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The  Waterloo Region PCMH leadership team represent the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge communities.  This team is made up of four representatives that each bring diverse and valuable experience to the team.  


The Kitchener -Waterloo Team Represent Family Voice with Representation on the Following:

  • Lutherwood (Lead Agency) Mental Health Advisory Council
  • Lutherwood (Lead Agency) Community Advisory Council
  • Waterloo Region District School Board - Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)
  • Waterloo Region District School Board - Mental Health Advisory Council
  • Waterloo Region District School Board - Internet Filtering Committee


Our Team Leaders:

Amanda Schultz is currently our Waterloo Region Chapter leader. She has a background in Medical Administration within a hospital setting and previously was a personal Support Worker.  She navigates the school system and community supports for her daughter whose life is impacted by ADHD, OCD and sensory issues. Amanda is currently leading our AHDH support group and represents Parents for Children’s Mental Health on Waterloo Region District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee. She looks forward to assisting families as they walk their journey and advocate for their children.


Gillian Scott

Gillian Scott is currently a preschool educator in the Cambridge area.  She has a BA in Early Years and Education, which she obtained in England.  She found PCMH while supporting her two sons, both of whom have a mental health diagnosis.  She has been navigating through the school education system while reaching out to other resources and has been an attendee of the PCMH Waterloo Support Group for a while now.  She has a desire to support other families to make their journey of finding support easier and smoother.


Tina Blanchette is one of the founding members of the Waterloo Region PCMH Chapter. She’s navigated the school system with her husband for her son from kindergarten to highschool.  She conducts classroom peer sessions, attends school meetings with parents and gives presentations to educators.   As a part-time professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College, and having a daughter in University, Tina has helped students and her daughter access supports to help with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.   She’s an active member of the Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Service Collaborative.  Tina was formerly a director on the Board for Tourette Canada and continues to represent the association on the public school board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.  She continues to support parents in navigating the school systems in special education and is always up to date on current policy trends.


Teresa Palmer has been a member with PCMH since 2011.  She brings to the group a background in administration and uses this strength to support the PCMH support phone line.  She has also been actively involved in providing education to parents through community events where PCMH distributes information and answers questions alongside other mental health partners. Teresa has supported the development and distribution of the Resource List and Resource Guide.



Our Regional Lead:


Angela Sider
Supporting: Hamilton · Huron-Perth ·  Halton · Peel · Waterloo · Dufferin/Wellington · Simcoe
Angela is a family engagement trainer, advocate and active participant on several committees supporting children and youth in her community and has a Master of Arts in Leadership. Angela brings extensive experience in specialized treatment programs that support people with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health). She brings lived experience as a parent of two internationally adopted children, both struggling with mental health diagnoses.

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