BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Darlene DeStefano- Founder & Chair
Darlene DeStefano, PhD, CPC, MMsc
During Darlene’s past career in nursing (registered from1983-2013), she had spent part of those years working more intensely in the area of mental/emotional health. Within that time period held the position of General Manager of a psychiatric residence, and established and directed for a period of five years a registered charity which delivered enrichment experiences of travel to persons with mental and physical limitations.
Personally suffering post traumatic stress, grief and depression, Darlene recovered, healing through through non-conventional therapies and without the aid of medication. This experience led her to begin her new learning journey. Darlene established a private counselling practice in 2004.
Darlene has exceptional business and organizational skills, has a PhD in Pastoral Counselling Psychology, is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Metaphysician, Spiritual Care Counsellor, has completed many programs and workshops in mental health and healing, and is certified in several other complementary and holistic therapies.
In 2013 there was a public outcry for government to do more to help veterans suffering with PTSD. Because of her own healing journey, knowing that PTSD is treatable and beatable, that healing is possible, and her genuine appreciation for those who keep us safe and provide us our freedom, the idea for Mission Butterfly began to take flight. Following a great deal of independent research, her calling to help veterans, first responders and their families with PTSD became a reality. In 2016 Mission Butterfly became a reality.
Curtis Rutt- Treasurer
Curtis Rutt, MB, CD
Curtis served in the Canadian Armed Forces as Commando with the prestigious Pathfinder Platoon of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He parlayed his unarmed combat and sniper skills into a decorated career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service where he served with the Emergency Tactical Unit and Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Curtis served out the rest of his policing career with the Orangeville Police Service, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became the training supervisor until his retirement in 2013.
He is proud to have been awarded with a Medal of Bravery (MB), a Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), a Police Exemplary Service Medal, and a Chief’s Medallion of Honour (WRPS).
Curtis is a licensed paralegal and original founder of Bulwark Legal Services.
John K Dalley - Director at Large
John K Dalley CD, WO Ret,’d
Having joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1963, John spent a total of 32 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Logistics Branch. He served in Canada and Europe of which 5 years were with Nato in Germany.
Proud recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD2) and Special Service Medal with Nato Bar.
Zone C3 Commander of The Royal Canadian Legion, John is also liaison for Zone C3 Ontario Command and Veteran Service Officer for Arthur, Ontario Branch.
Dr Pierre Beaumier - Vice Chair
Dr Pierre Beaumier, PhD, C Chem
Dr. Beaumier has over 34 years of experience in the field of analytical chemistry. As a past president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2008-2009) and one of the founders of Maxxam Analytics, Canada‟s largest private analytical testing laboratory, Dr. Beaumier has been at the forefront of innovations in the areas of the development of testing methods, improving analytical accuracy, and quality systems and standards. These efforts have spanned a large number of commercial sectors including environmental testing, genetics, pharmaceuticals, food safety, human drug testing, occupational health and safety applications, and testing services for the oil and gas industry.
Throughout his career, Dr. Beaumier has contributed significantly not only to the science of analysis but also to the ongoing development of scientific standards and public education through participation in the Standards Council of Canada, the Society of Chemistry, the International Association of Racing Chemists and Hospitals in Common Laboratories.
Lucy Pasnyk- Secretary
Lucy Pansyk, BA
For the past 19 years, as an adoptive mother Lucy has first hand experience living with PTSD on a daily basis. In this capacity, she has a kinship to the family members who know the emotional dysregulation, hypervigilant behaviours, the constant state of anxiety and panic attacks a PTSD sufferer goes through daily. The effects of which touch every member of the family and the community at large. Lucy’s understanding and lived experiences will be an asset to her role as Secretary of the Board.
Murray Calder - Former MP
Murray Calder, Advisor on Government Policy
As a former Liberal of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993-2004, Murray was Parliamentary Secretary to International Trade. He held various committee posts during his terms of office including the Standing Committee and Subcommittee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Murray had the Canadian horse which had almost become extinct, recognized as the National Horse of Canada. He worked to obtain changes in federal tax laws and pension changes to benefit fire fighters. As a hobby, Murray enjoyed restoring a number of old military vehicles.
A farmer by profession, presently Murray is Veteran Service Officer for The Royal Canadian Legion Mount Forest Branch, Ontario.