MAPS Canada is honoured to announce the appointment of Reverdi Darda and Jeffery Vidt to the MAPS Canada Board of Directors.
Reverdi is the President and CEO of Cena Life Inc., an Alberta-based mental health services company. She has over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse she has extensive knowledge in community engagement, healthcare operations, policy development and strategic planning. She understands the challenges that healthcare systems and their structures have in offering consistent, reliable, client focused services and she is passionate about bringing evidence-based innovation forward to those in need.
Reverdi is Metis and a direct descendant of Damase Carriere who fought against Canadian Colonialism beside Louis Riel in the heroic Metis North-West Resistance of 1885. Her passion to engage communities and work together for the equity and inclusion of all is reflective in her family’s legacy.
Her professional career includes Executive leadership roles in the public, government, and non-profit sectors. Her experience and expertise in the areas of community engagement, planning, project and change management have significantly impacted outcomes of numerous projects that she has been involved in. Reverdi played a key role in the signing of a historic governance agreement in 2018 between Primary Care Physicians and the Alberta government. This agreement established a governance structure focused on integrating the delivery of primary care services across Alberta. In 2011 she was honored with the provincial Alberta Health Services Presidents Excellence award for Quality. This award recognized her leadership approach in creating a culture of innovation, empowerment and continuous learning through collaboration. She easily unites individuals to achieve common objectives, goals, and outcomes.
Reverdi has board and governance experience with several non-profit organizations and currently sits as a Director on the Edmonton Meals on Wheels.
She has a passion for lifelong learning and her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her son Josh and daughter Madison and a wife of 28 years to her husband Shane. She enjoys spending her extra time volunteering and mentoring other professionals across various health and business sectors.
Jeff Vidt (MAT, MAR, RP) works as a Spiritual Care Provider, ordained United minister, and Registered Psychotherapist at a pediatric hospital in Ottawa. He has 12 years’ experience working in professional spiritual care in various healthcare settings, including the Cleveland Clinic, North York General Hospital, and Unity Health Toronto. He has engaged in the advocacy and development of spiritual care modalities including research, assessment, competencies, intervention, and code of ethics.
Jeff has served as Treasurer for numerous committees, including the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Executive Board, and regional committees and conference planning organizations based in Toronto and Ottawa. He also was responsible for facilitating and organizing the budget for memorial and service recognition programs at Unity Health Toronto.
In 2018, Jeff was privileged to be selected as a participant in the Religious Leaders study conducted by Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research where he discovered the healing potential that psychedelics and integrative experiences can have on a person.
Since then, he has advocated for the responsible use of psychedelics to promote healing and growth in healthcare and has promoted the use of professional spiritual care providers in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and research. Jeff has facilitated workshops and educational seminars in spiritual care, psychedelics, and the search for meaning for healthcare professionals across disciplines. He works with special emphasis on organizational strategy and the development of strong core values that direct rganizational decision-making.
Jeff is a member of the Board of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels.
Welcome to MAPS Canada, Rev and Jeff! We are grateful to have you on the team.