Danielle Du Sablon
Danielle Du Sablon is a graduate of Carleton University with a B.A (honours) in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She has worked in the capacity of a Probation and Parole Officer in Correctional Services for a period of thirteen years; having worked in both large urban centers and rural communities. Following a series of traumatic incidences throughout the course of her work on the frontline, Danielle was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress disorder and became a strong advocate for employee mental health. Her greatest accomplishment was successfully advocating in the Ontario legislature for Probation Officers’ inclusion in presumptive PTSD legislation under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
Danielle has represented the interests of Probation and Parole Officers on a regional level in her role as the Western Ontario Regional Employee Relations Committee Co-Chair and President of OPSEU Local 221. With an extensive background in mental health, both personally and professionally, she currently co-facilitates a peer support group through Wings of Change in Brantford Ontario and continues to share her experiences with occupational stress injuries by routinely participating in panel discussions at mental health events for first responders.
Danielle is hopeful that she may continue to offer support to her peers through her shared lived experience with an occupational stress injury.
Taylor Thompson is a graduate of Conestoga College with the Protection, Security and Investigations program. She began her career with Norfolk Association for Community Living on the frontline working as a Counsellor in Residential and Community Outreach Services and then moved on to become a Correctional Officer in 2014. Taylor was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression in 2015 and then after cumulative exposure to trauma was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2018.
Taylor is a active volunteer in her community. She has been involved with the Special Olympics since 2012. She began as a Coach and later served on the Community Council in the capacity of a Sport Tech Coordinator for several years and has recently returned to her love of coaching and being with the participants. Taylor has been involved in raising money for different organizations over the years but feels that she could be doing more to support the not for profit organizations who have supported her in her own healing journey which gave her the idea to start Frontline Call for Backup. She knew she could not do it alone so she called upon her Corrections sister, Danielle.
Taylor hopes to advocate for individuals who are unable to advocate for themselves and provide them with opportunities rather than see them be stuck in a cycle of suffering. She hopes to be a voice for those who have not yet been able to find their voice, and to save lives through being vulnerable and unfiltered about her own journey.