Our team of Professional Counsellors hold memberships with one or more of the following associations:
*Alberta College of Social Workers
*Canadian College and Psychotherapy Association
*Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists
*Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
Galina MacKenzie Professional Counsellor
Galina has a great compassion to see those who are hurting to come to wholeness. As a result, she has gone from serving bag lunches to those who found themselves on the streets of Toronto, to supporting individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life who have struggled with mental health and addictions. Completing her Bachelor of Theology in 1995, Galina continued her studies, and obtained a Masters of Divinity/Counselling Major in 1998. Galina then served with the Salvation Army for 14 years in various positions providing counselling and support to the Region of Peel homeless population in Ontario. She later took up employment in London, Ontario as an Addictions Counsellor. Galina has recently moved to Fort McMurray with the love of her life, Curt, and their two handsome boys, Joshua and Marcus. She is now excited, and very humbled, to step into this role, dedicated to continue to care and support those who may be distressed and struggling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Teresa Harvey Professional Counsellor
Teresa was born and raised in Newfoundland. Since 2009 she has been working with children and families in crisis. It is through this work and through life experience that Teresa has gained an ability to empathize and connect with vulnerable individuals.
She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012 and begin working in a case manager role with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Through this position Teresa received valuable experience working with children and youth who have experienced significant trauma. In 2018 Teresa received a Certificate In Foundations of Play Therapy through the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute.
Teresa and her husband moved to Fort McMurray in 2017 and she is dedicated to working with individuals from all walks of life who may be struggling mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.
Scholastica Adeyemi Professional Counsellor
Scholastica relocated to Canada from the UK in 2006. She practiced pharmacy for nine years, between 2004 and 2013, with five of those being in Ottawa, Ontario.
Through her pharmacy degree she developed an understanding of, and gained exposure to mental health issues specifically related to substance abuse, completing the Addiction Medicine Diploma Program with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse. This, coupled with her strong desire to help others, helped drive a change in career paths to counselling. She has a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling from Kelowna College of Professional Counselling in British Columbia. She also completed the Certificate in Foundations of Play Therapy Program: Green Stream through the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. Scholastica is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.
Over the years, Scholastica has developed her counselling skills through her work in support roles with individuals in crisis, children dealing with anxiety, depression as well as those whose parents are going through divorce and individuals dealing with addictions. She also has experience creating a safe space for individuals managing stress and anger by providing them with education and support.
Scholastica is married with two beautiful daughters and is pleased to be a part of the counselling team at Legacy Counselling Centre.
Evelyn Usher Professional Counsellor
Evelyn finds great joy in listening to and working with people as they explore ways to navigate through the various challenges in their lives.
After enjoying coursework in psychology and counselling at the University of Alberta and Trinity Western University and home educating her three children, Evelyn completed her Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling at Kelowna College of Professional Counselling in British Columbia. She has been a registered member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association since 2012. Evelyn continues to exhibit compassion and support for individuals and couples as they experience personal growth and healing mentally, spiritually and emotionally through the counselling process.
Evelyn has been married to her husband, Mark, for 35 years and they have called Fort McMurray home since 2011. She is pleased to be part of the Legacy Counselling Centre team!
Glenda Pollard Administrator
Since childhood, Glenda has had a desire to serve and care for others. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has worked as a registered nurse in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. During her nursing career she gained valuable experiences, having worked in various disciplines including medical, cardiac care and long-term care.
Glenda and Danny, her husband of 25 years, have two sons, Daniel and Jared, who are the pride of their lives. They moved from Ontario and have lived in Fort McMurray for 15 years.
In 2010 she made the decision to stay at home, devoting her time to family, while also working part-time as an administrative assistant. She is looking forward to her newest role, offering administrative support to the clients and counsellors at Legacy Counselling Centre.
Simon Clarence Contract Professional Counsellor
Rev. Simon Clarence has pastored for over 30 years and has acquired much counselling experience in that setting.
He attended Vanguard College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology, Counselling Major.
He has also partnered with the Alberta Youth Justice System, working with delinquent teens, as well as the RCMP/Fire Department in coping with Critical Incidence Stress and other related issues. He has served as the RCMP DARE (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) chairman for 13 years and saw many students graduate from this program under his watch. He has also been very active in elementary, junior high and high schools working with students with various needs.
He has been the Chaplain at the Devon General hospital for many years and have worked extensively with the staff and patients in giving /support bereavement counselling/working with palliative care patients and in the Adult Day Program.
Simon has conducted many pre-marital courses, as well as post marriage enrichment courses.
He has been happily married to Ruth for 30 years and is the father of two young adult children, Jenna (Ryan) and James (Karina) and two grandchildren, Moses and Keni.