Jasmine started working as one of the FamilySmart® Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in August 2017. She is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. What inspired her to work in the mental health field is her own lived and living experience with PTSD and Depression. Her journey within the system began when she was 8 years old as a result of having experienced trauma from a young age and intergenerational trauma within her family. From her experiences, she is now able to help others by providing peer support, sharing what resources helped her during her lowest points, and being living proof that you can and will get through whatever you may be dealing with.
Veronica started working as one of the FamilySmart® Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in July 2017. In previous years, some of the things she has done include teaching English in South Korea at a rural elementary school; living and working in South Africa to pursue her interests in social entrepreneurship and mentorship within the non-profit sector; and participating in various global youth summits in which she had the opportunity to provide recommendations for the economic advancement of girls and women to the G20 leaders. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was eighteen years old, her lived experience with mental illness has been the greatest driver of her determination to carve her own path in life and to thrive despite the challenges. She has learned that she is stronger and more resilient than her mental illness. She feels incredibly humbled and privileged to have the opportunity to help youth and families who are struggling with mental health challenges reach that conclusion themselves in the work she does as a FamilySmart® Youth in Residence.
Young Adult Practice Lead – A lead role in the role FamilySmart® Team to:
- Bring the youth and young adult lens to all FamilySmart® work;
- Support young people in using their lived experience in mental health and/or substance use challenges to influence policy and practice so that their experiences are better when seeking support and/or services;
- Promote prevention and early intervention in mental health – for this generation and the next.
- Support and strengthen the YiR program and contribute towards its expansion in communities and on-sites.
“FamilySmart® believes that lived experience applied AND supported today, results in life and system change for the future.” – Keli Anderson
Corey joined the FamilySmart™ team as the Young Adult Practice Lead in July 2017. Corey has been advocating for sustainable change in the Child and Youth mental health arena for the past number of years. Corey was diagnosed with PTSD at a very young age, from that stemmed several other mental health challenges and addiction. Corey has been clean for over 11 years and once he found his voice, he used it. Corey told his story at a Learning Session and since then has had the amazing opportunity to travel all over B.C. to share his journey and message of recovery. Corey is also a father to his son Decklan, and a spouse to his soon-to-be wife Shelby. Corey brings all of these experiences and perspectives into everything he does. In his new role as the FamilySmart® Young Adult Practice Lead, Corey will bring the youth/young adult lens to everything FamilySmart® does moving forward. Corey is so excited to be working with the FamilySmart® Team!