FOWLER-O'SULLIVAN SELF HELP AND PEER GROUP

Supporting families of missing loved ones and those who have been found.

Self-Help and Peer Support Virtual Group Guidelines

Group members will:

1.Practice confidentiality. What’s said here stays here, and don’t use names of otherpeople when sharing within the group.

2.Practice virtual group etiquette.

3.Create space for all to share.

4.Practice respect for all. Respect differences of opinion and approaches torecovery, all forms of diversity, and the rights of all people in groups to feelrespected.

5.Use person-first language and when talking about your experiences avoiddetails that may trigger other group members.

6.Be responsible for your own self-care. You do not have to share if you don’t wantto. If you need to step away from group please do so, if you need support after groupplease let the facilitator know.

Peer Support Meeting Dates 2022

Each meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

This is a free open group.

January 18 – February 15 – March 15 – April 19 – May 17 – June 21 – July 19 – August 16 – September 20 – October 18 – November 15 – December 20

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Maureen Trask - Facilitator

Maureen has been a long-time resident of Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada until May 2017 when she made Puslinch her home. She has a BA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and is retired from a 40 year career in Information Technology.  On Nov. 3, 2011 she was confronted with the most challenging situation of her life when her youngest son, Daniel, went missing.  This set her on a journey of searching, not only for Daniel, but also for information and resources.  
During the early years, Maureen was shocked to discover the lack of support services for families like hers, and little community understanding of what families needed. This put her on a path to helping families of the missing by facilitating peer support groups to share our lived experiences and to acknowledge our loved ones in a safe and caring space. 
She remains an advocate for families by raising awareness and providing training for those who can help support families. She is also actively engaged in collaborating with families, Police, Victim Services, community agencies and the media to introduce legislation and policy that will help the families and the missing on their journey of uncertainty, living with Ambiguous Loss (Dr. Pauline Boss).”

Attached is a flyer that I provide to agencies and the public about the peer support group.  If you would like to setup something similar for your webpage, I can assist if helpful.  The Guidelines have been updated (attached).  These too could be made available on your support group page for families.

Know that I’m here to help in whatever capacity is most helpful.   

Wishing you both all the best in the New Year!

With gratitude,
Maureen Trask   Puslinch, ON   519-884-3285  trasker@rogers.com

Laura Gray - Facilitator

Laura is a mother to three, including Jacob who went missing in 2017 – a grandmother to 7 (two of which are foster adopted.) She was a long-time resident of Santa Cruz, CA before moving to the Pacific NW in 2020.

She has a MS in Accounting, and a BS in Business Management with a minor in Psychology.  She is a financial and management consultant providing accounting services to clients in the Portland Metro area.  She was privileged to stay-at-home with her children, while building a 30-year career as an entrepreneur in construction design, real estate development, music, manufacturing, and business consulting. 

Jacob’s missing story began in April of 2017 with his bike sited on the side of the Sol Duc River in the Olympic National Park, WA.  Authorities quicky decided Jacob slipped in the river chose to wait on the search.  The bulk of the search fell on family who began a determined search effort to find him.  Her journey required intense social media presence (FB Group Find Jacob Gray), dealing with multiple jurisdictions and agencies, working with local community, and media outlets.  After sixteen months of searching, his remains were found by volunteer marmot biologists at the top of Hoh Lake in August of 2018. 

Life has presented many difficulties and changes:  the biggest being the search for her child, but also a child with addiction and abuse issues, foster adopting her grandchildren, divorce, the death of a parent, family dysfunctions, abandonment, and financial loss.  Experience brings a boatload of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  It is Laura’s heart to use these lessons and help other families navigate the process of searching for their loved ones, and support them through the pains of life that exist in concert with their search.

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