Executive Team

Cameron Houchmand
B.Sc. Integrated Sciences
5th year

Co-Chair

Cameron is in his 5th year of the Honours Integrated Sciences Program at UBC. Throughout his time at UBC, discussion on mental health has played a major role in shaping Cameron’s outlook on his university experience. During his 4 years with the Mental Health Network, Cameron has strived to create a campus that is tolerant and open to dialogue on various mental health topics. As co-chair of the MHN, Cameron’s goals involve furthering mental health discussion in his community and working to improve students’ accessibility to the various mental health resources available on campus.

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Blake Peloquin
BSc Majoring in Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences

Co-Chair

Blake is an alumni of UBC and is now working in the community with youth and adults with cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities. This is his 5th year with the MHN and his 3rd year as Co-Chair. One of Blake’s biggest passions is helping people perform to the best of their ability. Whether this performance is related to athletics, academics, social interactions, or anything else, he wants to be at the forefront of aiding people in finding ways to reach their maximum potential. To maintain his own mental wellbeing, Blake enjoys playing hockey, snowboarding, going to the gym, climbing, and backpacking. Through his role in the MHN, Blake hopes to increase students’ knowledge about mental health resources, decrease the stigma surrounding mental health, and help all students discover the tools they need to thrive.

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Milan Zivadinovic
BSc. Behavioural Neuroscience
4th year

Fundraising Co-Coordinator

Milan is a fourth year student in the Behavioural Neuroscience program at UBC and is working towards his goal of pursuing medical school after his undergraduate studies. This is his third year as part of the MHN team with previous roles including the ambassador and manager positions. His goals as a mental health leader on campus are to educate students about the resources available to them on campus, to encourage an open discussion about mental health in an inclusive and stigma-free environment, and to build a healthy community on campus that promotes both mental and physical well being for all students and staff. Milan’s role with the MHN includes organizing and facilitating network meetings that promote collaboration among various organizations and clubs across campus that share a common goal of contributing to mental well being on campus as well as engaging them in the planning of the annual mental health symposium. Milan is also involved in working with the fundraising coordinators with the aim of helping fund the mental health symposium.

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Abhishek Damania
ubcmhn.fundraising@gmail.com
BA Cognitive Systems
5th Year
Fundraising Co-Coordinator 

Abhishek is in his 4th year of Cognitive Systems with a specialization in psychology with a keen interest in design and how our brain reacts to stimuli around us. Over the last two years, the topic of mental health has been of great significance to Abhishek. SInce then he has made it his main focus to create an open dialogue about mental health and its issues and to give people suffering from these issues a safe platform to speak out at. He aims to eradicate the stigma around mental illnesses and to facilitate more discussion and awareness to its surrounding issues. Abhishek’s goals as fundraising coordinator are to hold inclusive campus wide events with the hope to support the Mental Health Symposium 2019, to help it achieve its objectives.

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Vanessa Kong
BSc. Psychology Honours

Communications Lead

Vanessa graduated from the Psychology Honours program, with interests in the social and clinical domain. Her goal is to destigmatize challenges people face with their mental health and provide students with resources that promotes a higher quality of life. Her role is to facilitate communication within MHN and towards the public on topics revolving around the importance of mental health. Her belief is that it’s not the goal to ‘cure’ or ‘eliminate’ the problems one encounters in life, but to strive for continual wellness and growth – to aim for a healthy state of mind, body, and self-identity.

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Ravia Arora
BSc. Integrated Sciences
5th year

On-Campus Project Coordinator

Ravia is a 5th year Integrated Science student focusing on Immunology and Behavioural Neuroscience. She has been involved with mental health initiatives through several organizations including SUS, MHN, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and on various public health and mental wellness research projects. Through these opportunities, Ravia has found a passion for advocacy and facilitating open discussion surrounding mental health, illness and wellness. Ravia’s self-care habits include watercolour and ink painting, dancing and journaling!

