Rev. Sky Starr
Rev. Sky Starr has been a resident in Jane/Finch for forty-three (43) years where she multi-functions as a minister, therapist, grief and trauma specialist and community advocate.
The Reverend is a marriage and family therapist, grief and trauma specialist, educator, author, consultant, researcher and an avid stakeholder in Jane and Finch community, with over 33 years of grief/trauma experience. She is the founder and Executive Director of Out Of Bounds: Grief support. As a grief and trauma specialist the Reverend holds a master’s degree in psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and community affairs from Tyndale University and Seminary.
A first responder to crisis, Rev. Sky provides creative, compassionate care for those who are traumatized by violence, working with mothers who lost a child to gun violence, families, schools and community organizations from a unique trans-cultural perspective.
Her work and services includes group facilitation, grief & trauma-focused training, workshops, restorative justice mediation, therapeutic intervention, mentorship, and emotional intelligence training to youth, schools and the wider community. As a devoted educator Rev. Sky has done many research projects in conjunction with Ryerson University and Women’s College Hospital and has written books and articles on dealing with grief, loss and trauma.
She has been recognized with the following awards: CBC TV’s national “Champion of Change” in 2010, Queen Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012; Fabulous Woman Of The Year Award, 2013; Black Canadians Role Model and Community Ambassador Award, 2014; Jane/Finch MP and MPP Citation and Bi-Centennial Awards, 2015; Exemplary Community Volunteer Award by Parks & Rec, in 2015; Mario Sergio’s Volunteer Appreciation Award, in 2015; the Attorney General’s Victims Services Award of Distinction in 2015; the Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Award, 2016 and Mother of Magnificence Award in 2017 and Noble Drew Ali Award, 2017.
Rev. Sky is passionate about serving others and enhancing community health and well-being.
Rev. Sky Starr
M.Div. BRE. AEDP-1. CPC. MFT. Psychotherapist.
Grief &Trauma Specialist. Educator. Author. Consultant. Advocate.