Erika’s experience working in a children’s hospice and on a post-suicide intervention team has taught her the invaluable lesson of just being there for people. While studying health psychology she researched harm reduction and mindfulness-based strategies for substance use. This led her to a CHEO-produced alternative youth mental health program called YouthNet (YNRA). Her care experiences have reinforced her belief in client-centred support and she is constantly brainstorming how we can do care better. Her favourite kind of pal is someone you can make weird noises with and understand what they mean.