Yasmin Tuff, MHA, Principal, Yasmin Tuff Health Care Consulting, BC
Yasmin is excited to join the board of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative to help advance a vision for healthy, vibrant women and their families. She looks forward to contributing to the development of strategic partnerships to foster and advocate for the improvement of perinatal mental services to support the complex needs of Canadian women and their families. Her background has involved both the planning and delivery of pediatric and perinatal services in BC. Most recently, she has supported provincial initiatives focused on system-level planning for mental health services for children and youth and pediatric emergency care. Part of this work has included the development of interdisciplinary, provincial guidelines to support pediatric mental health services in acute care environments. She has worked in BC healthcare for over 25 years and has experience in program planning, project management and operational leadership positions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. In her free time, she enjoys the many hiking trails on Vancouver Island and is grateful to be able to live, work and play within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples.
Monique Moreau, she/her, Executive Director, Happy Roots Foundation, Ontario
Monique Moreau is thrilled to be joining the CPMHC’s board! Jaime and Patricia have single-handedly raised awareness and brought attention to the lack of perinatal mental health supports in Canada. As a (tired) mom of two, consistent perinatal mental health screening would have made such a difference to her after the birth of her first child, and she is so excited to be cheering them on as they continue this incredibly important work. As a policy wonk and all-around nerd (she’s fun at dinner parties, she promises!), she looks forward to working collaboratively with her board colleagues. Monique is keen to support the CPMHC with her previous board experience in governance and strategic planning, as well as with her background as a lawyer and government relations specialist. It is Monique’s sincere hope that, should her kiddos go on to have families of their own, the necessary screening and supports will be in place to help them if they need it. But it can’t take another generation! CPMHC has built up incredible momentum on this issue and she can’t wait to work together.
Anita Brisson, PMP, CLSSBB, Ontario
Anita Brisson is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years experience in managing teams and executing projects effectively and efficiently. Born and raised in Toronto, she moved to North Bay in 2008 for the love of the city and has been a community contributor ever since. Anita is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who leads various mental health projects, continuous quality improvements, financial analysis, governance, and team developments across both the public sector and private corporations. She is excellent at facilitating meetings, encouraging team collaboration, breaking problems down into small manageable tasks, identifying strategic goals and measuring performance. Her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to any multi-discipline team, which is imperative for continued success within the CPMHC initiatives. With Anita’s involvement in various mental health projects and initiatives over the past 10 years, she is thrilled to join this team to help drive the national perinatal mental health strategy of leaving no one behind. Her expertise and drive will be a real contribution in implementing universal screening and timely access to treatment.
Naomi Mendes-Pouget, Certified Queer Expectant and New Parent Coach, at Queer Nest, she/they, Ontario
Naomi is the founder Queer Nest and host of Queer Nest Club www.queernestclub.com. They is so excited to be a part of a team of individuals who are coming together for such an incredible purpose, while always bringing Queer visibility to the table and the mission. Naomi has a voice and she’s excited to use it! In her picture, she’s holding up a CBC article she was interviewed for. She will make sure Queer and LGBTQIA+ issues are heard, represented, and accounted for. Their ultimate hope is for everyone growing their family in Canada to feel like their health care provider is looking out for their mental health and cares about their whole wellbeing in the family-growing process. Naomi wants mental health to be so integrated into care that it is routine, proactive, nobody bats an eyelash when discussing mental health (concerns), and that quality resources are readily available to all. She wants the public mental health resource access to be smooth, swift, simple, inclusive and inviting to all families, and free.
Meaghan Norris, MSW, RSW, she/her, Nova Scotia
Meaghan is a social worker from the east coast. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, she is now settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working at IWK Health as well as in private clinical social work practice. She has spent time working in rural and remote parts of Northern Labrador, and gained valuable experience working with Indigenous communities. She completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and has worked in children’s and adolescent mental health in Ontario. Meaghan brings with her experience as Chair of the Board of Directors for a local non-for-profit organization in Halifax, and is excited to be on the CPMHC’s Board to help govern an organization that will bring forth national guidance and change in perinatal mental health across the country. She hopes that the valuable work that the CPMHC does will help to broaden and increase perinatal mental health services available throughout Canada. Meaghan works from a trauma informed, intersectional, anti-oppressive-anti-racist feminsit lens, and hopes that her education, training and experience will help CPMHC to continue and excel in the work the organization is already doing. She is looking forward to working with folks from across the country who have similar goals and hopes for perinatal mental health in Canada.
Dr. Kristin Horsley, Ontario
Dr. Kristin Horsley holds a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from McGill University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at McMaster University and with The Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada. As a Board Member for the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, she is excited to be working closely with a passionate group of people toward our common goal of improving perinatal mental health care in Canada. Dr. Horsley brings to this position her research and clinical experience in understanding the barriers, and facilitators, to the integration of perinatal mental health screening, assessment, and services into our existing healthcare frameworks. She hopes to contribute to, and support, strategic planning and initiatives aligned with the mission of advocating for a national perinatal mental health strategy. As both a clinician and researcher, Dr. Horsley wants to see innovative models of psychological care being integrated into obstetrical settings so that we can ultimately understand how to best implement universal screening, assessment, and evidence-based treatment for perinatal mental illness.
Rochelle Maurice, Ethicist, Ontario
Rochelle Maurice is a clinical and organizational ethicist based in Toronto, Ontario. She is also pursuing doctoral studies in social work at the intersection of equity and maternal-child care. As a result of her experiences in both social work and ethics, Rochelle has an interest in and passion for addressing issues that affect pregnant and postpartum women and non-binary people at the intersection of health and social care. Rochelle’s attention to the gaps in care that both directly and indirectly effect the mental health of pregnant and parenting people has motivated her to contribute to meaningful change in this area. She is happy to join the board to support CPMHC’s advocacy efforts for a national perinatal mental health strategy. She is also excited to contribute to CMPHC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in perinatal mental health care. Rochelle hopes to employ her studies in social justice to support anti-racism initiatives in perinatal mental health and her ultimate hope is for accessible, timely, and inclusive supports for all pregnant and parenting people across Canada.
