My involvement with Kaleidoscope began as a participant in the organization’s early days of 2010, seeking support for my own mental health. I soon became a support group facilitator with Kaleidoscope, and I have been President since 2016. It’s an honour and a privilege to be leading this organization, and working with the fantastic, passionate people who are involved. While COVID-19 has forced us to hold our groups online, it has also allowed us to expand our reach to folks outside of the communities of UBC and Vancouver. Peer support continues to expand and gain credibility in mainstream mental health care, and I am so excited to see where Kaleidoscope goes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2013, I’ve been involved in the UBC mental health community in advocacy, peer support and student leadership roles for mental health – first as an undergraduate at UBC, and now as a UBC medical student working toward becoming a psychiatrist. Peer support has a central role for connecting people with lived experience, and facilitating long-term recovery. My work on the Kaleidoscope board, my roles in co-founding sister groups SHARE and PUG, and my continued work facilitating groups (and sometimes even popping in to attend!) is perhaps the most rewarding of all my activities.