The RETHiNK Kit came to fruition thanks to the hard work and dedication of a select members of the Mindfulness Without Borders team. An additional dose of gratitude to the many teachers, health professionals, mindfulness practitioners, researchers and young people who’ve informed and tested the activities in their respective communities. In 2005, The Huffington Post recognized Mindfulness Without Borders as one of the next ten generational organizations that are changing the world.
Meet Our Team
Theo is a former corporate VP turned award-winning social entrepreneur who passionately advocates for social and emotional health and secular mindfulness in society, with a special focus in conflict and post conflict countries. She oversees MWB’s strategic long-term initiatives and is the steward for international partnerships.Her background as a mindfulness practitioner informs her work as a Lead Facilitator of MWB’s programs, Senior Faculty member at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education and the creation of The RETHiNK Kit.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & LEAD TRAINER
Leah is responsible for management of program strategy, stakeholder relations, research and day-to-day operations – making her an incredibly valuable part of the MWB team. She is a seasoned facilitator, leading MWB’s professional development programs and Facilitator Certification trainings, globally, including at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Leah directs MWB’s research projects in Canada and the United States – including the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) at London Victoria Hospital, Ontario. In her spare time, you can find Leah reading, lifting and enjoying the city with her dog, Stanley.
ARTISTIC & MARKETING LEAD
As Artistic and Marketing Lead, Rachelle brings a wealth of knowledge and creative talent to the MWB team. She is responsible for the newly upgraded The RETHiNK Kit and has drastically improved the visual design and user experience. Rachelle is an independent art director with 17 years in the creative field. She has worked as an illustrator, Art Director and Video Producer. Her client list includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe & Mail, Humber College, Nienkamper and many more.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES LEAD
Charles is the driving force behind new projects including the research and content development of The RETHiNK Kit. Charles facilitates The Mindfulness Ambassador Program for youth throughout the greater Toronto area and serves as the outreach coordinator for the RETHiNK Digital Kit. His dedication to bringing mindfulness to LGBTQ youth is evident in his work at Toronto’s Covenant House, which focuses on helping youth re-integrate into society. Charles is a Graduate of the Paralegal Program at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced learning, and is currently enrolled in the Humanities program at York University. Charles’ ultimate goal is to open shelters across the globe to provide relief to LGBTQ youth.
Over the years Sarah’s passion for teaching has taken her to classrooms around the world including Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Scotland, England, and France. Currently she teaches English, Outdoor Education, and Environmental Science at a high school Collingwood, Ontario. Most recently, Sarah joined the RETHiNK Team and has integrated her lesson planning and editing skills into the second edition of the Kit. She has also published a children’s book, "Kids Go Wild: Adventures in the Canadian Rockies." Her compassion, empathy and kindness illuminates the very path she walks.
Emily is a creative, and passionate writer with a wide range of professional experience across the media industry. Her editing talents have contributed to MWB’s curriculum and marketing materials and monthly newsletters. Over the course of her career has worked for a variety of companies including Facebook, NBC News, Weight Watchers, Mount Sinai Hospital and Gawker Media. Emily primarily works as a writer, editor and journalist, but has experience as an indexer, researcher and proofreader.
LEAD FACILITATOR & LATIN AMERICA PROGRAM MANAGER
Ronit teaches MWB’s educational programs for youth and professionals in both Toronto and Latin America. Born in México, she is fluent in Spanish, English and Hebrew and has a diverse academic background spanning from literature, to performing arts to Gestalt Therapy, and includes a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with special focus on social transformation from York University. Ronit’s teaching style is informed by her own mindfulness practice, and focuses on generating community by weaving together Buddhist thought and practice with emerging forms of social and community engagement. Ronit loves to write, cook, share meals with friends and ask questions that bring people together.
Amber is responsible for developing stakeholder relations and educational programs in the Barrie-Essex County. She is a seasoned facilitator and leads mindfulness-based programs in schools health settings and correctional settings. She is an author, public speaker, child and youth counselor and is passionate about strengthening mental health in young people. Amber is founder of Move-It For Young Minds, a charitable organization supporting children and youth who are living with mental health challenges, and has been recognized for her exceptional work and leadership within her community. She was awarded the 2018 Leading Women Award, as well as, the recipient of Georgian College’s Distinguished Alumni 2019.