Our Staff

Maria Barcelos, Executive Director, MA(c) BA Justice Studies, HR Diploma, ASIST

Maria Barcelos,  MA Candidate, B.A.A. Justice Studies, HR Management Diploma & ASIST.  Maria is the Executive Director at The Gatehouse. She believes wholeheartedly in community engagement and the importance of community-based responses to underlying social issues. She motivates, acknowledges and empowers students, volunteers and staff to be part of the change they want to see in the world. An avid believer in the principles of transformative community justice, she values building safer communities through collaborative knowledge sharing, idea and process formulation, and implementation. Maria is a graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber BA Justice Studies and George Brown College’s HR Management Diploma program. She is currently completing Yorkville University Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Maria also volunteers her time in the community as part of an advisory panel in the Community Development Program at Humber College Lakeshore campus. Maria is also a founding member of the Centre for Transformative Social Change.

Paula Cordeiro, MA Counselling Psychology, Child and Family Advocate, Young Adult & Partners Program Coordinator

Paula Cordeiro, MA Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, BA Criminal Justice, Police Foundations Diploma from Humber College, and is ASIST trained.  Paula is the Child and Family Advocate at The Gatehouse, where she is part of a multidisciplinary team between Police, Children’s Aid and the children/families accessing the Investigation Support Program offered at The Gatehouse.  In addition, Paula coordinates the Partner’s support program offered for the partners of the survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and the Young Adult Program, offered for CSA survivors, ages 18-24 years old.  Paula provides individual support sessions for CSA survivors and persons with dual history (survivor and offender).  Paula ran a 6-week psychoeducational group at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre.  As a proponent of self-care measures, Paula is also a Lead Meditation Training Facilitator at The Gatehouse, where she provides moving meditation, deep breathing and guided imagery meditation training sessions to participants (e.g., individually and/or within the support group process).  In addition to her professional work, she often contributes her time on a volunteer basis in the community, including volunteering at the Etobicoke Children’s Centre Walk In counselling services and previously volunteered with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Canada (MCSCS) in the Probation and Parole sector, the United Nations – Toronto Branch, and Legal Graffiti Art Mural projects in the community.

Stephanie Alves, BA Criminal Justice, Adult Program Coordinator, Women’s Programs

Stephanie Alves, BA Criminal Justice, Police Foundations Diploma, and is ASIST trained. Stephanie is the Adult Program Coordinator for the women at The Gatehouse, where she organizes the adult groups. In addition, Stephanie provides individual and group support sessions for CSA survivors and persons with dual history (survivor and offender). In addition to her professional work, she frequently contributes her time in the community through volunteering with Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in probation and previously volunteering with Elizabeth Fry Toronto.

Paul Dunn, Adult Program Coordinator, Men’s/Phase 2/Art Therapy 

Paul Dunn, Resilience, Courage, Empathy, Caring, Authentic, Supportive.   I’m just a guy who had a lot of pain for 50 years, suffered all kinds of abuse in my childhood. I came to The Gatehouse when the pain was so great that it was death or help. The Gatehouse saved my life, gave me purpose and passion and the drive to help others navigate through this thing we call CSA and find our voice. I continue to grow every day and to self-reflect, practice gratitude and pause. The skills I have learned at The Gatehouse have helped me navigate through everyday life and the challenges that present.  The Gatehouse showed me how to process my emotions and feelings instead of suppressing them. This has taken away my fears around emotions and helped me see life through new eyes. This has given me peace and contentment, something I never thought I would have. Everyday my eyes open… it’s a beautiful day.

Brad Hutchinson, Lead Trainer/ASIST, Police Foundations Leadership Diploma

Brad Hutchinson is an award-winning community leader that has been recognized for his many hours dedicated to advocacy for social justice and his commitment to fostering healthy relationships and building a strong community. He is a Ministry trained Restorative Justice Facilitator and has been involved in teaching the circle facilitation process to educators, police services, justice professionals, and various community organizations in Ontario.

For almost two decades he has been teaching in the discipline Shaolin Kung Fu. In the spirit of the philosophy, Brad has made the self-esteem building training available to those that needed it most. Organizations that have benefited from Brad’s programs include Peel Children’s Aid, Elizabeth Fry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Learning Disabilities of Peel, The Gatehouse, and various children’s centres in Ontario.  Brad is also the former Executive Director of The Gatehouse. He currently holds the role of Lead Trainer for The Gatehouse and is a Registered Trainer for LivingWorks in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.

Arthur Lockhart, Founder Emeritus

Arthur Lockhart, M.Ed. is a professor in The School of Social and Community Services. Over the past years, Arthur has held the position of Chair of The School of Social and Community Services, as well as Chair of Board of Directors of The Gatehouse.

Arthur is Founder Emeritus of the award-winning charitable organization: The Gatehouse, and Co-Founder of The Centre for Transformative Social Change.

Arthur founded the Annual International Transforming Trauma Into Triumph Conference.

Arthur provides training and organizational transformation consultation on the local, national and internal levels. At the core of his workshops are the human spirit, humour, trauma transformation and transformative social change.

Film Production

  • 2013 Illuminating Silence: Stories of people Transforming Trauma Into Triumph
  • 2007 Into The Light: Documentary -Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • 2005 Laser Eagles: Film Celebrating capacities of people labeled disabled

Published Works

  • 2007 Restorative Justice: Provincial School Resource Officer Training Manual. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • 2007 The Human Touch: The Heartbeat of Extraordinary Education. Transformative Publishing
  • 2005 Restorative Justice –Transforming Society. Inclusion Press
  • 2004 Community Lost and Found: A conversation between two dreamers. Inclusion Press
  • 2001 Restorative Justice. National Crime Prevention Centre of Canada.

Arthur is the recipient of a number of awards for his work in the fields of education and community social justices, including: Canada’s Top 50 Champions of Change, Order of Canada Nominee, Innovator of the Year Award, Student Teacher Appreciation Awards, Community Builder Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Toronto Mayor’s Community Safety Award Nominee, Lakeshore Community Building Award of Merit, Youth Impact Award, Inaugural Purple Door Award, Paul Harris Fellow, Inaugural Distinguished Community Service Award, Probation and Parole Association Award.