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
Director of Finance & Operations
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 & Development
Peter has been involved in substance abuse, addictions and associated behaviours 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.”
Maureen Bornbaum RSSW CAC II BA Hons
Director of Community
Maureen Bornbaum is a Registered Social Service Worker, Clinical Traumatologist 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. She has since completed professional development in ASIST, Clinical Trauma Counselling and is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. 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 manages the Wellness Centre & program, coordinates & facilitates the women’s support group, and runs the Exit Planning Program within Cornerstone Residential men’s program. Grounded in empathy and a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, Maureen is dedicated to creating a safe and comfortable space for individuals and families to begin their healing journeys.
Cornerstone Residential – Kettleby Ranch
Director of Programs & Development
David Walker, CAC II, CPI
Residential Addictions Counsellor
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.
Shawn Sowten, CAC II, ADS, CPI
Lead Residential Counsellor
Shawn’s career background was in the property maintenance industry, with over 15 years’ experience in manager and business development capacities. Shawn gained a Bachelor of Honours degree in Criminology studies from the University of Windsor in addition to completing professional development training in ASIST, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for his AAC certification. Currently working as an Addiction Counsellor for Cornerstone to Recovery, Shawn has a strong passion working with those new to recovery from addiction. His leadership skills along with knowledge in the field of recovery, helps our clients find purpose and direction in their lives.
Cornerstone Residential – Women’s
Christina Thomas, ACSW, CAC II, CPI
Christina started her helping career path in 2005 at The Rose of Sharon for Young Mothers. She stayed close to Social Services agencies since then and spent the last 7 years working for York Region at Ontario Works. Christina completed her Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma and is designated as a Canadian Addiction Counsellor, Certification Level II. She has completed training in Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Christina started by attending events and meetings at Cornerstone and using the Wellness Centre. It was a dream of hers to work for the organization for many years. As of April 2021 she is happy to say that dream has come true in her position as Residential Manager of the new Women’s Recovery Centre in Barrie.
Tina Bentley, ACSW, CACII, ADS, CPI
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, CPI Training, 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.
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!
Maureen Bornbaum, RSSW, CAC II, Honours B.A.
Director of Community
Natalie Dragota, RSSW, AAC, ADS, CPI
Natalie began as a placement student at Cornerstone in 2019, and was hired upon graduation as Wellness Programs Facilitator in July 2020. Natalie is a registered Social Service Worker, Certified Acu-detox Specialist and Fitness Instructor who works from an empathetic approach and anti-oppressive framework. She facilitates the Acupuncture and Meditation classes as well as the Full Body Blast class that are offered every week through Cornerstone Wellness. Prior to obtaining her Social Service Work diploma from Seneca College, Natalie studied health sciences in post-secondary and worked in the fitness industry. In her spare time, she advocates for gender equity and homelessness as a Blog Editor for the Red Dot Project; a not-for-profit organization based out of Toronto. Natalie believes unity breeds strength and resilience and is passionate about supporting others along their recovery journey.
Cornerstone Social Enterprises
Patty Trudel, CPA
Director of Finance & Administration
Accounting & Administrative Assistant
Melissa officially joined the Cornerstone team as a staff member in August of 2019, but her journey with the organization started in 2017 when she was first introduced to Cornerstone to Recovery as a member of the 12 step community. Her lived experience is the driving force that fuels her passion to help others who have been where she was to obtain a life of complete sobriety. As such Melissa has been able to see both sides of the incredible support that Cornerstone to Recovery provides.
Melissa provides accounting assistance to Patty Trudel, Director of Finance and Operations and supports the rest of the staff, volunteers and clients with day to day operations. Through the Social Enterprise pillar she also obtains the licensing for the clothing donation drop boxes. Melissa loves to see people smile and always up for a laugh. Her lighthearted spirit is what has led to the staff affectionately giving her the nickname “the brat.”
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.