About Us

Welcome to your national network - together we can transform youth mental health and substance use (YMHSU) systems in order to ensure that youth receive the right care at the right time from the right provider in Canada.

Our Vision

All youth, young adults, and their families have access to the help they need to be well, when they need it, in the context in which they live. 

Our Mission

Frayme leads a national network that connects mental health, health and social services working with youth and young adults to accelerate the integration and implementation of youth care in Canada.

Reciprocity
Great things happen when great people come together. We believe in building relationships through information sharing and collaboration with partners.
Equity
We incorporate diverse perspectives by providing opportunities for all persons to be heard especially those who have been underserved or under-represented.
Integrity
We recognize the importance of being open, genuine, supportive, and ethical in all we do.
Meaningful Engagement
We engage and collaborate with youth, family, Indigenous partners, service providers and researchers to support system transformation.

Shauna MacEachern

Executive Director

Shauna (she/her) is a system change professional who takes great joy in diving into complex and head-scratching transformative efforts. Driven by a commitment to social justice and deconstructing inequitable systems of service Shauna firmly believes in a human-centred approach to her work. Having worked to enhance outcomes for children, youth and their families in the Mental Health and Substance use system for over 15 years Shauna believes that working together at community,provincial/territorial,and national levels is instrumental in eliminating fragmentation. Through her own journey with mental health challenges and supporting those she cares about Shauna knows the benefit of designing solutions with those who use service. When Shauna isn’t working with the fantastic #FraymeFam and all their great partners she is dabbling in community theatre and watching birds. Shauna has three awesome mini humans and is a sometimes soccer coach and all-time Greek mythology fan.

Tamir Virani

Senior Strategic Communications and Marketing Lead

Tamir (He/Him) is Frayme’s Senior Marketing and Communications Lead. Tamir has worked in the healthcare industry for 8+ years leading communications, marketing, advocacy and policy work across different sectors including quality improvement, end-of-life care and mental health. Prior to this, Tamir worked as a journalist and as a peer support worker at the University of Ottawa. Tamir holds a postgraduate degree in journalism and communications and a Masters of Health Administration from the Telfer School of Management. Outside of work, Tamir freelances as a videographer and graphic designer and has won many people over with his skor cookie recipe. As someone with lived experience, Tamir is passionate about mental health advocacy and hopes his work at Frayme will help build an integrated system that won’t let anyone who needs support slip through the cracks.

Catherine Willinsky

Senior Knowledge Mobilization Lead

Catherine (she/her) has been working in the field of community mental health for over 25 years, in a diverse range of national and provincial contexts, and always with a focus on person-centered care, and integrating the lived experience perspective into policies, programs and services. Catherine holds a Master of Health Science and brings her experience working closely with experts in child and youth mental health, research and youth engagement to her role as Senior Knowledge Mobilization lead. She works with the Frayme team, partners and stakeholders across Canada and beyond to create dynamic and accessible resources to help inform positive change. Catherine’s commitment to equity, sustainable development and social justice have guided her throughout her life, from tree planting her way across Canada, to working overseas in international development projects in her youth, to more recently, working to advance efforts towards Reconciliation. Apart from working, Catherine loves to try new recipes, spend time outside, and hang out with her kids.

Micaela Harley

Senior Engagement and Knowledge Equity Lead

Micaela Harley (she/her) is a strategic change maker in the Youth Mental Health and Substance Use System, with a focus on the inclusion of lived and living expertise within this work. Micaela’s passion for change in this area began in her early teen years, stemming from her own personal experiences as both a direct service user and a youth providing caregiving support to a loved one who was struggling. Utilizing these experiences, along with her professional and educational knowledge, she has advised and implemented a variety of youth mental health and substance use projects within local and national contexts. At Frayme, Micaela works strategically to ensure the expertise of youth, families and Indigenous Peoples are embedded through the work being done. When Micaela is not working, she enjoys painting, reading, watching Netflix (where are my Shameless fans at?). Additionally, she just graduated from the Bachelor of Social Work program at Carleton University and will begin her Masters of Applied Health Sciences degree at Western University in the Fall.

Alana Salsberg

Senior Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Alana Salsberg is a mom of 3 kids and a passionate advocate of mental health system change. Alana's drive is informed by her deep lived experience as a mom to a child who manages mental illness and as a marketing and communications professional who, having worked on the early #BellLet'sTalk digital campaigns, knows the power of effective engagement in propelling change. Alana has worked as a consultant to CMHA National and most recently was the Program Lead for Big White Wall, a 24/7 online peer to peer support service commissioned by OTN and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health as part of efforts to democratize access to psychotherapy in Ontario. Out of work hours, Alana goes in search of green space with her 2 badly behaved dogs as much as possible and pokes at her garden hopefully but largely unsuccessfully.

