Marc Laferriere is a professor in the Department of Social Services and Justice Studies and a former coordinator of the Community Justice Services program at Mohawk College.
He is an award-winning educator and has been featured on a variety of television and print publications discussing issues of mental health, systems change, and community development including a TedX Talk. He is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion for his efforts in social work, child and youth work, and community advocacy.
Marc has worked on the front lines of the mental health field in a variety of capacities with organizations such as Pioneer Youth Services, Avalon Children’s Residences, and Moncton Youth Residences. He was also a clinical social worker for Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services and the Grand River Community Health Centre and was the BSW Practicum Coordinator for Wilfrid Laurier University. Elected in his thirties to the County of Brant municipal council he served as chair of the Brantford/Brant Social Services and Paramedic Committees and chaired the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for a mixed rural/urban population.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honors Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Social Work from Lakehead University. He was awarded an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.