ACMHI Approval Panel

ChairSharon Matthias, Matthias Inc. Connecting For Innovation
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  •         Specializes in supporting leaders in the public and non-profit sector who are pursuing innovative solutions to complex issues. I am a Systemic Design Consultant for Legacy Tools for Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation. I am also a pragmatic provocateur, passionate about figuring out how the world works. I support leaders in designing major public systems that help people create more meaningful lives and a world that really does work.

MemberSheena Abar, University of Alberta
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  •        Coordinates a team of Community Social Workers at University Alberta who are responsible for extending the spectrum of services offered to support the overall health and wellness of the campus community.  Through preventative action the team engages with partners from campus and surrounding area to strengthen capacity, provide bridges to resources, and advocate for greater inclusivity.  The main goal/function of the team is foster and celebrate connection and resiliency on campus.  This position combines my work at two previous post-secondary institutions with my formal social work training, allowing me to work directly with individuals and groups in developing creative solutions to the issues that arise from everyday situations.
Member – Janki Shankar, University of Calgary
  •       Focuses in Mental Health of Employees Experiencing Mental Illness, Support Needs of Employers, Mental Health Difficulties Among Post-Secondary Students, Domestic Violence in Visible Minority Immigrant Families, Needs of Family Caregivers of People Experiencing Disability. Holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. 
MemberBernie Wojtozicz, University of Lethbridge
  •      Areas of practice include: Mental health, Mental illness, Crisis intervention, Crisis management, Community mental health, Suicide intervention, Suicide prevention, Depression, Mood disorders, Personality disorders, Psychosis, Anxiety disorders, and Mental status assessment. Chair, NESA BN Programs at Lethbridge College.


MemberDr. Bruce Dick, University of Alberta
  •       AHFMR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital. My research and clinical interests during this fellowship included chronic pain in children, pediatric reading disabilities, and language development in children with hearing impairment. I joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in July, 2003. Current research activities are primarily focused on the effects of chronic pain on cognitive function across the lifespan.
MemberDr. Jane Springett, University of Alberta
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  •          In recent years, I have returned to my roots in human ecology and am looking at the relationship between ecological sustainability, healthy choices and equity. I am interested in the ways people (including children) and communities make sense of health and its promotion in their daily lives and everyday settings. Over the last 15 years, I have been at the forefront of the development of participatory evaluation in the field of health promotion and health system intervention.


Member Dr. Roger Bland, University of Alberta
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  •         My major interest is in the epidemiology and long-term outcome of psychiatric disorders. For over 30 years I have been involved in projects in the long-term follow-up of people with schizophrenia. I have also, with collaborators, completed studies of the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in Edmonton, investigated attempted suicide in Edmonton and looked at service utilization for mental health problems. For 10 years, we have been involved as the Edmonton site for the Canadian Study of Health and Aging, a major national study designed to estimate the prevalence and incidence of dementia, search for risk factors and determine whether cognitive impairment leads to dementi.
Member – Mary Jane Yates, University of Alberta
  •          Teaching Strategies in Health Promotion Practice. My primary interests include the mobilization of communities to promote both social and ecological health, the use of public health evidence in decision making, and how to promote a culture of openness, inclusivity and empowerment in the places in which I live, work and play. I am currently engaged in a variety of projects looking at the connection between social and ecological aspects of health, including a quality of life impact assessment for the lower Athabasca oil sands region and the development of an inventory of community-based coalitions across Alberta.


Member – Jessica Turowski, ACMHI Project Manager
  •           Works on the behalf of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), as the Project Manager of a provincial mental health project, called the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation fund (ACMHI). ACMHI supports student-led mental health initiatives at post-secondary institutions in Alberta. With student leaders at the helm, the aim is to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness, reducing stigma, supplementing peer-led services, and fostering healthy campuses where students feel confident in discussing issues and seeking support. I am passionate about community driven action and work to foster collaborative opportunities between campus partners, community and government partners
Member – Garrett Perlette, ACMHI Project Assistant
  •          Project assistant for Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation, as well as office administrator for Alberta Students’ Executive Council. I am passionate about post-secondary mental health coping methods, and driven to find successful, and sustainable platforms to create healthy motives in the post-secondary sector.