DIRECTORS

Kathleen "Katie" Vranesic
SMW Director

Civ 2T1+1 I got involved with MW during my “second lap” of my First Year, ie: my second year on campus, but I was in first year courses. Being apart of MW has really allowed me to get to do two things I love : talk openly and honestly about mental health and help our community. I strongly believe that Mental Health is just as important as Physical Health, and being apart of MW helps me communicate that to people. As someone who got diagnosed with mental health conditions later on in life, if I had known the signs beforehand, I would’ve been able to get help much sooner. I hope by raising awareness, I can help other people realize within themselves if they’re struggling sooner and get the help they need. I’m extremely open about my mental illness because I want to raise awareness about ADHD/PTSD/dermatillomania and their misconceptions, as well as bring attention to the negative stigma that surrounds the neurodivergent community. I’m also involved with other organizations on campus, such as the Blue and Gold Committee and Humans of Skule™! Feel free to send an email to mentalwellness@skule.ca to get in contact with me!

Sheral "Sherry" Kumar
Vice Director

Heyo Skule! I’m Sheral and I’m a Vice Director for Skule Mental Wellness this year, as well as an EngSci 2T2. Mental wellness is a large part of my life and I’m a huge proponent of taking care of yourself first and foremost. Especially in engineering, where things can easily feel overwhelming and demanding, I am here to support all of you and help wherever I can. I really believe in speaking up and breaking the stigma about mental health, as it’s something we all deal with. Personally, I’ve dealt with severe depression and balancing academics and wellness on top of this and think that talking about it is one of the best ways to help. I’m always, always free to chat and talk about resources and my own experiences; you can usually find me in a coffee shop or in the EngSci common room, or just hit me up on Facebook! :D

COMMUNICATIONS

Cher Martinez

Hey everyone! My name's Cher and I'm one of the communication directors. I'm a Mech 2t2 and I'm one of the shy ones in the team with SMW being only thing in Skule I'm part of right now. Despite that, I'm just as happy to help as everyone else~ If you ever spot me on facebook or my go-to spots in Bahen or SF library feel free to chat if u have any questions about anything whether it's about SMW or even if you just need to vent/need someone to talk to

Bipasha Goyal

Hi everyone! My name is Bipasha and I am EngSci 2T1 in the Biomedical Systems option. In my second year I was the Events Director for SMW and enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to come back as Communications Director this year. Being an international student, in addition to the stresses of Skule, I had to adapt to a completely new environment so I can whole heartedly understand that SKULE IS HARD. But hopefully, our team can provide ways for you to deal with this. Other than SMW, I am the Head of Academic Outreach for CUBE and a GEARS mentor! The Office is leaving Netflix soon so that’s where a majority of my time goes. Feel free to approach me on Facebook for any questions you have about anything at all.

OUTREACH

Mehak Sharma

Hello beautiful people! My name is Mehak Sharma, you can call me Emm. I’m an ECE 2T2 and one of the Outreach Directors for SMW.

Gehna Karani

EVENTS

Sonali Dey

Hello there, I’m Sonali, an Engineering Science 2T1 student. I’m working with Melanie, the other events director at SMW, to create programming throughout the year that encourages coming together as a community and being mindful of mental wellness. I’m always open to chatting with you about ideas for these events, or just about life, Skule, and mental wellness in general!

Melanie Tham

Hi everyone, I’m Melanie, a CIV 2T2, and I’m one of the events directors along with Sonali for SMW. We’re here to create and run exciting activities throughout the year for all of you, to de-stress and have some fun! I’m also currently a mentor for first year civs and when I’m not studying or doing club activities, I’m probably reading or listening to music. If there’s ever anything you want to talk about, whether it’s ideas for an SMW event or about life in general, feel free to message me!

