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
has a full life! Devoted to yoga for the last 15 years and to Vipassana meditation for nearly 10 years, the spiritual path is at the centre of her life. She practices regularly in Asia and America with many teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Paññananda, Daryl Lynn Ross, Pascal Auclair, Ajay Pal Singh and Jaya Ashmore. She has been involved with True North Insight for many years and manages a few retreats every year. She is also a Web Project Advisor.
Joe Flanders
Dr. Joe Flanders
is the founder and director of MindSpace. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Flanders is an assistant professor in the McGill University Psychology Department. Joe offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations.
Dr. Flanders has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2000. He has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Patricia Rockman, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg, and has sat meditation retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA), the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.
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.
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
discovered yoga in 2000, meditation in 2005, and through years of practice, her journey has evolved into a broad vision to share, connect, and create community. In 2007 she founded the Yoga Mala Foundation, a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports the development of yoga programs in communities in need. Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher.
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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David Schouela
is a graduate in business administration from the University of Western Ontario. Born in Montreal, Canada, David worked for a family banking and real estate enterprise for 20 years before retiring to pursue his life-long interest in yoga and meditation. He has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1996 and has been teaching yoga since 2001. David brings to his teaching the integration of Buddhist mindfulness and insight meditation with classical yoga practice.  David is a co-founder of TNI.