Crystal Smalldon - Executive Director Bio
Crystal is an experienced Executive with extensive decades long experience and a track record of success. She attended Niagara College, Brock University, Carleton University, The University of British Columbia, and Mount Royal University, where she studied Social Work, Political Science, Law, and Addiction Medicine, before launching her career into Political Strategy and Campaign Management, Emergency Disaster Leadership, and Grant Writing.
Her success can almost always be traced back to her demonstrated professionalism, complex understanding of government operations, ability to build a winning team, and confident negotiation skills.
Crystal is currently an appointed member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Harm Reduction Fund, a reviewer at Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation on the Innovation and Research Panel as well as the Solutions Lab funding panel, and a reviewer for Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
She is a board member at MacKay Manor. Mackay Manor is a residential recovery home for men who have alcohol and drug-related problems. This facility has 12-Level 1 and 4-Level 2 beds.
Crystal is the Executive Director of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation as well as the Chair of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing exams for credentialing prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it has a worldwide network of over 50,000 professionals.
Crystal created The Kanata, Carp, And Stittsville Stocking Project 6 years ago, where she rallies the community together each year during the holiday season and provides gifts to those in the community who are least expecting it. These recipients are surprised with elves who show up at their house with armfuls of gifts after being referred by other community members for some joy during the holiday season after a particularly difficult year.
Crystal also runs a private practice addiction counselling office and conducts personal, confidential, crisis and addiction counselling weekly.
Previous to these appointments, Crystal spent 10 years with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Government in roles ranging from Executive Coordinator to Funding creator, to Campaign Manager. She also spent 13 months on the Draft Joe Biden Campaign as the Director of State Outreach.
Crystal spent 15 years with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services as a team leader. In this role, Crystal was responsible for managing the teams of emergency responders, attached to Ottawa Fire Services. When there was a fire in the city that displaced residents, Crystal was responsible to coordinate a full approach to assisting the families through the trauma and tragedy that a fire brings. Concurrently, Crystal was the elected President of Ottawa Police Services Neighbourhood Watch Program and remains a member of the Board of Directors.
Crystal is a current Registered Social Service Worker, Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor. Canadian Indigenous Addiction Counsellor, Canadian Certified Telemedicine Addiction Professional, Internationally Certified Addiction Counsellor, and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine.
Crystal currently resides in Ottawa Ontario Canada with her 2 teenage daughters Cassidy and Alyssa, and their little white rough tough creampuff puppy Lexie, but she can rarely be found sitting still and not initiating some creative campaign to help someone.