Youth Council Director
Adam’s sister, Ally, is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a co-founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation, and the director and founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation Youth Council. Her passion for improving mental health literacy began when she was in high school, as she saw how the stigma surrounding drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses forced many students to suffer in isolation. She became an advocate for encouraging conversations surrounding mental health through her public speaking across the lower mainland, which she continues to partake in today, while devoting the majority of the time to her studies. Ally hopes to have a career in psychology, and provide educational and therapeutic tools to help youth navigate the pressures they face in today’s society.
High School Liaison
Tess is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy. She plans to study psychology next year to further pursue her passion in mental health, along with gender & feminist studies. She recognizes the importance of mental health advocacy, specifically with regards to youth, and as a result is so honoured to be a part of the Adam’s Apples Youth Council. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, do yoga, meditate, and try new vegan restaurants in Vancouver with her friends!
High School Liaison
Kady Goertzen is currently in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy. She became apart of Adam’s Apples during her grade 8 year and daily fills the apple bowls in her school. She wanted to be involved in Adam’s Apples because she believes metal health is such an important topic that needs to be talked about amongst youth. Additionally, Kadence participates in her school cross country running team and is involved in other service such as teaching Guatemalan kids English.
Lauren is in her final year of her Mathematics degree at the University of British Columbia. She intends to pursue a career in social media and marketing analytics in the technology or non-profit sector, as her experience includes doing brand creation and digital marketing for organizations such as One Girl Can, WE, Spud Patrol, and Best Buddies International. Lauren’s work with youth over the past 10 years has focused on providing equal opportunities for female education, implementing social justice programs in schools, and encouraging girls to pursue STEM education.
Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years. Since high school she has been an avid fundraiser and event coordinator for multiple events raising awareness and funds to help children locally and internationally. Aside from her past experiences in fundraising and event planning, Annalisa has also struggled with mental health herself and is passionate in helping raise awareness, educate youth, and creating a community where children can feel safe and heard.