As part of Mental Health Week 2023 and the theme of #MyStory, the WRSPC team is going “beyond the bios” to answer 5 questions which share different pieces of their stories.
Continue reading to learn more about Elisa, the Executive Director of WRSPC!
What is one song, movie, or television show that is guaranteed to make you smile?
I think it would be impossible to narrow down one song as I really love music and constantly have something playing, but my go-to playlist for a long car ride would include either some ‘80s or ‘90s power ballads that I can belt out!
Name on place, community, or situation where you feel a sense of belonging or feel most at home?
There are two ‘places’ you can find me depending on the season. In the summer I feel most at home when I’m with my family, and near water and/or in nature- I love sitting beside, or swimming in a lake and listening to the waves, or camping amidst the wonderful Ontario forests!
In the winter you will find me with my boys at the arena! My family has a long-standing history as hockey players so it’s something that connects me to those who have passed, as well as those who still play, and I am grateful to share this connection and love of the sport with my boys as part of my son’s bench staff.
What is your favourite self-care or stress-reducing activity or habit?
I love to put on some music and either go for a walk, or dance around the kitchen- it’s fun creating a playlist that matches what I need in that period of time, and I’m always happy to see when my boys join in!
What is an accomplishment that you are most proud of?
An accomplishment that I am proud of is having the opportunity to lead this amazing organization. I became the Executive Director in the middle of a busy season of my life- my boys were young, and I was still learning and growing in my professional development. Since that time, I have experienced some amazing highs, while also navigating the personal losses of my dad and grandparents, and through these experiences and challenges I have built my resiliency; pushing forward and growing in so many ways to honour everyone who has walked alongside me.
Which aspect of your work gives you the greatest sense of purpose or meaning?
Without a doubt, it is the people that I get to work alongside, and with. I am grateful for each and every day I get to do this amazing work of the heart, with so many incredible people! From my staff, to the Board, my mentors and advisors, our third-party fundraisers, community agencies and organizations, and the community- everyone has story, a gift and passion, and they chose to share that with me and the WRSPC- there is no greater purpose or meaning than a collective of people journeying together to make a difference.
To learn more about Mental Health Week or to check out the other beyond the bios, visit: www.wrspc.ca/mental-health-week-2023