MARKETING

Protiti Das

Hello! My name is Protiti and I'm a Chem 2T1! I'm one of the Marketing Directors for SMW. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably seen some of my posts! I'm passionate about mental health awareness because I personally struggled a lot in first year and know first-hand how tough it can be to reach out for help when you need it. I'm so proud to be part of SMW and play a role in spreading awareness about mental health resources and helping people feel a little less alone when they're struggling. Outside of Skule, I love cooking, reading books, bullet journalling, watching TV and napping. I'm always open to chatting, whether it's about SMW or anything else! Feel free to say hi :)

Sabita Tasnim

Hey! My name is Sabita and I am an ECE 2T1. I am one of the Marketing Directors for SMW. I think we can all say that a lot of us struggled some way or another in SKULE. I hope to bring more awareness to the resources available around us. I personally was unaware of all of these mental health resources in first year and was not sure how to get help for myself. So, as marketing director I am glad to be helping students around me become more familiar with their resources through SMW. Outside SKULE, I am either tutoring high school students, doing my part as the Events Director for Hi-Skule or just exploring new places. If any of you see me around come say hi and you can always reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to talk!

FINANCE

Elena Pappas

Hi! My name is Elena, and I’m a Chem 2T2 + 1. When I’m not deeply hyperfocused on a Skule initiative such as Chem Club, Skule Nite, Skule Archives, or of course, Skule Mental Wellness, I can often be found holed up in my room playing piano, or singing my lungs out. I love music and video games, and love to chat incessantly about both! I’m also your part time chair for the 2019-2020 year, so if you’re interested in going to a part time course load, or just want to know what it’s like, reach out to me! I’m always super excited to talk to new people in the Skule community! I love talking about issues with mental wellness, ESPECIALLY if there are mems involved! Please, I beg of you, if you see any memes about ADHD, I will eat it right up and you will be my new favourite person!

Ethan Dean

WEBMASTERS

Angy Higgy

Hi everyone! I’m Angy, an ECE 2T2 and one of the webmasters for SMW this year! I am very passionate about physical wellness and fitness. I love playing sports and being active, as they help keep my stress levels low throughout the year. I play on the Tri-Campus women’s volleyball team and also enjoy running in my free time. I truly believe that daily exercise is essential to your wellness and stimulates your brain cells! If you have any questions/want to chat about how to keep active during the year or about exercise options at UofT do not hesitate to reach out!

Isabel McRitchie

Hello there! I’m Isabel, one of Skule Mental Wellness’ two Webmasters and a Chem 2T1. I’ve been a member of the MW team since my second year, and I’m proud to be a part of a group that works so hard to help students thrive within Skule. In addition to my role within this directorship, I’m also a Vice Archivist for the Skule Archives and I’m the Webmaster for Chem Club. I’m always free to chat if you ever want to learn more about the MW team and the resources that we provide, you can usually find me in the Chem Common Room!

DISCIPLINE REPS

Brendan Leder

Hey SKULE, I’m Brendan, an ECE 2T1, and one of the ECE discipline reps. I like to try to balance out school, arts, fitness and social life by getting involve in lots of things, be it learning guitar, German, Skule Dance Club or forcing myself not to skip leg day. If you're interested in trying lots of new things, or just want to talk, feel free to reach out to me!

Jasmine Al-Sayegh

Hi! My name’s Jasmine, and I’m a Mechanical Engineering student minoring in Biomedical Engineering. I’m Skule™ Mental Wellness’ Mechanical Engineering Discipline Representative for the 1T9-2T0 year! I’m also the University of Toronto Biomedical Engineering Design Team (UT BIOME)'s Project Lead, a Mechanical Designer with Centivizer, and a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II. Away from school, work and my extracurriculars, you can find me with my nose buried in a novel, outdoors enjoying a hike or by the lake, or spending time with my family. If you have any mental wellness questions, comments or concerns or just want to chat about anything, feel free to reach out! I’m especially well versed in and passionate about how spiritual and mental wellness influence each other. I’m also passionate about spiritual care offered on our campus and would be happy to have a chat and/or put you in touch with your faith’s/denomination’s chaplain!

Brendan Leder

Hey SKULE, I’m Brendan, an ECE 2T1, and one of the ECE discipline reps. I like to try to balance out school, arts, fitness and social life by getting involve in lots of things, be it learning guitar, German, Skule Dance Club or forcing myself not to skip leg day. If you're interested in trying lots of new things, or just want to talk, feel free to reach out to me!

