Justine Sparling

Chair of the Board

Justine is the Chair of Mental Health Without Borders and has been involved in the organization for a number of years. She studied her Masters of Social Work at the University of Calgary with a specialization in Leadership in Human Services. She has always been passionate about education, mental health and wellness, which is what led her to become involved with MHWB.


She is excited to be involved with an organization that increasing resources, education and awareness around mental health issues both internationally and locally. Justine has a passion for the outdoors and you’ll always find her on a new adventure. 

She can be reached at chair@mhwb.ca

Andre Padure



When we, as humans, experience trauma or severe life stressors it is not uncommon for scars to form. These scars are what led me to join Mental Health Without Borders in 2018. Prior to joining Mental Health Without Borders I’ve had the privilege to live and work across the globe where I gained unique first hand experiences in the world of regulatory affairs, from finance to public administration.


As an executive, Andre advised FTSE 100 companies and governmental bodies. Despite success in his professional life, Andre's passion and love lies with the connection between mental health and fitness. It is because of that connection that he is able to live fully today! This is the experience he brings to Mental Health Without Borders as he steer the financial and regulatory health of the organization. 


Andre holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Oxford - Säid Business School, and continuing education from McGill University. He can be reached at finance@mhwb.ca.

Danielle Yantha

Board Member

Danielle has spent the past 21 years working in various positions at both acute and primary areas of healthcare.  Her interest in mental health and passion for serving marginalized populations has been the focus of much of her nursing career. 


Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Studies degree and believes that advocacy and empowerment are key to navigating very complex mental health systems.  In her spare time, Danielle enjoys travelling and cooking and most importantly being a wife and a mom to 3 busy children. 

Larissa Schneider

Board Member

Larissa Schneider is an inclusivity-oriented, international development practitioner who focuses on the economic empowerment of underrepresented and underserved communities within the Global South.


Having worked in over 15 countries around the world, she has been exposed to the often competing and dire demands on global healthcare systems. She became involved with MHWB to support mental health and wellbeing practitioners within underserved communities to better deliver the much needed and culturally appropriate services to their clients.


Larissa holds an M.A in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Global Business Management from Conestoga College and an Honours B.A. in International Development from the University of Guelph. 

Tyler Jacques


Board Member

Tyler brings a diverse work background and technical skill set to the MHWB board of directors. Tyler was the co-owner of one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. He also worked as a data analyst in several industries including Tech, Insurance and Logistics before changing focus to property investment and Real Estate.

Tyler has always had a passion for mental health and is excited for the opportunity to help build this incredible organization and spread mental health awareness and education within Canada and internationally.

Shrenik Parekh


Board Member

Dr. Shrenik Parekh is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. He is also an adjunct faculty for the McMaster University at Waterloo regional campus. Shrenik grew up in India where he completed his medical education. He later joined a Master’s program in Public Health at the University of Texas, Houston. With strong interest in the field of mental health, he completed his training as a general psychiatrist at the State University of New York, Buffalo followed by a specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.

Shrenik has fascination for travelling and learning about different cultures. He has been involved in a project in Guyana that has been primarily focused on training psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians to improve access to quality mental health services.

He loves outdoors, animals and movies. His wife and him are proud parents of two dogs and two horses!

Patricia Dowsett


Board Member

My concern for the mentally ill can be traced to my early days of teaching. I am a retired elementary teacher who was educated and taught for my entire career in Waterloo Region. Over the course of my years in the classroom, I have taught many students who struggled with mental illness. Now retired, it is my opportunity to be more involved in this important initiative.

I am committed to live an active and involved life in my senior years. I am diligent about exercise and try to lead a healthy, balanced life. I do love to read and I try to garden. I am not very good at it but it certainly does feed the soul.

I will work to help further the cause and mission of Mental Health Without Borders. It is my firm belief that anyone who struggles with mental health issues deserves support and compassion wherever they live.

Sonia Gulati


Board Member

Sonia Gulati joined Mental Health without Borders as a Board Member in May 2016. Sonia is a full-time
Instructor in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University, where she teaches in the Global
Health and Disability & Chronic Illness Concentrations. Her primary research interests are in the areas of global health and community-based rehabilitation programs in under served areas.


Sonia obtained a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research and Pediatric Oncology at McMaster University. Sonia is also a registered Occupational Therapist with clinical experience in acute care, complex continuing care, geriatric rehabilitation, and outpatient vocational rehabilitation.

Karen F. Hidalgo


Social Media Coordinator

Karen is a fourth-year Health Sciences student with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. She was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico, but attended school in California. In 2016, she moved to Ottawa and began her education at Carleton University. This year, she served as the VP Programming for the Carleton Science Student Society as well as the Co-President of the Health Sciences Society.


I am thrilled to be Volunteer Social Media Coordinator for Mental Health Without Borders as we work with such an amazing team of board members who have set a mission to educate, reduce stigma and provide equitable, sustainable and accessible mental health services in support of recovery in Guyana.

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