Department of Psychiatry

Shawn Pendenque

Shawn Pendenque is a charismatic advocate for the development of peer support work in social services. Shawn graduated from George Brown College, and has been working in the field of social work in Toronto for over fifteen years in a variety of roles. He has dedicated his life to the path of teaching and learning total inner recovery. Shawn has gone from living as a street kid in Toronto to being a counsellor; his story has been shared widely, and the main purpose that drives his work is about the small victories of the everyday person through deep personal faith. Shawn is diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder, and says that this has been the greatest gift in his life given to him by Heaven; a chance to start life over again with a different mind. Shawn’s inspirational life story has given hope to many who suffer. Shawn believes recovery is possible, and workers need to demonstrate to their clients how change is to be portrayed, for this is how he learned best. Shawn presently works as a Community Support Worker with Peer Speciality for LOFT Community Services, and continues to demonstrate in a practical way the principles of servant leadership, and psychosocial rehabilitation.