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Kids Help Phone is a national charity that operates three counselling centres and offers community engagement initiatives through staff and volunteers across Canada.  We have an incredible team who is dedicated to supporting youth mental health in Canada.

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Katherine Hay, President and CEO

As President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Katherine (Kathy) Hay drives the strategic direction, innovation imperative and culture of Canada’s only national, 24/7 bilingual e-mental health service for young people. In 2020, Kids Help Phone’s team of counsellors and crisis responders made over 4.6 million connections with youth in every province and territory — with an ever-growing mandate to always be there for youth when, where and how they need mental health support.

Driven to reduce barriers and find new solutions, partnerships and innovations to save lives, Kathy recognized 2020 would be challenging as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Canada. With the commitment to never turn the lights off, especially when young people needed Kids Help Phone the most, at Kathy’s direction, the leadership team expanded access through partnerships, launched new services and hired additional counsellors.

Under Kathy’s leadership, Kids Help Phone strives to deliver better experiences, better outcomes and more cost-effective e-mental health services to people in Canada, particularly those from underserved communities.

With the third highest youth suicide rate in the industrialized world, Black youth across Canada are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to white youth, and Indigenous youth are at least six times more likely to die by suicide compared to non-Indigenous youth. In Kathy’s words, “In a country like Canada, it is shocking that Black, Indigenous and all BIPOC youth have been so badly let down. This must change.”

Kathy is leading the organization’s work to take decisive action to acknowledge and eliminate any existence or influence of systemic anti-Black racism across Kids Help Phone and in the ways it opens access to BIPOC youth reaching out for help. As one of the first CEOs in Canada to sign the BlackNorth Initiative’s Pledge to end anti-Black systemic racism, Kids Help Phone’s commitment to BIPOC youth will not waver. This work builds on the critical progress being made by Kids Help Phone to improve its outreach to and support of Indigenous youth with the 2019 launch of Finding Hope, an Action Plan for Supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young People.

Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Kathy was President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation where she advanced the health of women across Canada and achieved record levels of support. Her success in this role led to her being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017. She was also the CEO of Credit Valley Hospital Foundation and has held senior roles at the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Kathy’s shining achievements to date are her two amazing children, and now a grandson!


Juanita Gledhill, CHRL, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Juanita Gledhill is an award winning Human Resources (HR) professional who’s provided public, private and broader public sector organizations with strategic and operational business solutions to improve organizational effectiveness. As Principal of MCC Group Inc., Juanita has worked with many clients on projects related to varying HR and general operating functions. Juanita brought her skills and experience to Kids Help Phone as an HR consultant in 2018, and took on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2020.

Juanita holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from McMaster University and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Mohawk College. She also holds both a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. Juanita is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service and the Ross A. Hennigar Memorial Award from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) for her academic, career and community service achievements.

Juanita’s community volunteerism includes, but is not limited to, her roles as past Chair of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) and Board Member of the Healthcare and Municipal Employees’ Credit Union (HMECU).


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Susan Morris, Senior Vice President, Operations and CFO

Susan Morris joined Kids Help Phone as head of Finance & Administration in July 1997. Prior to this, she ran her own accounting practice specializing in non-audit reviews, special projects and individual tax returns. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in December 1987. While at Deloitte & Touche, she specialized in small business and not-for-profit.

An active volunteer, Susan served on the Board of Directors of the Jean Tweed Treatment Centre for nine years, participated in volunteer tax clinics, served as an active school volunteer throughout her children’s elementary and secondary school years, and remains a committed Kids Help Phone volunteer. She enjoys gardening, long walks and, travelling. Susan lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she studies piano.


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Aaron Sanderson, Senior Vice President, Advancement and Chief Development Officer

Aaron Sanderson leads Kids Help Phone’s fundraising efforts, and, in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Community Officer, is the senior liaison to the organization’s community of generous supporters. Aaron joined Kids Help Phone in 2020.

Aaron is an international award-winning fundraiser with over 13 years of experience at leading non-profit organizations, including BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Plan International Canada, SickKids Foundation and War Child. In addition, he has over a decade of senior volunteer experience with non-profit boards and committees, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Athletics Ontario, The Arthritis Society, Habitat for Humanity GTA, Heritage Toronto and the University of British Columbia.

