Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff

Advisory Board Member

Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff

At 18 years old, Courtney is an Arts and Humanities student at Western University, but she was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She is a voracious reader, a collector of tattoos, an avid writer, a tea enthusiast, and a lover of animals (especially her emotional support animal Floyd, whose Instagram she posts on to procrastinate studying).

Her struggles with mental illness have guided her advocacy for mental wellness; she feels it is her purpose in life to raise awareness and to break down the culture of silence. Through sharing her own story, she teaches the acceptance of vulnerability: that speaking out is not weak, but incredibly brave. Courtney is continually inspired by the stories that those around her have the courage to share. As well as being involved in Art with Impact, she is a member of Jack.org and Active Minds, and has attended conferences and events across Canada as a youth mental health representative.

In the future, she hopes to work in the mental health field and incorporate her love of writing to teach children mental health literacy through stories.

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