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.

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Student Staff

Theresa Chris-Amadin, Event Assistant

Theresa is a Psychology major at the University of Calgary. Her work at Healthy Campus Alberta is motivated by her passion for mental health and desire to enhance her abilities as an advocate for marginalized populations in academia. She brings experience at the postsecondary level as a student, staff member and volunteer. She loves volunteering and has been involved in initiatives within her local and university community that promote peer well-being and community engagement.  Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, going to the gym, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Lisa Nguyen, Community Event Assistant

Lisa is a third-year graduate student in the Masters of Counselling program at the University of Calgary. Through her involvement in various roles at the University, she brings to the Healthy Campus Alberta Team experience in student services, research, and mental health. Her professional goal is to work with students from diverse backgrounds and help them make a positive change in their lives. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and playing volleyball or dodgeball.

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.

Cheyanne Soetaert, Community Engagement Assistant, 2021-2022

Daniel V. Sadler, Event Assistant, 2021-2022

Makayla Freeman, Project Assistant 2019-2021; Student Communications Assistant, 2018

Aubrianna Snow, Student Communications Assistant, 2021

Cynthia Ma, Student Event Assistant, 2020-2021

Katherine Liu, Student Event Assistant, 2020

Katherine DeCoste, Student Communications Assistant, 2020

Dalia Grobovaite, Student Communications Assistant, 2018-2019

Teresa Chen, Student Evaluations Assistant, 2018-2019

Art Assoiants, Program Evaluator, 2018

Our Partners

Alberta Government
Canadian Mental Health Association


Mental health for all
Alberta Campus

Mental Health Innovation