Leadership Committee

The Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Leadership Committee (LC), representing the community of practice at large, sets priorities and direction for the initiative and its future development. See the LC’s Terms of Reference. 

Support Team

HM|HC’s Support Team (ST) is drawn from the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). It thus serves on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information (funded by the Provincial Health Services Authority). The Support Team assists the Leadership Committee in implementation and administration and serves as a link to broader systems and other sectors. See the ST’s Terms of Reference.

Queries or requests for LC or ST members can be sent via [email protected].

 

Joint Territorial Acknowledgement

Leadership Committee and Support Team members are located in their institutional or agency workplaces and personal residences on lands that are the traditional, ancestral territories of First Nations peoples whose historical relationships with these lands continue to this day. (For specific regional and local land connections, please consult https://maps.fpcc.ca/ and acknowledgements on the websites of our respective institutions and agencies linked below.) We appreciate it as a privilege to reside and work in these locations, with responsibility to honour the ongoing regard our Indigenous peoples have for these lands. Recognizing that Indigenous people continue to be afflicted by ongoing colonialism, we realize we must seek to make our workplace cultures in policy and practice safer and more equitable.

Leadership Committee

Yuna Chen, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Yuna Chen, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Health Promotion Strategist
[2022-2024 term]

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After my experience as a first-generation student, I became passionate about the intersection of post-secondary student well-being and population health. It’s an honour to learn, work, and serve alongside a community of colleagues who share similar interests. I hope to provide a perspective from a polytechnic institution when supporting identified provincial priorities. [BCIT]

Ben Eaton (he/him), University of British Columbia

Ben Eaton (he/him), University of British Columbia

Graduate Student, Geological Sciences
[2022-2023 term]

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My work with HM|HC is dedicated to furthering the community of practice’s capacity and promoting post-secondary community wellbeing focusing on mental health, substance use, and consent/positive relationships. I have been involved in volunteering with HM|HC since my undergrad at UVic, worked on the Steering Committee, and now represent students on the Leadership Committee. I aim for my experience in health promotion and environmental sciences to provide a unique perspective for the LC. [UBC]

Mez Jiwaji, North Island College

Mez Jiwaji, North Island College

Associate Director, Student Life
[2022-2024 term]

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I am beginning my journey with HM|HC; I was drawn towards a community of practice that supported empowering dialogue, worked to reduce stigma, and encouraged help-seeking behaviours in all members of the campus community. I look forward to contributing to the HM|HC Leadership Committee and working towards building thriving and compassionate campus communities that prioritize well-being. [NIC]  

Lehoa Mak (she/her),  Simon Fraser University

Lehoa Mak (she/her), Simon Fraser University

Health Promotion Strategist
[2022-2024 term]

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As a lifelong learner, I learn best by feeling a sense of belongingness and connection with others. My journey with HM HC began when I was a graduate student many years ago, and I am grateful to continue to be involved today. It’s a wonderful way to be part of community while working with a like-hearted group to grow a community. [SFU

Liisa Robinson, Camosun College

Liisa Robinson, Camosun College

Manager, Counselling and Student Wellness
[2022-2024 term]

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Liisa has found the work of Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses to be a vital support in her work both as a Counsellor and as Manager of Counselling and Student Wellness.  Liisa has been learning with the members of HMHC since the very first conference!  She deeply values the learning that happens when folks come together with shared intention and is honoured to serve on the Leadership Committee. [CC] 

Dawn Schell (she/her), University of Victoria

Dawn Schell (she/her), University of Victoria

Manager, Mental Health Outreach & Training
[2022-2024 term]

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It has been an honour to be involved with Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses over the past few years.  I believe support for the whole person is crucial to meeting one’s academic goals and I see Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses as an integral part of this work in our province. This group has been an active part of: promoting campus wellness initiatives; encouraging and empowering students;  offering opportunities for dialogue amongst students, staff, faculty, senior administration, community groups and government; and expanding all of our ideas about what it means to be well and stay well on post-secondary campuses in BC. [UVic]

