John Borthwick is an experienced teacher and facilitator, specializing in the areas of traumatology, resilience, compassion fatigue, conflict mediation and coaching skills, and leadership development. He has worked with non-profit boards, universities, faith communities, and Emergency and Police Services.
John is passionate about coaching leaders, inspiring innovators, and working one on one with individuals seeking to change themselves or the systems that they serve.
He has a BA in History from McMaster University and a Masters of Divinity from Knox College. John is an ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and is currently serving the congregation of St. Andrew’s in Guelph, Ontario where he has served for the past seventeen years.
John holds a Certificate in Conflict Management and Congregational Leadership from Conrad Grebel University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Since joining Guelph Police Service as their volunteer chaplain, he has become trained in several crisis and mental health certifications such as Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Critical Incident Stress Management. In 2017, John became a certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist through the Traumatology Institute of Canada.
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