Aaron also holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development, an Associates Certificate in Non-Profit Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations. He is the 11th Canadian to be awarded the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation, the top credential of the fundraising profession, and was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP). He was named a Top 40 Under 40 in North America by AHP in 2018, and was named “Difference Maker” by the Rick Hansen Foundation.


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Alisa Simon, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Youth Officer

Alisa Simon brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in health-care access and support services to her role as Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Youth Officer at Kids Help Phone. As a champion of innovation, Alisa is integral to the organization’s development of virtual health solutions for youth. Using comprehensive data and research to provide knowledge management strategies, Alisa drives improvements in service and support that respond to evolving technologies and the changing needs of young people. These include Kids Help Phone’s Live Chat service, the Always There app, the organization’s community resource database of 30,000 local programs and services nationwide serving young people — Resources Around Me — and most recently, a texting service — Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone — which launched across Canada in 2018.

Alisa also oversees the organization’s national counselling program, providing leadership and guidance to more than 100 professional counselling staff working across three national counselling centres. In addition, Alisa leads Kids Help Phone’s government relationships activities, working closely with provincial and federal government officials and stakeholders to advance the organization’s thought leadership initiatives.

Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Alisa had experience serving as Health Policy Director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth where she managed two helplines assisting children and families. She was also the Health Care Director at Citizens for Consumer Justice and Acting Director of Policy and Communications with the Association of Ontario Midwives.

Alisa holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.


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Sheryl Johnson, Vice President, Brand and Strategic Communications

There’s much to do to reach and support young people and their communities while shifting the discussion of mental health in Canada. As Vice President of Brand and Strategic Communications, Sheryl Johnson and the team will lead the brand charge to support Kids Help Phone in achieving our goals.

Sheryl proudly brings 25+ years of business knowledge, agency experience and personal passion to Kids Help Phone. Connecting brands to people and people to brands is Sheryl’s passion, rooted in her strong expertise in research, insights, strategy, execution and measurement. She’s known for rebuilding brands by turning data into insights and using those insights to action strategies for short- and long-term growth. Sheryl has helped to build the equity, revenue and profit for a mix of global brands as a senior executive with Fortune 500 companies including Kraft, Kellogg’s, Intuit and Manulife.

Civic duty is in Sheryl’s DNA. A proud and long-term volunteer with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, Sheryl and her dog Myca give comfort and support to those in women’s shelters, long-term care facilities and high school settings. She enjoys global travel (17 countries so far and counting!) and indulges herself creatively through photography. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sheryl has successfully conquered a fear of heights, open water and even creepy crawlies!


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Jenny Yuen, Vice President, National Partnerships and Chief Community Officer

Jenny Yuen is the Vice President, National Partnerships and Chief Community Officer at Kids Help Phone. She’s responsible for strategic development of advancement that connects communities across Canada. She joined Kids Help Phone in 2005.

For more than 15 years, Jenny has specialized in signature event fundraising strategies and execution, influencing the height of the most successful campaigns for two industry leading organizations — the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation and Kids Help Phone.

Jenny brings a multidisciplinary approach that includes, but is not limited to, the following portfolios: philanthropy, corporate and community engagement, sponsorship, volunteer leadership development and establishing systems to implement cross-functional programs. She has played key roles in bringing an inside-out approach to community and national events and teams that are focused on both enhanced efficiency and increased fund development by leveraging online and community-based strategies. Holding leadership positions that have both regional and national oversight, Jenny has developed experience in planning centrally and executing locally — developing a team-centred approach and bringing synergies to event strategies (requiring leadership from staff and community-based volunteers).

Jenny is a proud mom of two little humans in elementary school — they fuel her commitment to evolving the “village” in which we raise our kids and continue to adapt with them.


Chantal Cooledge, Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations

Chantal Cooledge is a proud Rwandan-Canadian citizen who immigrated to Canada at a young age looking for a better life and to proudly serve both of her countries.

Chantal joined Kids Help Phone in 2020. She leads the organization’s service and clinical operations (professional counselling and texting) and workforce (scheduling and staffing of counsellors).

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing over 10 years ago, and has worked in outpatient clinics, home care nursing and acute care settings, most recently at Southlake Regional Health Centre where she was a frontline Clinical Manager for the past four years.

