Karen Letofsky is currently a Consultant and Educator in the fields of suicide prevention, crisis intervention and grief counselling. She is a member of the faculties of the Canadian Centre for Bereavement Education and Grief Counselling and the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. In addition, Karen serves as Board Chair of Crisis Services Canada, one of the partners of the National Suicide Prevention Service, recently served as Associate Director for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and is a member of the National Collaborative for Suicide Prevention. Karen has worked in the field of traumatic loss and crisis in the Greater Toronto Area for several decades, primarily as Executive Director of the Toronto Distress Centres, the agency that, under her leadership, pioneered support for individuals/families impacted by suicide, Crisis Link in the subway system and mental health community partnerships and collaborations with priority populations.
In 1999 the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention awarded Karen its National Service Award. The Council on Suicide Prevention presented her with the Doug Lear Memorial Award in 2001 for her work as a member of the Bloor Viaduct Barrier Steering Committee. She has also been recognized by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Toronto for her work in suicide prevention. In 2007 Karen was named as a Member of the Order of Canada and 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.