Travis Sztainert

Knowledge Mobilization Specialist

Travis (He/Him) is the Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at Frayme. As an expert in knowledge mobilization, Travis regularly consults with stakeholders to foster collaboration and provide the best available evidence to support their work. He works to develop a variety of knowledge mobilization products from large-scale evidence reviews to brief reports and data analyses, to digital resources and social network analysis to demonstrate impact. Outside of Frayme, Travis works as a research consultant with various addiction and mental health-related organizations. In addition, he has a passion for developing knowledge mobilization training across sectors and currently instructs the Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization he developed through the University of Guelph. Travis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carleton University. In his spare time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, playing bass in a cover band, and improving his photography. His experience with accommodations for a learning disorder throughout his education is a testament to equity over equality - Travis aims to ensure everyone access to opportunities by providing them with the supports they need. In his spare time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, playing bass in a cover band, and improving his photography. His experience with accommodations for a learning disorder throughout his education is a testament to equity over equality - Travis aims to ensure everyone access to opportunities by providing them with the supports they need.

Heather McLaughlin

Operations Lead

Heather (she / her) is Frayme’s Operations Lead. She has worked in the mental health and addiction system for 15 years, most recently with the CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program, providing quality administrative and operations support at both the provincial and local level. Outside of work, Heather enjoys reading, watches far too much Netflix, and is a karaoke enthusiast. She is excited to commence her graduate studies at Carleton University in the fall in Communications.

Devika Deonarine

Communications and Policy Specialist

Devika (She/Her) is Frayme’s Communications and Policy Specialist. Devika is a Guyanese born, Toronto bred communications and policy professional who has over 7+ years leading public health and social policy campaigns. Devika has parliamentary experience in Canada and the UK advising on international development and women’s issues for senior ministers such as the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. After completing her Master’s in Social Policy at the London School of Economics, she has led multiple policy and communications initiatives for the National Health Service (NHS) in England. After a three-year stint in London, Devika is happy to be back home in Canada and is enjoying catching up on the Real Housewives franchise (Real Housewives of Atlanta is her favourite).

Jimmy Tan

Youth Strategy Specialist

Jimmy Tan (he/him) is a youth advocate living in Toronto. Jimmy's dedication to youth mental health originated since early adolescence, leading him towards a range of youth advisory roles. He has advised a variety of youth mental health and substance use projects within local, national, and international contexts. Jimmy believes the ‘secret ingredient’ to a project is empowering the voices of young people. He has special interests in integrated youth services, systems implementation, educational settings, and global mental health. Jimmy is currently training in medicine at the University of Toronto. When Jimmy is not advocating for youth mental health, he can be found catching them all on the mobile game Pokémon GO (spoiler: he has not caught them all yet).

Ashraful Hasan

Senior Evaluation and Impact Specialist

Ashraful (he/him) has dedicated over a decade of experiences to leading impact evaluation and change- initiatives both domestically and internationally and built a roster of experiences and networks in various fields including education, government, private firms, and not-for-profits. A certified sustainability professional (CSR-P) and a GRI G4 reporter, his professional interests and expertise include Gamification and human-centred design thinking, change management, and up-to-date techniques of evaluation such as Social Return on Investment (SROI), Collective Impact (CI), Social Network Analysis, etc. He is also serving as the director, Partnership, of the CES-NCC. Ashraful is an MA in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.

Feodor Poukhovski-Sheremetyev

Youth Engagement Specialist

Feodor Poukhovski-Sheremetyev is a medical student at the University of Ottawa who has served as a youth advisor and researcher on a variety of mental health projects across Canada including ACCESS Open Minds, the Community Mental Health Action Plan, and the City of Edmonton Youth Council. In addition to his advocacy work, Feodor has co-authored, presented, and assisted on research in the fields of child psychiatry, refugee mental health, mental health policy, and the macrosocial determinants of psychopathology.

