Meet Our Team

Grief Stories Board of Directors

Sean Danby

Sean Danby

Sean Danby has crafted numerous videos and multimedia commercial and corporate projects. Sean’s commercial client list includes ING Insurance, Leon’s, McDonald, Questrade, Reliance Home Energy and Sony BMG. He has also created and directed projects for Motorola, Randstad Canada and Scotiabank International. Executive Producer of “Basketball City,” a fast paced and youth oriented television series broadcasting basketball’s grassroots throughout Canada and starring two-time NBA MVP, Steve Nash. Sean views the grieving process as a personal experiential part of life, and that by sharing our stories we can better understand our own grief.

Doug Bates

Doug Bates

Doug Bates is a former banker and current co-owner of Brown Bag Co. and ComGo. He also drums and does many musical events for various charities in his community.

He also the founder of the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative which is an organization dedicated to his daughter who he lost in a tragic car accident. It focuses on self esteem issues. Doug runs ABRAutism dedicated to helping individuals with Autism.

Doug is actively involved in his community and was given the 2011 Northumberland YMCA Peace Medal and was the winner of the Toyota Wishgiver Contest in 2015 for his contributions to the community.

Doug lives with his wife and 2 kids in Northumberland County.

Doug became involved in Grief Stories to share his loss of his daughter and in turn he hopes to help others find ways to heal.

Rob Quartly

Rob Quartly

If you grew up watching Much Music in the 80’s, you already know Rob Quartly. Or at the very least, you know his work. As both a director and a producer, he gave birth to Canada’s music video production industry. It’s a role that has been recognized with JUNOs, CFTA personal achievement awards and his induction as the first member of the Much Music Hall of Fame.

His activity in the advertising industry has been equally successful with recognition at Cannes, Toronto and New York Art Directors Club, Bessies, Clios, One Show, Marketing Awards…

Television projects have seen him direct The Vacant Lot series, act as Co-Creator of the hit CBC show “The Triple Sensation”, and create/direct/executive produce the CHUM comedy series “And Go,!”

Grief Stories is growing and looking for people who are passionate about our mission and have the skills and experience to make a difference.

Grief Stories Operations Team

Sean Danby

Sean Danby

Founder

Sean Danby has crafted numerous videos and multimedia commercial and corporate projects. Sean’s commercial client list includes ING Insurance, Leon’s, McDonald, Questrade, Reliance Home Energy and Sony BMG. He has also created and directed projects for Motorola, Randstad Canada and Scotiabank International. Executive Producer of “Basketball City,” a fast paced and youth oriented television series broadcasting basketball’s grassroots throughout Canada and starring two-time NBA MVP, Steve Nash. Sean views the grieving process as a personal experiential part of life, and that by sharing our stories we can better understand our own grief.

Rob Quartly

Rob Quartly

Founder & Executive Director

If you grew up watching Much Music in the 80’s, you already know Rob Quartly. Or at the very least, you know his work. As both a director and a producer, he gave birth to Canada’s music video production industry. It’s a role that has been recognized with JUNOs, CFTA personal achievement awards and his induction as the first member of the Much Music Hall of Fame.

His activity in the advertising industry has been equally successful with recognition at Cannes, Toronto and New York Art Directors Club, Bessies, Clios, One Show, Marketing Awards…

Television projects have seen him direct The Vacant Lot series, act as Co-Creator of the hit CBC show “The Triple Sensation”, and create/direct/executive produce the CHUM comedy series “And, Go!”

Maureen Pollard

Maureen Pollard

Healthcare Expert

Maureen Pollard is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the field of social work since 1991. In private practice since 2011, Maureen is a specialist in traumatic bereavement, helping individuals, families and groups navigate life after losses, including pregnancy and infant loss, child death, suicide loss, homicide loss and sudden or accidental death. Maureen is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, and she is trained in RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) Bereavement Care.

Maureen’s practice areas also include work as a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Educator, supporting front line professionals in building the resilience necessary to survive and thrive in high-stress, trauma-exposed work.

Arielle

Arielle Astroff

Communications Manager

Arielle has been volunteering in customer service and communication roles for over three years. She is currently going into her third year as a Professional Communication student at Ryerson University with hopes of working in communications, advertising or marketing after she graduates. Arielle is most excited to support Grief Stories mission and vision by helping build connections that will foster a community between individuals in times of grief.

Aimee

Aimee Tedford

Volunteer

Aimee Tedford joins Grief Stories as a member of the communications team. Aimee has 14 years experience in marketing, communications & project management. She traded the hustle and bustle of the agency world in downtown Toronto for a slower paced life in Port Hope 8 years ago. 

She is currently a Marketing Consultant & is embarking on a permanent role at Habitat For Humanity Northumberland as Communications Coordinator. She is passionate about working alongside nonprofits to help them to achieve their goals. She has recently volunteered her communications expertise for Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, Five Counties Children's Charities and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario - Port Hope branch.

When Aimee isn't thinking about communications, she is probably swimming or cycling with her family. Aimee is currently crushing her goals participating in the #greatcyclechallenge, with her 7 year old, in support of Sick Kids Foundation.

Sharron Spencer

Sharron Spencer

Social Services Worker

Sharron Spencer is a Registered Social Service Worker with experience working in the Mental Health & Addictions field, before working at a Community Hospice for the past 3 years. Sharron currently works as the Grief & Bereavement Coordinator, providing Grief education and support to those who are palliative, their Caregivers and families, as well as the bereaved. Sharron is also studying part-time at Western University of Ontario towards a degree in the Thanatology program, the study of death and bereavement.

She has completed the certification in Child & Youth Grief & Bereavement through Sick Kids Mental Health SickKids CCMH Learning Institute. Sharron also works as a designated Funeral Celebrant and is very passionate about supporting people through their grief journey.

Arina Rusu

Arina Rusu

Treasurer

Arina has been working in the higher education sector for the last five years. Experienced in managing financial operations, she is eager to support Grief Stories’ mission and support its growth. She strongly believes in the power of connection to help during times of grief and has been inspired to bring her skills to Grief Stories. Arina enjoys cooking, gardening, and is a strong proponent of continuous education. She is working toward completing her CPA designation. Taking on the role of Treasurer, Arina is an integral part of the Grief Stories team.

Kaye Torrie

Kaye Torrie

Volunteer

Kaye has been a Child Witness Advocate for the past 12 years. For the past 4 years her work with child victims has included the help of an accredited facility dog. Kaye has volunteered with several organizations that have child welfare and social justice at their core including the Thrive Northumberland, Northumberland Children’s Aid Society (now Highland Shores), and The Green Wood Coalition. She is also an active member of the Northumberland Players through which she enjoys producing and stage-managing community theatre productions. Kaye is a lifelong resident of Northumberland County where her two children were born and raised. Kaye has watched and been inspired by the way Grief Stories has grown and touched so many people

Ellen Torrie

Ellen Torrie

Musician / Songwriter

Ellen first became involved with Grief Stories in 2016 when she was interviewed about her grandmother. Now Ellen is using her background in music therapy to help generate new ways for this resource to reach individuals and heal communities. Ellen is based in Montreal, Canada where she is completing her graduate studies at McGill University. She is also an active singer-songwriter and church musician.