Chantal’s vision at Kids Help Phone is to help ensure that youth in Canada grow up in a supportive environment that provides a holistic approach with a focus on mental health. Outside of work, she has a passion for travelling to exotic places and, according to her husband, she loves shoe shopping!


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Lindsey Coulter, Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications

Lindsey Coulter is the Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications at Kids Help Phone. She joined the organization in 2018.

For over 15 years, Lindsey has been employed in the field of communications in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, working on global brands in youth engagement and international development. Lindsey was responsible for creating and implementing strategic communication plans, telling brand narratives through appropriate channels reaching targeted audiences.

Over the course of her career, Lindsey has developed a track record of success in both traditional and digital media. She specialized in media strategy and holds deep relationships with Tier-A media across Canada. As the communications landscape has evolved, so has she. Throughout her career, she has worked in multistakeholder environments and held leadership roles.

At Kids Help Phone, Lindsey leads communications both internally and externally through earned and owned channels. Lindsey has led earned campaigns for the one-year anniversary of Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone and managed all external earned communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsey holds a master’s degree in communications, but her biggest accomplishments are her twin daughters. They’re the reason she’s working at Kids Help Phone ⁠— to help end the stigma attached to mental health and encourage anyone in need to reach out for help!


Andréanne Deschamps, Associate Vice President, Service Programs

Andréanne Deschamps, Associate Vice President of Service Programs, brings more than 10 years of combined experience in counselling and youth support program management and development to Kids Help Phone.

In her role, she oversees service and youth mobilization programs such as Resources Around Me, Counsellor in the Classroom, Good2Talk and the National Youth Council (NYC). She also brings leadership to services for the organization’s focus communities through Kids Help Phone’s Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs. She’s also responsible for the clinical training and quality assurance of counselling services.

Andréanne has dedicated her career to leveraging her passion for mental health support and skills to advance young people’s rights to autonomy and self-determination in help seeking and receiving support. Holding a master’s degree in clinical sexology, Andréanne uses her experience in providing counselling and therapy to young people and adults in service program design and development.

Andréanne has also been involved in the development of several youth mental health and wellness services and projects such as Live Chat counselling, resource development and more. She has promoted and advocated for the understanding of diverse perspectives in order to achieve positive outcomes while maintaining an open and empathy-driven environment. She has a passion for learning, believes in values-based work and is keen to imagine and action new and improved ways for youth to get the help they need, in the way they need it most.


Darren Mastropaolo, Associate Vice President, Innovation and Data

Darren Mastropaolo joined Kids Help Phone in 2020 as our Associate Vice President, Innovation and Data. Darren’s portfolio includes both innovating within Kids Help Phone’s existing services, as well as strategy and implementation of new services. He works with our advancement team to raise funds for our innovation pipeline and also manages our data team to help us continuously enhance our service offerings for young people across Canada.

Darren holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bucknell University. Over the past 10+ years, Darren’s career focused on innovations that support young people. He began his professional journey in New York City, working on digital products in entertainment, publishing and education. He left the corporate world to feed his soul and joined DoSomething.org, and later, Crisis Text Line.

As the former Director of International at Crisis Text Line, Darren worked in partnership with Kids Help Phone for three years. At Crisis Text Line, Darren found his passion for mental health and helped bring Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone to fruition in Canada in 2018.

Outside of work, Darren stays active with tennis, golf, skiing and surfing. He practices self-care by being outside in his garden, travelling, writing music, fly-fishing and spending time with his partner and their dog.


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Rebecca Stutley, Associate Vice President, Brand Strategy and Marketing Operations

Rebecca Stutley is the Associate Vice President, Brand Strategy and Marketing Operations at Kids Help Phone. She joined the organization in 2018.

For over 20 years, Rebecca has honed her craft in agencies and as a client across a range of categories and brands from homegrown to global. She has a proven track record of building emotionally relevant and resonant creative platforms that people connect with and respond to. Her contributions have led to award-winning work for brands like TD and IKEA.

At Kids Help Phone, Rebecca leads an in-house marketing team who develops and deploys service outreach strategies including content development, innovation launches and revenue generating campaigns. Externally, she collaborates with dedicated partners to build the brand for the future, support fundraising goals and help ensure young people are aware of and can access support whenever they need it. She spearheaded the pan-organizational 30th anniversary campaign in 2019 and drove the pivot in our communication platform in 2020 to support youth and mobilize adults through the shared experience of social isolation during COVID-19.

