Staff Sam Khalil She/her English Sam's passion for working with youth, along with her belief that young people should be involved in every aspect of mental health advocacy, are what brought her to Jack.org. As a Program Coordinator for Northern, Central, and Southwestern Ontario, Sam works to support the young leaders from these areas to create change in their community’s mental health landscape. Sam believes that mental health is holistic—it cannot be separated from race, sexuality, gender identity, religion, or ability. This means working 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 involves listening to what communities say they need and empowering them to advocate for those needs. It requires constantly growing, learning, changing, and 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! 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.