Working together to #BreakTheStigma. Let's talk Mental Health.

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PRESIDENTS

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SALONI SHARMA

"At the core of Active Minds is a social movement which seeks to drive open conversations about mental health and disorders in an effort to decrease the stigma, and I hope to propel this movement even further. I am excited to drive forward projects that will bridge the gap between students and available mental health resources on our campus. Since the beginning of Active Minds at University of Alberta, we as a group envisioned ourselves to be a social movement geared towards changing the conversation surrounding mental health, and I am excited to be leading this vision forward."

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PARISHI TAYA

"What attracted me to Active Minds was the dedication this student group had towards making a difference on campus. Mental health seems to be such a taboo in society and it can be so easy to get frustrated by the ignorance surrounding it. Instead, Active Minds has created a platform where everyone on campus consistently has access to resources and support whenever they need. Turning my passion for mental health into something that can help make a greater difference in the community means the world to me. Seeing other students also wanting change surrounding mental health really goes to show how powerful a role Active Minds plays in working hard to de-stigmatizing mental health. Ultimately, by channeling compassion and understanding, we can make mental health matter."

 

RESOURCE OUTREACH COMMITTEE

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JASMINE DHATT

Vice President

"I joined ActiveMinds in my first year because I believed that ActiveMinds was a way for me to promote inclusiveness, acceptance, and empathy for others. Now in my fourth year, I truly believe ActiveMinds has helped me facilitate these goals. I care about destigmatizing the conversation around mental health and helping others access the resources they need to nurture their mental health. Active Minds matters to me to create a society in which mental health is not stigmatized, a society which serves as a support system for those who need it."

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OMNIA RAJAB

Vice President

"I joined Active Minds because I am really passionate about the betterment of mental health. As students, we are under pressure all the time to perform to the best of our abilities, and sometimes that can be really difficult. I want to help encourage others to take care of themselves and their mental health. In my time at Active Minds, I hope to gain more information about how to improve your mental health, and interact with a thriving community that cares just as much as I do."

 

VOLUNTEER RELATIONS COMMITTEE

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RONAK PATEL

Vice President

 "I joined Active Minds because I wanted to contribute to an initiative that is dedicated towards changing the conversation surrounding mental health, which is something I deeply value. Through Active Minds, I hope to promote awareness of common mental health disorders that can help students understand what they are experiencing, while also connecting them to resources and services that can help." 

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KATHRYN KANG

Vice President

"I joined Active Minds to be part of an initiative that promotes mental health and plays a role in de-stigmatizing mental health. Although the importance of mental health is gaining more awareness, there are still many who feel uncomfortable or are reluctant to express themselves openly. Through Active Minds, I hope to promote an environment where acceptance, open conversations, and the encouragement to seek help will benefit and support all individuals."

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MANDISHA KAUR

Director

"I found Active Minds to be an incredible initiative because of its emphasis on the de-stigmatization of the conversation surrounding mental health and increasing access to mental health resources in the community. Through Active minds, I strive to further this initiative to gain an understanding of the nuances and complexities surrounding mental health and create a more open, accepting space for everyone."

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JORDAN ISAAC

Director

"I joined Active Minds because I wanted to help raise awareness for mental health and cultivate a more accepting campus. Through Active Minds I hope to show students that they are not alone in their mental health journey, and that there are resources available for getting the help they may need. I believe that by creating an environment that supports students, we can make a real difference on campus."

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

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JONAS WONG

Vice President

"I joined Active Minds after learning of the goal and mission of the organization which were important values to me. Mental health is a critical aspect of every student's lives and should be treated with priority, yet mental illness is often stigmatized and overlooked. Through Active Minds, I hope not only to be able to impact the student body by providing a safe and positive campus environment, but to also learn more about mental health, different mental issues, and unique strategies and methods to cope and deal with such to both apply to my life and to share with family and friends around me."

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AMY RAWAL

Vice President

"I’ve always believed that mental health is as important to well being as physical health. This led me to join Active Minds with the hope that I can help make mental health support more accessible so that my community can be more joyful and fulfilling. Destigmatizing mental health problems is another essential aspect of community well being that I believe is often overlooked, and I believe Active Minds is doing important work to reduce this stigma."

 

MEDIA RELATIONS COMMITTEE

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JENAYA THERRIAULT

Vice President

"Active Minds stood out for me because I felt like the initiative could truly implement change at the University of Alberta and in the surrounding community. I realized how many students were facing various challenges with their wellbeing and as a part of Active Minds, I hope to create a more accepting atmosphere where people can speak out without concerns of judgement, failure or stigma."

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PAIGE VAN DER ZWAN

Vice President

"I am excited to have joined active minds as VP Media and can't wait to help address the intersectionality of mental health as it affects our diverse student body. Let's break the stigma together!"

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DIANA LEYVA LUCIANA

Creative Director

"I joined Active Minds because this student initiative is committed to making a difference on campus by providing the UofA community with mental health resources as well as destigmatizing the conversation surrounding mental health. I hope that my work at Active Minds is able to help anyone who needs it and I hope it reminds everyone that it is okay to talk about mental health, it is okay to reach out for help, and it is okay to prioritize your mental wellbeing."

 

CAPTURE YOUR MIND PROGRAM

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ELLIE SIMONOT

Program Director

"I'm excited to be able to foster a supportive and safe space for people to share their mental health stories, and combat the stigma that surrounds mental health rhetoric on an interpersonal and collective level. Both mental health advocacy and creative expression are very important to me, and I'm thrilled to help provide a platform for others to combine them through Capture Your Mind."

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MADISON FANKHANEL 

Program Director

"I’m so lucky to be a part of a group that creates a safe space for individuals to share their mental health stories. The Capture Your Mind program cultivates a caring and compassionate community of individuals who are all aiming to break the stigma around mental health, and to be a part of what can be an incredibly sensitive process, is an honour."

 

PAST EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

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MAHEEN KHAN

Past Executive
Vice President (2019-2020)

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BIKALPA KOIRALA

Past Vice President Volunteer Relations Committee
(2019-2020)

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PRAGYA VERMA

Past Vice President Volunteer Relations Committee
(2019-2020)

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BENISH QAYYUM

Past Creative Director
(2019-2020)

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AJAY
SIDHU

Past Director
Volunteer Relations Committee
(Jan -Aug 2021)

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TANIN SHAFAATI

Past Director Volunteer Relations Committee
(2021-2022)

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GARIMA REGMI

Past Treasurer 
(2020-2022)

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ASHKA MAKWANA

Past Capture Your Mind Director 
(2021-2022)

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HASSAN NAWAB

Founder President (2019-2021), Chapter Advisor (2021-2022)