Rebecca is a key driver of Kids Help Phone’s brand transformation, building upon three decades of pioneering virtual care and e-mental health services for young people in Canada. As a mother to two sons, she’s personally driven to improve the lives of all youth in Canada by normalizing conversations about mental health and destigmatizing seeking support. As a marketer, she’s humbled by the opportunity to make meaningful social impact through such a beloved and important brand.


Stacia Vong-Hogeterp, Associate Vice President, Community Partnerships

Stacia Vong-Hogeterp is a passionate champion for the health and well-being of all young people. Living out her lifelong values of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, Stacia is a leader in the global effort to empower youth, families and communities on their transformational journey by tackling injustice, poverty and systemic and societal barriers.

Stacia brings more than 20 years of global and Canadian experience and expertise in thought leadership, business development, stakeholder engagement and operations management to her role as Associate Vice President, Community Partnerships at Kids Help Phone. In this role, she provides strategic oversight and management to the organization’s community partnership portfolio.

Stacia is recognized for her values-based leadership with the ability to inspire and influence stakeholders to act for social good by building meaningful relationships and forging strategic alliances. Through her work at World Vision Canada, Stacia had the opportunity to travel around the globe to engage and build relationships with government, the United Nations and community partners. She has seen the transformational impact in the lives of youth and families as a result of the power of the generosity and care of donors and community partners.

Stacia takes pride in her two daughters who are thoughtful, inquisitive and wise and they inspire her to keep growing, learning and discovering alongside them. Stacia is a foodie who enjoys cooking for family and friends. Through her personal curiosity about the world and her work, she has visited nearly 40 countries.


Lynn Roger, MBA, ICD.d
Retired Senior Vice President, Financial Services

Vice Chair:
Carolyn P. Everson
The Everson Company Inc.

Vice Chair:
Brian Ross
President & CEO
Precima – A NielsenIQ Company

Mike Davis
Davis Pier Consulting

Scott Goodman
Chief People and Legal Affairs Officer
Avante Logixx Inc.

Board of Directors:

Kevin Chan
Director of Policy, Canada, Facebook and Technology and Democracy Fellow, Harvard University

Rola Dagher
Global Channel Chief
Dell Technologies

David Fan
Kids Help Phone’s National Youth Council

Claire Gillies
Bell Mobility

Michael Green
President & CEO
Canada Health Infoway

Paul Griffith
Over The Edge

Lianne Hannaway

Katherine Hay – Ex-officio
President & CEO
Kids Help Phone

Gordon Hicks, C.M.

François Hudon
Head, North American Customer Contact Centers (CCC) (retired)
BMO Financial Group

David Kines
President & Co-founder
Hollywood Suite

Dr. Jules Koostachin, PhD
UBC, Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Neil Manji
National Energy, Utilities, Mining and Industrial Products Leader
PwC Canada

Tim McGuire
Mobile Klinik

Jayne Payette
President, Ice Cream Division

Brett Pitts
Head, North American Treasury and Payment Solutions
BMO Financial Group

Tracy Sandler
Partner, Insolvency & Restructuring
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Dr. Valerie Taylor
Department Head, Psychiatry
University of Calgary & Alberta Health Services and Head of Mental Health, Calgary Zone

Iven Zanardo
General Manager Foodservice, Ingredients and Export
Lactalis Canada

Bianca Fusco Zanatta
M. Zanatta Homes & Designs

These courageous young people are championing youth mental health and well-being across Canada as members of Kids Help Phone’s 2019-2020 National Youth Council (NYC). Get to know this year’s members below and learn more about our NYC!



Matthew McLaughlin, New Brunswick

I am a student at McGill University, double majoring in Economics and Urban Studies. A mental health advocate since high school, I am Co-Chair of Kids Help Phone’s National Youth Council, and I also sit on the organization’s Board of Directors. Additionally, I am a member of the national youth committee that advises the ACCESS Open Minds initiative. Another passion of mine is public policy; I am the Executive Director of the McGill Policy Association and a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. I was also recognized by Future of Good on their 2019 list of 21 Youth Reshaping Governance. I care deeply about sustainability and am an avid fan of public transportation!


