kelsey can help you propel your life forward while you learn to reconnect with your authentic self.

Kelsey offers hope and stability to those in need through individual counselling, or if required, participation in Anger Management groups. You can reach her at