Our team members are the very fabric of our organization and are living examples of Cornerstone’s values of Compassion, Integrity, Service, and Humility. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, talented group of people who work each and every day to make our recovery community the most incredible place to be! We asked them to share a little bit about themselves with you!
Cornerstone Management Team
Co-Founder & Executive Director (Volunteer)
Blaine is an experienced operator, manager and investor with more than 30 years of experience successfully starting, building and running companies. He has direct leadership experience as a founder and CEO in a variety of diverse industries including automotive manufacturing, medical tech, telecom and food tech. He holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Blaine is active in the community including his involvement with Hope House , Southlake Hospital and as founder and ongoing supporter of Cornerstone to Recovery (previously STEPS). His vision drives the ongoing development of unique recovery community services at Cornerstone.
Patty Trudel, CPA
Patty is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds her Certificate in Human Resources. She has spent over 30 years gaining experience in finance and accounting within various industries. As the Controller for Cornerstone to Recovery for the last 5 years, she enjoys working in a charitable non-profit organization that strives to help those in need in the under serviced field of addiction recovery. While accounting is her day job, Patty also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs!
Peter Brewitt RCS, CACII, ADS
Director of Programs
Peter has been involved in substance abuse, addictions and associated behaviors for the past 27 years. His lived experience, continuing education and passion for helping others make for a strong commitment to our recovery community. As a Registered Clinical Supervisor, he oversees the day-to-day operations of our programs and is involved in ongoing organizational development. From residential programs through to new program offerings, Peter works with one driving principle…. “Provide those in need with the very best opportunity to improve the quality of their lives.”
Cornerstone Residential – Kettleby Ranch
Director of Programs
James Lepine, ADS, AAC
James began his career with Cornerstone to Recovery (previously STEPS) as a client at Kettleby Ranch. Over the past 8 years he has gained unparalleled experience in the recovery community while also establishing himself as a respected alumnus of STEPS. He is currently working as an Associate Addiction Counsellor (AAC) in the men’s residential program with tremendous respect from his team and alumni. Within the addiction recovery community, he is widely known for his knowledge of the Big Book and the 12 Step process. James is additionally certified as an N.A.D.A., ASIST and a Level 1 Trauma Counsellor.
Brandon Neuman, AAC
Brandon is an Addictions Counsellor at Kettleby Ranch and his passion is helping people learn, grow, and become empowered. A colourful background, in an array of industries, has afforded him experience in areas such as teaching, procedural support, and managerial positions. Brandon continues his commitment to learning through his current certification process within the Certified Addictions Counsellor program (AAC). Previously, he attended Durham College for Journalism courses and McMaster University within a Linguistics program. Brandon holds additional certifications for First Aid, CPR, AED, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Suicide Intervention. While “Counsellor on Duty” is his primary job function by day, Brandon also enjoys reading and the outdoors in his leisure time.
David Walker, CAC II
Dave began his career with U.S.I. Lighting in San Leandro California, gaining unparalleled experience in the North American lighting industry, establishing himself as a respected and trusted businessman. Dave has been part of the Men’s Residential counselling team since 2017. Currently working as an Addiction Counselor for Cornerstone to Recovery, Dave is widely known for his passion, energy and expertise in the field of recovery. While his business background took David across North America, he resides in Bradford Ontario and is an active member within both our recovery community and broader York region.
Tina Bentley, ACSW, CACII, ADS
Tina began her career with Steps to Recovery in 2010. Tina is the Program Coordinator for Cornerstone Pathways’, STEPS Pre- Employment Program. She completed her diploma as an Addictions and Community Service Worker and she is designated as a Canadian Addiction Counsellor, Certification Level II. Tina holds additional certificates in Acupuncture Detoxification, Life Skills Coach, Personality Dimensions Facilitator, First Aid and CPR. Tina’s approach encourages positive change through improvement on skills individuals already possess. Tina has a strong passion for working with clients with addictions. Her empathetic and caring personality truly help clients feel at home and safe to begin building productive lives.
Maureen Bornbaum, RSSW, CACII, Honours B.A.