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David Fan, Ontario

I’m a Grade 12 student at Newmarket High School who is always looking for ways to spread awareness about mental health and well-being in my community. My journey with Kids Help Phone began when I started volunteering for the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO seven years ago and I have continued ever since. This year I hope to speak with more high school students about breaking the stigma around mental illness and fostering safe spaces. This will be my fourth year with the National Youth Council and I’m looking forward to another impactful year full of new experiences and memories! In my spare time, you can find me playing baseball, watching TV and shamelessly coming up with bad puns with friends.


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Hailey Noseworthy, Newfoundland and Labrador

I’m from Silverdale and I’m a Bachelor of Nursing student under the Centre for Nursing Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I’m an active member of my school’s Nursing Society and a student representative with the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador. I’m also involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board as a student advocate for inclusive and alternative learning in K-12 education. My work at the Dr. Jon Lien Museum of the world’s largest humpback whale skeleton on display, in addition to my work with King’s Point Theatre Company, created my passion for tourism in my province. I’ve participated in programs such as SHAD, MedQuest, Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, Encounters with Canada, World Vision’s Youth Advocacy Program and Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament. I’m also involved in numerous youth organizations such as the Premier’s Youth Council and Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame Constituency Youth Council. My proudest achievements include being the recipient of many awards, including SHAD’s Trevor Nason Memorial Award and the Governor General’s Academic Medal.


Nazanin Soghrati, Ontario

I’m a Grade 12 student from Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m always looking for ways to spread awareness about mental health and well-being in my community. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, running, listening to music, reading and writing. This is my fourth year with the NYC and I’m looking forward to another impactful year!


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Mehul Gupta, Alberta

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, I have always been passionate about creating opportunities for young people to find their voice and participate meaningfully in their communities. As a third-year student at the University of Calgary, I am involved in a number of initiatives aimed at accomplishing these goals, working with organizations like Youreka Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Kids Help Phone to give young people the platforms they need to succeed. As a part of the NYC, I hope to create programs and resources that take meaningful steps toward destigmatizing youth mental health while simultaneously empowering young leaders across Canada. Aside from advocacy, I love to read fiction, write and play basketball!


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Maxine Joly-Chevrier, Quebec

Adopted from China by Quebecers, I have been raised in Montreal where I currently am completing my first year of CEGEP in Health Sciences. Mental health and well-being have always been close to my heart since I constantly strive for a healthy balance of community involvement, academics, extracurriculars and sports. I consider my Canadian life to be a blessing, thus, I am truly passionate about giving back to others by providing free extracurricular activities to kids of a public elementary school in my local town. I have also launched a fundraiser to finance educational tools for the kids of Siddhi Ganesh Public Elementary School in Kathmandu. I believe education is definitely a way to increase happiness as it unlocks one’s doors and broadens one’s opportunities to find purpose and meaning.


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Liam Armstrong, British Columbia

Born in Toronto, I’m currently a third-year student at the University of British Columbia studying Computer Science and Commerce. Over the last few years I’ve interned at Kids Help Phone’s office in Toronto and assisted with event planning, fundraising and accounting. Through this time, I’ve learned about the impact Kids Help Phone has had on the mental health challenges faced by youth in Canada. I’m looking forward to bringing years of event planning experience and my insider Kids Help Phone knowledge to the National Youth Council!


Sophie Krokhine, Ontario

I am a Grade 12 student from Toronto, and I’ve always been interested in neuroscience and mental health. I’ve explored my passion by doing research in several institutes and labs and leading clubs and stress-reduction initiatives at my school. I also volunteer at a martial arts club, helping students learn techniques, mindfulness skills and focus. As a member of the National Youth Council, I hope to share my knowledge and contribute as best I can to Kids Help Phone initiatives.


Harjot Kular, British Columbia

I am from Surrey, B.C. and I am a first-year student at the University of British Columbia. My Kids Help Phone journey started when I first volunteered for one of their events, the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO in 2017 in Surrey. When I started to realize the importance of youth mental health, I wanted to help make a difference in my school and in my community. My passion to bring change around the stigma of mental health brought me to Kids Help Phone’s NYC, where I have the opportunity of working with a very motivated team of young leaders. In my spare time, you can find me reading, writing, volunteering and travelling.


