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Sam Khalil
Sam Khalil

Sam Khalil

Pronouns: she/her
 
As a Program Coordinator for Northern, Central, and parts of Southwestern Ontario, Sam works to support the young leaders from these areas to create change in their community’s mental health landscape.
 
Hailing from Scarborough, Sam has always been passionate about working with youth, starting with her many years as a camp counsellor and after-school program staff. She attended Ryerson University where she completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree, and then went on to begin her journey in non-profit work. Sam has always strongly believed that accessibility, inclusivity, intersectionality, and equity should be at the forefront of every conversation when working to support communities with their mental health advocacy.
 
When she’s not at Jack.org (physically or virtually), Sam is often watching something superhero or horror related, eating yummy food from a vegetarian restaurant, or finding a new hiking trail to explore!
 
My mental health revolution is holistic. It is an understanding that one’s mental health cannot be separated from their race, sexuality, gender identity, religion, or ability. It works to dismantle the systems that not only prevent folks from accessing mental health supports, but that create the need for those supports in the first place. It is listening to what communities’ say they need and empowering them to advocate for those needs. It is constantly growing, learning, and changing. It is not reactive, but proactive. It will require each of us to think about how we move through this world, how we contribute to the systems that work to oppress marginalized groups, and how we can actively fight against these systems. And then take action!