Our Team

Mickie Bowe

Executive Director

With more than 10 years of working within mental health not-for-profit organizations, Mickie’s experience and knowledge provides Self-Help Connection with strong relationships with other organizations and provides confidence and support to self-help groups. Mickie’s commitment and dedication to the mental health sector is shown through in her work by fostering trusting bonds with new self-help groups, implementing facilitation and training into existing agencies, and providing inspiring methods of community engagement. Her compassion and understanding for the mental health community fuels her work and motivates others around her.

Kate Ross

Social Community Shaper

Kate’s academic research on collective subcultures and DIY resources contributes to her work at Self-Help Connection. Along with a keen interest in community engagement, Kate uses branding, design, and promotion to further the scope of followers for Self-Help Connection in an attempt to reach individuals wanting to create their own self-help groups. Kate strives for a authentic bond between Self-Help Connection and sister agencies in make self-help methods and creative learning opportunities accessible to all.

Bruce Dienes

*heart wide open*


Bruce has a PhD in Psychology and teaches courses in Community Psychology and in Masculinities at Mount Saint Vincent University. His doctoral thesis looked at the impact of emotion on cognition. Bruce works with local community organizations teaching peer support and group facilitation as well as managing projects designed to reduce gambling harms and gender-based violence. He is a strong, empowering community leader and creative teacher with extensive experience initiating, organizing, facilitating and networking community groups and organizations. Bruce builds bridges and partnerships in challenging situations and inspires groups and individuals to move beyond their perceived limits. With a degree in Photographic Arts from Ryerson, Bruce has also worked professionally in photography, specializing in performing arts. He has a life-long involvement with Quakers, which helped shape his approach to collaborative community development.

Heidi Kalyani

*heart wide open*


Heidi is an artist, facilitator, trainer, workshop and event designer, and seeker of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible! Heidi’s passions include hiking, tea drinking, connecting, cooking, solitude and brainstorming. In addition, Heidi is passionate about designing engaging, nourishing, transformative experiences that encourage us to be present, listen deeply (to ourselves and everything else), and celebrate who we are. A current manifestation of this is *heart wide open*, a project designed to cultivate compassion, connection, insight and transformation — within self, each other and community. Adding to Heidi’s life-long lived-experience of both mindfulness and heartfulness, recent formal training includes courses with Schumacher College, NYYM Committee on Conflict Transformation, Center for Courage and Renewal, Center for Nonviolent Communication, Mindful Schools and ACT specialist Russ Harris.

The Board

 Keith Anderson 


Jim Malone

Vice President

Nora McNee

Secretary/ Treasurer

John Brazier

Board Member

Bev Cadham

Board Member

Cathy MacDonald

Board Member

Melissa Cooper

Board Member