Karen has a Bachelor Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and 32 years of experience working in the mental health field, with the last 17 years in Mental Health Promotion. Karen is a registered Social Worker, Co-Chair of the MCSW Complaints Committee and Chair of the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network. Karen has designed a variety of staff development curriculums including: Psychological First Aid, Suicide Assessment & Intervention, Well-being Workshops, and Circle of Care. She has been a columnist for Wave magazine and the Winnipeg Free press on mental wellness topics. Karen was the Project Lead for two robust mental health promotion campaigns “Enjoy Life More” and “Thrive over 55”, the Project Consultant for this Newcomer well-being project and the Project Co-Lead for the Indigenous Ways to Well-being: Youth Perspectives resource. Karen is passionate about encouraging people to embrace wellness, develop resilience, and flourish in all areas of life.
Julie-Anne McCarthy has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Science degree in Community Psychology, from Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, USA. Julie-Anne is currently conducting research with the University of Manitoba and teaching at the Université de Saint-Boniface. Julie-Anne previously held the position of Program Specialist in Mental Health Promotion with the Winnipeg Regional Healthy Authority, conducted research with the University of Manitoba and Healthy Child Manitoba, and worked in crisis services with the Mental Health Crisis Response Center and Adult Mobile Crisis Service. Research interests include childhood mental health, population mental health, mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.