Rhonda Schmitz (she/her), Selkirk College

Rhonda Schmitz (she/her), Selkirk College

Director of Student Development
[2021-2023 term]

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Selkirk has been more involved in HM|HC since 2017, with our Healthy Campus Advisory active in initiatives supporting the direction of this community of practice. Mental health and wellness and healthier relationships with alcohol has been part of my career path for years prior to Selkirk. So, this opportunity to engage with this community of practice to support learning institutions in creating healthy campuses and shaping civic-minded leaders through promotion of the Okanagan Charter has been a wonderful and rewarding extension of my role at Selkirk. I look forward to continuing to support dialogue that will enhance our culture and increase mental health and wellness.  [SC]

Danica Lee Spittal, Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek Campus

Danica Lee Spittal, Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek Campus

Undergraduate Student
[2022-2023 term]

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I am currently enrolled in the Social Services Worker Diploma program. There are a couple of reasons why I decided to apply for an LC position with HM|HC. One is that the North is at a loss for mental health supports, for everyone. I thought it might be beneficial to get some focus on this area, especially in regard to minority populations. [NLC] 

Tam Uden, University of British Columbia

Tam Uden, University of British Columbia

Health Promotion Specialist
[2022-2024 term]

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I have always been fueled by work that involves elements of education while also being in service to the community as it is important to me to feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of others. My interests in suicide awareness and mental health literacy led me to my current career as a Health Promotion Specialist at UBC and I am excited to be applying this knowledge to the work the Leadership Committee is doing. I have been involved with HM|HC in the past as a presenter at conferences and a participant in workshops but I am eager to dive deeper into this work with people from across the province who are passionate about building healthier campuses. [UBC]

Support Team

Mahboubeh Asgari, HM|HC Co-lead

Mahboubeh Asgari, HM|HC Co-lead

Campus Mental Health Promotion
CMHA BC
604-688-3234 ext. 5645

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Mahboubeh is new to HM|HC. She is filling in for Bakht Anwar while Bakht is on leave. Mahboubeh is passionate about bringing dialogue and inquiry to campuses, schools, communities, and other settings to support (mental) health and healthier relationships with substances. [CMHA BC

Bakht Anwar, HM|HC Co-lead

Bakht Anwar, HM|HC Co-lead

Campus Mental Health Promotion
CMHA BC
604-688-3234 ext. 5645

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Tim Dyck, HM|HC Co-lead

Tim Dyck, HM|HC Co-lead

Research Associate, Knowledge Mobilization
University of Victoria, CISUR

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Tim has been involved with HM|HC in a support role since 2007. With a concern for consistent implementation of a robust health promotion, culturally attentive and dialogic approach, he has especially sought to contribute to appropriate initiatives promoting healthier relationships with psychoactive substances on our campuses and has co-authored various resource guides relating to that endeavour. [UVic

 Kamal Arora, HM|HC Advisor

Kamal Arora, HM|HC Advisor

Leader, Health Promotion and Education
CMHA BC
604-688-3234 ext. 3431

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Kamal has been on the HM|HC Support Team since 2020. As a former undergraduate student, graduate student, sessional instructor and academic Director, campus mental health and well-being are causes Kamal cares deeply about. [CMHA BC

Aaryn Secker

Aaryn Secker

Director, Education & Training
CMHA BC

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Aaryn is new to the HM|HC team and delighted to both learn about and support the health promotion initiatives taking place across campuses in BC. [CMHA BC

Dan Reist, HM|HC Advisor Emeritus

Dan Reist, HM|HC Advisor Emeritus

Retired CISUR Assistant Director
Knowledge Exchange

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Dan has been a visionary for HM|HC from the initiative’s outset in 2004. As his retirement allows, he continues to help us reflect more critically about assumptions and practical implications in various aspects of our endeavour. These include a humanistic perspective on health promotion that upholds agency and social responsibility, a phenomenological approach to substance use and to responsively capturing the meaning and value of interpersonal experience, and the challenge of engaging in genuine dialogue to enhance mutual understanding and support inclusive collaboration.

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