Staff

 Paula Corcoran – Provincial Executive Director

I’ve been a member of the CHANNAL Team since September 2010.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Memorial University. My experience in the community sector comes from years of volunteerism, having volunteered with such organizations as the Single Parent Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, Bridges to Hope Food Aid Centre, and most recently with CHANNAL as the Spokesperson for their anti-stigma campaign, ‘Let’s Talk About It’. I’m currently a board member with the Single Parent Association, as well as a parent representative on the Regional Child Care Liaison Committee.

I’m a mom of two young sons. I bring a lived experience with mental illness, and a passion to use my experience to motivate others. I also offer motivation and drive to promote my personal belief in recovery, wellness, and peer support.

 

 Max Jacobs – Provincial Operations Coordinator

I began volunteering at CHANNAL in July 2011 when I started the Freestyle Friday social group which I am very happy to still be involved in. I was hired as the Provincial Executive Assistant in November of that year. Through changing roles and responsibilities that job evolved into the Provincial Operations Coordinator. I have a diploma in Business Administration-Accounting from West Viking College (now CONA) and bring 14 years experience working in the mental health field. Over the years I have learned that my own lived experience with mental illness is my most valuable asset in doing the work I love to do. I am a strong believer in the value of peer support in our mental health system and feel privileged to be a part of the CHANNAL team as we work to bring peer support to its full potential.

mike Mike Herrell – Provincial Peer Support Coordinator

Like many, mental health has been an on going part of my life as a consumer. My mental health does not define me, but has helped me to appreciate the on going work that needs to be done in our communities. I have spent the past fifteen years working with three nonprofit mental health organizations in St. Johns. Watching real people work through their challenges for a better life is most rewarding. It is very important that we all realize how much of a resource we can be to others and ourselves. CHANNAL has played a major role in our community through education, advocacy, social and emotional support to mental health consumers. I am honored to be a part of this proactive endeavor!

Heidi Anderson – Regional Peer Support – Grand Falls Windsor

I was hired as Grand Falls Windsor’s Regional Peer Support for CHANNAL in February 2012. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and I practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist for four years. I take a proactive approach towards my mental health and have 15 years of lived experience. Life experience gives me an opportunity to share hope with others and learn that sometimes the darkness brings out the beauty we miss in the light. I have a passion for creativity, animals, and people – all of which add light to my own recovery journey to love the ups, cope the downs, and live the dreams!

Victoria Dyke – Regional Peer Support – St. John’s

I became a volunteer with CHANNAL in March 2012 and was hired as St. John’s Regional Peer Support in August. I have a Community Studies Diploma and have worked in the Human Service field for over 8 years.I have and continue to volunteer with various community organizations and feel I have gained most of my compassion and love for life throughout these experiences. I bring a lived experience with mental illness and a passion for supporting others in their recovery journey. In sharing my journey with mental health I hope to motivate and instill hope in others. Live each day to its fullest potential and know recovery is always possible!

IMG_3105-001 Bonnie Rotchford – Regional Peer Support – Stephenville

I became CHANNAL’s Peer Supporter for the western region of the island very recently in January 2013.  I have worked in the non-profit sector for several years and through my lived experience of mental health I have a strong commitment to bring mental health awareness to the forefront.  I believe that providing information, supports and resources will allow self-empowerment and self-determination that is so important in the recovery journey. I take a holistic approach to healing and health, in that we need to look after all aspects of health –mental, emotional, spiritual and physical.  My Aboriginal culture is very important in my life and that has strengthened my belief in truth, honesty, respect and the power of healing.

 

Jill   Jill Ralph – Regional Peer Support – St. John’s

I started at CHANNAL in September 2013 as an intern from Fleming College in Peterborough, ON. I am originally from Mount Pearl NL but I ended up going away to get my Social Service Worker Diploma. I was hired in December 2013 as a Regional Peer Support in St. John’s. I gained most of my experience through my volunteer work with Katimavik, my internship with CHANNAL, and my own lived experiences with mental health. Through all my experiences I believe that a combination of self-determination and courage is key to success in anything you put your mind towards.

 

erin Erin Gallant – Regional Peer Support – St. John’s

I have begun my journey with CHANNAL October 2014 as Regional Peer Support. My education is in Therapeutic Recreation as well as Equestrian Coaching. I have combined my love of horses and helping people to start a trauma therapy and mental wellness program called Spirit Horse. I have my own lived experience with mental health and through the use of great support systems, recreation, and teachings from people who inspire me, I have hope for a better tomorrow.

Live, Love and have Hope.