Kristy Allen

Family Engagement Specialist

Kristy (she/her) is an engagement specialist and a recent graduate from the Masters of Public Health program at Simon Fraser University, with a concentration in Social Inequities in Health. She believes that community engagement is the key to creating sustainable programs and services, and through her personal experiences, advocates for family members to be key stakeholders in these processes. She has previously worked as a student with the Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division's BounceBack Youth program, and more recently as a Volunteer & Information Services Coordinator with CMHA-BC Division and the BC Partners for Mental Health & Substance Use Information. In her spare time, she can be found chasing her dog, Moose, through local forests (while often scaring/confusing her fellow hikers) and listening to true crime podcasts.

Tegan Baker

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

Tegan (she/her) is Frayme’s Stakeholder Engagement Specialist. Perhaps owing to her Newfoundland roots, she is a people-person through and through, and loves learning through collaborative knowledge sharing and storytelling. A recent graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Tegan is passionate about community mental health, health equity, and healthy public policy. She believes that meaningful engagement of diverse stakeholder groups is absolutely critical to effecting change at the systems level. Tegan’s favourite part of her role at Frayme is that she has the incredible privilege to meet, learn from, and collaborate with incredible changemakers across the country and throughout the world. In her spare time, Tegan is a huge foodie who loves exploring Toronto for all the best eats. She loves cooking, listening to records (70’s “Dad music” is her favourite!) and spending time with friends and family.

Cynthia Joyce

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Jessica Hill

Chair, Board of Directors
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Eric Windeler

Chair, Audit & Finance Committee
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Florence Dzierszinski

Chair, Governance Committee
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Braeden Levac

Youth Partner
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I am a second year student studying Health Sciences at Queen’s University. I play soccer for the Queen’s Men’s Varsity team and have a passion for physical and mental health. Whether it be going for a run or cooking up a nice homemade meal, you will always find me with a smile on my face! In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and hanging out with friends!

Cierra Garrow

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Cierra Garrow is a youth and Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying), living, playing, and practicing in Kenora, Northwestern Ontario. Cierra has been recognized on local, provincial, national, and international stages for her work involving advocacy, education, and engagement of persons with lived and living experience of mental health issues. Cierra, herself is a youth with living experience of mental illness and navigating the mental health system in Canada. Because of this, Cierra pursued a career as a Children’s Mental Health Therapist to further support system change, implementation, and policy. Cierra is also involved in many adviser roles including the provincial youth advisory for Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario. Cierra received the 2017 CMHA’s Persons with Lived Experience Involvement Award which honours a person with lived experience of mental health issues who best exemplifies self-determination and a strong sense of advocacy. 

Feodor Poukhovski-Sheremetyev

Youth Partner
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Feodor Poukhovski-Sheremetyev is a second-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. He has advised youth mental healthcare service design and policy at the local, provincial, and national scales. Focusing on how factors outside the clinic affect youth, his advocacy has led him to examine the macrosocial determinants of mental health through interdisciplinary research in psychiatry, sociology, and critical theory.

Forest Anderson

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Forest is a computer science student at Carleton University, where he studies game development. He has experience running many different hackathons, game jams, and meetups. Forest partenered with Frayme to host it's very first every youth hackathon at the Frayme 2021 Learning Institute! 

Hans Ang

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Hans is currently a student at McMaster University studying Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. He is also a Youth Advisor for CAMH. Hans is passionate about advocating for equitable youth mental health in Ontario (and beyond)!

Harmony Eshkawkogan

Youth Partner
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My name is Harmony Eshkawkogan, she/her pronouns. I am from Wikwemikong, an unceded reserve on Manitoulin Island. I am a pike clan and a part of the 3 fires tribe. I currently reside in Ottawa focusing on community work to support youth mental health and environmental issues. As an Anishinaabe MIdewiwin-Kwe, I advocate for more culturally appropriate resources by sharing my own Indigneous perspective and cultural knowledge.

Quayce Thomas

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Quayce Thomas is the Founder of Timsle, a social accountability network he built after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and psychosis while studying architecture. Through Timsle, Quayce explores how data and technology, combined with the support of friends and family can help others with mental health disorders functionally overcome their illness as well.

Stacie Smith

Youth Partner
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Stacie is a recent Kinesiology graduate from Saint John, New Brunswick. She was the President of both the Student Association of Health & Human Performance and Vice President of the Dalhousie Kinesiology Society during her time at Dalhousie. She is also the founder of the COVID-19 Student Support Network and the Vice President of the Kinesiology Association of Nova Scotia. She was the recipient of the PHE Canada Student Leadership Award in 2019 for her leadership role in the School of Health & Human Performance.

