Executive Board – Founding Members

Sheryl Boswell

Executive Director
  • Sheryl Boswell is the Executive Director of Youth Mental Health Canada. She is an expert on infant, child and youth mental health issues and has been instrumental in making national educational change that impacts the supports, services and accommodations available for students with mental health disabilities in the education system.  She has created a number of educational youth mental health videos and films that highlight the need for greater suicide prevention strategies and programs in the education system.
  • Sheryl has presented workshops to school boards, workplaces and suicide prevention conferences on dealing with harassment, self-stigma and systemic discrimination, responding to youth mental health issues in schools and understanding self-assessment and self-care.
  • Sheryl has been an educator of students of all ages and backgrounds, in all educational settings in Canada and Africa, as well as a Career Counselor. She is trained in ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. She is a suicide loss survivor.

Nadine Espinoza-Martyn

Artistic Director
  • Nadine is a filmmaker, artist, spokesperson and young person with many years of lived experience of mental health challenges. She has had her films screened at the Rendevous With Madness Film Festival, the largest mental health film festival in the world and has acted as a juror for RWM film selection.

Jim Yan

Director of Website Development and Finance
  • Jim is a second year University of Toronto student. Originally from China, Jim brings a commitment to mental health change from his familial connection to mental ill health.

Board of Directors

Roger Maunder

Director of Filmmaking
  • Roger is a co-founder of YMHC. Roger and Sheryl started to work together in September 2015. Roger is a director, actor, writer and filmmaker based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is a founding member of Newfoundland Independent Filmmaking Company and the Nickel Festival. Roger developed a five minute mental health video with Amelia Curran and many prominent people from Newfoundland that was instrumental in creating a mental health coalition there.

Jamie Warren

Director of Culturally Sensitive Practices

  • Jamie is a Mushkegowuk Cree, a member of Moose Cree First Nation. She has a Masters of Education in Counsellling Psychology from Western University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and will be obtaining professional membership with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She also has a certificate in Concurrent Disorders from Mohawk College.
  • Jamie provides personal, academic, and disability counselling services to support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students at Niagara College. With over 5 years of experience in the field, she specializes in integrating both traditional indigenous and clinical approaches in her work with students.

Leah Parsons

Director of Community and Youth Engagement, Atlantic Region
  • After the rape, harassment and death of her first born child, Rehtaeh, Leah has become a national and international spokesperson against bullying, harassment and sexualized violence and for greater community and social supports and education for youth.

Woodney Pierre

Director of Community and Youth Engagement, Central Canada
  • Woodney is an accomplished singer and founder of the Matty Jae Foundation, in honor of her brother who died by suicide. Woodney is originally from Haiti and commutes between Toronto and Montreal.

Olek Wolski

Director of Videography
  • Olek is a first year film student at Sheridan College and a member of the YMHC LGBTQ committee.

Indie Kaur

Director of Community Healthcare
  • Indie is a recent graduate from York University’s Registered Nursing Program. Indie has been an active member of Active Minds at York University.

Deanna Orlando

Director of Youth Engagement
  • In June 2016, Deanna is a student at York University. She plans on getting her doctorate in social work. Deanna has been an active member of Active Minds at York University. She started working with Youth Speak in June as an event organizer and presenter. She has lived experience of mental health issues.In September, Deanna will start the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Toronto.

Clair Robinson

Director of Student Engagement
  • Clair is studying psychology and political science at York University. She plans on pursuing graduate studies in psychology.

Jasper Paredes

Director of Male Youth Engagement
  • Jasper graduated from York University with a major in Health Policy. He will be starting the Master’s program at the University of Toronto in September and will focus on public policy.

Cole Achar

Director of LGBTQ Youth Engagement
  • Cole is an 18 year old, first year student at Sheridan College in the Social Work program. He works with Youth Speak as a school presenter. Cole has lived experience of mental health issues. Cole is a member of the YMHC LGBTQ committee.

Loizza Aquino

Director of Youth Engagement, Manitoba
  • Loizza is a 17 year old secondary school student who has created several organizations including Peace of Mind to raise youth mental health awareness. She was a big part of YMHC’s first film project, Youth Voices, Youth Hope.