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Elizabeth Klimova
BSc. Psychology
5th year

Off-Campus Project Coordinator

Elizabeth is a 5th year Psychology student, minoring in Russian and Speech Sciences. After being an MHN ambassador for high schools, she saw great interest from students and decided that this department of the MHN was quite fitting for her. Throughout her high school years, she noticed that many students were struggling due to stress or mental health related troubles and were unable to get help (either due to stigma or due to the lack of information about mental health resources). Therefore, she was motivated to create a workshop that was directed towards high school audiences that involved stress management, stress prevention, self-care techniques, mental health resources, and healthy activities for the body and mind. The MHN High School workshops had great feedback from teachers and students, which is why MHN decided to give their presentations to groups outside of high schools as well- which is something that Elizabeth is determined to make a success.

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Melika Tashakor
BA Psychology
2nd year

Network Co-Coordinator

Melika is a 2nd-year psychology major student aiming to pursue her goal of attending law school after her undergraduate studies. Last year, Melika was an off-campus ambassador and currently, she is the co-coordinator of the Network. Her role is to facilitate network meetings and collaborate with other mental health resources on campus to plan for the annual Mental Health Symposium. Melika’s goal is to provide students with the available resources to alleviate their mental health-related experiences and reduce the stigma that is built around mental health.

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Svasti Joshi
Finance (Sauder)
3rd year

Network Co-Coordinator

Svasti is a third year undergraduate student at the UBC Sauder School of Business pursuing Finance and Business Law. As Network Co-Coordinator, she aims to make a positive difference around her and enhance an open dialogue about mental health and the resources available to cope with the same. In her free time, you can find Svasti listening to 80’s music, dancing and following her passion for Equestrian sports!

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Jennifer Phi
Arts
4th Year
Social Media Co-Coordinator

Jennifer is in her 4th year at UBC. In the past, Jennifer has had the privilege of being an Ambassador for UBC MHN – this year, she has the pleasure of serving as Social Media Coordinator. Mental health advocacy is one of her passions! She is always open to having broad-minded conversations and supporting others (we can combat stigma together!). Please feel free to reach out to her about anything –whether that be about potential collaborations (we would love to hear about your story, event, initiative, project etc.), uplifting memes (you know, the important stuff), or general questions about UBC MHN– she is happy to help!

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Claire Hicks
Urban Forestry
4th Year
Social Media Co-Coordinator

Claire is a fourth-year urban forestry student interested in design, wellness, and nature. After years of practicing mindfulness and learning about ways to manage stress and anxiety, Claire joined the MHN as the Social Media Co-Manager to help connect students with resources and events related to mental health and wellbeing. 
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Haaziq Karim
ubcmhn.projects@gmail.com
BCom
2nd Year

Media Project Coordinator
Haaziq is in his 2nd year in the Sauder School of Business in UBC. This is his first year on the UBCMHN team. His goal as the media projects manager is to create unique and thought provoking projects across the various digital mediums in order to inform people about and de-stigmatize mental health. Since every person experiences mental health differently, he hopes to use his passion for film and graphic design to illustrate this and allow for open conversation about mental health on campus 
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Andrea Lopez
BSc Biology
3rd Year
Symposium Co-Coordinator
 

Andrea is a current 3rd year student majoring in Biology. She is excited to continue working with students and the MHN Executive Team to further destigmatize conversations surrounding mental health. She hopes that the 2020 Mental Health Symposium will unite and energize the community at UBC to get involved with their own mental wellbeing.

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Evelyn Kim
BA Psychology (w/ minor in Law & Society)
2nd Year
Symposium Co-Coordinator
 

Evelyn is a second year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Law & Society. Aside from MHN, she is also heavily involved with the UBC Debate Society, serving as their VP Internal. Mental health awareness is something she has always been passionate about, so the MHN seemed like the perfect opportunity to get involved with mental health within the UBC community. This is her second year serving as one of the Symposium Co-Coordinators and she is looking forward to seeing the event (and MHN as a whole) continue to grow and flourish!

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Sassan Shokoohi
BSc. Combined Major in Science
BCS (Computer Science)

Web Coordinator

Sassan graduated from UBC with a Bachelors of Science in 2017. Now, he is back at UBC pursuing a BCS (Computer Science) degree. He is passionate about Technology, Health Care and Research. He’s worked as IT for both UBC’s Psychiatry Department and Sauder’s School of Business. He has numerous years of experience in web development and his goal for MHN is to design a website where members, volunteers, execs and the community can come to find information, events and resources. In the future, he hopes to combine his knowledge of science and technology to create a better future for everyone. In his free time, he plays the guitar, catches up on tech news and goes to do the gym.