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Elizabeth Loach Ridgely 1962

Executive Director of the George Hull Centre for Children and Families and Mental Health Advocate

Elizabeth Ridgely is the executive director of the George Hull Centre for Children and Families and founding director of the George Hull Centre family therapy training program. She has worked with children and families in the mental health field for thirty-eight years. “I have always been interested in people. As a child, both of my parents were very involved in community activities which addressed the needs of people who were struggling. At Havergal, the growing advocacy part of me was enhanced by the debating team, with its emphasis on the presentation of the issue. No nonsense, get to the point.”

Ms. Ridgely received her master’s of science degree from Columbia University and, as a Laidlaw Scholar, she studied at the Family Therapy Training Center, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Over the past 25 years, she has attended regular study groups in Italy at the Academia Di Psicoterapia in Rome, with a group of international family therapists. Currently, Ms. Ridgely has cross-appointments with the faculty of social work, University of Toronto and the department of psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Also over the past 25 years, she has given 36 international presentations, 90 workshops across the province, 30 on-site training sessions to children’s mental health centres across the province, and 28 workshops for the family therapy training program. She has been published in 10 journals and textbooks.

So when did this path of helping those in need first begin? “I had summer jobs in Ontario Crippled Children’s camps and the Ontario Training School for Girls. I loved every minute! And I continue to this day to love it! How fortunate is that?”

Written by Megan Brenneman Dickinson 1992