Our vision is to reduce the impact of anxiety disorders on the lives of all Manitobans. The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba aims to:
- offer self-help for all Manitobans affected by anxiety disorders
- provide Cognitive Behavioural Programs (CBP), and ongoing support groups for the prevention, education, early intervention and management of anxiety disorders to adults.
- provide resources for children, adolescents, adults, families, employers and health care professionals
Board of Directors
Sarah Kasdorf works as a public servant with a background in mental health policy and social innovation. Sarah has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.
She has worked with youth as a clinician and in mental health recovery research with McGill University and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Personally, she has experienced loss as a result of suicide and recognizes the heavy relationship between anxiety and suicide. Sarah is passionate about building hopeful systems to support the people at the heart of it all and finding creative ways to do things differently in Manitoba.
Tasha Ellis is currently studying Law at the University of Manitoba and raising three young children with her husband. Between semesters, Tasha runs a small HR and recruitment consulting business.
Previously, she worked as a career consultant at the University of Manitoba, a project consultant here at ADAM, and as an outplacement consultant in the private sector after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Tasha first connected with ADAM in 2003 as a participant in a CBT group, then facilitated several CBT groups as a graduate, and was proud to join the Board of Directors in 2018.
Norie Cunningham works as a manager in the case management department of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. She believes in the importance of promoting mental well-being and access to supportive treatment.
She has many years of disability management experience and has helped those who have developed mental health conditions in the workplace achieve a safe return to health and work.
Norie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and her Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Manitoba.
Gus Nelson, Chair is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg where he attained his BA Honours in Psychology. He has lived experience with social anxiety disorder, which led him to volunteer with ADAM as a public presenter.
His previous work includes working on Parliament Hill as a Legislative Assistant for the Chair of the National Defence Committee. He is currently a Reservist in the Canadian Army and is working towards enrollment in Graduate Studies.
Dr. Jason Ediger
Dr. Jason Ediger is a private practice psychologist and clinic director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Institute of Manitoba. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Health Psychology. He has a special interest in blending cognitive behaviour therapy with mindfulness-based approaches to change and coping. His practice focuses on anxiety, mood difficulties, chronic pain and health concerns in adults and adolescents. He has extensive experience with disability claims and return to work issues.
Zennon Lisakowski worked for AFM for most of his career. He is currently a Workplace and Health Care Professionals Consultant. He has designed and delivered educational programs for health care professionals- most notably on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Pharmacology and Co-Occurring Disorders. He has developed programs on addictions for inclusion in the curriculums of various nursing and medical schools in Manitoba. He is the co-founder of the Committee on Alcohol and Pregnancy and has assisted in the development of the Nurses-at-Risk Committee of CRNM and the Physicians Manual. He is a past board member of Tamarack Rehabilitation Inc., and a current board member of St. Raphael's Wellness Centre.
Dr. Trish Furer
Dr. Trish Furer is a clinical psychologist and the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Furer specializes in the assessment and Cognitive-Behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders. Her book Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death: A Practitioner’s Guide was written together with colleagues Drs. John Walker and Murray Stein and came out in 2007. She has developed the QuickStart to Overcoming Anxiety large group intervention as well as group CBT programs for health anxiety, mixed anxiety disorders, and perinatal anxiety. Dr. Furer is involved in clinical teaching and supervision of Clinical Health Psychology residents and practicum students as well as graduate students in the Department of Psychology.
Steven Duvenaud works as a clinical therapist in the addictions field. Prior to that, he worked as a school counsellor with secondary students. Steven has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Steven uses a mix of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Steven also has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, where he worked as a Vocational Evaluator for six years. Steven developed an anxiety disorder in his twenties which affected every aspect of his life. With a combination of medication and psychotherapy, Steven has continually come to better understand his anxiety, and how to live the life he wants despite having anxiety.
Lara Price is a single mother to two young boys. She works full time as the Quality Technician at Graymont in Faulkner, MB - Graduation with Distinction, with an associate's degree in Quality Management. Lara holds a position on the Community Relations Board as the coordinator for their area. Her fundraising portfolio is outstanding, as is her knowledge for government funding and grants. Lara offers a true understanding and passion for helping people. She has a lifetime of experience with anxiety, which has driven her to focus on early detection and diagnosis of anxiety. She has researched countless tools and resources to help her on her own journey of living with anxiety. Lara is interested in normalizing the conversation about anxiety.
Dr. Kristin Reynolds
Dr. Kristin Reynolds is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba where she is the Director of the Health Information Exchange Lab.
Sandra Peters works in the financial services industry. She believes in supporting the health and strength of a community and its members.