Past Speaking Experience
Since 2010, Alicia has spoken over 600 times on mental health, resilience and empowerment. She has spoken individually or on behalf of other organizations. The highlights including two TEDxTalks, Keynote at the United Nations on International Youth Day, the opening keynote for the International Youth Mental Health Conference in 2015, an session at the International Youth Health Conference in Turkey. She has spoke at countless mental health conferences, universities, colleges, high schools and community events.
Alicia has also held workshops at Shepell.FGI on workplace wellness, as well as workplace workshops for the likes of coca cola, Toronto Film Festival, and More.
Alicia is known as a force for change in mental health in Canada. She has experience as a researcher, writer, expert networker, and convener of awesome people. She was chosen as a face mental illness in 2012, which allowed her to form relationships with MPs, Party Leaders and the Governor General Office. She also has engaged with Bell Let’s Talk Day, speaking to media about why Canadians should care about mental health.
Alicia sits on countless advisory councils, including c0-chairing the young canadians roundtable on health, the Centre for Children and Youth in Challenging Context Board of Directors(and Chair of the Youth Council), the National Persons with Lived Experience Council for CMHA national, the National Youth Ambassador for YHP Canada and more. She is always interested in learning about awesome new things happening!
Youth Engagement Experience:
Alicia has a passion for giving a voice to others. She aims to be the sort of leader that creates the space for others to speak bravely. She has been trained extensively in anti-oppression and culturally sensitive practices. She aims to grow as a youth mental health professional by continuing to create opportunities for young adults to co-create innovative solutions. She is the chair of the TRAM Project Access as well as leading youth engagement for mindyourmind’s BeChange Project and the iConnect project at Stella’s Place.
Alicia has appeared in the Media as a voice for lived experience across various platforms including CBC’s Metro Morning, CTV, The National, MUCH MUSIC, MTV, The Star, the National Post, the Globe and Mail and many others.
Alicia has been an geek for as long as I can remember. She has helped developed several apps including mindyourmood, besafe, moodi, talklife, koko and others. She loves solving complicated problems with technology!
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