At the age of 43, Liz decided to come out of the closet. For most of her life, she’d kept a secret – her diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and depression at the age of 24. Over 20 years later, she stepped out of the darkness and shared her story on Wise Women Canada, the blog she founded with her best friend, Lisa Brookman. A teacher by education, Liz discovered that mental health advocacy was her true vocation.
Liz is passionate about helping to spread awareness, promote acceptance and break the stigma associated with mental illness. Fueled by her own mental health battle, she strives to open up the dialogue, normalize mental illness and continue the conversation until there is no shame left.
As a former radio host at CJAD 800, co-founder of the blog, Wise Women Canada, a mental health columnist for Best Health magazine, and co-chair of MINDSTRONG, one of Canada’s largest and most successful mental health fundraisers, Liz encourages the community to own their stories and their struggles, step outside of their comfort zone and embrace the strength that comes from vulnerability.
A wife, a mom of three teenagers and one dog, a dedicated art journaler, and a fashion aficionado, Liz can usually be found with paint on her face while organizing her closet by colour.