About Us

About Us 2019-04-08T16:47:45+00:00

The MEHRIT Centre Team

Stuart Shanker, Founder & CEO
Susan Hopkins, Executive Director

TMC Telephone/Fax #: (705) 243-6636
Finance Department Fax #: (705) 243-6609

General Inquiries: info@self-reg.ca
Media Inquiries: media@self-reg.ca
Self-Reg eSchool: onlinelearning@self-reg.ca
Event Inquiries:
 events@self-reg.ca
Chief Executive Officer’s Office: heather@self-reg.ca

TMC Executive Bios

Stuart Shanker
Stuart ShankerFounder & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd.. One of his many books, “Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012)”, is a top selling educational publication in Canada. His latest book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life (2016), has garnered enthusiastic reviews and media attention throughout North America and has also been published in the UK, the US, Poland, Germany, South Korea, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic, with further translations and foreign editions in the works.

In 2012 Dr. Shanker founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Stuart commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and a blog entitled, “The Self-Reg View”. Read more about Dr. Shanker here.

Susan Hopkins
Susan HopkinsExecutive Director, TMC
A passionate advocate for children, families, schools and communities, Dr. Susan Hopkins has been leading Dr. Stuart Shanker’s organization, The MEHRIT Centre (TMC) as Executive Director, since 2014. As a one-time at-risk youth who quit high school twice, Susan went on to complete four degrees. Over the course of Susan’s career, she has worked in every area of education from the early years to post-secondary and across contexts from Italy to the Northwest Territories. Susan led the territorial implementation of the Early Development Instrument (EDI), co-authored the Government’s Early Childhood Framework and developed the NWT play and culture-based kindergarten curriculum. She went on to lead the Planning, Research, and Evaluation division for the Department of Education before relocating to Edmonton to head up the Society of Safe and Caring Schools and Communities. Under Susan’s leadership, The MEHRIT Centre has grown and developed into a highly respected, accessible, and successful centre of teaching and learning. In addition, Susan brings her skills to Stuart’s self-regulation research centre (SRI) as the lead researcher for SRI’s fourth area of focus: The Practice of Self-Reg.
Liz Shepherd
Liz ShepherdDirector, Operations
Prior to completing her MSc in Psychology at Trent University, Liz was deeply involved in voluntary work both in the USA and the UK. Her voluntary experience ranged from working at an animal shelter to acquiring resources and funds to support local youth. Her passion for volunteering, helping and understanding others led her to pursue a career in psychology and makes her a natural Self-Regger. After several years with The MEHRIT Centre, Liz has been lucky enough to have dipped her toes into all aspects of Self-Reg as well as the how tos of helping run a business. Liz has also worked as a research assistant for the Self-Reg Institute.

What helps Liz stay calm and alert: Listening to music, exploring nature trails, reading, knitting, and borrowing friend’s pets for cuddles.

Colleen Dickinson
Colleen DickinsonExecutive Coordinator, H.R. & Legal
Home is where your heart is and with her grandchildren being in Peterborough ON Colleen is here to stay. The MEHRIT Centre has become her home as well. For 3 years she was Dr Shanker’s executive assistant before moving over to TMC where her diverse experience in finance, customer service, insurance sales and overall organization and planning skills make her a great addition to the TMC executive team.

What helps Colleen stay calm and alert: Spending time with her grandchildren, playing with her ferret and cats, bird watching, whale watching, animals and exploring new places.

TMC Staff

Ashley Marcoux
Ashley MarcouxEvents and Administrative Assistant, eSchool Project Assistant
Ashley graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours in Psychology and Fine Art. She married her high school sweetheart, and while planning their wedding discovered her love of event coordination. She has several certificates in Event Management and worked for four years as an Event Coordinator at a banquet hall planning many social and corporate events before coming to work at The MEHRIT Centre. She is a huge believer in having a job that you love, and is grateful to be part of the team at TMC. She’s always optimistic, almost always has a smile on her face, and truly believes there is good in everyone. Ashley had a sweet baby girl in August of 2016 and is drawn to Self-Reg as a way to manage the positive and negative stressors that come with being a parent, and wants to learn more about helping her daughter understand and successfully manage stress as she grows up.

What helps Ashley stay calm and alert: A cup of good coffee in the morning (sometimes a whole pot!), snuggles with her daughter and spending time with her hubby and family, looking through old photo albums, blasting music in her car while singing at the top of her lungs, and visiting extended family in Newfoundland.

Frederica Black
Frederica BlackAdministrative Assistant
Frederica Black is a certified event and meeting planner. With over 11 years of event planning experience, Frederica has planned numerous events in the Corporate and Private Sector. On her journey to becoming the country’s greatest event planner, Frederica enjoys playing and coaching basketball, reading anything that will contribute to business and spiritual growth, and dancing “like no one is watching”.

What helps Frederica stay calm and alert: Time spent with her beautiful daughter, receiving her monthly copy of Essence magazine and a delicious meal, enjoyed with family and friends.

