I am honoured to accept the position of President for your Toronto Chapter. The work our team does is nothing short of amazing. I continue to strive to bring our membership the best and most relevant programming, supports and resources that continue to strengthen and support our TPS families.
Cyndi Pelech had been a member of Toronto Beyond The Blue for one year when the Yonge
Street attack occurred. Cyndi reached out to the team and other group members to organize a gesture of
love and support to each of TPS's divisions,
encouraging many members to participate and
express their gratitude.
It was during that time she realized that her desire to support officers, their
families and to strengthen the connection between police families, could be met through such
initiatives and utilizing her love of organizing social events. Her previous work, specializing in
children’s mental health, autism and developmental disabilities has always made charitable work
and fundraising a priority for her, and joining Toronto Beyond The Blue has been a perfect fit.
COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL COORDINATOR
BRAND AMBASSADOR COORDINATOR
Dilnaz Garda, a high school teacher with the York Regional District School Board, is dedicated to sharing her personal experience with mental illness in the hopes of encouraging others to share their stories and join in the movement of normalizing discussion around mental health. In 2016, tragedy struck her family when Toronto Police Constable Darius Garda, brother of Dilnaz, died by suicide while dealing with PTSD and other mental health issues. As the current Chair of the TBTB Board of Directors, Dilnaz works to make a sustainable cultural shift in the area of mental health and well-being for TPS officers/members and their families.
Dr. Vivien Lee, PhD, C.Psych. is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Centre for Trauma Recovery & Growth in Toronto, ON. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety and has extensive experience working with and training first responders (e.g., police, paramedics, firefighters, corrections, dispatchers) and military. Particular interests for Dr. Lee also include optimizing peer support and family support.