About Us

Our Team

Kate Scowen

Founder, Practice Manager

Kate is the Founder of Hard Feelings and currently manages the community of practice.  She 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 and has worked most recently as a counsellor at George Brown College and Ryerson University.

You can reach Kate at kate@hardfeelings.org

“Hard Feelings is the culmination of three years of researching, talking about and imagining a little space that might make big change in the landscape of mental health service delivery in Toronto. The response to this project has been unbelievably powerful and positive. I feel honoured to be able to bring it to life, with the support of many, many wonderful people who have donated time, ideas, energy and resources to get it off the ground.”

Board of Directors

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

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

Arij Elmi, MSW, RSWPhD Candidate, University of Toronto

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