Our Team

Peter Marks

Peter Marks

Founder and Director, A Centre for Conscious Care


  • Over 35 years of Human & Health Services’ organization & leadership development to facilitate effective, conscious and compassionate care and support;
  • University of Toronto, Continuing Studies, Faculty member;
  • International mindfulness facilitator in Canada, USA and Mexico since 1993;
  • Co-founder, director and/or consultant to twenty Autism/DD and mental health services systems throughout Ontario;
  • Former Social and Health-Care Services development consultant serving over twenty First Nations communities across Ontario and the Yukon;
  • Former Regional director of Addiction Research Foundation;
  • Former CEO of EAP Institute of Canada.

Gareth Marks

Gareth Marks

Senior Consultant, A Centre for Conscious Care


  • 15 years experience as an elementary school teacher, a fitness program consultant and a life skills coach and trainer;
  • He has many years of experience not only working with and supporting people who have autism and other developmental disabilities, but also mentoring teams who provide support. 

Leah Marks

Leah Marks

Senior Consultant and Mindfulness Facilitator, A Centre for Conscious Care


  • 20 years of teaching students with a wide range of abilities;
  • A certified elementary school teacher with additional experience in advocating with children with special needs and their families with other community professionals;
  • Coordinated many of the resources for the writing of the Conscious Care and Support and the Conscious Classroom textbooks.

Peter Leidy

Peter Leidy

 Senior Consultant, A Centre for Conscious Care 


  • Peter has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. 
  • Peter is a consultant, facilitator, listener, learner, improviser, and speaker who focuses on personalized supports and community membership for people with disabilities. 
  • He also writes and sings songs about human serviceland and those who find themselves connected to it.
  • Peter conducts workshops, develops training materials, writes songs, speaks and sings at conferences, and works with organizations, government agencies, families, and paid supporters to promote positive support, inclusion, building healthy relationships, and thinking differently about people who are called “challenging.”

Adriana McVicker

Adriana McVicker

Senior Consultant, A Centre for Conscious Care


  • 25 years of experience working with children, adults and their families;
  • For the last 10 years, has worked with a service provider in developmental services in various roles including direct support and in positions of management including support services, staff development and project management;
  • With her education in counselling, developmental psychology, sociology and health sciences, Adriana deeply values using a comprehensive approach while providing quality supports for people and families. 
  • She is a true believer that all of us are interdependent and that we each carry a responsibility to help one another be the best we can. 

The Jeder Group

Jeder Institute

  • Officially supporting Conscious Care and Support in Australia, Jeder Institute is a not-for-profit Collective of approximately 30 domestic and international members.  
  • They are an innovative, international, strengths-focused organisation with extensive experience in creating collective action throughout the world. 
  • The 4 primary pillars onto which their philosophy is based are: participatory leadership, generosity of spirit, co-creation for change, self-organizing.