About Us

Our Team

Beatriz Gancedo

Online Practice Recovery Leader

Bea currently works with the community of practice building capacity to deliver online services.  Bea completed her MA at the UNED in Madrid and worked as a Psychologist in the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain. In Canada, she has been working in the social enterprise sector, and most recently, she was the Director of Supply Chain and Operations at Me to We in Toronto. In 2020 she completed a Certificate in Applied Counselling Skills at the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling. 

 You can reach Bea at bea@hardfeelings.org


Taima Humbert

Online Store Assistant

Taima is the Online Store Assistant at Hard Feelings. She is very passionate about mental health and is committed to increasing access to helpful resources. This is one of the many reasons why she loves working at Hard Feelings, along with being surrounded by all the wonderful books we carry and the community that arises out of providing mental health awareness. Taima is also an artist who has developed her style throughout her own mental health journey. She’s currently completing her BA in Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto and hopes to pursue a career either in education or social work.

You can reach Taima at info@hardfeelings.org

Kate Scowen

Founder, Acting Executive Director

Kate is the Founder of Hard Feelings. She currently manages the community of practice and oversees operations of the storefront. Kate has been working in the non-profit and community services sector for over 30 years. She has worked as a counsellor, program manager, writer and consultant for a variety of community-based organizations in Toronto. Kate completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2015. She has worked as a counsellor at George Brown College and Ryerson University, and is a member of the community of practice at Hard Feelings.

You can reach Kate at kate@hardfeelings.org

Board of Directors

Rona Abramovitch, PhDProfessor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Board member on several non-profits in Toronto

Claire Angus, CPA, CA, MSc (Co-Chair, Treasurer) – Director of Finance/Treasurer at several non-profits in Canada and the UK 

Maia Bessemer, BA, JD – Legal Counsel, Shopify Inc.

Saisha Buzder, BA – Digital Marketer & Brand Strategist for the Arts

Maureen Carter-Whitney, LLB, LLM (Co-Chair, Secretary) – Member, Condominium Authority Tribunal/Immigration and Refugee Board, Refugee Appeal Division

Arij Elmi, MSW, RSWPhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Jean Hopkins, MSW, MSc – Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association

Katherine Roy, BA, MA – Arts Educator


Robert Barnard – CEO Decode

Dr. Lisa Berger, C. Psych. – Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Maureen Fair – Executive Director, West Neighbourhood House

Janis GillanSmall business owner

Cathy Mallove – Communications and Knowledge Exchange professional

Solomon McKenzieAssociate, McCarthy Tetrault 

Iris Nemani – Chief Programming Officer, Harbourfront Centre

Neil PriceAssociate Dean, School of Social and Community Services, Humber College

Dr. Micheal Shier, PhD, MSW, RSWAssistant Professor, U of T, FIFSW

Dr. Sarah Thompson, C. Psych.Clinical Psychologist, Ryerson University & Private Practice

Our Supporters

Diane Dale

Mary Anne McNally