W2A Affiliates – Wisdom2Action

Wisdom2Action works with Affiliates to support our clients. Below are a few of the notable team members we work with across Canada. If you’re interested in being an Affiliate, please contact us.

 

Kayla Bernard

Kayla is a mental health advocate, especially with regards to prevention of youth suicide. Kayla has represented W2A as a Youth Advisor and as contracted staff in media, and nationally and internationally. In February 2018, Kayla co-facilitated the national Wisdom2Action Embrace Life forum held in Vancouver to focus attention on youth-led suicide prevention initiatives.  In May 2018, she was invited to attend the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference in Stockholm, Sweden where she collaborated with professionals from around the world to combat rising suicide rates, speaking life promotion and how healthy recreation lifestyles can act as a protective factor in preventing suicide. As a result of this international experience, Kayla is now developing a mental health program for Scouts Canada for children as young as 4. She intends to run the program in groups across Nova Scotia with the hopes to bring it up to the national level of the organization.

 

Eugenia Canas

Eugenia Canas is Research Director, MINDS of London-Middlesex, a social-innovation lab using interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the complex challenge of improving mental health and wellbeing among transitional-age youth. Eugenia also coordinates the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI), which is led by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University and dedicated to knowledge generation and translation through collaborative partnerships between academia and community organizations. She is a Health Information Science PhD Candidate at Western University. Her research uses critical, participatory and ethnographic approaches to understand the impact of youth stakeholder input on the design and delivery of mental health services. Eugenia’s research and knowledge-translation collaborations include roles in the CIHR grant titled Voices against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change; the Health Equity Interdisciplinary Development Initiative at Western University; and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s SPARK Training Institute.

 

Michelle Hébert Boyd, BJourn, MSW

Michelle holds a MSW with a concentration in community development, and has completed certificate programs in Appreciative Inquiry, adult education methods, and project management. She has worked across Canada as a journalist, political advisor, non-profit leader, and civil servant, and has two decades of experience in the Nova Scotia health care and social services sectors.

Michelle is passionate about creating change that is not only client-focused, but ultimately client-driven. She has been part of ambitious movements to change the way social and health services are designed and delivered in Nova Scotia, and is an advocate for better mental health services and supports for caregivers. As chief policy advisor to Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness, she helped shape the provincial discourse around health policy and translated challenges and ideas into solutions and healthy public policy. As an author (Enriched by Catastrophe: Social Work and Social Conflict after the Halifax Explosion, Fernwood 2007) she’s given voice to those that history and society have ignored.

In her consulting practice, Michelle provides research, writing and editing services, as well as offering clients support in community engagement, non-profit governance, and program planning and delivery. Clients have included the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Nova Scotia’s Departments of Health & Wellness and Community Services, Eating Disorders NS, and the Halifax Association for Community Living.

 

Fae Johnstone

Fae Johnstone is an educator, consultant and creative facilitator working on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). Fae’s work centers on LGBTQ2S+ inclusion, comprehensive sexuality education, mental health, anti-oppression and community engagement. She has a background working in the LGBTQ2S+ non-profit sector as well as the child and youth mental health sector. Fae currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Council of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and the Champlain Regional Planning Table for Trans Health.

Fae is a budding writer, and over the past year, has had bylines appear in the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star and the Huffington Post. All of Fae’s work is driven by her passion to do better by, for and with marginalized communities.

 

Pamela Lovelace, B.A. (Hons), M.Ed.

Pamela is project manager with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health and an adjunct professor in communications studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A former associate producer with Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Television, and a nationally certified special events coordinator, Ms. Lovelace has managed public events ranging in complexity from large outdoor events with 5000 attendees to multi-day academic conferences. She has worked as a communications advisor for Health Canada and Nova Scotia’s provincial safety association for health and community workers.

In May 2018, Ms. Lovelace graduated as Valedictorian with a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. She was recognized in 2018 with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for her work on behalf of Canadian veterans, military members, and their families. In 2017, she received the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin Award for leading community engagement projects in Halifax.

 

Corrie Melanson, B.A., M.A.

Corrie integrates creative visual approaches and tools to enhance clarity, validate participant voice and foster creative thinking.

Corrie Melanson has proven community engagement, facilitation, and cultural competence skills. Corrie has worked extensively with government, non-profit, and First Nations organizations in visioning, strategic planning, facilitation, evaluation and the use of visuals and participatory tools for organizational and community learning and change. Corrie takes an appreciative and strength-based approach to work and uses proven principles of adult education to build inclusion and enable participation, dialogue and collective decision-making.

Corrie worked as a Project Manager and Executive Director with several non-profit organizations before co-founding See Meaning Graphic Facilitation and Consulting in 2009She has a Master’s Degree in Lifelong Learning and has worked in community development and organizational change for more than 20 years. She also has certificates in Adult Education, Community Conflict Resolution, Appreciative Inquiry, and Graphic Facilitation and Recording.

Corrie is a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), and the Institute for Performance and Learning. In her community, Corrie co-founded Rainbow Refugees Association of Nova Scotia, an organization that seeks to support and privately sponsor LGBTQ+ refugees.

 

Dr. Julia Moore

Dr. Julia E. Moore is the Senior Director for the Center for Implementation. She has over 10 years of experience working on over 75 knowledge translation (KT) projects. Dr. Moore supports organizations to apply the complex science of KT to inform how they develop, implement, and sustain programs, and how organizations develop processes and training to embed KT into the “new way of work”.

Dr. Moore previously worked at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter), an intermediary organization that promotes the use of effective programs for communities for children and youth. The EPISCenter was designed to support the implementation of prevention programs proven to decrease children and youth violence and delinquency. This was a large scale effort, there were 120 community organizations implementing these evidence-based programs over 200 times.

Dr. Moore then spent 7 years growing the Team for Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability at the Knowledge Translation Program in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital from 0 to 20 full-time employees, managing over 50 KT projects. Dr. Moore is most passionate about supporting professionals how to apply KT. She has delivered dozens of workshops to over 1000 participants. Dr. Moore has a PhD from Penn State, where she was trained as an implementation scientist, researching the best ways to implement evidence-based programs. She is fully bilingual in French and English.

 

Brandon Mott, B. Mus.

Brandon promotes content, shares stories, and facilitates conversation through audio visuals, event planning, and graphic design. 
 
Brandon Mott is a communications specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the policy and research world, most notably at the Resilience Research Centre under the direction of Dr. Michael Ungar. Brandon is known for his knowledge sharing skills; crafting thoughts and ideas into digestible content.
His degree in music marks a dedication to refining craft and an emphasized attention on creative detailing. This keen focus helps polish multimedia products, as seen in any of the numerous videos he has produced for Wisdom2Action.
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