About Us

Hard Feelings is an innovative mental health non-profit. We support a welcoming community of professional counsellors who provide low-cost services and support.

Our online store sells carefully curated books and resources to help build and sustain stronger mental health. Our products are recommended by counsellors, clients, and people who have first-hand experience dealing with hard feelings.

As a non-profit social purpose business, profits from the store go back into supporting the work we do. Every purchase at Hard Feelings helps us help others. Access to affordable counselling and resources can ease someone’s pain, make them feel less alone and support them as they move forward in all areas of their lives.

Our Team

Alia Athar

Community Arts Coordinator

Alia is the Community Arts Coordinator at Hard Feelings. They specialize in social media management and strive to use social media as a means to create and foster community. Having needed support too, Alia is passionate about finding and sharing resources for those that are going through their own mental health journey. They are also an artist and they use their art to increase awareness around mental health and to show others that it’s okay to have hard feelings.

You can reach Alia at info@hardfeelings.org 


Taima Humbert

Store & Inventory Associate

Taima is the Store & Inventory Associate 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 taima@hardfeelings.org

Anisa Rawhani

Event & Store Associate

Anisa is the Event & Store Associate at Hard Feelings. Her best hits include the Mental Health Pop-Up Market birthday celebration and being a former Hard Feelings client turned staff member. She’s an artist and zinester passionate about supporting local independent creators, and exploring how art intersects with mental health, growth and healing. She’s worked as a writer, editor and designer for newspapers and magazines, including Broken Pencil Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press and the Virginian-Pilot.

You can reach Anisa at anisa@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 

Annabelle Bernard, BA, MBA – Finance for Social Enterprise, Frontline Workers Collective (Founder) 

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

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

Trish Cislak, BA, B.Ed Head of Libraries – Crescent School, Director of Research – Crescent Centre for Boys’ Education

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

Jean Hopkins, MSW, MSc – Policy Analyst, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario


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 Price Dean, School of Justice and Community Development at Fleming College

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

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

Our Founding and Ongoing Supporters

Diane Dale

Mary Anne McNally