Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark is an associate professor in shellfish biology at Dalhousie University. She lives in both PEI and NS with her husband, Fraser, and son Rory. Since the birth of her son in 2011, Sarah has helped build and lead local grassroots groups and campaigns to improve access to mental health services and to advocate for and serve vulnerable Islanders. She co-founded the group Island Mothers Helping Mothers, which serves as a supportive village for caregivers in the province. With a membership of 5000, this group has provided over $400,000 in assistance to families in PEI over the last five yeas. In 2017, Sarah launched a highly successful social media campaign called #HowManyWade, which started a provincial conversation about the lack of mental healthcare in Prince Edward Island. She has hosted public forums on mental healthcare, addictions and is a strong advocate for survivors of sexual violence. This extraordinary dedication to community service in PEI was acknowledged with a nomination in 2018 to receive the Order of Prince Edward Island. Sarah ran for public office and was one of five candidates who ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI in 2019. As the sole female candidate in this leadership race, Sarah brought forward a strong voice for women in the province. Sarah is passionate about ensuring underrepresented voices are present and heard at decision making tables.
Dr. Susan Hartley is a Clinical Psychologist, social justice advocate, and a Global Peace Scholar. In addition to offering psychological support in her private practice Susan has taken her interest and passion for children’s rights and gender equity into policy development and consultation, politics, teaching, and advocacy. She was the Health and Wellness Critic for the Green Party of PEI from 2016-2019 and in this role, authored many opinion pieces on women’s mental health, and mental health services in general. As a Global Peace Scholar, Susan co-ordinated the Women’s Peace Tables in 2016, an initiative which strives to bring more women to the decision making tables, highlighting the need for decisions that are made for women, by women. She is currently researching and developing policy related to maternal mental health screening on Prince Edward Island.