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Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee (MHAC)

The MHAC membership comprises participants who represent of the University community diversity and who possess perspective or expertise that could be drawn upon. Committee members will have lived experience and/or have a strong interest in mental health and wellness. Additional ad hoc members will be identified by the University Advisor and added as needed. Members are appointed for a one-year term, renewable.

Representatives of the Mental Health and Wellness Steering Committee will also attend these meetings on an as needed basis.

The University Advisor on Mental Health and Wellness serves as the Chair.

  • Representatives of the uOttawa community
  • At least four undergraduate students (including one from the University of Ottawa Students’ Union)
  • At least three graduate students (including one from the Graduate Student’s Association)
  • At least two non-academic staff members
  • At least two full time professors
  • At least one part-time professor
  • Representatives of the broader community
  • One Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) representative
  • One Ottawa Public Health (OPH) representative
  • One Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) representative
  • One Morneau-Shepell representative
  • Resource people will be:
    • The Wellness and Return to Work Advisor, Human Resources
    • One Manager, Planning, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs
    • As needed, experts on specific issues

The MHAC will meet twice each semester.

MHAC members will participate in working groups that suit their interest and skills.

Secretariat services are provided by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs.

Elizabeth Kristjansson

University Advisor on Mental Health and Wellness
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Yann Barheile

Supervisor, Collection Sector
Financial Resources

Gurrattan Chandhoke

Graduate Student
Faculty of Medicine

Nickolas Eburne

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Olga Fellus

Part-time Professor
Faculty of Education

Ariana Foote

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Social Sciences

Angel Foster

Full Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences

Allison Leeming

Graduate Student
Faculty of Social Sciences

Harriet Greenstone

Part-time Professor
Faculty of Education

Tim Gulliver

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Social Sciences

Saada Hussen

Graduate Student
Faculty of Medicine

Dana Hyde

Executive in Residence
Telfer School of Management

Lavagnon Ika

Full Professor
Telfer School of Management

Lorie Laroche

Educational Development and Digital Learning Specialist
Teaching and Learning Support Services

Nelson Mohamidi

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Social Sciences

Salman Mohammadzamani

Graduate Student
Telfer School of Management

Elmira Mirbahaeddin

Graduate Student
Telfer School of Management

Jennie Nelson

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Health Sciences

Laura O'Connor

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Arts

Ana Radar

Undergraduate Student
Faculty of Science

Lynn Rivard

Chief Administrative Officer
Faculty of Arts

Natalie Magdalena Sadowski

Graduate Student
Faculty of Education

Terry Skolnik

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Rachel Thelen

Graduate Student
Telfer School of Management

Stephanie Walker

Director of student support programs
Morneau Shepell

Benoit Lefebvre

Wellness and Return to Work Advisor
Human Resources

April MacInnes

Senior Mental Health Advisor
Student Affairs

Annie Garant

Manager, Planning
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs