We are a husband and wife team who found ourselves in a position to start helping others who were dealing with issues we had fought through - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family support of emergency responders with PTSD, counselling, and advocacy. Now we support and guide other couples and families to help them find the same balance we regained through hard work, cooperation.
Until 2012, Cathy was involved in the educational system as an elementary school teacher and principal after graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education.
Cathy is a certified counselor who works exclusively with the famiiles, spouses and partners of first responders, especially those dealing with trauma. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists, #5164-G.
She is a Mental Health Educator for the Chatham-Kent Health Unit, working with community groups and school boards to implement mental health programming across the municipality.
She is the mother of two wonderful but rambunctious boys and of the same number of pups.
Cathy Knowler, BA, BEd, MEd
Public Health Educator
Brian Knowler, BA, JD
Author and Professional Speaker
Brian has been involved in the area of criminal justice since 1994, when he entered law school at the University of Windsor. After graduating in 1997 with a Juris Doctorate, he decided that his true calling in the law field lay in enforcing it.
He became a police officer in 1998. In that time, he has worked patrol, traffic enforcement, community services, community response, and management. He is trained as a critical incident and peer responder and has worked with dozens of officers suffering from critical incident stress in both group and individual debriefings.
In 2009/2010, Brian took a leave from frontline policing and finished the requirements for his law licence, taking his call to the bar in 2010.
In March 2016, Brian published 'On the Other Side of Broken - One Cop's Battle with the Demons of PTSD.' It is a frank and honest look at the journey Brian and his family took from the lows of the incident that caused Brian's trauma through to post-traumatic growth and a rebuilt life.
In June 2018, Brian will publish his second book, ' "Career Suicide is Overrated" and Other Lessons for Leaders About Honouring Mental Health Where You Work, Live, and Play.'
He is also another one of Cathy's rambunctious boys.