Jamie Barker
Jamie BarkerClient Services Representative
Jamie is excited to join the TMC team as Client Services Representative. Jamie moved to Peterborough in 2007 where she met her husband and began her career in customer service and administration. Jamie is a big believer in continuing education on and off the job. Jamie received her certificate in Medical Office Support Staff in December 2014 and has always been interested in the health and wellness of others.

What helps Jamie stay calm and alert: Going to the cottage, yoga, spending time with her husband, reading and walking down to her favourite local café for an ice cream or a London Fog.

John Hoffman
John HoffmanCommunications Officer & Newsletter Editor
John has had three distinct careers that have blended together at times: roots musician, stay-at-home father and freelance writer. A former long-time columnist and feature writer for Today’s Parent, John now specializes in knowledge translation, blogging and writing for not-profit organizations like The MEHRIT Centre, The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Dad Central Ontario.

What helps John stay calm and alert: Playing the fiddle, sailing his Laser and making wisecracks.

Meaghan Trewin
Meaghan TrewinCreative Lead
Meaghan is an experienced editor, writer, graphic designer, and communications strategist. She cares deeply about the big questions in life, such as: Do we want to use the Oxford comma? and Would an en or em dash be appropriate here? She lends her creative eye and obsessive attention to detail to TMC and SRI printed materials and online resources, to ensure key messages are easy to understand, visually engaging, and, above all, fun to read.

What helps Meaghan stay calm and alert: Small-batch roasted coffee, yoga, biking, cooking, reading a good book, her cat, and binge watching old episodes of The Mentalist with a glass of red wine.

Paula Jurczak
Paula JurczakDean of eLearning & Self-Reg Consultant
Paula Jurczak is a Registered Clinical Counselor, Registered Social Worker, DIR Clinician and Training Leader and Self-Regulation Consultant in BC specializing in assessment and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with complex mental health issues, specialized medical conditions and special needs. Paula holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Paula uses a strength based, family centered multidisciplinary approach and her work is informed by current research and evidence based intervention. Paula maintains a private practice using DIR and Self-Regulation models to support individuals experiencing attachment and regulatory challenges, behavioral and emotional difficulties, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health issues. She is the Dean of eLearning for The Mehrit Centre (TMC) and works collaboratively to support Self-Regulation in schools, organizations, health and social service agencies across Canada. Paula Jurczak also presents internationally and provides psychoeducational workshops, reflective parent coaching, online support services and support groups and consultation to hospitals, mental health clinics, preschools and schools.

What helps Paula stay calm and alert: Music, walking, tea, reading a good book, cardio salsa, time with friends and loved ones.

Stephanie Cudmore
Stephanie CudmoreDigital Communications Assistant
Stephanie is excited to be the Digital Communications Assistant for The MEHRIT Centre. She brings with her a background in marketing, and specifically social media marketing. Her degree in Sociology from The University of Western Ontario, her social media training through Algonquin College, and a variety of professional and life experiences have set her up well to take on this role. The values associated with Self-Reg support her own personal values of promoting well-being for all, with the well-being of her family being first and foremost.

What helps Stephanie stay calm and alert: Spending time with her husband and teenage daughter and son, time at the cottage, being on the water, and laughing with friends.

Stephen Retallick
Stephen RetallickeSchool Administrator & I.T. and Systems Manager
Before working at The MEHRIT Centre, Stephen found solace as a librarian in a small local library. As a graduate of Fleming College, Stephen uses his background in technology to perform his countless responsibilities. His interests include exploring his family’s genealogy, increasing his knowledge of world history and encouraging his wife to do the same.

What helps Stephen stay calm and alert: Spending time with his wife and son, eating dark chocolate and listening to classical music.

Tania Moher
Tania MoherJr. Graphic Design Assistant
Tania is excited to join The MEHRIT Centre team as a graphic design assistant. Her previous background is in newspaper and magazine work. She lives at home with her husband and two boys.

What helps Tania stay calm and alert: Spending time with her family, four-
wheeling, watching a good movie and snuggling with her dogs.

Taylor Wilson
Taylor WilsonLead Teaching Assistant & Learning Navigator
Taylor is a strong believer in the power of personal relationships. With over five years in the service industry as a server and youth leader at her local church, Taylor continues to serve as a customer service assistant for the Self-Reg community. Currently pursuing Psychology at Trent University, Taylor hopes to translate this degree into a career as a Speech and Language Pathologist. While still new to Self-Reg, Taylor is eager to learn more about Dr. Shanker’s methods.

What helps Taylor stay calm and alert: Listening to music, singing, reading for pleasure, watching Downtown Abbey, taking nature walks and spending time with family.

Travis Francis
Travis FrancisTeaching Assistant, Research Assistant
Travis is currently pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary studies at Lakehead University in Orillia with a specialization in Psychology and Criminology. One of the youngest members of The MEHRIT Centre’s team, Travis works as a Teaching and Research Assistant. Having presented on Self-Regulation at the Conference on Holistic Early Learning and Development as well as the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership, Travis has a strong understanding of Self-Regulation and is eager to expand his knowledge.

What helps Travis stay calm and alert: Performing with his band as a guitarist, playing with his two golden retriever puppies and staying active on the Lakehead University hockey team.

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