MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS 

Alison Pryce

Mental Health Educator 

Over the past 10 years, Alison Pryce has led our Youth Net program at Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin. With a diploma in Social Service Work, Alison enjoys the interactions with diverse communities, while creating awareness and advocating for mental wellness.

Her work within the region has given Alison the opportunity to help thousands of youth who take part in the Youth Net program, as well as the opportunity to educate parents and teachers about mental illness an how it effects our youth. 

Alison is proud to work with an agency that helps decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. 

Brittany Bullock

Mental Health Educator

Brittany is a speaker, trainer, and facilitator educating communities around the GTA on topics of Mental Health and Mental Illness. She is a graduate from Waterloo University, with a degree in environmental management and a Sheridan College Graduate, with a diploma in outreach and youth services. Upon graduating from Sheridan she was recipient of the J. D. Atkinson Award for high academic achievement and community service as well as a Silver Medalist for academic excellence. She is trained in SafeTalk, First-Aid, Mental Health First-Aid, CPI and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Brittany’s passion for helping youth, adults and their families better understand and cope with mental illness is her driving force. Her interactive presentations and workshops inspire attendees to share their stories and to seek assistance. Brittany's eagerness to motivate, educate and inspire her audiences continues to be her driving force to success.

Gary Bure

Mental Health Educator 

Gary Bure is a mental health educator and professional fitness trainer dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. His goal is to provide knowledge about mental health, mental illness and benefits of physical fitness to improving overall well-being. Gary received his Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto where he did his double major in Economics and Anthropology. Gary had an interest in the study of human societies which is why learning about mental health really sparked an interest for him.

Gary has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). He is a Certified Mental Health Works, Compassion Fatigue, and Rent SMART trainer. In addition, he has a certification in Adult Education from Sheridan College, and obtained his Personal Training and Fitness Instructor Certification.

The number of individuals that experience mental illness continues to grow, these individuals may walk among us everyday but we don’t know. Gary’s belief, that no one should have to go through the experience of recovering from a mental health issue alone, inspires him to continue to spread mental health knowledge and bring understanding and support to those in need.

Jeanette Schepp

Mental Health Educator

Jeanette Schepp, is a Certified Human Resources Leader with over 20 years' senior Human Resources Management experience who is dedicated to building awareness and support for Mental Health. In
addition to managing her HR consulting business, Jeanette is a PT Instructor at Humber College and a Mental Health Educator, with the Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin. Jeanette brings
an interactive style to building Mental Health awareness. Sharing best practices in Human Resources coupled with her life experiences in living with Mental Health, she offers a respectful and practical approach to addressing Mental Health in the workplace.

Jeanette is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and offers a variety of trainings including: Mental Health Awareness, Stress Management and Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Training, in addition to Workplace Wellness sessions through her work at CMHA Peel Dufferin. An active and passionate community leader, Jeanette has served as President of the Human Resources Professionals Association - Peel Chapter in addition to holding various Board positions with The Alzheimer's Society Peel, Jean Tweed Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Jeanette currently serves as
a member of the City of Brampton Diversity and Inclusion committee, tasked with developing a Diversity and Inclusion plan for the municipality. Jeanette enjoys traveling, and making a difference through her community volunteer activities.

Karyn Hand

Mental Health Clinical Educator 

Karyn is a registered social worker and educator with 30 years of experience in the field of adult mental health and addictions. Karyn offers several perspectives on mental health and addictions as a front-line clinician, manager and someone who lives in recovery.
Karyn has a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, a Master of Adult Education from Yorkville University, and holds a Certificate in Advanced Health Leadership from the Rotman School of Management. Karyn is a certified Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Compassion Fatigue and Wholistic Crisis Planning facilitator.

Karyn’s passion is to educate those who are interested in developing a better understanding of mental illness and addiction. She is a dynamic and engaging facilitator whose goal is to create a world where those living with mental illness and addiction can thrive without stigma.

Karyn has presented to small groups, at conferences and at large corporate trainings of several hundred people. Karyn uses every opportunity to foster an environment where people can feel safe while learning. Karyn encourages people to challenge their ideas and values by embracing concepts that may feel uncomfortable yet honor the diverse communities where we live and work.

Natalie Neal

Mental Health Educator

Natalie is excited to join the Mental Health Promotion team at Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin.

Natalie has been highlighted in several publications and has appeared on national television. She was also a featured Speaker Educator at the Ontario Science Centre at the Science of Food Conference. She has a proven track record for supporting, motivating, and inspiring others to rise above challenges, to hit re-start at any time and to reach both personal and professional goals.

Prior to becoming an enthusiast for plant-based nutrition and teaching healthy cuisine ideas for optimal mental and physical performance to the mainstream, Natalie worked as a counsellor for children, youth, and families. She supported community organizations within interdisciplinary teams for over fifteen years within education, the youth criminal justice system, mental health and child protection.

Miguel Martinez

Mental Health Educator 

Miguel is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and mental health educator dedicated to helping youth and adults gain and improve their mental health and their soft skills (honesty, integrity, leadership, anti-bullying, diversity, etc.). Having worked with youth for over 17 years, he is passionate about mental health and building resiliency. An engaging presenter, Miguel often uses music, dance, games, and play to engage and connect to people during his workshops and presentation. 

As president of MTClife Inc., a life an business coaching company, he has worked with various school boards, Fortune 500 Companies and First Nations communities to bring active, engaging and empowering programs to their schools and organizations. 

In his early years, he worked for MuchMusic, representing the network across Canada and services as a Christian missionary in Puerto Rico for two years. Currently, he is the host of a television special on Rogers through the NovaVision TV Network where he delivers motivations messages to the region. He is married with five children (three boys and twin girls). Miguel has found passion & purpose through dance, laughter, and music - which now serve as cornerstones to his work in mental health awareness. 

Tammy Whelen

Education Lead, Mental Health Promotion 

Tammy Whelen is no stranger to adversity. She faced a difficult battle with cancer at just 25 years old, and has experienced firsthand the anguish of losing a loved one to drugs. Since that time Tammy has dedicated herself to helping others. Whether planning fundraisers, sharing her story, or motivating others, Tammy channels her energy and passion into creating a brighter future for those who may be fighting their own tough battles.

Today, in her role as Education Lead at Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin, Tammy is focusing her efforts on helping to spread the word about the mental health issues that affect so many Canadians from all walks of life. As a Certified ASIST, safe TALK, Compassion Fatigue, Mental Health First Aid, Myers-Briggs and Mental Health Works facilitator, Tammy is determined to demystify mental illness and fight the stigma surrounding it. She understands that awareness is the key to finding solutions – not just for those struggling to live with mental illness, but for the families trying desperately to cope, as well as our society as a whole.

With a certification in Adult Education and Facilitation and Teaching Effectiveness, Tammy also shares her personal experiences which demonstrate that we each face our own challenges – big or small. She believes it is through understanding and acceptance that we can build a network of support for those in need.