Katherine Moore, she/her, Network Manager, Women’s Health Research Cluster, BC
Katherine is a mental health advocate who aims to advance youth wellbeing across Canada. Working towards this goal, she has worked in the healthcare, education and public sectors on projects relating to health promotion, community engagement and research. Currently Katherine manages the Women’s Health Research Cluster, where she works alongside scientists, trainees, and stakeholders worldwide to improve women’s health outcomes through multidisciplinary research. In addition, Katherine sits on the Board of Directors for First Call: Child and Youth Advocacy Society as Vice-Chair and Signatory Officer, and advocates for policy change at the municipal level as a Youth Mental Health Sub-Committee Chair for the City of Vancouver Child, Youth and Family Advisory Committee. Katherine believes that supporting youth wellbeing starts with supporting parents—particularly mothers. That’s why she is honoured to work with the CPMHC to help people receive the mental health care they deserve. Katherine hopes to leverage her experience in fundraising, research, operational management, and strategic planning to bring the CPMHC into the next phase of their advocacy journey. Ultimately, Katherine wants the federal government to adopt a national perinatal mental healthcare strategy that ensures every mother receives culturally appropriate mental health support before, during and after their pregnancy.
Dr. Arvind Mohandoss, Epidemiologist, Canadian Perinatal Nutrition Program, Nunavut
Dr. Mohandoss is delighted to be on the board of directors because the CPMHC is Canada’s first and only perinatal mental health advocacy organization. The founders, members of the national committee, and all volunteers are dedicatedly working toward one common outcome. The CPHMC’s approach and focus is universal and nationwide and our focus is ensuring individuals benefit from the same resources, treatment, support, and education irrespective of whether they live in major cities, or in rural, remote or isolated communities. As a holistic healthcare professional dealing with chronic diseases, Dr. Mohandoss believes and has been practicing in identifying the root cause in order to prescribe the right interventions at the right time rather than treating symptoms and prognosis. Dr. Mohandoss believes we need to look through the same lens when it comes to perinatal mental health. Working in a northern isolated community – overseeing the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program, he is not only going to contribute his expertise but also the voice and experience of mothers and infants who have shared the importance of perinatal mental health with him. Dr. Mohandoss has experience working in public health, homeopathy, medicine, and surgery. His ultimate hope is for every mother/individual and infant to have universal access to resources and educational materials to be able to make informed decisions. These meaningful and long lasting impacts will not only strengthen families, but in general as a community and as a nation. He looks forward to helping CPMHC continue to be a strong leader in perinatal mental health care in Canada and to advise on standards in advocacy, awareness, education, policy, funding, resource management, accessibility, affordability and inclusiveness.
Erin Gurr, Northwest Territories
Erin Gurr is first and foremost a proud mother to her daughter Lucie-Ivalu, who was born at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, Quebec. Erin is Metis-Anishinaabe-Kwe, originally from the Red River Metis settlement in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has spent the majority of her professional life in counselling working with children, youth and their families of Indigenous descent, with a special focus on improving individual and communal wellbeing for nonstatus, Metis and other underrepresented communities. She has research and clinical experience in the adaptation of common psychometric instruments for use with minority-language patients, and is particularly passionate about the design of culturally informed psychological assessments in the context of perinatal mental wellbeing. She is so honoured and excited to be chosen to serve on the first-ever board for the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. Erin hopes to use this opportunity to bring together her clinical research experiences and community psychology training to advance multifaceted and holistic psychological interventions which have been designed/co constructed with/in Indigenous communities to honor and represent the diverse belief systems and life experiences of Indigenous peoples across Canada; particularly as they pertain to the broader concepts of “wholeness” and community wellness.
Dr. Judy Hagshi, she/her, Quebec
Judy’s job is being a role model for her children. Her other name is Dr. Hagshi and she works at the Herzl Family Practice Centre in Montreal, Quebec providing perinatal care to new families. As a mom and physician, she tries to model an empathic and inquisitive outlook on life. At home, that means trying to look at things from someone else’s point of view. And at work, it means trying to meet the patient where they are in their health-wellness journey. In general, she loves to think of novel solutions to problems and always aims to pay it forward. Dr. Hagshi was honoured to have been selected for the CPMHC inaugural Board of Directors because this organization’s mandate is to fill the holes that currently exist in providing supportive care to new families. Many people struggle with mental health issues specifically around the time of having a new baby, but don’t have ready access to care. The access must be upfront and personal: People should not have to struggle to get help for their struggles. The consequences of not supporting these new families at this critical time creates an intergenerational legacy of mental health difficulties. Dr. Hagshi believes in building the village that raises the child.
Victoria Hampton, B.S.W., R.S.W., Manitoba
Victoria Hampton is a Registered Social Worker with over a decade of experience providing services in the areas of mental health and family violence. She is thrilled to be part of the effort CPMHC is leading to address perinatal mental health concerns in our country. Victoria’s professional background as a social worker and personal history of severe maternal morbidity following childbirth affords her a unique perspective on the need for services across the many diverse communities in Canada. As a Specialized Near-Miss Coordinator with Postpartum Support International, she has an intimate understanding of the barriers facing those seeking services and a passion for ensuring that individuals have access to support for the challenges they are facing. Victoria’s hope is that efforts to raise the profile of perinatal mental health in Canada translates to increased awareness, funding, research, and resources for all who are impacted by this issue.