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More About River of Hope Enterprises 

and Owner Rev. Peggy Guiler

Training and facilitating in the mental health field has been my life for over 20 years. Much of the training I have developed has been directed toward volunteers and peer support workers on crisis lines and in mental health facilities. Facilitation has been with mental health and not for profit groups. Most speaking engagements have also been about mental health, in particular suicide prevention and bereavement though I have also addressed groups on much more whimsical topics. I also do pulpit supply work within the United Church.

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I am a serious learner and seeker with an open mind, a dry sense of humour and a broad spectrum of life experience. My down to earth approach and careful attention to individuals needs give me a unique ability to support people and organizations as they journey through changes and challenges in life and work.

To learn more about my everyday life and passions visit my Blog, Spilt Milk.   The Blog on this site is older material but you will find a great deal about my heart there too.  

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A Little History

Raised in southern Ontario in the small town of Port Dover, I went on to live in Ottawa where I studied Journalism and started my family. Preferring small-town life I moved back to my hometown where I now live.

Along with raising three children and working as a freelance journalist for many years I also worked in the family painting and Janitorial business and had many part-time jobs to supplement the family income.  Later I also worked as a freelance writer for several area newspapers.  

In 1997 after long experience as a volunteer with Telecare, I entered the mental health field.  Mental health advocacy soon became my passion. In 2014 I left full-time work in the field but continue to work as a contract trainer in mental health peer support.  Since then I have been pursuing my goals for ministry, spiritual direction and coaching.

A versatile and well-rounded person I have always been interested in volunteer work in a variety of venues including church and museums. I adapt easily to new environments. With a broad experience on boards including the chair to the City of Nanticoke Museum Board and Director of the local chapter of Telecare, a crisis telephone line, I also served on the board of the local United Way. At United Way, I took over as their Executive Director for a short period to cover a leave.

Committed to lifelong learning, I am always eager to learn new things and share new opportunities for growth and healing. An engaging teacher, I take great pleasure in empowering people to embrace life's journey.   

One of the most significant accomplishments in my career in Mental Health was the development of training programs for peer support. I was involved with provincial studies in the field and have been a leader and trainer throughout Ontario since 2000.

I have also become an advocate and resource for suicide intervention and suicide bereavement working on a volunteer basis, speaking to groups throughout the province and beyond and offering one on one support to people in crisis, to families of those who are suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.  

Always looking for natural healing modalities, I have recently become involved with essential oils and am happy to share my story about oils with others who want to reduce toxins and increase their health in natural ways.

I now live in a serene country setting on the outskirts of Port Dover, where I can walk in the woods or sit on the patio and be blessed by the sounds and sights of nature.  

While being involved and busy in the community is important to me, my favourite pastime remains spending time with friends and family including grandchildren, Hope, River and Leo.  

A Tribute to Bryan

In 2000 at the age of 16 Bryan T. A. Delahunt, my son, took his own life as a result of childhood trauma. Because of this I am devoted to the support of the living. With extensive study in suicide intervention and suicide bereavement, I support people by volunteering, speaking and training groups who want to know more about suicide prevention. If you or anyone you know lives with suicidal ideation or has been bereaved by suicide please don't hesitate to contact me for support.

See more information about a grief group called Blue Christmas and about the "Language of suicide".