Jasmine Al-Sayegh

Hi! My name’s Jasmine, and I’m a Mechanical Engineering student minoring in Biomedical Engineering. I’m Skule™ Mental Wellness’ Mechanical Engineering Discipline Representative for the 1T9-2T0 year! I’m also the University of Toronto Biomedical Engineering Design Team (UT BIOME)'s Project Lead, a Mechanical Designer with Centivizer, and a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II. Away from school, work and my extracurriculars, you can find me with my nose buried in a novel, outdoors enjoying a hike or by the lake, or spending time with my family. If you have any mental wellness questions, comments or concerns or just want to chat about anything, feel free to reach out! I’m especially well versed in and passionate about how spiritual and mental wellness influence each other. I’m also passionate about spiritual care offered on our campus and would be happy to have a chat and/or put you in touch with your faith’s/denomination’s chaplain!

Saskia Van Beers

HEY SKULE!!!! I am Saskia and I am so excited to be one of the Skule Mental Wellness EngSci representatives this year. I am a second-year EngSci student, and aside from SMW I am also involved with the Blue and Gold Committee, I am a Project Director for EngSoc and I work as a tour guide for the Engineering Outreach department. My main goal for the year is to connect with as many students as possible, and I really hope I can learn more about students and be a resource for support. I enjoy playing board games as a way to destress from Skule and have over 50 board games in my apartment. Hopefully, I get to see many of you around campus, and I am always available for chats, so just flag me down at any time :)

Kohava Mendelsohn

Hey everyone! My name’s Kohava, I’m and EngSci 2T2 and I’m one of the EngSci representatives for Skule Mental Wellness. I also do some things with the Blue and Gold Committee and I’m involved with Hillel, the Jewish center on campus. Hit me up if you have any questions about anything - I love to have an excuse to talk so don’t be shy. When I’m not studying, I’m probably playing board games, baking, biking around Toronto, and doing other things that don’t start with the letter B. I’m a firm believer in self care and taking breaks (go for a walk!). The two loves of my life are chocolate and tea. See you around campus!

Vanessa Elizabeth Ayoung-Chee

Hi!!! My name is Vanessa and I am one of two Civil Engineering Skule Mental Wellness discipline representatives. I am a Civil Engineering (obviously) 2T2 student who is unicorn obsessed, loves yoga and most importantly, very blessed to be a part of this team. If you ever have questions about school, resources or what we do as Skule Mental Wellness just look for the purple haired girl in the civ common room, most likely eating doritos.

Samantha Fraser

Hey guys! My name’s Sam and I am one of your civ reps for this year! I’m a Civ 2T2 and I’m really looking forward to being part of this team this year. Other than Skule Mental Wellness, I am also on the varsity tennis team. I love tennis, music, and finding new shows/movies to watch on netflix. If you have any questions, or any suggestions for movies/shows, you’ll most likely find me in the pit or the civ common room.

Sarah Hyatoola

Hey Skule!! My name is Sarah and I am a proud Chem 2T3 and the chem eng (best eng) rep for SMW! If you ever see me around please don’t hesitate to come and say hi, I am purple-haired and hard to miss. I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago and so I know what it’s like to come from a place where mental health issues are stigmatised and often ignored. This is why I am so passionate about being a part of SMW, because I believe we all deserve the resources we need to thrive, not just survive. I am also a Presbyterian but I grew up with Presbyterian, Muslim and Hindu family and am always open to talk about and learn more about spirituality and its impacts on mental wellness. A few fun(?) facts about myself: I am a HUGE fan of the MCU, I think math is objectively the best language, I love wasting hours doing nail art, spending time with friends and family, and making up good excuses to drink tea. I’m not usually found in one main spot but hit me up on Facebook if you ever want to get in touch!

Eleanor

Hey everyone! I’m Eleanor and I am a Chem 2T3. I’m super excited to be the first-year core 8 rep for 1T9-2T0. I hope to accurately represent the needs of first year students and explore where there may be room to improve our support systems. I’m also a commuter! I take the GO train and TTC everyday so if you ever need someone to rant about those TTC delays, I’m here. I love meeting new people; come say hello if you ever see me around campus. I like spending my free time doing activities which aren’t related to engineering course material because sometimes you just need to unwind from your studies. Some quick facts about me include that I love painting nature landscapes, writing poetry, photography, and pineapple on pizza.