About Us

About the author

Dr. Chris Williams is a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His primary clinical and research interest is in the area of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), with a focus on disseminating this approach more widely. He has developed both print- and computer-based self-help treatments for anxiety, depression, and bulimia, and is a respected CBT trainer and teacher.

Dr. Williams is a past-President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the lead body for CBT in the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the Glasgow Institute for Psychosocial Interventions, which focuses on training and research in evidence-based Evidence-based: Some treatments have been scientifically tested and others have not. Evidence-based treatment means that a particular treatment has been evaluated in a scientifically sound way and has been found to work well. CBT has been evaluated and found to work well for many different kinds of problems. It is currently the psychological treatment approach with the most scientific support. psychosocial interventions. Dr. Williams is also a Patron of Triumph over Phobia, and a Patron of Anxiety UK, both user-led, self-help charities that address anxiety management.

About the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nation-wide organization that promotes the mental health of all, and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. CMHA BC Division accomplishes this mission through information resources, educational events, direct services, research, advocacy, and provides support to the 19 CMHA branches throughout BC. CMHA BC Division has the exclusive license to present Living Life to the Full across Canada.

CMHA is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada, which provides direct service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada. Together, CMHA shares a national vision of “mentally healthy people in a healthy society”.

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Living Life to the Full Team

Marie Dussault, MPP
Marie Dussault is the National Manager of Living Life to the Full. Marie is fluently bilingual in French and English (with cultural experience from Québec). She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector developing and implementing local and national initiatives. Marie’s educational background is in social work and she also has a Master’s in Public Policy. Her work with mental health and addictions has been diverse: as a crisis line volunteer, as a social worker doing direct service and community development work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as a project manager around women and substance use research, and as a knowledge exchange coordinator. She’s been on numerous charity and nonprofit boards, is a seasoned facilitator, and has worked as a radio producer at French CBC. Marie can be reached at [email protected] or at (604) 681-4070.


Sarah Hamid-Balma, MScPR
Sarah Hamid-Balma is Director of Mental Health Promotion at CMHA BC and has an MSc in Public Relations/Health Communication and 15 years experience working at CMHA leading provincial health literacy initiatives with diverse partners. Her role is strategic oversight around both expansion and quality assurance and to support Marie’s leadership and work. Sarah can be reached at [email protected] or at (778) 372-5078.


Jenny Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jenny Hardy is a registered occupational therapist and acting project coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. Jenny has focused her career on understanding and supporting aging populations in community settings. Jenny was the project coordinator on the 2014-2015 Ontario-based pilot project “Living Life to the Full for Older Adults”, working to bring Living Life to the Full to an aging population in community settings. Jenny is now coordinating a new Toronto-based project “Living Life to the Full for Older Adult Caregivers” which will help to identify, and support older adult caregivers in Toronto. Jenny continues to evaluate the effectiveness of Living Life to the Full with older adults, to contribute to the evidence base. Jenny can be reached at [email protected] or at (416) 977-5580 ext. 4135.


Kirsten Noack, MSc

Kirsten is the Facilitator Support Coordinator and has a MSc in Clinical Psychology. Previously, she completed a research internship at UBC, coordinating and facilitating a community-based participatory research for an international mental health network, and has also volunteered at the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC. Kirsten comes to us with international experience as well, having attended Leiden University in the Netherlands, Koc University in Turkey and having taught English in Japan for two years. She can be reached at [email protected] or at (778) 372-6315.


Amika Shah

Amika is the Youth Program Coordinator. Amika is passionate about youth and mental health and has experience in a number of mental health initiatives, in a variety of roles. More recently, she was a Youth Network Coordinator with the Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health where she developed materials for a national campaign and worked on a social media engagement strategy. Amika is the Chair of the UBC Mental Health Network and one of her responsibilities has been to coordinate the training and delivery of mental health resource workshops for UBC students. She is currently a 4th year UBC student studying Integrated Sciences. She can be reached at [email protected] or at (778) 372-5084.


Ciboney Melo

Ciboney is the Resource Clearinghouse Coordinator at the CMHA BC Divison. Ciboney’s educational background is in business administration and organizational communication. She manages the resources for BC Division programs and initiatives such as Here to Help, Living Life to the Full, Strongest Families, Bounce Back, etc. She is also responsible for memberships and Visions magazine subscriptions. Ciboney has over 12 years of experience in purchasing and negotiation strategies, marketing, and accounting and operational support. Ciboney can be reached at [email protected] or at (604) 637-3429.


Dr. Michelle Haring, PhD
Dr. Haring is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety and mood disorders and has a strong interest in increasing access to evidence-based treatments. Since 2007, she has been a clinical consultant to CMHA’s Bounce Back Program, providing training and clinical support to coaches across BC. She is also one of the Living Life to the Full Master Trainer. From 2005-2010, Dr. Haring served as the Provincial CBT Consultant to the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program, where she offered consultation to clinicians across BC and co-authored two self-help guides for women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum. In 2014-2014, Dr. Haring co-designed a course for new mothers along with by the author of the Enjoy Your Baby book, Dr. Chris Williams. Dr. Haring is active in teaching mental health professionals about the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. She has published academic papers in the areas of stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and perfectionism, and also maintains a clinical practice in North Vancouver, BC.

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