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Andrea Paquette, Stigma-Free Host
Andrea is the President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society. She is passionate about educating all people about mental health and focuses much of her discussions on stigma that negatively affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others.
Andrea has presented across multiple venues nationally and she is an award winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker and published author. She is passionate about helping people realize that they are not alone by sharing her personal story of living with bipolar disorder. She is excited to take on the role as a Stigma-Free Live Host.
Gerry Friesen, Stigma-Free Host
Gerry, AKA the Recovering Farmer, comes from a diverse background of experience, learning and discovery. He grew up on a farm and in 1983 took over the family farm. He operated the farm until 2007 when other interests demanded more and more of his time.
Gerry’s passion is in helping others find solutions for the various issues that life throws at us. A combination of his own journey with anxiety and depression, training in conflict resolution and intensive counseling training provide him the tools to help others who are struggling. As such he has presented widely, across Canada, to a variety of audiences challenging listeners to “talk about it” and has been recognized nationally for being a champion of mental health and agriculture.
We are looking for more hosts for our Rural Wellness Live Events!
We will be interviewing rural mental wellness advocates, experts and individuals who wish to share their personal story and expert advice on rural mental health.
Guest: Kim Moffatt
Stress Management Techniques for Farmers
Guest: Paul Adams
BC Rural Health Network
Guest: Jayne Krull
Division of Agricultural Development,
Guest: Dr. Rachel Herron
Founding Director of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health & Associate Professor at Brandon University
Guest: Brendan Byrne
Manager of Byrne Brothers
Guest: Deborah Vanberkel
Registered Psychotherapist and
Partner on a Multi-Generational Dairy Farm
Guest: Allan Kehler
Mental Health Advocate,
International Keynote Speaker & Best-Selling Author
Guest: Tracy Burnet
CEO of Farm Marketer and
the host of Impact Farming
Guest: Jeff Ditzenberger
Farmer & Founder of T.U.G.S Program for Mental Health
Guest: Kim Moffat
Crisis Counsellor and
Rural & Agricultural Mental Health Specialist
Guest: Ed Staples
President of Support Our Health Care Society
and Rural Health Network
Guest: Gerry Friesen
“The Recovering Farmer”
Stress Expert & Motivational Speaker
Guest: Nathaan Demers, Psy. D
VP Clinical Programs & Strategic Partnerships
at Grit Digital Health
Guest: Briana Hagen, PHD
Mental Health and well being in rural communities
Guest: Kristen Kelderman
Masters Student and Rural Mental Health Advocate
Guest: Kaila Anderson, MSW
Rural Behavioural Health & Social Services Expert
Guest: Alanna Coneybeare
VP of Conlee Farms Inc. and Admin for the Farmers’ Toolbox
Guest: Danika Vessel
Director, Partnerships & Outreach for We Matter
Guest: Jason Medows
Founder of Ag State of Mind
Guest: Ally Spears
Owner of Ag Chicks and Podcast Host for “The Dirt”