Daughters of the Vote delegates from coast to coast to coast have identified mental health as an area in which they would like to see change. Collectively, they share a wealth of knowledge in this area attained through education, community engagement as well as diverse professional and personal experiences.
Through the Daughters of the Vote Legacy Project, delegates will continue to build on the discussions that took place during the historic March 2017 events in Ottawa.
Meet the Mental Health Network Leaders selected by Equal Voice to capture the experience and expertise of Daughters of the Vote and facilitate networks and relationships that will help these young women make change.
Kayleigh Erickson, Fleetwood Port-Kells
Kayleigh has extensive experience working on mental health issues, especially for youth on university campuses. As Chairperson of the University of Victoria Students’ Society, she started the first society-led mental health campaign on campus, and has also served as the student representative for her university’s mental health task force. Kayleigh has advocated for increased access to counselling services, mental health accommodation for students, and was instrumental in providing Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to the university community. During the historic Daughter of the Vote sitting in the House of Commons, Kayleigh raised the issue of sexualized violence on university campuses and the need to support survivors.
Khadija Waseem, Don Valley North
Khadija has extensive experience working to establish mental health supports for at-risk immigrant, refugee, and indigenous youth. She is currently working to create a mental health social services program at the Abu Huraira Centre, in Toronto, which will provide cultural, emotional, social and mental support to uplift marginalized communities. She also works with the Canadian Roots Initiative to create local reconciliation programming for indigenous and non-indigenous communities.