A dedicated team of young adults
Each bringing lived experience and critical consultative input.
“I have chosen to volunteer with EP because I believe that when constructing an institution based on building resiliency, recovery and skills in young people, it is crucial to have youth help with its programing and development. From our personal experiences, we can use our perspective to help with decision-making and ultimately create a better environment for youth to flourish and settle into their communities post-treatment.”
Jessica is a recent psychology graduate of Queen’s University. Jessica has been involved in mental health advocacy for over seven years and is currently sitting on the Eli’s Place Peer Advisory Board. She enjoys speaking openly about her experiences, promoting community-based resources, and playing with her two dogs.
“I’ve chosen to volunteer with Eli’s Place because I know first-hand how important mental health treatment is for adolescents and young adults.”
Ted is a Master of Social Work student who works in mental health and addictions. He has been sober since August 31st, 2017, and uses his lived experience as an essential asset in his work.
“I’ve chosen to volunteer with Eli’s place because young adults who are struggling with severe mental illness are not getting the help they need.”
After taking a semester off of university and struggling with mental illness himself, Jake became heavily involved with mental health advocacy. Jake has advocated for mental health through public speaking, writing and community organizing alongside organizations such as MindBeacon, Jack.org, Bell Let’s Talk, RBC Future Launch, Eli’s Place and the Youth Secretariat.
“I’ve chosen to volunteer with Eli’s Place because there is an enormous gap in residential treatment services for young folks with severe mental illness, something I have witnessed both professionally and personally. I am eager to see this change and appreciate that EP is including the voices of young adults with lived experience in their program development.”
Charlotte (she/her) is a second year Master of Social Work (Social Justice field of study) student at the University of Toronto who will graduate in June 2021. Previously she completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior), and her volunteer and work experiences include peer support work, support group facilitation, teaching, and workshop facilitation on a number of topics from sexual violence to youth mental health.
“Sometimes navigating your mind feels like competing in a triathlon without knowing how to walk, run, jump, swim, or all the fun bits you were already supposed to know already. Know that you don’t need to go about it all on your own.”
My name is Carmen; nice to meet you! I am currently working in a food allergy lab as a research student at SickKids Hospital. In my spare time, you can catch me trying new recipes or outdoors on a hike.
“I’ve chosen to volunteer with Eli’s Place because I wanted to ensure young people had a voice in the development of the program and more importantly, I believe that Eli’s Place is going to transform the mental health system for young adults in Canada.”
Emma Little is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She is in the Social Change and Innovation department and would like to pursue a career in mezzo-macro social work in the mental health sector.
“Eli’s place will be a safe space where young people with diverse mental health needs and challenges can call home while providing them with the recovery-centered supports needed to one day transition back into the community.”
My name is Lucksini and my interests are focused on improving equitable access to health services for marginalized populations, including those facing homelessness, seniors, racialized communities, among others. I am a community advocate towards including people with lived experiences as well as the timely collection and application of sociodemographic data when implementing policies for targeted populations at the local, provincial, and federal level.
“When I think of Eli’s Place, it’s an approach I wish I had access to for my recovery as a young person with lived experience.”