Staff Ally Geist Toronto, ON As a Grant Writer, Ally supports the Major Gifts team to forge partnerships with funders. Ally has a degree in Theatre Studies and French from Dalhousie University and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. Her work experience is wide-ranging. She’s been a dramaturge, working with an emerging playwright to get a world premiere production off the ground, she’s worked as a Renaissance Drama Research Assistant, has worked in Human Resources, and came to Jack.org from an academic publisher, where she worked on both the editorial and sales teams. Ally also volunteers at the Brink Literacy Project — words, literacy, and community outreach are close to her heart. Before joining the team, Ally participated in all of Jack.org’s programs — she was on the exec team of the Dalhousie University Jack chapter, attended 4 National Summits and the first MTL au sommet, and gave Jack Talks in English and French in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. When she’s not working, you might find Ally scouting cute dogs at the park, having her 5th coffee of the day in a local cafe, or curled up with a book under an armload of blankets. My mental health revolution looks like not needing to have a huge conversation at all. It’s a world where talking about mental health and caring for yourself and others is so second-nature that we don’t need a movement. A country where people know how to be proactive about their mental health, and when someone needs support, it’s as accepted as going to the dentist or getting a haircut. And it’s that accessible too, no matter what part of the country you live in.