Charles is the Founder & CEO of Aspiria Corp., now in its 13th year, empowering organizations and their people through Employee and Student Assistance Programs, and Specialized Health Solutions. With over 25 years of experience in providing direct mental health and consultative services to organizations in the public and private sectors, Charles brings a wealth of expertise, wisdom, and passion to lead Aspiria’s team in providing a quality and superior customer experience. Charles obtained his clinical training in the Crisis and Psychosomatic Medicine Units at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry as well as in the Regional Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units of Sunnybrook Hospital, where he clinically assessed and treated a diverse patient population. From 1990 – 2002, Charles was employed at Warren Shepell Consultants, where he applied his program development skills to the area of trauma response and his business skills to the management of EAPs. At first a counsellor In Warren Shepell’s employ, Charles expertise in Critical Incident Stress programs led to the development of Shepell’s National Trauma Response Service. Charles’ growth within the company culminated in positions as Program Manager, Director of Program Management, Vice-President of Account Management, Vice-President of Sales, and, Executive Vice-President. Charles holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (1987) and an Honours BA degree in Psychology from York University (1985). Charles has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a Board member of the International EAP Committee out of Washington, and is currently a member at The Alternative Board (TAB). Charles takes an active role in the community volunteering his time to causes close to his heart, including the crisis line at Toronto East General Hospital. He is also the Co-Chair of Tourette Canada’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament and has been for the past 10 years, an active Board Member at Tourette Canada for 6 years, and, Manager of his son’s rep. hockey team for the past 8 years.
Tragedies like this bring to my mind a pebble that's been thrown into water: it touches so much more than the direct point of impact.
It's important to remember that you're not alone in this; all of your fellow students are going through the exact same crazy time.
04/03/2018 14:36 EDT
Many students expect to obtain a respectable, decent-paying job in their field right after graduation, but is this expectation realistic nowadays?
02/21/2018 10:34 EST
As leaders in our field, we understand how the examples we set lay the foundation on whether we are truly an anti-oppressive and inclusive organization.
01/24/2018 10:56 EST
With personal and professional social events to plan and attend, the holidays can intensify feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
12/05/2017 13:05 EST
Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1 – October 7) is an annual national public education campaign designed to create
10/11/2017 16:27 EDT
Suicide is an incredible tragedy, at any age or stage of life. In the past, I've discussed the growing rate of suicide among
09/08/2017 10:23 EDT
Although employees may feel that they can hide social anxiety disorder in their personal lives, it's virtually impossible to do the same in the workplace.
08/01/2017 13:28 EDT
July 24 is International Self-Care Day. It's the perfect time for all of us to pause and remember just how important self-care is.
07/18/2017 12:28 EDT
Many students notice that the creativity they once had diminishes as they begin post-secondary education. It seems our schools
07/05/2017 11:57 EDT
June is LGBT Pride Month, and I feel this is a great opportunity to discuss why LGBT inclusion in the workplace is important for employee wellness and how employers can foster an environment of inclusion.
06/20/2017 02:57 EDT
We've become a nation of caregivers. According to Statistics Canada, our aging population is fuelling caregiving needs across the country. By 2030, seniors are projected to account for 25% of our population. We now bear the responsibility of caring for the elderly, the sick and our children in addition to holding down full-time jobs. Many caregivers are so overburdened that they have no choice but to put careers on hold.
06/06/2017 04:53 EDT
You may think that gossip is the exclusive domain of teenagers and reality TV, but gossip, when it exists at the workplace, can create a toxic work environment. As a manager, dealing with workplace negativity is part of the job description, but gossip can take negativity to a whole new level.
05/10/2017 05:07 EDT
A large part of wellness is equality. When an organization develops feelings of pride, trustworthiness and respect, as well as welcoming ideas and building good fellowship, it will encourage women to move past the glass ceiling and create a foundation that can reduce stress and mental-health issues in the workplace.
03/29/2017 12:45 EDT
There was a time when people were encouraged to hide their mental illness from the world, due to stigma and shame. Now, there are hundreds of online support communities that want people to share their mental health stories and show them they are not alone.
01/27/2017 01:03 EST
Adderall can affect your body in a number of ways. Short-term, students who take Adderall experience feelings of nervousness, nausea and agitation. Since the drug maintains your focus, it inadvertently eliminates your appetite. Consequently, students often miss important meals after taking the drug. Abuse of the drug has been linked to eating disorders and other associated mental health issues.
11/15/2016 07:20 EST
Leaving home, new classes, new friends and new activities, it can be a lot to handle. While attending post-secondary school is an exciting chapter in anyone's life, it can also be a transitional period for students experiencing it all for the first time.
09/27/2016 04:33 EDT
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