Our Team

Our team brings extensive professional relationships and insights spanning the expansive landscapes of health and education research, policy, and practice. This collective expertise uniquely positions Wellstream to lead impactful change.

Dr. Emily Jenkins, a registered nurse, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her program of research aims to enhance mental health outcomes and reduce substance use harms. It is grounded in principles of mental health promotion, social justice, and equity and characterized by an “upstream” and systems-level focus. Dr. Jenkins’ research is responsive to emergent, priority health and social issues, including the development of interventions to guide youth policy engagement to strengthen positive mental health, minimize the harms of substance use across the lifespan, enhance mental health systems, and monitor the population mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a list of publications see Google Scholar.

Liza McGuinness is a Research Manager at the Agenda Collaborative and a mom. Her interests include health equity and community-based participatory research, with a focus on youth engagement and mental health promotion. She has provided leadership and partnership development to numerous qualitative and community-based research projects.

For a list of publications and citations see Google Scholar.

Sherri Moore-Arbour is a co-founder and Principal of BUNYAAD. Partnering with Wellstream for Schools, she will lead K-12 Partnerships and Outreach. She is an award-winning communications expert with extensive experience in the K-12 education systems in British Columbia and Ontario. A former elected school trustee, Board of Education Vice-Chair, and Director of Communication for the BC School Trustees Association, Sherri has worked closely with education professionals and brings a nuanced understanding of change management in K-12. She has a passion and reverence for the important work of education professionals. Sherri serves as a judge for the annual BRAVO! Awards with the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education. She is a proud member of Métis Nation and is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Ash Amlani is a co-founder and Principal of BUNYAAD Public Affairs, an award-winning strategic communications and public affairs firm that is majority Indigenous-owned and IBPOC-identifying. Since 2021, BUNYAAD has led The ABCs of Youth Substance Use, a K-12 knowledge mobilization initiative funded by the BC Ministry of Health to promote comprehensive school health and evidence-based approaches to youth substance use across the province. BUNYAAD is partnering to support the work of Wellstream for Schools, with Ash leading the Engagement Strategy. She brings over 15 years of experience working with communities, governments, and civil society organizations to improve people’s quality of life. As the former harm reduction epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control, she worked closely with public sector partners and regulatory bodies across the country to expand access to the use of take-home naloxone kits for opioid overdose response. Ash holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Capilano University.

Chris Gilham, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at St Francis Xavier University. Chris has been working in education for over 25 years. He taught grades 3 to 9 and was a school-board consultant. He enjoys working with others to create, implement and evaluate practical, school-based mental health programming for educators and students. Chris teaches courses on inclusion, mental health literacy, critical research literacy and the philosophy of education. He is now researching effective ways to increase the mental health literacy of educators (SSHRC).

Hunelhyad? Sid Dr. Johanna Sam sets’edinh. Sid Tŝilhqot’in xaghiyah. Sid Musqueam nen ŝidah as. My name is Dr. Johanna Sam, PhD. I am a proud citizen of Tŝilhqot’in Nation. I currently live and work on the traditional lands of the Musqueam People. I am a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar and Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education in the NITEP – Indigenous Teacher Education Program and Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. I have an active strength-based research program that is rooted in a life course perspective. As a developmental and educational psychologist, I am interested in Indigenous knowledges to promote the developmental wellness among children and adolescents, especially in a digital world. My Scholarly Interests include: AdolescenceIndigenous Pedagogies and Methodologies, Cyberaggression, Social and Emotional Learning, Digital Pedagogies. 

Bryn Shaffer is a Program Coordinator and Facilitation Lead for Wellstream. She is also a Masters student in the UBC iSchool with research interests in community information accessibility, science information literacy, and mental health information dissemination.

Dr. McAuliffe is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Systems Impact Fellow and Agenda Collaborative trainee. She brings over 15 years of experience in global and public health practice and training with academic, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. Her research program examines the structural and systemic barriers that impact young peoples’ wellbeing as well as the policy oriented solutions that support social change and equity.

For a list of publications see Google Scholar.

Trevor Goodyear is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and an Agenda Collaborative trainee. His research interests focus on 2SLGBTQ+ youth homelessness and substance use utilizing community- and arts-based methods.

For a list of publications see Google Scholar.

Zachary Daly is a registered nurse with extensive experience working in child and adolescent mental health settings. He is currently a PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and a trainee with Wellstream. His interests centre on understanding the interplay between climate change and mental health among youth using participatory and strengths-based approaches.

Taylor is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at Dalhousie University and an Agenda Collaborative trainee. Her interests include translational research rooted in well-being science to understand psychosocial and community resources that contribute to positive mental health and healthy communities.

For a list of publications see Google Scholar.

Shivinder (she/her) is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and trainee with Wellstream. As a Registered Nurse working in child and youth mental health, she is committed to utilizing a strengths-based perspective in supporting positive mental health of individuals and groups who face systemic marginalization, specifically sexual and gender minority women who have attempted suicide. She is currently on faculty with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Camosun College, Victoria and passionate about creating a nurturing, inclusive, and reflexive learning environment.  

Michelle Carter is a clinical nurse specialist in mental health and doctoral student in the School of Nursing at UBC. Her research interests focus on systems transformation to enhance wellbeing among birthing parents and their children.

Ava is an MSc student in the School Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and a Youth Engagement Specialist with Wellstream. She has a background in One Health, a field focused on the interconnections between human, animal, and environmental well-being. Ava brings a particular interest in upstream approaches to mental and substance use health, including for youth, women, and gender-diverse people.

Ouni Liao is completing her Master of Public Health degree at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is a trainee with Wellstream and is contributing as an Agenda Gap facilitator. As a Registered Nurse, she brings years of experience in child and youth mental health care. She is passionate about youth mental wellness and mental health promotion, particularly collaborative, upstream approaches that involve working with schools and families.

Falak Somani (she/her) is a dual-degree undergraduate student studying psychology and pursuing a master’s in management. She is contributing to Wellstream as a Youth Engagement Specialist facilitating the Agenda Gap Program. As an experienced facilitator, she is eager to contribute to supporting the well-being of youth and their communities. She is passionate about mental health promotion programs in the education system, as well as access to inclusive health services with a focus on minority women and youth.