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Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Dr. Schonert-Reichl is a renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) research with children and adolescents, particularly in relation to the identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Hereditary Chief from B.C.’s Ahousaht First Nation and former co-chair of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Shawn has served First Nations as a leader, facilitator, mediator, planner and teacher. He was elected as B.C. Regional Chief in 2009, and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009 and 2012.

Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director

Heather Atleo

An experienced negotiator, mediator, strategist and facilitator, Heather Atleo has extensive background in strategic partnerships and business investments, engagement, communications and policy analysis and development.

Dr. Amy Cheung

Dr. Amy Cheung is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She is jointly appointed at the Mood Disorders Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Cheung’s research focuses on the management of depression in adolescents. Dr. Cheung has recently been in the news highlighting the latest update of Teen Depression Guidelines to help physicians tackle mental health issues, recently published by the American Academy of Paediatrics. Dr. Cheung is one of the lead authors and among a team that has developed the first update to the guidelines in 10 years. She has been quoted in the Washington Examiner and Medical News Today, and interviewed for other radio and print publications. The guidelines have garnered headlines, including on CBS and The Today Show on NBC.

Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director

Dr. Kathy Short

Clinical Child Psychologist with research and practice interests in school mental health promotion, knowledge mobilization and implementation science, Dr. Kathy Short is Director for School Mental Health ASSIST, a provincial implementation team supporting the uptake and sustainability of evidence-based promotion and prevention programming in schools. Dr. Short has served on several provincial advisory groups, including the Student Well-Being Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Education and the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and is involved in several national projects. She co-chairs the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE), a network of global leaders focused on key themes in mental health promotion.

Molly Stewart Lawlor, Primary Author

Primary author for the Hawn Foundation’s MindUPTM program (www.mindup.org) and Committee for Children’s Mind Yeti mindfulness-based digital application (www.mindyeti.com), Molly Stewart Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. candidate, has expertise in social and emotional development throughout childhood and adolescence. Molly’s research includes the investigation of mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents, and evaluations of social-emotional learning programs for children and adolescents in school settings. Molly has expertise in program development, specifically social emotional learning (SEL) programming and mindfulness-based curricula. She is the Director of Education and Research for Playing Forward, and developer of the Taxi Dog Social Emotional Learning Program.

Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director
Jeff Hainbuch, Chief Operations Director

WE Schools Well-being Advisors

Lisa Pedrini
Lisa Pedrini

Lisa Pedrini

Lisa Pedrini has worked at HELP (Human Early Learning Partnership) as a National Scale-Out Project Manager. There, she helped launch the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)—a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grades 4 and 7 that asks them how they think and feel about their experience both in and outside of school—in Canada. Questions relate to areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement. Lisa has also held various roles in education, most recently as the Manager for Social Responsibility and Diversity for the Vancouver School District.

Leysa Cerswell Kielburger

Leysa Cerswell Kielburger is a community-based mental health care advocate and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. Leysa is the Partnership Lead of Community Programs at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, as well as the co-founder of the WE Well-being program. Leysa focuses on building integrative mental health care networks in Parkdale and Regent Park in Toronto; the development and evaluation of culturally adapted mindfulness-based interventions; and training students, educators, and health care workers in North America, Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Leysa Cerswell Kielburger
Leysa Cerswell Kielburger
Marna MacMillan
Marna MacMillan

Marna MacMillan

Safe Schools Coordinator in Coquitlam, BC, Marna MacMillan is a leader in social and emotional learning, curriculum and safe schools. A teacher for the past 28 years, she coordinates implementation of both the Grade 4 and 7 Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grades 4 and 7 that asks them how they think and feel about their experience both in and outside of school. Questions relate to areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement.

Molly Stewart Lawlor

Primary Author, WE Well-being Primary author for the Hawn Foundation’s MindUPTM program (www.mindup.org) and Committee for Children’s Mind Yeti mindfulness-based digital application (www.mindyeti.com), Molly Stewart Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. candidate, has expertise in social and emotional development throughout childhood and adolescence. Her research includes the investigation of mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents, and evaluations of social-emotional learning programs for children and adolescents in school settings. Molly has expertise in program development, specifically social emotional learning (SEL) programming and mindfulness-based curricula. She is the Director of Education and Research for Playing Forward, and developer of the Taxi Dog Social Emotional Learning Program (http://taxidogedu.org).

Molly Stewart Lawlor
Molly Stewart Lawlor
Dr. Stan Kutcher
Dr. Stan Kutcher

Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell believes that well-being is foundational to learning and uses this lens first and foremost as an educator, coach and community member. She is a Physical and Health Educator with over 10 years of working and learning alongside students and educators, currently teaching at the secondary school level. She also holds the role of health promoting school coordinator where she works to foster a culture of well-being at all levels through her influence in district-led initiatives and everyday practices in school communities. She supports educators through mentorship and encourages youth-led action in well-being. Jenny holds bachelor’s degrees in Human Kinetics and Education, as well as a master’s degree in Athletic Leadership.

Dr. Stan Kutcher

Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University, Dr. Stan Kutcher is a renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a leader in mental health research.

Dr. Stan Kutcher
Dr. Stan Kutcher
Maria LeRose
Maria LeRose

Maria LeRose

An award-winning television producer and interviewer, Maria has moderated many events featuring widely recognized leaders, including the Dalai Lama. Maria holds a M.Ed. with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

A special thank you to an anonymous donor.

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