Shirley’s passion is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, to educate others, and to be part of the change in how we care for ourselves and others. Shirley has been enthusiastically facilitating workshops for the past 20 years and for the past 5 years has focused entirely on mental health and wellness with the Canadian Mental Health Association. She delivers a variety of workshops for both adults and youth including, Mental Health First Aid, Living Life to the Full, CHOICES, Why Try and the Responding with Respect Series of workshops. As an advocate for youth, Shirley delivers workshops in York Region and South Simcoe schools and at youth-serving agencies to promote youth wellness.
Ann is a skilled training professional with more than 25 years of experience in the field of training and development. For ten years Ann was National Division Manager and member of the North American Training Team for a Global Fortune 500 corporation, and was an instructor at Seneca College for three. Ann is a Life Coach, and has worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Mental Health Educator in program development and facilitation since 2008. Ann leads our Workplace Mental Health Program, and is a certified instructor in Mental health First Aid and Living Life to the Full.
Teresa Couto is a registered occupational therapist in Ontario since 2012 with experience working in the private and public sector as a Rehabilitation Consultant and Disability Management Professional. Teresa’s special interest in mental health stems from her personal and professional experience working with individuals with mental illness. Teresa’s additional training in mental health has allowed her to fulfill her desire to support those living with mental illness by providing education recognizing the positive impact mental health knowledge and awareness has on individuals at home and at work. Teresa believes education on mental health dispels myths about mental illness, and brings attention to the importance of listening, supporting, accessing appropriate treatment/resources, decreasing stigma, and the promotion of mental health and wellness.