Our Team


Kari Mitchell

Executive Director

Kari Mitchell has over 25 years experience in the social field in various roles including senior project management, program design and delivery, casework and life skills facilitation. She has worked on various pilot initiatives, both nationally and internationally. She also has 20 + years experience in marketing and small business management.

Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Sociology, a Diploma in Screen Arts, and has completed master’s level courses in Holistic Health. She is also trained in Therapeutic TouchⓇ and is a qualified instructor in this field. Her diverse skill set is  enriched by her passion for the arts, which led her to market artists and to delve into storytelling through film and video. In her role at Self-Help Connection, Kari leverages her professional experience and multifaceted skills to lead the organization with vision and compassion.

Board of Directors

Joni Robichaud


Joni has been a part of SHC’s board since 2020 and currently holds the position of Board Chair.Joni has held several interesting positions within CRA, before assuming her current role as a Business Intelligence Officer at the Atlantic Regional Office for The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Joni holds a Business Diploma with a major in Accounting and a Bachelor in Organizational Management. She holds a Certified Managerial Accounting Designation and a Chartered Professional Accountant Designation through CPA Nova Scotia. 

Joni is passionate about community and has volunteered as a Peer Supporter for Support to Single Parents Inc., and also tutored for GED applicants at Harvest House in Moncton. Joni taught English as a Second Language for the PEI Newcomers Association. 

Aaron Bethune

Vice Chair

Aaron Bethune is an entrepreneur, storyteller, investor, advisor, musician, and marketer, with a passion for helping people. He is the CEO of We Write Stories, where the company uses writing a book as a framework for people to pause, reflect, and uncover who they are. The results are powerful books and a transformational experience for Authors and readers.

From climbing in the Andes and making records to speaking around the world and working with celebrities, musicians, entrepreneurs, charities, government, and corporations, Aaron is always excited to see life through a new lens and help others uncover a new perspective. He is bringing his unique life experience and perspective to SHC to further his impact on the health and wellness of people in our communities. 

Oneika Brown


Oneika is an Accounting & Finance student at Saint Mary’s University (SMU), with an entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to volunteering. Before arriving to Canada to pursue education at SMU, she had a jewelry business that blended her business interests with her passion for art and creativity.  She believes that creative outlets are essential for relaxing the mind and relieving stress.

 As the Treasurer of the Board with SHC, Oneika plays a crucial role in promoting mental health and well-being. Her passion for mental health stems from her belief that a healthy mind is key to success. She contributes to a culture of self-improvement and gains valuable experience in her field.

Eileen MacNeil


Deeply committed to fostering a sense of community, Eileen has dedicated countless hours to supporting mental health initiatives. Her passion for creating inclusive and supportive environments is evident in every project she undertakes, ensuring everyone has access to the resources they need.

Eileen istrained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) where she has used her skills and knowledge to help those in crisis within her community. Eileen is especially proud of her work as an advocate for youth 16-30 and her work as a Community CARES Outreach worker in North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Bras D’or and other rural communities. 

Kait Sullivan


Kait works with the Office of Addiction and Mental Health as an experienced Occupational Therapist, having a background working in community mental health and addictions as well as physical rehabilitation. She has experience in assessment and treatment of individuals with a motivational interviewing and trauma informed lens. 

Kait is skilled in group facilitation with a passion for meeting people where they are and helping them move towards wellness through activities and roles that bring them meaning. Her unique perspective brings value to our board and her dedication as a volunteer is appreciated.

Rachael Morrison


Rachael holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University with a major in neuroscience. She is currently working as a long term care assistant at Oakwood Terrace providing support for residents and facilitating programs for groups and individuals. 

Rachael brings a fresh perspective and enthusiasm along with her passion for life and learning. She is committed to creating supportive spaces where individuals can thrive. Her passion for helping others is reflected in her ongoing efforts to promote mental wellness and community cohesion.