Tegan Baker

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Tegan Baker B.A. is a 2nd Master of Public Health student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and is currently completely her final practicum as Engagement Partner at Frayme. Tegan is a systems-thinker, who is interested in improving health equity through critical, intersectional analysis of the determinants of health, particularly mental health. Perhaps owing to her Newfoundland roots, she is a people-person through and through, and loves learning through collaborative knowledge sharing and storytelling. Tegan currently lives in downtown Toronto with her 30 houseplant babies.

 

Vanessa Schirripa

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Vanessa is a mental health service provider and advocate based out of Woodbridge, Ontario who is passionate about dismantling barriers to access of mental health services in her community, and empowering youth to join the mental health advocacy movement. Vanessa recently obtained her HBSc in Psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She is also involved with institutional partners such as CAMH in Toronto, where she sits as a member of the Youth Advisory Group, Constituency Council and National Youth Action Council. She also works as a Crisis Responder for Kids Help Phone, and is also involved with Jack.org, where she is a talks speaker and community chapter executive member, working to educate the young people in her community about mental health. Vanessa wishes to use her voice to contribute to positive change within the Canadian mental health system and its related policies. She believes that peer-to-peer education holds strong value in eliminating stigma within the space of vulnerable youth, paving a way to a future of increased openness for future generations.

Amanee Elchehimi

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Amanee Elchehimi is currently the Director, Family Services at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. Amanee received her Master’s of Public Health from SFU, leading her to begin her career working with immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized communities. Amanee is a certified mental health first aid instructor and is also nearing completion of a Master’s of Arts in counselling psychology. As an active member of the Muslim community, Amanee grounds her principles and work in her identity as a Muslim woman. Prior to her role at DIVERSEcity, Amanee has worked in the Downtown Eastside and Surrey as the Manager of the Pathways to Education program. She has also served as a member and chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s youth advisory council, supporting mental health policy and practice across Canada. Amanee strongly believes that equity and justice are critical for meaningful, systemic change. She is driven by her lived experiences, values, and principles and is committed to supporting the wellbeing of children, youth and families in her community.

Kulpreet Singh

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Kulpreet Singh is the Founder and Director of the South Asian Mental Health Alliance (SAMHAA), a non-profit society founded in 2010 specializing in culturally safe, language specific knowledge mobilization and advocacy for equitable mental health services for BIPOC. Initiatives of SAMHAA include the South Asian Youth Mental Health (SAYMH) ambassador program, funded by the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Students Overcoming Opioid Use Disorders and Addictions (SOOUDA) organization, a youth-led community outreach initiative to address the overdose crisis. With over 15 years of public speaking and grassroots health promotion experience, along with lived experience with ADHD, Kulpreet Singh is a regular guest on English and Punjabi language media outlets, and facilitates workshops on various topics within the community. 

Wendy Preskow

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Wendy is a devoted wife, mom and grandmother. She is the passionate voice and driving force behind the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) which she founded in 2012. Wendy was driven by the severe nature of her own daughter’s illness to create an organization that was focused on raising Awareness, Understanding and Action to counter the desperate situation facing individuals with Eating Disorders and their families in Canada. Living with someone affected by Eating Disorders has a devastating effect on families, extended family and friends. Wendy could no longer sit back knowing her daughter was falling through the cracks of the health care system that had failed her family and so many others in the same predicament. Wendy was one of 25 people to receive Volunteer Toronto's 2017 Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to the community. In 2017, she was also a recipient of York Centre's 15 for 150 Award and was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker - one of 150 Leading Canadians in Mental Health.

Michelle Sparling

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Michele Sparling, Chair of the FRAYME’s Family Advisory Committee, is a committed believer in family and youth engagement, has spent more than 15 years navigating the mental health system as a family member and family peer supporter.  A strong advocate and speaker for mental health, and trained peer supporter, she champions peer support, and is the originator of the Just Be You peer to peer mental health support group for youth ages 15-25, which she founded. Michele’s efforts to understand the mental health system and champion change has her participating at a local, provincial, and national level on Boards of not-for-profits and committees in health, education, the community, and in research. Currently, she is a Partner at Innovative HR and brings her mental health knowledge into her business. She is a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, and is trained in, Peer Support, Mental Health First Aid, and ASIST.  For her contributions in mental health, Michele was presented with the Gov’t of Canada Sesquicentennial Award in 2017, the President’s Award by Support House in 2016, the Province of Ontario Leading Women Award in 2015, and the Marlene Longdon Award  by CMHA-Halton in 2014

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