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Meet the Newest mindyourmind Staff, Simran

Hello hello! My name is Simran, and I’m mindyourmind’s new Youth Project Developer. 

You may have seen my name floating around mindyourmind.ca, and that’s because I’m not, well, totally new here. I just graduated from Media & the Public Interest, an undergraduate program at Western University. As a component of MPI, I was able to do a 4th year practicum placement with mindyourmind. For four years, I studied the intersections between media theory, communication, and social justice. It was incredible to see all that I had learned put into practice at mindyourmind, a space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. Not to mention the amazing mindyourmind team.

And now, I’m even happier to be back! As Youth Project Developer, I’ll be collaborating with the mindyourmind team on projects that work with youth to co-create tools for mental health, positive change, and resilience. We currently live in extraordinary times (read: COVID-19), so I’m looking forward to delving into this kind of work, albeit virtually. I have to admit, logging into a video staff meeting for my first day (from my bedroom) was the most memorable start to a job I will ever have. #wfh, am I right? 

I should say that my aforementioned bedroom is in Markham, Ontario, where I’ve grown up since I was four. I live with my grandma, dad, sister, and my Havanese dog Thor. I love travelling, playing Halo on Xbox with my family, and playing the-human-runs-after-the-dog-because-he-won’t-fetch with Thor. I read so much that I’m only 22 but likely half-blind, and I love to dine out and try new foods. Thai is probably my current favourite. Last year, I took a trip to Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. It was like killing eight birds with one stone...

You’re also probably wondering why I have a Nikon camera in this photo. For a few years now, I’ve had a photography business called Memposa Photography. I love capturing moments that are special to people, and I genuinely believe that photography is something that never gets old. My favourite subjects are families and couples, but I’m happy to get creative with anything!

Speaking of growing old, you’ve probably read enough about me for now! I’ll end off by saying that aside from all of this fun stuff, my life has not gone unmarked by experiences with mental illness. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, and I am passionate about helping other people get through theirs. I’m so looking forward to my time at mindyourmind, especially because I get to work with a wonderfully warm, welcoming, and driven team who hold the same passion. Here we go!

Photo by Simran