WL Keynote Speakers

Keith Anderson LL.B., LL.M.

I am an alumnus of Dalhousie University and University College London. I am a lawyer who had depression. My first time going public with my depression was 10 years ago with an article in the National Post newspaper, called How I Returned to a Life Worth Living. Since then, I have spoken at national mental health conferences, legal conferences, universities, and the Cape Breton Police Service for their mental health training. I have also served on several Boards of Directors for mental health groups. I am currently the Chair of the Board for the Self Help Connection based in Halifax.

I bring my knowledge and experience as a lawyer and my knowledge and experience of having had depression for years to my presentations. Professional and well experienced in speaking to audiences, I connect to inspire you to have a life worth living.

For a full list of my presentations over the last 10 years, click http://worthliving.co/presentations/

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Todd Leader

Todd, an alumnus of Cape Breton University and Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker. He has spent 28 years working as a transformational leader in health services and has also been teaching in the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University for the same 28 years. Todd has twice earned awards for his teaching, including the Overall Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest award presented by the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association. Health services under his leadership have earned two international best-practice awards, and a leadership award for excellence in women’s health. In 2017, Todd’s contributions to the community were recognized by a formal proclamation in the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Todd has been the President of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association, Vice President of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers and a member of the Nova Scotia Ministerial Advisory Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions. He is currently the Past-President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.

Todd is currently a consultant, speaker, and facilitator helping to lead client-centered system improvements, using his 2016 book “It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada”. He also works with the Canadian Cancer Society as the Vice President of Support Programs for Atlantic Canada, while still teaching at Saint Mary’s University. A sought-after speaker, Todd has presented at national and provincial conferences and workshops for many organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Peer Support Canada, Addiction & Mental Health Ontario, and Children’s Mental Health Ontario. He also regularly delivers training and consultation services to Governments, Health Authorities, and NGO’s.

Please visit Todd’s website www.leader-development.ca
Social media for Todd –
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Twitter – Follow @toddleader1
Linkedin – https://ca.linkedin.com/in/toddleaderdevelopment

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Justine McNeil

Justine is a passionate motivational speaker, sharing her personal stories and journey living with various mental illnesses to advocate for mental health, educate, inspire and help break down the stigma while also touching on her volunteer travel abroad to Ecuador, Kenya and India. Her speaking engagements have included speaking at WE Day, multiple events for Me to We, Jack.org, Niagara Public Health and various schools and organizations within Ontario while also being an ambassador for LIVE A Great Story and Worth Living. In 2015 she raised and donated $10,000 to Free the Children to build a school in Kenya and her work and stories have been published by Stigma Fighters, The Mighty, in various newspapers, in two books and for Me to We. In 2017 she was nominated for an Ontario Colleges Premier’s award for her mental health advocacy and philanthropic work.

Please visit Justine’s website www.justinemcneil.com

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Ashley Quackenbush

Ashley goes by the stage name DJ Scratchley Q.  Ashley was born and raised on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She currently works as a professional DJ for a variety of events. She has a passion for sharing her story in order to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to educate others on the importance of speaking out about mental health and seeking help. Ashley combines her love of music and knowledge of mental health to share her personal journey. She has created a series of online music mixes called “Worth Living BPM Therapy” found on mixcloud. Ashley is an ambassador for Worth Living and is the Worth Living official DJ. She has spoken at WE Day Manitoulin and for private events. She is also a Jack Talks speaker with Jack. Org. She has been featured in numerous news articles for mental health advocacy and volunteer work. In her down time Ashley enjoys digging in the crates for vinyl records and traveling. She has volunteer traveled to Tanzania, Kenya, Ecuador and the borderlands in Arizona. Ashley believes that music is therapy.

Facebook: DJ Scratchley Q

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Music Mixes : www.mixcloud.com/DJScratchleyQ


Greg Zed

After 42 years of service, Greg has recently retired from the Horizon Health Network as Area Manager, Addictions and Mental Health Services, Sussex, New Brunswick.  Greg has presented at many national and international conferences throughout his career, including a paper titled, “The  Development and Implementation of Suicide Prevention in New Brunswick” at the American Association of Suicidology Conference in 2007. He also holds the distinction as a Forensic Suicidologist and oversaw all programs dealing with Mental Health and the Law in Sussex. Greg is past president of the Schizophrenia Society of New Brunswick and Co-chair of the Rothesay Chapter of the Terry Fox Foundation Marathon. He is also past president of the Saint John Boys and Girls Club and Life Member.

Over the years, Greg has received several awards for both his professional and volunteer contributions, including the Dr. Michael J. Smith Award for outstanding professional in the field of Mental Health in Canada and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. For his extensive community engagement, Greg is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, a distinction bestowed by the Rotary Club of Saint John. He continues to remain active in his community and his church as a Lay Minister.

Greg’s education includes a Master of Social Work and Health Administration from Dalhousie University.

He has recently established a private practice where he continues to present on Suicide Prevention , Mental Health and the Law, and other mental health topics.

Greg brings extensive knowledge ,  experience, and expertise  to Worth Living Mental Health.


Kim LaMontagne

Kim shares her personal story of being a high functioning business woman balancing a career and family while fighting (and hiding) major depression, anxiety and persistent suicidal thoughts. By sharing her story, she helps individuals find the courage, power and strength to accept and love who they are and rise above the fear, stigma and shame of mental illness and talk openly about it.  Kim fought her battle alone because she was afraid of stigma. Especially in the workplace. No one should suffer alone.

Presentations

National Alliance of Mental Illness, New Hampshire Chapter – “In Our Own Voice” Presenter

Presentations include:

April 2017 – St. Joseph Hospital (NH) Parish, Nursing students

May 2017 – Nashua Community College (NH), Nursing Class of 2017

May 2017 – National Alliance of Mental Illness (NH), Family to Family advocacy meeting

June 2017 – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (NH), Behavioral Health Unit

July 2017 – Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (NH), Behavioral Health Unit

October 2017 –NAMI NH staff meeting

October 2017 – Panelist at the Greater Nashua Public Health Annual Meeting and Integrated Behavioral Health

November 2017 – St. Anselm College Mental Health Awareness class

May 2018 – Parkland Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit – Support group

May 2018 – Stand By Me Conference for Bedford Middle School at Southern NH University

Additional presentations:

June 2018 – Mental Health in the Workplace – Walden University, Business Development Summer Sales Summit


Cat Davis

Cat is a 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in 2017 and has since become an advocate for mental health awareness and education.

Before Cat was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was misdiagnosed with depression. She was institutionalized twice before being correctly diagnosed and given the proper medication and treatment. Cat now aspires to continue the mental health conversation, educate the public about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, and advocate for the research of mental illnesses, which she believes will inevitably lead to more correct diagnoses.

Cat became an Ambassador and writer for Worth Living in May 2017. As well as on Worth Living’s website, Cat has published articles about bipolar disorder on iam1in4.com, selfgrowth.com, mental-health.alltop.com, and her blog www.highrisk1.wordpress.com She also has used platforms such as TEDx and The Human Library Organization to share her experiences through public speaking.

Cat is the Director of Worth Living USA and recently established WL Charlottesville, VA.