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My name is Dr. Megan McElheran and I am a clinical psychologist and CEO of Wayfound. For the past 16 years, I have had the privilege to work almost exclusively with uniformed service personnel and have witnessed the devastating psychological effects operational stress can have on those who serve our communities. I was motivated several years ago to develop the Before Operational Stress (BOS) program out of a desire to provide public safety personnel with an intervention that could support greater psychological protection relative to their occupational roles. I am steadfast in my commitment to finding proactive ways to support public safety personnel and will continue to disseminate and evaluate BOS to ensure its effectiveness and utility for the members it serves.
Dr. Megan McElheran (she/her),
CEO and Chief Clinician
To the BOS Community and the entire Wayfound Team,
After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have made the decision to step away from my role as Chief Clinical Officer of the BOS Program and transition my clinical work to private practice. While I will remain involved in program deliveries, I will no longer serve in a leadership role for the BOS division. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Megan McElheran, and all of Wayfound, for the invaluable opportunities I have had to expand my learning, grow as a professional, and contribute to building something so pivotal and invaluable to the mental health of public safety personnel across the country.
The exponential growth and expansion of Wayfound, and BOS in particular, has been an immense source of pride in my career. I have recognized the limitless potential of the program since having had the privilege of co-facilitating the first-ever pilot group. I am thrilled to see BOS flourish on such a massive scale and I have no doubt this brilliant program will continue to help frontline workers and prosecutors in the life-changing ways I have had the honour of witnessing first-hand for the past number of years. I will always reflect fondly on the mentorship I have been able to provide to the BOS clinical community, and the participants of BOS I have met over the years who have truly changed my life for the better.
In addition to a wildly talented clinical team, I am forever grateful to the ever-capable and diligent administrative staff that has made working at Wayfound such a pleasure. Thank you to Wounded Warriors Canada and the CIPSRT team for all of the work and resources you have invested in BOS from the very beginning. And finally, an extra special thank you to Shonda Feddema, without whom BOS could not be where it is today.
With endless gratitude,
My name is Dr. Andrew Carlquist and I am a clinical psychologist in Ontario. I moved to Canada to join the BOS team in November 2018 after completing my clinical training in the US Veteran Affairs system. I am passionate about working with uniformed service personnel and other front-line workers, as I believe it is vital to provide the absolute best support to folks who serve, support, heal, and defend our communities. The BOS program is a culmination of research, clinical experience, cultural competence, and feedback from the “front-lines” and I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to provide it to our members.
Dr. Andrew Carlquist (he/him) ,
Clinical Lead, Before Operational Stress