Counsellor and Program Facilitator
Maureen Bornbaum is a Registered Social Service Worker and Certified Addictions Counsellor II who works from a trauma informed, anti-oppression framework. Maureen gained a Bachelor of Honours in Global Development and Gender Studies from Queen’s University in addition to a Social Service Worker Diploma from Seneca College. After completing her studies in 2017, Maureen joined Cornerstone full-time as a Program Facilitator and Counsellor. Maureen provides a variety of services in the Cornerstone Pathways, Wellness and Residential programs. She co-facilitates the Pre-Employment Program, coordinates & facilitates the women’s support group, provides outreach services at Belinda’s Place in Newmarket, ON and runs the Exit Planning Program within Cornerstone Residential men’s program. Grounded in empathy and multiple therapeutic modalities, Maureen is dedicated to creating a safe and comfortable space for individuals and families to begin their recovery journeys.
Bob has been with our organization since 2016 and is currently Cornerstone Connections, Club Manager. Each week Bob can be found organizing nightly A.A. meetings at our Steven Court location and overseeing meetings for a variety of addiction groups in York Region. If you are interested in booking our meeting room or our premises for sober socials, dances, fund raisers and/or special events, Bob will be happy to make arrangements that will more than meet your needs.
Prior to his work at Cornerstone (previously STEPS) Bob spent 25 years in the Toronto Police Services and holds a special interest in assisting first responders who may have developed an addiction and are seeking help to achieve and maintain their recovery. When Bob is not found at Cornerstone he enjoys reading and gardening. Bob is fondly referred to as the Ambassador of The Club and will ensure your first visit to our Recovery Community Centre is not your last!
Coming Soon, Program Coordinator
Cornerstone Social Enterprises
Patty Trudel, CPA
Recycling Services Manager
Andrew is our Recycling Services Manager at Cornerstone Social Enterprises, Recycling Program. He graduated from Seneca College with a Business Administration Degree and holds a current First Aid certificate. Andrew is responsible for managing our textile warehouse, vehicles, team of drivers and our recycling monitoring system. Prior to joining Cornerstone to Recovery (previously STEPS) in late 2016, Andrew spent over twenty years in management positions in a variety of operations and customer service roles. His attention to detail, customer focus and team building skills are well utilized in his pivotal role at Cornerstone’s Recycling Program. When he is not busy at work he enjoys spending time using his Professional Tennis Certificate coaching and playing tennis and travelling as much as possible.
Administration and Corporate Sales
Community Recycling Strategist
Vivian Guglietti’s passion for recovery can be traced back to 2008 when she made a personal decision to address her addiction and embrace the responsibilities connected to achieving a recovered way of life! Vivian has spent over a decade pursuing personal development and professional leadership. In addition to being mother of three vibrant daughters she is very active in her local community and has helped many achieve personal transformations in their own lives! Vivian holds the role of Community Connector and Business Development leader where she brings people together to support our growing and evolving organization! Her commitment to those in recovery and high standard for partners has contributed to the success of our Textile Recycling program. Vivian holds an Honors Degree in Languages from York University, her Toronto Real Estate Board License and an Addiction and Professional Counselling Certification.
Corporate Recycling Strategist
Linda joined Cornerstone to Recovery, Social Enterprise division with the goal of building the Textile Recycling program and increasing our overall textile donations. Linda holds certificates in Impax Sales, CMA, Direct Marketing, Data Base Marketing, Negotiations, Presentations, and Customer Loyalty Programs. She has long history in the transportation and parcel delivery industries, with many successes in both sales and marketing. Linda has a passion for both people and animals and is always ready to lend a hand for those in need.
Suzette Da Camara, ADS, RRPr
Accounting and Administrative Assistant
Suzette, also known as Friendly Suzie, is the usually the first face you see as you enter our Recovery Community Centre on Steven Court in Newmarket, ON. By nature, she is a humanitarian, with a love of helping animals, people, and the environment. She is multilingual, fluently speaking five languages. Over the last 28 years she has spent the majority of her career in the finance industry, gaining experience in areas such as accounting, credit, investments, loans, and mortgages.
In the past four years, she received training in Professional Counselling Skills and Assist Certification. In addition, Suzie has added treatment modalities to her repertoire of skills, including First and Second Degree Reiki, Aromatherapy using 100% therapeutic grade essential oils, Acupuncture Detoxification, and Reflexology Certification. While Accounting & Administrative Assistant is her primary job by day, in her leisure time she enjoys dancing, singing, sports, travelling, movies, reading, listening to personal development and motivational talks, and most of all spending time with her beloved fur-baby Diezel.