Who is Nemesis?
Bonita Johnson-deMatteis has worked for the past 20 years as a crisis counsellor, sexual assault counsellor and group facilitator for adult women survivors of childhood sexual assault. She is a Certified Family Mediator. Bonita is a nationally recognized visual artist, writer, designer and illustrator. She has illustrated several books for children, and her book “Lest We Forget”, was the recipient of the Ontario Museum Association Award of Merit for her writing and design. Bonita’s design of The Black History Cairn has been internationally recognized. Bonita holds certification and diplomas in Basic and Advanced Family Mediation and Narrative Therapy, and a diploma in Visual Arts. She is also a certified Family Mediator and Fitness Instructor.
Rebekkah Adams, Co-Director of Nemesis Group Services, a private counseling service, is an Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in sexual trauma for over 25 years. Her post graduate degree is in Expressive Arts Therapy, with certificates in Human Resources and Business from Queen’s University; Management, Coaching and Facilitation from Hinks-Dellcrest; Police Sciences; and a diploma in Creative Writing. Currently completing her Sex Therapy degree.
Rebekkah completed the Humber School for Writers Program and had worked as a journalist, children’s author and fiction writer with extensive portfolio. Rebekkah is the author of two books, both a work of fiction – Front Porch Mannequins, as well as textbook for women’s studies courses, Glass Houses, which was featured at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in British Columbia. Rebekkah is also the Play Therapist for Nshiime Daycare, Cape Croker First Nation.
A member of several professional organizations, including Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists, Association for Play Therapy, Canadian Art Therapy Association, PEN Canada, The Canadian Women’s Studies Association of Canada, Writer’s Union of Canada, Child Trauma Institute, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.