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Elysha


About
Elysha
Elysha
I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, with my grandparents and parents. My dad immigrated from Barbados with his parents, and they built a better life here. I actively volunteered in my community and Liberty for youth (following my mom’s example). I discovered my passion for psychology and mental health in high school where I completed a co-op in the Foster Lab at St. Joes and completed depression research and a presentation. 
 
I am attending McMaster University for Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. I am passionate about cross-cultural research, mental health, law, policy, and justice. I am a writing mentor and research assistant in a perception lab. I plan to become a clinical psychologist to make my mission of helping others into a career. I am passionate about normalizing seeking mental health treatment and creating more accessible mental health services in Canada. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Both types of health are interconnected and have a bi-directional impact on each other.
 
I was an intern at Liberty for youth and loved engaging in programming and conversations with the youth. I met so many amazing individuals with bright futures ahead of them. Liberty for youth has such a driven team that provide youth with the tools and skills to chase their dreams. I am a firm believer in the power of education. Education can unlock many opportunities and help people become more knowledgeable and aware of others and life in general. My role on the youth council is researching the effects the COVID pandemic has had on education and I hope to apply my psychology passion and knowledge to find ways to engage youth in educational opportunities. I hope to use psychology research and other scientific findings on attitudes and memory to promote study skills and initiatives that make further education look possible and desirable. I am very excited to work with this amazing council and see what change we can create. Our council is filled with individuals with big hearts and a lot of passion for our community.