Trisha Rolfe is a Child and Youth Care Master’s level graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. You can catch her singing and dancing to Sia and creating macrame creations for fun. You can typically find her at Starbucks, listening to Florence and the Machine, and hanging out with her cat named Antonio. She has a passion for mental health awareness, LGBTQ+ issues, Indigenous rights, and art in all different forms. Trisha is constantly looking for ways to reach out and advocate for many different populations; education and compassion are essential to her. If you see her on the street you may mistake her for Lorde, but don’t hesitate to say hi!
Jamie Lupia is currently pursuing a double major in creative writing and labour studies. The only expression she knows is through poetry, drawing, pretending she knows how dance, and eating kinder eggs. The reason Jamie is involved in this project is because she is passionate about story-telling in all forms, and believes knowledge is best when shared. The truth is, the only true way to keep people alive, and asking “what’s next?” is to tell stories.
Deanna Aguiar is a Ryerson University graduate. She holds a B.A. in Child and Youth Care and minor in Psychology. You will most likely catch her eating obscene amounts of popcorn and enjoying a good cup of coffee. She carries a passion for helping those in the LGBTQ community and with mental health issues in whatever way she can. Deanna believes that everyone has a story to share and that there are people who need to hear them.
Kiri Witmer (she, her/ they, them)
Kiri is currently applying to Masters programs, hoping to study Social Work to further explore LGBTQ+ issues, feminism, and harm-reduction (all of which are very close to her heart). When not being an academic nerd, Kiri is making up games with children, biking, or critiquing Netflix shows based on the Bechdel Test criteria. Kiri believes that like a bag of candy, stories are better when shared. Despite this blurb, Kiri doesn’t talk in third person… often.
Averi is finishing her first year at DalhousieUniversity where she studies Health Promotion. If she’s not shopping for new shoes you can find her in the gym or at the yoga studio. With a passion in mental and physical health, Averi hopes to spread the word in the East Cost. As much as she loves to talk, she loves to hear stories even more.