Committee Terms of Reference


  1. Share perspectives/realities about services on member campuses
  2. Identify, discuss and share knowledge of evolving best practice models for addressing mental health needs of university students at Atlantic universities
  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 district health authorities
  5. Develop opportunities for professional development in the area of university mental health policy and systems of delivery
  6. Incorporate principles of broad community development wellness models (e.g., Healthy Campus) in the conversations on policy and practice
  7. Promote mental health literacy on campuses
  8. Involve students and/or student leaders in the working group activities

Scope and Deliverables

  1. Host an annual Atlantic post-secondary student mental health conference with focus on mental health programming, policy and delivery systems 
  2. Review and recommend adaptations of scope and pathways of mental health services in collaboration with representatives from regional health authorities
  3. Maintain an online repository for sharing knowledge, innovations, models and best practices among member institutions
  4. Identify one or two priorities each year (e.g., pathways or peer support programming)
  5. Prepare brief annual reports and/or updates


  1. Meet at least three times per year, called by the Chair 
  2. Elect a Chair among members to serve for 3 years
  3. Make decisions by consensus. When consensus is not possible decisions will be made by vote or on the authority of the chair
  4. Prepare an annual update on Working Group activities for member institution presidents and a report for public release
  5. Maintain meeting minutes on the Working Group Repository

Committee Members

Joanne Elliott, Medavie Health Foundation 
Pamela Magee, Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division
Karn Nichols, Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division
John Abbott, Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland Division
Erica McGill, Acadia University
James Sandford, Acadia University
Linda Moxsom-Skinner, Atlantic School of Theology
John Mayich, Cape Breton University
Judy Kelley, Cape Breton University 
Lydia McIsaac, Cape Breton University
David Pilon, Dalhousie University
Jillian Rankin, Mount Saint Vincent University
Keltie Jones, Mount Saint Vincent University
Anne Comfort, Mount Allison University
Maggie Brewer, Mount Allison University
Matthew Maston, Mount Allison University 
Kelly Neville, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ken Fowler, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jennifer Abrahamcon, NSCAD University 
Tom Brophy, Saint Mary’s University 
Emma Dubois, Saint Mary’s University
Margaret McKinnon, St. Francis Xavier University
Jacqualine De Leebeeck, St. Francis Xavier University 
Elizabeth Yeo, St. Francis Xavier University 
Kelly Humber, St. Thomas University 
Katie Merwin, University of King’s College
Sophie LeBlanc-Roy, Université de Moncton
April Kennedy, University of New Brunswick
Sheldon MacLeod, University of New Brunswick 
Anne Bartlett, University of Prince Edward Island
Sébastien Dol, Université Sainte Anne
Joline LeBlanc, Université Sainte Anne 
Mary Ellen Kingston-Ritchie, New Brunswick Community College
Taralee Hammond, Nova Scotia Community College
Wanda McDonald, Nova Scotia Community College
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