Meet Our Researchers

Maya Alonso

Maya Alonso

Project Co-Lead

Maya is the coordinator of Open Door Group’s THRIVE program, a community based health promotion program focused on supporting individuals living…
Marina Morrow PhD

Marina Morrow PhD

Project Co-Lead

Marina Morrow is the Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management. She has a PhD in Community Psychology from OISE/UT…
 Colleen Reid PhD

Colleen Reid PhD

Project Co-Lead

Colleen is on faculty at Douglas College in the Department of Therapeutic Recreation and is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and the UBC…
Amanda Berg

Amanda Berg

Peer Researcher

Amanda has an interest in wellness and health and helping others achieve their goals. As a consumer, she knows how important managing wellness is in…
Anita David

Anita David

Peer Researcher

Anita participated in the Peer Researcher Training in 2017 and then joined the research project team. Anita gained even more experience…

Ania Landy

Ania Landy

Project Manager

Ania is an MSc student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. She earned her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College…
Dr. Marina Niks

Dr. Marina Niks

Project Evaluator

Dr. Marina Niks is a research and evaluation consultant based in Vancouver. For the past 20 years, she has worked in local, provincial and …

Amy Prystupa

Amy Prystupa

Research Assistant

Amy Prystupa is currently a third year student in the Therapeutic Recreation degree program at Douglas College. She hopes to one day work with…
Renée Reichert

Renée Reichert

Research Assistant

Renée is a student at Douglas College and currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Throughout her career, she has thoroughly…
Jody Terweeme

Jody Terweeme

Peer Researcher

As a Vancouver resident and participant in the first Imagining Inclusion Project, Jody appreciates that people with lived experience can have a strong voice…
Mailis Valenius

Mailis Valenius

Peer Researcher

Mailis completed the Peer Researcher Training at Open Door Group, and started working shortly after as a Peer Researcher on the Imagining Inclusion Project in 2017…

Tracy Windsor

Tracy Windsor

Peer Researcher

Tracy has first-hand knowledge of the transformative power of peer support and peer leadership. When Tracy was first diagnosed with a mental illness…

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