Elaina Moss (They/Them/Theirs)
Elaina works at Canadian Mental Health Association North and West Vancouver as Program Manager and Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Elaina is a counsellor by training and was in private practice for 4 years where they specialized in bipolar disorders and supporting LGBTQ2S+ individuals. Elaina has their own lived experience with a mood disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and complex chronic illness and shares that experience in their workshops to break down the stigma associated with these conditions.
Elaina identifies as queer and disabled and is passionate about providing education and support to both communities, including facilitating a chronic pain support group through CMHA. Before their involvement with CMHA, Elaina worked as program manager at Pacific Bipolar Foundation, as a youth peer navigator at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and volunteered on Battered Women’s Support Services’ Intake & Crisis Line. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Elaina worked for 7 years in Early Childhood Special Education.
Ferzana Jamani (She/Her/Hers)
Ferzana has 20 years of experience and education in the Mental Health and Addictions field as an Outreach Case Manager, Adult Education Instructor, Trainer and Facilitator. She is an Instructor for Mental Health First Aid Standard and an Instructor for Mental Health First Aid for Adults that Interact with Youth through the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Presently, she is a trainer/facilitator through Canadian Mental Health Association and is pursuing her Registered Therapeutic Counselling designation. Ferzana is also the BC Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Mental Health and Addictions Lead for The Aga Khan Health Board. In 2018, she was the BC Mental Health Lead on the Special Needs Medical Team for The Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee and had the opportunity to be the Canadian Mental Health Co-lead for the Aga Khan Special Needs Medical Team in Portugal. She has presented about Mental Health and Addictions at SFU, High Schools, organizations and other speaking engagements and conferences. Ferzana’s dedication and passion in raising awareness for Mental Health and Addictions issues is evident in her professional and personal life and voluntary commitments as well as her pursuit in furthering her education in the field.
Lucette Welsley (She/Her/Hers)
Lucette is a certified Mental Health Works Trainer and Psychological Health and Safety Advisor for the Canadian Mental Health Association. She understands the impact presenteeism, absenteeism, and disability has on an organization and the challenges managers face in addressing these, particularly in workplace mental health.
Lucette has over 25 years of experience as Manager/Director of large disability claims operations responsible for up to 200 staff. Her expertise in disability management and her broad understanding of related fields is the foundation for providing support and innovation in disability management programs with employers, including large corporate, union and municipal plans. She was selected as one of the top 50 Women of Influence in the Canadian Insurance Industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal in 2014.
Lucette has been a long-time supporter of the CMHA as a Steering Committees member for the Bottom Line Conference and Women & Wellness events. She has trained in Mental Health First Aid and the Community Gatekeeper Program (Suicide Prevention). She is the Past President of the BC Collaborative for Disability Prevention and the BC Lymphedema Association where she was an Editorial Board member for the national magazine Pathways. Lucette has actively promoted and supported mental health initiatives in her current and past workplaces and the external community.