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) and joined the Dharma Punx nation. He helped found the Montreal Dharma Punx group in 2008 and founded Against the Stream Montreal (which dissolved the same time as the whole ATS organisation in 2018). He has since found a new home with the Embracing-Simplicity Contemplative Order under the tutelage of Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa where he is undergoing the Dharmacharya Ordination program. 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.
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Michelle Nicholls
is a social worker-therapist living in Toronto. She began exploring secular mindfulness meditation in 2005, as a pathway to spirituality, and to find steadiness in her work-life balance. For the past seven years, Michelle has attended the POC retreats at IMS, which continues to support her in deepening her own practice. Michelle holds Level A and B certificates in Applied Mindfulness Meditation from U of T. Her therapeutic work involves radical acceptance, and compassionate mindfulness-based approaches to counselling individuals and groups.She is truly grateful for the teachings of DaRa Williams, Gina Sharpe, Larry Yang, JoAnna Harper and Joseph Goldstein. Michelle hopes to carry on their vision of inclusion and diversity in the Sangha, through acts of service that will support and sustain the meditation practices for marginalized community members.
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.
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Josephine Tcheng
is based in Tkaronto / Toronto and works as a community educator within higher education. They have been practicing for just over a decade, growing up with references to the Buddha's teachings. They are interested in supporting the work of the TNI board as a small gesture towards supporting our Sangha more broadly. Josephine holds deep gratitude and heartfelt respect for the teachers: particularly Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita, Bonnie Duran, Gina Sharpe, and Larry Yang, along with fellow Sangha members, who have generously held space for them alongside many beings, in our collective practice.