Rachelle Kay

Rachelle Kay

Project Manager | Program Development Specialist

Dog Mom | Human Mom | Choir Singer

 

Rachelle is the Project Manager & Program Development Specialist at VĪV Mental Health. Her client-centred approach and passion for innovation keeps the VĪV team focused on their goals, guiding clients from assessment to the delivery of exceptional resources and training. She is a skilled facilitator, developer, and detail-oriented action-taker.

Prior to joining VĪV, Rachelle completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Alberta and contributed to high-achieving teams in performing arts, publishing, personal finance, non-profit, and public sectors. Most recently she spent 10 years leading the Government of Alberta and Alberta Mentoring Partnership’s efforts to raise the profile of youth mentoring.

Some of Rachelle’s career highlights include: learning through Indigenous Cultural Teachings and Ceremony, participating in the Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency Response, owning and operating a small business with 14 employees, performing in a professional vocal ensemble, receiving an award for superior crisis management, being appointed Director of Knowledge Mobilization for the Canadian Centre for Mentoring Research, and developing a mentoring program for youth in government care.

Her passion for mental health education and creating psychologically safe environments stems from her own lived experiences as well as personally navigating Alberta’s mental health system.

Rachelle is an active volunteer in her community and has been a board member for Today’s Innovative Music Edmonton and Kenilworth Community League. Currently she is serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Momentum Counselling Society supporting equitable access to therapy.

Rachelle can always count on her precocious daughter and energetic puppy Suki to keep life interesting! In her spare time she enjoys singing with friends, traveling the world, gardening, binging on murder mysteries and period dramas, and creating art through painting and pottery.

Testimonials

“Kris is a compassionate and resourceful man, and his sessions and conversations are always so thoughtful and relevant. His superpower seems to be that he can draw out the best in people, helping others feel comfortable with their own vulnerability and creating a safe space for folks to exist freely without judgement.”

Justin Lessard

Mental Health Therapist

“I’ve been listening to your podcast and I love it. It’s so good! Thank you so much for being so vulnerable and sharing your story. It makes it so much easier for people to open up and help remove the stigma behind mental health struggles. Thank you so much!”

Anonymous

Listener

“Kris is a true professional. From the start of his presentation to the end, he had the full attention of my students. A talented speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I highly recommend!”

Nick Foley

Professor, Loyalist College

“One of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Amazing job.”

J.J. Richard

Listener

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for speaking to our class today, it really resonated with me. As someone who’s struggled with mental health for a long time, hearing you talk about you personal struggles felt so relatable and less lonely. I appreciate your candour.”

Mykayla

Graduate student