Meet the Staff

Sarah Cantin - Manager of Student Counselling Services

Sarah is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph, as well as an Honours Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Sarah believes in helping all Lakers to recognize and proactively support their mental wellbeing!

Sarah Cantin

Kayley Gravelle - Secretary, Student Counselling Services

Kayley Gravelle has been working as a secretary at Nipissing University since January 2008. She has been with the Student Counselling Services Department since December 2014. Kayley received her certificate in the Office Administration program at Canadore College in 2006. Kayley's passion is working in areas supporting mental health and wellness. Kayley strongly believes each student should feel safe, comfortable and supported while requesting or accessing wellness services. If you require any assistance at all don’t hesitate to contact her she will do her very best to assist you.​

Kayley Gravelle

Andrea Havercroft - Counsellor

Andrea Havercroft has been working as a Counsellor at Nipissing University since 2008. Prior to working at Nipissing University, she was a Crisis Worker at a hospital where she gained valuable experience supporting clients in the areas of mental health and crisis situations. Andrea also has experience working with children and families in her role as a Child Protection Worker where she developed extensive skills in assessment, family intervention, advocacy, and community liaison. Andrea has a knowledge and skill base from several theories with a particular passion for cognitive behavioural and solution focused approaches. Andrea is passionate about prevention and enjoys developing and facilitating psycho-educational seminars and workshops on several topics that benefit students and promote their success. She completed her Social Services Worker diploma from Canadore College, as well as her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University. Andrea is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.​

Andrea Havercroft

Terry Mady - Counsellor

Terry Mady is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been practicing since 2002. He has had a lot of experience working with young adults in a variety of capacities including private practice. He is known to have a very non-judgmental, relational approach which makes him easy to talk with. His expertise is in helping others develop their own expertness by providing them with the resources and developing the ideas, thoughts and solutions needed to address the concerns they bring forward.

Terry Mady

April Raftis - Counsellor

April Raftis earned a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Nipissing University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University. Her education and professional experience in mental health give her a unique and compassionate approach to counselling and working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and range of concerns.

She is committed to creating a tailored therapy plan to address the unique needs of every student she works with. By incorporating strength-based tools and skills that encourage implementation strategies about balance, self-care and learning resilience, she assists individuals to see their full potential and reach their desired therapy goal.  

As a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, April is passionate about learning and keeping up with current therapy research and modalities. In addition to her professional degree, she has training in cognitive-behavioural, dialectical-behavioural, mindfulness therapy and is a certified ASIST trainer.

April Raftis

Danielle Morrow - Counsellor

Danielle Morrow is a Registered Psychotherapist and is recognized as being empathetic and friendly with an easy-going, yet professional and structured demeanour. Danielle is an alumnus from Nipissing University, having graduated with her BA Honours in Psychology and continued her passion of helping others at the University of Guelph, completing an MSc in Couple and Family Therapy. Danielle has extensive experience in both brief and longer-term therapy methods, working with (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexuality and intimacy, chronic pain, addiction, crisis intervention, and couples/family conflict. It is of the utmost importance to Danielle that her clients feel safe, supported, and not judged in order to be open and vulnerable, both of which can be difficult and scary for some. She therefore strives to meet clients where they are at so that they can explore meaning in their lives and the goals that they wish to achieve for themselves. Danielle feels a true honour to be able to implement helpful tools to empower success within her clients, as she believes they are capable of achieving whatever is important to them – we all just need a little help sometimes!​

Danielle Morrow

Michael Bourke - Dibaadan Counsellor

Boozhoo, I am Michael Bourke and I am very pleased to be here at Nipissing University to help in guiding you during your journey. During my educational journey, I have earned a Diploma in Native Specialized Social Worker with Sault College and an Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree in the school of Native Social Work at Laurentian University in Sudbury. I was once a struggling student who had to balance school, life and coming from a small isolated community with the expectations to pass and graduate. Through my journey, I have learned a lot about myself as a First Nation, my Identity and my purpose why Creator put me on Turtle Island, and that purpose was to help others who were once in my shoes and those who needed help. I am committed to helping students and utilizing the teachings, the medicine wheel and everything else I have learned to promote balance within the four quadrants to strive for growth and development in a wholistic way. I believe that if you create balance in your four quadrants, you can accomplish anything in your daily life as a student and beyond. Miigwech!

MIchael Bourke