ACT 4 Me
Facilitator and Panelist Bios
Marianne Henderson is an event designer and party planner in Toronto, taking the stress out of organising and managing small to medium size social parties and private events. She is a self-motivated, highly adaptable and emotionally intelligent individual with the endurance to implement, uphold & maintain structure within fast-paced environments. Though still young, she has been very fortunate with the diversity of her past experiences; having worked within various professional environments like Broadcasting, Direct Marketing, Health Care and TV Production. She has developed an unusual talent for turning challenges into solutions and chaos into structure; that can yield beautiful, creative and profitable results.
Sarah Lindsay has been working as a Mental Health Anti-Stigma advocate for the past two years. Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16. She now writes a regular column for Healthy Minds Canada and gives speeches and lectures about her experiences with Mood Disorders and the Mental Health System in Canada. Sarah is attending a program at Rotman Business School at the University of Toronto geared towards young entrepreneurs with lived mental health experience. Sarah lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog and takes archery lessons for fun. You can connect with her on Twitter @SarahsMoods or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com
Chelsea Ricchio started at Healthy Minds Canada as an intern in 2014 and took on the role of Communications Manager shortly after graduating university. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Chelsea manages HMC’s blog and the Supportive Minds blog. She also served as Assistant Editor in the production of the 2015 revision of the When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers handbook. In addition to being a major creative force behind large projects such as these, she also assists with day to day tasks like managing HMC’s social media accounts and email newsletter. Chelsea has spoken about her lived experience with Dysthymia and Social Anxiety in high schools, universities, and on film. Chelsea also volunteers with Jack.org as a Jack Talks speaker, delivering workshops in high schools and at other school events to teach students about mental health.
Nakeesa Kooshafar is a recent Psychology graduate from York University. Nakeesa is involved in various community work. She is currently volunteering with the following organizations; Healthy Minds Canada, Youth Assisting Youth, Children’s Aid Toronto, and Victim Services Toronto. Nakeesa’s drive stems from her passion in raising awareness and educating youth on various mental health issues. On her down time, Nakeesa works on creating handmade decorative pillows for her online Etsy Shop. Nakeesa is currently taking on the position of volunteer project manager for Healthy Minds Canada’s youth initiative called ACT 4 ME.
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Paul Nguyen is an award-winning activist and filmmaker from Toronto’s Jane-Finch area. In 2004, he created Jane-Finch.com to change negative stereotypes about his community. Within a short period, his grassroots project became a national success story.
Keith Cunningham, MS, MBA.
Keith holds a graduate degree in clinical mental health counselling from Walden University and is a member of the American Counseling Association and is in the process of being registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapy of Ontario (CRPO). Keith is the Clinical Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Service where he provides individual and family therapy to children and youth 12 – 18 years old and their families in the ‘What’s Up’ Walk-in clinic and helps to connect youth and young adults to other programs and services such as employment, housing, and recreational activities. He is the only Clinical Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) in the province and work extensively with the other East Quadrant Youth Outreach Workers to address youth and young adults mental health needs particularly those in Scarborough. He also works closely with other community mental health partners across the city.
Prior to joining East Metro Youth Service, Keith worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Black Coalition for AID Prevention addressing HIV and other sexual needs in Toronto’s Black population. Keith has a strong passion for community work and he goes about advocating for inclusive and supportive living and working environments for racial minorities and people living with HIV. Keith has participated in multiple speaking engagement in schools, and universities and written on the important of dialogue through one of his articles, “Dialogue: The Gateway to Diversity” published in the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, December 2011.