Alberta OCD Foundation
Jennifer started volunteering with the Alberta OCD Foundation in 2017 and had it incorporated in 2018. Raising awareness on the truth about OCD is her top priority, along with becoming a Registered Charity to help OCD sufferers access to affordable treatment. She facilitates the OCD Support Groups, social events and manages the website and encourages the local members to submit blogs. Jennifer has lived with OCD since a young child. She was diagnosed at age 31 and began treatment. "It is never too late for treatment, but you need to do your homework."
Over the past years, Jennifer has been to 3 International OCD Foundation Conferences and presented in Washington on HOCD. She creates and presented on OCD in Alberta including The Alberta Hospital, Access Open Minds, NorQuest College, University of Alberta, Calgary's Science in the Cinema and many OCD Week events. She is also a volunteer with the Tourette OCD Alberta Network.
Registered as Recreation Therapist in 2008, she works full time in health care where she assists people who live with disabilities to find wellness through adapted recreation and leisure.
The president is responsible for monitoring the community to make sure that programs and services are relevant to members. They make sure that a viable strategy is in place to achieve the mission and goals of the organization and they develop policies and procedures.
Emily has always been motivated to advocate for mental health and is grateful for the amazing community that Alberta OCD Foundation fosters. Her volunteer position began in 2021 and she has recently been elected as Secretary, where she takes meeting minutes and keeps records.
Emily completed her Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Infection at the University of Alberta, where she became passionate about protein misfolding diseases. More recently she finished her Master’s degree in Biochemistry where she continued studying the role of pathological proteins in neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking in the mountains, and catching bugs!
Megan is the treasurer for the Alberta OCD Foundation. Her role focuses on financial data-keeping and decision-making. Her background is in education and writing, so she also assists the foundation therein. Like many, she believes improved mental health education is urgently needed, including a more nuanced collective understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She has written a number of works on the subject, and she has regularly run literacy workshops, including a couple with the International OCD Foundation. Her ultimate hope is that we can live more meaningfully together, and active mental health awareness is required in that process.
Board Of Directors
The Board of Directors represents the interests and wellbeing of persons living with obsessive-compulsive disorder across the Alberta community. They provide information, ideas, and insight about current trends and needs to the executive board to assist in decision-making about education and programming. They will be required to attend a minimum of four annual meetings and will be accountable for fulfilling the responsibilities related to their role as they arise.
Kristina has always been passionate about mental health and is grateful to have found community in the AOCDF. She started volunteering in June 2021 and was later elected Marketing Director.. In her role, she helps to manage the AOCDF website, social media and all other marketing activities.
Kristina is pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management. Outside of her professional life, Kristina enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling and finding opportunities to be creative.
The volunteer coordinator plays a key role with the Alberta OCD Foundation. This individual would recruit, create roles, and host appreciation events. This individual would communicate regularly with volunteers and manage theirs status.
Director of Grants
An individual with experience in applying for grant opportunities to assist with the funding of programs for people who live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Janet Caryk, M.Ed
Janet is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She has been practicing for over 35 years. She is the co-founder of the Centre for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where she primarily works with clients ages ten years and up, providing family- based exposure and response prevention treatment. She developed the psychoeducational programs called “NO More Fear” (www.nomorefearyeg.com) because she believes that knowledge is power. Janet ensures that all her clients are knowledgeable about evidence-based therapy interventions. Most of her clients are living with OCD and anxiety disorders. She also helps people with depression, body focused repetitive behaviors (bfrb.org) and eating disorders.
Janet is always happy to provide evidence-based presentations to enhance the clinical practices of mental health professionals who are working with people living with OCD and anxiety disorders. She also provides clinical supervision to psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents.
Janet is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (adaa.org), the International OCD Foundation (iocdf.org), the Canadian Association of CBT (cacbt.org), the American Behavioral and Cognitive Association (abct.org), the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta (paa.org) and Natasha’s Daniels’ therapist community (atparentingcommunity.com).
Janet loves to travel and is Baba J to her two adorable grandchildren and their two dogs, Copper the beagle and Bruno the golden doodle, and a very large gray fluffy cat with piercing green eyes, Gengar .
“Kids and animals …. The best!”
Family and Caregiver Director
The Caregiver Director is open to a parent, guardian or other caregiver to an individual who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder. They will provide a critical perspective on how the AOCDF can support those who support others.
Person with Lived Experience
An individual with lived experience will provide biographical information to ensure programming is appropriate for the persons we serve and support.
Director of Southern Alberta
An individual will represent the interests of persons living with obsessive-compulsive disorder in Southern Alberta. This role focuses on facilitating education, access and programming in rural and remote communities.
Director of Northern Alberta
An individual will represent the interests of persons living with obsessive-compulsive disorder in Northern Alberta. This role focuses on facilitating education, access and programming in rural and remote communities.