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Charmaine Hammond

CSP, MA, BA Charmaine (she/her) is a highly sought-after keynote and workshop speaker (having presented to more than 400,000 people worldwide), best-selling author, and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of developing trust, healthy...

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Pamela Hansen

CD, MHI, MEI Pamela is an experienced Facilitator, Mediator, and Life Strategist with a demonstrated history of training and coaching both individuals and corporations in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation, and mental health first...

Alley Dezenhouse-Kelner

MA, Counselling Psychology Alley (she/her) is the Clinical Director of Magnificent Minds Inc. a specialized private school and therapeutic provider in Toronto; Alley’s practice focuses primarily on neurodivergent (ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, ODD, and learning differences)...

John Sovec

MA, LMFT John Sovec is a nationally recognized topic expert on creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community with his work featured on The Ricki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, BRAVO, The Advocate, Thrive Global, The...

Linnea Velikonja

BSc, Family Relationships & Human Development Linnea (she/her) is finishing up her MSc this summer focusing on healthy and fulfilling sexual intimate relationships. She is an advocate for sex positivity, wanting to help individuals of...

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Jen Donovan

Jen (she/her) has over a decade of experience in front-line social and health services, working primarily with youth and families around experiences of addictions, mental health, eating disorders, trauma, and exploitation. Personally and professionally, Jen...

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Heather Beaton

Heather (she/her) is an Occupational Therapist with over 17 years of experience working in the formal Mental Health and Wellness systems.  She is a graduate from Dalhousie University with degrees in Biology and Occupational Therapy....

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Angele D’Alessio

Angele (she/her) has been a mental health educator since 2006. Her passion in educating communities, schools and workplaces about mental health/illness comes from personal insight into the lives of family and friends living with mental...

Sabina Iurillo

Sabina (they/them) graduated Valedictorian of her Social Service Worker (SSW) class.  They has been in the SSW field for over 20 years in many different capacities. This has included being an Employment Counsellor, Residential Counsellor,...

Travis Greenley

Travis (he/him) has been a Youth Educator with Family Transition Place for fifteen years.  During that time Travis has used his background in broadcasting to develop entertaining, informative and engaging lessons for youth, with a...

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Lisa Daugharty

Lisa (she/her) has 30 years experience working in the fields of nursing and policing, and currently works as a full-time investigator in the Major Crime Domestic Violence Investigation Unit at Durham Regional Police Service. Her...

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Mylaine Tsaprailis

Pronouns: she/her I am one of the Owner/Operators, and Chief Executive Officer, of Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc (CASS). I have worked as a registered Social Worker for over 20 years, and as a certified...

Kim Clark

Kim (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker and has been in practice for over 25 years. Her experience has led her to become a sought-after presenter and workshop trainer with a focus on Mental Health,...

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Kris Porlier

Kris Porlier (he/him) is an Advanced Care Paramedic, employed with Calian Health Services and is also a Reserve Medical Assistant with the Royal Canadian Medical Service. In 2008, Kris completed a tour of service to...

Drew McClure

Drew McClure (he/him) is a registered counselling therapist-candidate (RCT-C) and the owner of Red Fox Counselling, an online counselling therapy service. He completed his Masters of Counselling at City University in Vancouver, BC. During his...

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