Lauren Van Ewyk, M.Sc.MHC, RSW

Co-founder; CEO

Lauren Van Ewyk is an engaging speaker, registered social worker, foster mom and agricultural mental health advocate. She has appeared in numerous radio, television and print articles concerning the issues of adoption, foster care, mental wellness and mental health in the agriculture sector.

Lauren works with businesses, individuals and families all across Canada to find hope and healing.

She and her husband raise sheep in southwestern Ontario.

Carrie Pollard, MSW, RSW

Co-founder; Director of Communication

Carrie is an experienced psychotherapist and the wife of an incredibly wise grain farmer. She blends compassion, understanding and humour in her work and is passionate about helping others. 

With a background in research and a dabbler in all things creative, she is actively involved in the writing and design of our social media, website, presentations, and e-literacy services.

Libby Ells, MSW, RSW

Director of Recuitment

Libby grew up on the family farm in southwestern Ontario, and returned to her rural roots in 2011. 

She earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Toronto in May 2000. Her approach to her work is strengths-based, client-centred, trauma-informed and collaborative. 

Her focus is humanistic, respectful and anti-oppressive while ensuring humour is a part of the process.  

She brings experience working with children, youth and families and in practicing social work in a hospital setting and in private practice, as well as extra training in trauma and in working with individuals experiencing concurrent disorders (substance use plus mental health issues).  

Libby has training in a variety of methods and interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and others. She has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups and has mentored students and provided clinical supervision to fellow practitioners in the mental health field.
She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

In addition to helping farmers connect with psychotherapists that are culturally competent and experienced in agriculture, we also offer comprehensive Mental Health Strategy support options for organizations and Agriculture Informed Therapy (AIT) training for psychotherapists servicing rural areas.
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