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  Donna Tona, Certified Trauma Specialist
Since 1983, Donna has gained extensive front-line experience (over 30,000 documented response and training hours) helping countless people live with trauma, tragedy, and workplace challenges. Her expertise has proven invaluable in assisting corporations and victims of many international disasters. She was co-crisis Intervention Leader on the CUNA Mutual Insurance team following the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in 1995. In 1997, Donna was asked to assist victims in the Manitoba Canada floods, and she provided trauma and HR consultation services to a large Canadian Banking Corporation during Ice Storm 98. In 2000, she was part of an expert Canadian and US Internet panel supporting the Crisis Intervention team attending the Walkerton E-Coli Disaster and the FIJI Hostage Coup Situation. In 2001, Donna was invited by a US Corporation once again to debrief clinicians and mental health therapists during the World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist Attacks.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Received the 1989 Solicitor General award for her outstanding contribution to crime prevention in the province of Alberta
  • Victim Services Coordinator for the Calgary Police Service for 9 years
  • Developed solely or chaired a design team, developing curriculum and video products for Robbery Trauma The After Effects, Robbery Before-During-After, The Trauma Cycle, Violence in the Workplace-Taking Responsibility for your Safety, Officer Down, CD-Rom Internet training Robbery BDA, and Dishonesty. All programs have garnered International Awards and reviews.
  • Nominated for Women of Distinction Award 1989
  • Awarded many accolades from the Calgary Police Service
  • Awarded Service Excellence awards from CUNA Mutual Insurance for Oklahoma response, and The Workplace Trauma Center for 9-1-1
  • Served as board chair for an RCMP based Victim Services Unit
  • Featured as the cover story for Alberta Woman Magazine, November 1999
  • Featured key-note speaker for many international conferences

EDUCATION:

  • Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS)
  • Crisis Intervention Trainers Certificate (The Canadian Police College - Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Basic and Advanced CISD(Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) IATSS - Baltimore, Maryland
  • National Community Crisis Response Team Training Institute (NOVA - Washington USA)
  • Traumatic Incident Reduction Certificate (Institute of Metapsychology, California)
  • Business Administration (Red Deer College- Red Deer, Alberta Canada)
  • Justice Administration - Police Sciences/Security (Valedictorian-Mount Royal College-Calgary)
  • Trained via the Calgary Police Service in the areas of Front-Line Leadership/Coaching, Effective Presentation and Communication, Targeted Interviewing, Multicultural Basic and Advanced.
  • Suicide Intervention training and Intervention certification (Alberta, Canada)
  • Investigation of Missing& Exploited Children (Florida, USA)

Donna's adeptness for designing practical training programs, along with her vivacious delivery, has lead to numerous speaking engagements and keynote conference addresses for corporations, victim programs, governments, police departments at many International locations. She has shared her expertise on several syndicated news radio talk shows and national television programs. She has been featured and/or written articles in The Canadian Center for Emergency Preparedness Journal, Without Prejudice - Ontario Insurance Adjustors Journal, The RCMP Gazette Journal, Credit Union Insurance Journal, Canadian HR Journal and various syndicated news articles and publications. She has also authored many training manuals and support material. She is a member of LEVA (Law Enforcement& Emergency Services Video Assn), The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation), NARIMS (Northern Alberta Risk Management Society, The Canadian Association for International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (CAICISF).
Donna Tona, CTS - Certified Trauma Specialist