Have a look at our meeting summaries to get an idea of what we've been working on:
- March 16 2017 Meeting Summary
- March 1st CASA Carnival Video Mini Workshop Summary
- February 16 2017 Meeting Summary
- January 19 2017 Meeting Summary
- December 15 2016 Meeting Summary
- November 17 2016 Meeting Summary
- October 20 2016 Meeting Summary
- September 15 2016 Meeting Summary
- August 18 2016 Meeting Summary
- July 21 2016 Meeting Summary
- July 19 2016 Workshop Summary
- June 16 2016 Meeting Summary
- May 19 2016 Meeting Summary
CASA Youth Council Members
"Animal Foster. PTSD Fighter. Picture Taker."
Discovered CASA after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a life long pursuit to over-come depression.
Objective: to share my story, promote awareness around mental health and facilitate others to discovers the way in which they can heal as well as feel a strong sense of purpose. I believe that it is important to provide support and receive support. In a perfect world... I would like to help in some way to remove the stigma around mental health especially for youth transitioning into post secondary schooling and eventually the work force.
Hobbies: Culinary arts, hiking, volunteering, photography, kayaking, music, life long learning, organic gardening, carpentry and concrete art.
"Suicide Survivor. Music Lover. Dog obsessed."
Objective: To help youth go through a smooth path to get the help they need and break the mental health stigma.
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, acting and loving animals (especially dogs), and constantly dying my hair.
"Political Enthusiast. Social Butterfly. Self-Proclaimed Chef."
Objective: To break down the stigma around mental health in our city and work towards engaging the public in improving services offered to those in need. I would like to use the Youth Council platform to reach out to our community through different events and projects in order to educate and provide plausible strategies to breaking down mental health stigma.
Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm a first-year Physiology student at the University of Alberta and began working with the CASA Youth Council in July, 2016. I'm passionate about fighting the negative stigma surrounding mental health in the community and work to support others through their journey battling these illnesses.
"Queen Mother of Hedgehogs. Serious about Mental Health. Psychology student."
Chose CASA as my platform for the Miss Canada Globe 2016 Pageant
Objective: To share my story and promote awareness for mental health and end the stigma around it. I hope that at least one person can relate to my experience with mental health, and that it helps them in any way! My end goal is to become a youth clinical psychologist.
Hobbies: dancing, day planning, camping, hiking, horseback riding, playing games, eating, playing with my hedgehogs.
"Complete nerd. Adventure seeker. Curious about everything and anything."
Objective: To bring awareness to the reality behind mental health concerns. To build hope in individuals, families, and communities facing these issues. To bring forth education about, form better practice to treat, and to reduce the stigma towards problems with mental health.
Hobbies: Reading and learning about everything, gymnastics, running, climbing mountains and sailing oceans, and rock music.
CASA Youth Council Co-Facilitator
“Cat lady. Eternal optimist. Soft spot for the Beatles and the Chili Peppers.”
Objective: to work with and support the CASA Youth Council in promoting awareness, cultivating empathy, and fostering meaningful conversations about mental health within the Edmonton community. When I was presented with the chance to co-facilitate the CASA Youth Council, I was beyond excited. Work like this motivates, inspires, and drives me. I believe strongly in the power of resiliency, and this opportunity to work with and learn from such amazing young people is truly incredible.
Role at CASA: Research Assistant on CASA’s (awesome) Evaluation and Research team.
Hobbies: public speaking, advocacy education, cross-stitching, kayaking, live music, road-tripping, reading, and collecting tattoos.
CASA Youth Council Co-Facilitator
“Data geek. Story-teller. Auntie.”
Objective: to work with our council members to create positive changes in Edmonton’s mental health culture. I am so happy to have this chance to learn from our youth and to be a part of their dynamic projects. I want to live in a city where no one feels alone with their anxiety, depression, or despair. I want us to feel safe to say, “I’m having a hard time,” and for there to always be someone to hear us.
Role at CASA: I am a member of CASA’s Evaluation & Research team. We support our clinical programs by collecting and analyzing service and outcome data to help CASA learn who we are serving, what elements of our programs are working well, and where we can make improvements. I am excited to hop out from behind my computer to support our youth council to achieve their goals!
Hobbies: wind-surfing, tap dancing, playing guitar, and reading historical fiction.