Board of Directors

Patricia Boushel
Patricia Boushel
is a cultural worker from Montréal. She has worked as a producer and researcher in documentary film both independently and for the National Film Board, a festival producer for POP Montreal, an artist manager, an arts organization director, and a community organizer, notably as an activist translator and language educator. She sits on three boards: as Vice President at ARTEXTE, and as administrator at Innovations en concert and Voie Boréale/True North Insight. She currently coordinates TNI’s prison meditation program and is otherwise mainly interested in conversations that go deep and take time.
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Roxanne Dault
The spiritual path is at the heart of Roxanne’s life. A dedicated student and practitioner of Insight Meditation for the last 10 years, she has completed nearly 350 days of silent residential retreats in Asia and in the USA, including a 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society. Roxanne recently completed a 2-year meditation teacher mentorship program with Daryl Lynn Ross and Pascal Auclair of True North Insight in Montreal. She has also completed a 2-year intensive Buddhist study and practice program with TNI, and MBSR training with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Roxanne is a member of the TNI Board of Directors and is involved in its prison meditation program. She is currently training to be a Somatic Experiencing®practitioner. Her deepest intention is to share the joy and beauty of the practice so that all people can touch the happiness and wisdom that permeates every moment!
Sean Gardner
Sean Gardner
Sean believes that Buddhism is a path of liberation; he came to it out of desperation from a deep feeling of dissatisfaction. It was this dissatisfaction that brought him to punk rock, philosophy, and anti-oppression; it is from this desperation that he started studying with his primary teacher Noah Levine (author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution, Refuge Recovery) and joined the Dharma Punx nation. He help found the Montreal Dharma Punx group in 2008 and now leads Against the Stream Montreal. He continues to study with the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in California and also its guiding teachers JoAnna Harper and Vinny Ferraro; he is also currently a prison chaplain where he is able to share the benefits of this liberating path with a marginalized population.
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Helen Luu grew up with Buddhism as part of her cultural upbringing, but it was not until 2009 when her meditation journey began, initially under the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and later, through insight meditation retreats in Canada, the US and Thailand. She credits people of colour retreats for deepening her commitment to this path and holds deep gratitude for teachers Larry Yang and Gina Sharpe who worked tirelessly to create access for her and many others over the years. Helen believes in the transformative power of this practice for communities of colour and other systemically marginalized communities, and is dedicated to continuing the work of her elders. Helen is also a community worker and an avid rock climber.
Jeff MacNeil
Jeff MacNeil
began his practice a little over six years ago when he attended his first TNI retreat. This start was a difficult one and by the second day he was plotting his escape. However, the memory of a silly lesson he taught his daughter made him stay and staying has made all the difference in his life. Since then, he has attended many retreats and his practice and study continue to deepen.
Jeff is self-employed, working as a consultant who helps companies implement systems.
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Dawn Mauricio
Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centered approach. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since her discovery of it at a Thai monastery in 2005. Since then, Dawn has completed close to 20 silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, and has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight (2-year teaching mentorship) and Spirit Rock Meditation Center (18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, 2-year Dedicated Practitioners' Program). Dawn firmly believes that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the yoga mat and meditation cushion - and encourages her students to do the same.
Daryl Lynn Ross
Daryl Lynn Ross
is a TNI Guiding teacher. She has deeply engaged in contemplative practices for over 40 years with teachers and mentors from several Buddhist traditions, and practiced Christian spirituality as well. She served for 22 years as University Chaplain at Concordia University in Montreal. Co-founder of TNI and President of the Board, Daryl teaches local groups and intensive courses, mentors and counsels in personal meetings and offers a wide range of retreats. She lives and transmits the Buddhist teachings from the heart with a sensitivity to the unique path of each person.