The AAU Healthy Campuses Committee is committed to collaboration among post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) on a regional basis. The Committee wants to foster an environment where students possess the skills and resources necessary to flourish – from survive to thrive!

Committee Terms of Reference


The Committee will focus on three specific areas of action including:

  1. Institutional Commitment
  2. Resiliency and Coping
  3. Increase Service Capacity

This specific focus will allow for the development of the following goals:

  1. Encourage efforts to eliminate silos and integrate health and well-being into the core mandate of universities
  2. Identify, discuss, and share knowledge of evolving best practice models for addressing mental health needs of students at Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges using strength-based approaches based on multiple determinates of health
  3. Collaborate on projects of common interest that could be implemented across campuses
  4. Advocate for enhancing mental health services on campuses and for collaboration with local, regional, and provincial health authorities
  5. Develop, identify and promote professional development opportunities for service providers in the area of post-secondary student mental health; Identify and promote tools to support on policy and systems of delivery; Incorporate principles of broad community development wellness models (Healthy Minds I Healthy Campus, Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Network (CHPCN), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)) in the conversations on policy and practice Identify and promote tools to support on policy and systems of delivery
  6. Encourage campus crisis management strategies that are proactive and include highly accessible, just-in-time mental health supports
  7. Involve students and student leaders as partners in the Committee’s efforts
  8. Collaboration with regional health authorities

Operational Scope

The AAU Healthy Campuses Committee will:

  1. Host an annual Atlantic post-secondary healthy campuses conference with a focus on the development of healthy campus communities
  2. Maintain an online repository for sharing knowledge, innovations, models, and best practices among member institutions, as well as Committee and Executive Committee meeting minutes
  3. Develop and assess a rolling 3-year strategy document
  4. Prepare brief annual reports and/or updates for the AAU Executive Committee, member institution presidents, and public release


The AAU Healthy Campuses Committee will:

  1. Make decisions by consensus. When consensus is not possible, decisions will be made by vote or on the authority of the Chair(s)
  2. Prepare an annual update on Committee activities for member institution presidents and a report for public release

Committee Members

Kelly Neville, Memorial University
Ken Fowler, Memorial University
Sheldon MacLeod, University of New Brunswick
April Kennedy, University of New Brunswick
Nancy O’Shea, University of New Brunswick
Sophie Leblanc Roy, Université de Moncton
Maggie Brewer, Mount Allison University
Matthew Maston, Mount Allison University
Kelly Humber, St. Thomas University
Ann Drennan, New Brunswick Community College
James Reddin, University of Prince Edward Island
John Mayich, Cape Breton University
Judy Kelley, Cape Breton University
Lydia McIsaac, Cape Breton University
Margaret McKinnon, St. Francis Xavier University
Elizabeth Yeo, St. Francis Xavier University
Jacqueline De Leebeeck, St. Francis Xavier University
Emma Dubois, Saint Mary’s University
Tom Brophy, Saint Mary’s University
David Pilon, Dalhousie University (Co-Chair)
Isaac Wright, University of King’s College
Katie Merwin, University of King’s College
Jennifer Abrahamson, NSCAD University
Linda Moxsom-Skinner, Atlantic School of Theology
Kyle Cleversey, Mount Saint Vincent University
Keltie Jones, Mount Saint Vincent University
Sebastien Dol, Université Sainte-Anne
Vacant, Université Sainte-Anne
Wanda McDonald, Nova Scotia Community College
Taralee Hammond, Nova Scotia Community College
Erica McGill, Acadia University
James Sanford, Acadia University (Co-Chair)
Karn Nichols, Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia
Peter Halpin, Association of Atlantic Universities

AAU Student Mental Health Working Group Strategy Workshop
Monday, June 5, 2017

The Atlantic Canadian Conference on Student Mental Health:  “From Survive to Thrive” was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB


L-R:  Peter Halpin, Executive Director, AAU; Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University; Elizabeth Cawley, AAU Regional Mental Health Coordinator; Erik Sande, President, Medavie Health Services; Anne Comfort, Director, Accessibility and Student Wellness, Mount Allison University; and Ossama Nasrallah, President & CEO, Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association