River of Hope Enterprises

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More About River of Hope Enterprises and Owner Peggy Guiler

Thank you for visiting River of Hope Enterprises.  

Owner, Peggy Guiler, has a great deal of life experience and training to offer individuals and teams.  Her down to earth approach and careful attention to people's needs give her a unique ability to support people and organizations as they journey through changes and challenges in life and work.  

To learn more about Peggy's everyday life visit her Blog, Spilt Milk.  

A Little History
Raised in southern Ontario in the small town of Port Dover, Peggy went on to live in Ottawa where she studied Journalism and started her family.  Preferring small town life she moved back to her hometown where she now lives.  
Along with raising her three children and working as a freelance journalist for many years Peggy worked in the family painting and Janitorial business and had many part time jobs to supplement her income.  
In 1997 she entered the mental health field which has become her passion.  She has worked there for many years and recently left full time work in the field to work as a contract trainer and pursue her goals for coaching and spiritual direction.  

A versatile and well rounded person Peggy has always been interested in volunteer work in a variety of venues including  church and museums.  She adapts easily to new environments.  She has broad experience on boards including acting as chair to the City of Nanticoke Museum Board and Director of the local chapter of Telecare, a crisis telephone line.  She also served on the board of the local United Way and took over as their Executive Director for a short period to cover a leave. 

Peggy is devoted to life long executive coach training and most recently training as a spiritual director.  

One of the most significant accomplishments in her career in Mental Health was the development of training programs for peer support.  She was involved with provincial studies in the field and has been a leader and trainer throughout Ontario since 2000.  

Peggy has also become an advocate and resource for suicide intervention and suicide bereavement working as a volunteer basis and speaking to groups throughout the province and beyond.  

While being involved and busy in the community is important to Peggy her favourite pass time remains spending time with her family.  Her  grandchildren, Hope, River and Leo.  

A Tribute to Bryan

In 2000 at the age of 16 Bryan T. A. Delahunt, Peggy's son, took his own life because of trauma he suffered as a child. Because of this Peggy is devoted to the support of the living. With extensive study in suicide intervention and suicide bereavement Peggy supports people by volunteering speaking and training skills to groups and individuals who might want to have her support.  If you or anyone you know lives with suicidal ideation or has been bereaved by suicide please don't hesitate to contact us for support.  

Some Extra Information we believe is very important

The Language of Suicide
Because I have had some requests for this information I though it best to publish on a separate page.
You are welcome to use the information on the page but please offer credit where credit is due.  I have put this page together and would appreciate it if, when duplicating it you include my name website address.
Suicide and suicide bereavement are subjects close to my heart because of personal experience and my work in mental health.
I have been involved with both over the past several years as a peer support worker/trainer in mental health and as a volunteer.  I am involved with the Haldimand Norfolk Suicide Prevention Network, Friends in Grief Suicide Bereavement Group and Your Life Counts.   I have been trained byLiving Works in suicide intervention.   
Terms About Suicide - River of Hope Enterprises
There have been many attempts to adopt and clarify terms which are accurate but do not stigmatize when describing suicidal behaviour.  Until better terms can be found these are the ones I believe should be used. 
 At the bottom of the page is a list of those which we would prefer are not used at all.  
Rationale is provided for the terms throughout.    
  • Suicide Loss Survivor or Bereaved by Suicide – refers to someone who is grieving a death by suicide not someone who has made a non-fatal attempt at suicide    
  • SuicideAttempt Survivor – someone who has made a non-fatal attempt at suicide.   
  • Died by suicide, death(s) by suicide or “suicided” (not a proper term but acceptable), “Completed suicide” is sometimes used but like “successful suicide” implies some measure of good – these are preferred to “committed suicide”, which is a throwback to when suicide was considered a criminal offense.       
  • Non-fatalsuicide attempt – rather than a “failed” suicide attempt.  Those who experience a non-fatal suicide attempt are likely to consider their self a failure already and this does not need to be added to an existing list of failures.        
  • Para-suicidal – this term is used to describe suicidal behaviour which has a low risk of death and may occur more frequently.      
  • Self-injury – refers to behaviours such as shallow cutting that usually does not have suicidal intent.      
  • SuicidalIdeation – many people have suicidal thoughts in their lifetime but this term refers to a more persistent rumination about death and suicide.      
  • Gatekeepers – refers to those who work in the human services and are in a position to identify possible risk for suicide (i.e. teachers, police, medical personnel, etc.).     
Do notuse
  • Committedsuicide – see died by suicide 
  • Successfulsuicide – success implies something good – see “died by suicide” 
  • Failedsuicide attempt – see “non-fatal suicide attempt”    
 Terms reflect terminology used by the American Society for Suicidologyhttp://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/homeLastupdated May 2010.