Lauren Van Ewyk, M.Sc.MHC, RSW

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.

Iris Parr

Director of Communication

Iris Parr is a wife, mother, teacher and author. She lives in northern Alberta with her husband Jason and daughter Olivia.  Their forever 4 ½ year old son, Mikail, passed away unexpectedly in 2015. She can be found managing their Air BnB: The Urban Cottage, helping renovate their 1946 home, encouraging others on social media: @irisparr, as well as on her blog: and through her recently published Advent Devotional A Thrill of Hope—Finding Hope, Peace, Joy and Love in the Minor Notes of Christmas.

Libby Ells, MSW, RSW

Director of Recruitment

Libby was fortunate to grow up on the family farm in southwestern Ontario, before moving away for many years and finally returning to her rural roots in 2011. 

Throughout her career, Libby has been motivated to facilitate hope and change by listening with curiosity to help others remember their unique knowledge, skills and abilities.  In addition to her work with individuals, couples, families and groups, she has mentored students and provided clinical supervision to fellow practitioners in the mental health field. She works hard to be respectful and to bring humour to all of her encounters.

Leann Benedetti, DVM, TICC, ACC, CCFP, BSc

Director of Veterinary Care

Dr. Leann Benedetti is an experienced relationship-based veterinarian that has 27 years of lived experienced in mixed, small animal and mobile veterinary practice, and practice ownership.  She is also a serial entrepreneur, ICF Certified Coach, mentor, public speaker, a mother, daughter, wife, pet parent, servant leader, volunteer contributor for multiple diverse organisations, CVO Peer Advisor and veterinary peer supporter.

As “The Veterinary Coach”, Leann provides a variety of services to the Veterinary Community including mentorship, and coaching in the areas of performance, career transition, professional quality of life and facilitating change. Most recently, Leann has launched her Restorative Coaching Programs that provide a safe space for anyone that is ready to transform their life from one of burnout, fatigue, and chronic and traumatic stress into one that feels authentic and is filled with hope, connection and happiness.

In this role with the NFMHA Dr. Benedetti fulfills another value – Contribution, and brings her unique perspective and skillset to help build connection, collaboration, understanding and belonging on behalf of, and within, the agriculture, veterinary, and therapeutic communities.

🌍🌱 "On Earth Day and every day, let's remember: nurturing the land also nurtures the soul. Farming isn't just about crops; it's about cultivating mental well-being, one seed at a time." 🌾💚 #EarthDay #FarmersMentalHealth #GrowWithCare #nfmha #farmermentalhealth #agmentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
🌱🤝As you may have noticed, on our social media, April is National Volunteer Month! A big shoutout to all the volunteers supporting farmers' mental health and well-being. Your efforts make a difference, helping to cultivate resilience and community in agriculture. Let's continue to grow together and support one an#NationalVolunteerMonthn#farmersmentalhealthn#communitysupporti#nfmhalliancem#nationalfarmersmentalhealthalliancet#nfmhan#farmermentalhealthn#agmorethaneverr#AgMentalHealthntalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
Grande Prairie’s Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention and Northwestern Polytechnic’s office of Applied Research & Innovation are hosting a Mental Health Summit on May 6th & 7th! We are honoured to be leading some workshops at this summit:-Protecting Your Greatest Assets -Leadership (Becoming a level 5 leader/ Team Building and Morale Boosting)-Farm Succession and CommunicationWe would love to meet you there!@sprevent @northwestern_polytechnic#nfmha #nfmhalliance#farmersupportfarmers #farmstrong #farmermentalhealth #farmerwellness #agmentalhealth #farmfamily #agmorethanever #ruralrooted #ruralwellbeing #therapistsofinstagram #socialworkersofinstagram #supportoneanother ... See MoreSee Less
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