Who We Are

Our Vision: to educate, collaborate and advocate to transform culture and create caring campus communities throughout the province of Alberta

Our Mission: to create an inclusive, collaborative, and community-integrated approach to mental health and wellness on campuses

The Healthy Campus Alberta community is a valuable resource for anyone working on campus or in mental health. Ways to get involved include attending webinars and summits, joining the dialogue through the Community Hub, taking part in training opportunities, arranging a campus visit, and attending community meetings to share and learn with others. To get started and be a part of this supportive community of practice, sign up for our newsletterjoin the online community, or contact us today. We’re always happy to chat!

Introduction Slideshow

HCA Letter of Introduction

Your Current HCA Team

Melodie Esau, Coordinator

Melodie has been with Healthy Campus Alberta since 2018 and is responsible for systems and project management. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Helen Pethrick, MA, Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Helen joined the HCA Team in Spring 2020 as a student-staff member. As of Fall 2021, Helen is the Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator and is responsible for creating space for conversation related to implementing evidence-informed mental health promotion programs, policies, and practices. She brings her background in student services, research, and teaching to the Healthy Campus Alberta team. A skilled facilitator, Helen is driven by an excitement for learning experiences and a passion for supportive, inclusive post-secondary environments.

Makayla Freeman, Project Assistant

Makayla worked with HCA in 2018 as the Student Communications Assistant and rejoined the team as the Project Assistant in 2019. She is working on a few projects, including website updates and student staff orientation. She recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and is pursuing a Master’s degree.

Not sure who to contact? For General Inquiries, fill out our contact form here.

Student Staff

Daniel V. Sadler, Event Assistant

Daniel V. Sadler is beginning his first year as a Master’s student at the University of Calgary in Community Health Sciences. His background in cross-sector collaboration and networks as a way to address complex issues has evolved his perspective on health, incorporating an intersectional-feminist lens, natural supports, and resiliency frameworks to drive at a holistic understanding of living and thriving in community.

Cheyanne Soetaert, Community Engagement Assistant

Cheyanne is a fourth year student at MacEwan University in the Child and Youth Care program. She brings her experience and education in research, mental health and community services to the Healthy Campus Alberta team. She has a passion for advocacy and believes in working from a strength-based and relational approach to promote belonging and community. She enjoys hiking and kayaking in the mountains, and loves spending time with friends and family.

One of HCA’s values is creating a platform for the student voice as an equal stakeholder in the community of practice. Thus, we have rotating student positions on the HCA staff team and have had the pleasure of working with the following students. Each of them has contributed something unique to the HCA team throughout their time with us.

Aubrianna Snow, Student Communications Assistant, 2021

Cynthia Ma, Student Event Assistant, 2020-21

Katherine Liu, Student Event Assistant, 2020

Katherine DeCoste, Student Communications Assistant, 2020

Dalia Grobovaite, Student Communications Assistant, 2018/19

Teresa Chen, Student Evaluations Assistant, 2018/19

Art Assoiants, Program Evaluator, 2018

Our Partners

Alberta Government
Canadian Mental Health Association

Alberta

Mental health for all
UCalgaryStrong
Alberta Campus

Mental Health Innovation