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Mental Health Recovery Day - Speaker

Suraj Bansal

Suraj Bansal is a second-year Health Sciences student at McMaster University, passionate about mental health advocacy and social medicine. Suraj’s philosophy towards community engagement is grounded by the conviction that he can empower and grow alongside others.

Rachel Leggett

Rachel grew up in North York, and recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and English. After graduating, she took on student-facing roles in the University and now supports students as an Academic Advisor at Victoria College.

James Jefferson

James Jefferson is a 14-year police service veteran and the current Wellness Coordinator Officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

Shane Christensen

Shane Christensen first experienced a family member's mental health crisis when his older brother became withdrawn and isolated in the early 1970s.  This sudden personality change followed years of violence and instability in the household due to parental alcoholism.

Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller is a Patient and Family Engagement Leader at Ontario Shores. 

Candice McAlister

Candice has always had a passion for volunteering and sought out the opportunity to be an Ambassador of Hope due to the impact of mental illness on her family.

Shabnam Sukhdev

Shabnam is an award winning filmmaker and educator with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in her undergraduate studies, and a B. Ed in Special Education.  

Chelsea Lall

Chelsea Lall is a former Ontario Shores adolescent patient and mental health advocate. Prior to her hospitalization, Chelsea struggled with anxiety and depression.

Lori Lane Murphy

Lori is a full-time mental health advocate, student, wife and mom. Her advocacy includes writing, performing and podcasting all in an effort to change the hearts and minds of people around mental illness.