Fatima Saleem, Alberta

I am a Health Sciences student at the University of Calgary who believes in the power of youth to address the challenges faced by socially marginalized groups, particularly regarding mental health. As a multidisciplinary artist, I use poetry and visual art to bring stories to life. My art is autobiographical — growing up with loved ones with complicated mental health challenges has motivated me to relentlessly advocate for youth mental wellness. Through my involvement with Kids Help Phone (as an NYC member, Site and Logistics Lead at my local Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO and volunteer Crisis Responder), I am dedicated to fostering a culture of acceptance of people with mental illness, reducing mental health stigma among youth and improving access to mental health resources for underserved communities.


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Rick Aiyer, Quebec

I grew up in Amsterdam, Beijing and Dubai and I now call Montreal home. I am a second year honors Social Science student in CEGEP. Through my upbringing and community engagement, I developed an evolving awareness of the struggles youth face and the importance of having systems and resources that support youth. I am passionate about Kids Help Phone’s work toward providing youth with equitable and accessible mental health support, and I am excited to serve on the NYC and work with individuals from across Canada to support the mission of Kids Help Phone while advocating for youth well-being. Outside of school, I am involved with a federal and provincial political party (where part of my work is around improving civic engagement among youth), I tutor English and I serve on the RCMP’s National Youth Advisory Committee. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, reading and Netflix!


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Monica Taing, Quebec

My name is Monica T., and I am fascinated by cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry. I am from Ottawa, Ontario, and I am an undergraduate student at McGill University. As a National Youth Council member, I strive to integrate my academics and co-curricular experiences to create initiatives that enhance mental health resources for youth. Outside of this position, I enjoy swimming and drawing — these are great, relaxing activities for your mind that I encourage you to explore if you can!


Laetitia Rajput, British Columbia

I am a Grade 10 student in Burnaby, B.C., although I have lived all over the country. I believe it is time for society to broaden their knowledge and acceptance toward mental health. With these beliefs in mind, it is my pleasure to be serving my second year on the NYC. Being involved with Kids Help Phone since I was 12, being on the council is a goal I’m proud to have accomplished. Alongside mental health, I am invested in humanitarian work, even opening the first “chapter” in Saskatchewan for a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better education for students in Niger. Taking an initiative in my community has always been a priority for me. To unwind I love travelling, playing volleyball and hanging out with friends!


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Kate Lau, Ontario

Like all students, there are many responsibilities to upkeep, many thoughts running through my mind, and many different things I want to learn and experience as I complete my second year of university studying Business Administration. Having lived in my neighbourhood my whole life, I love when I can meet others who have different perspectives and listen to their stories. I applied to the NYC a couple of years ago and since then I have had unforgettable opportunities to voice my opinions at an international helpline conference, and learn more about mental health and support systems across Canada. I am so excited for another year of learning and advocating for mental wellness through the NYC! I consider reading a good book, watching funny YouTube videos and drawing while listening to music to be some of the self-care activities that I do to relax.


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Emily Chaytor, Nova Scotia

Hi there! My name is Emily Chaytor and I’m originally from the west coast of Newfoundland. I’m currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia in my fourth year at Dalhousie University. Kids Help Phone is an amazing resource and I am so thankful to be a part of its success. Mental health issues have touched many of my loved ones and I’ve seen first-hand the impact just talking can have. It is because of that I wish to see the access to mental health support reached on a national level.

Read more about our National Youth Council

Kids Help Phone recognizes the importance of Indigenous leadership in all of our work. Under the direction of the Manager of Indigenous Initiatives, and with the collaboration of our internal Indigenous Initiatives Committee, our Indigenous programs are also led by an external, Indigenous Advisory Council.

Our Indigenous Advisory Council is composed of Inuit, Métis and First Nations experts, half of whom are youth, who’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of Indigenous young people. We invite you to learn more about Finding Hope: Kids Help Phone’s Action Plan for Supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis young people and how you can support this important work.

Indigenous Advisory Council (2020-2021)

  • Ashley Cummings
  • Brooke Supernault
  • Daniel King
  • Emily Bennett
  • Evan Sault
  • Jadyn Normore
  • Jules Arita Koostachin
  • Delaney Drachenberg
  • Michael Redhead Champagne
  • Robert Henry
  • Shania Young