CameronHelps strengthens program leadership with two new hires

CameronHelps has strengthened its program leadership with the hiring of new staff to carry out the ambitious growth objectives of the charity.

Keara Gillis has joined the Team Unbreakable program as Coordinator for the Halton and Peel School Program while Nils Blondon has been hired as Coordinator for the Toronto Secondary School expansion [photos above] .

Keara and Nils are joined by Amanda Overholt who was hired in the spring of 2016 as the Halton-Peel Community Program Coordinator and Program Manager John Knox, who will be working with Nils on Toronto Team Unbreakable programs.

“We are very excited to have these extremely talented individuals join the team, supported by the experience of John Knox who has laid the foundation for our success through his excellent work over the years. These hires could not be made without the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for which we are extremely grateful,” says Carl Worrell, Program Director.


[ L to R: John Knox and Amanda Overholt ]

Keara has extensive experience running group programming with youth and facilitating conversations around mental health. She loves being active and running, having completed two half marathons and is training for her first full marathon. Keara is extremely passionate about youth mental health and suicide prevention. As a safeTALK Suicide Awareness Trainer Keara has trained over 100 people in being more suicide aware.

Nils Blondon is an educator, runner, photographer, and fitness enthusiast. He joins the CameronHelps Team UNBREAKABLE having spent the last six years working in the field of Special Education in Toronto’s downtown core. Nils is deeply passionate about helping individuals reach their goals, and hopes to inspire students to run and be active to maintain and improve their mental health.

Nils is a member of the Longboat Roadrunners, Toronto’s oldest running team and a veteran of distance running. Additionally, he is a dedicated proponent of running as medicine for the mind, soul, and body. His teaching approach emphasizes fulfilling the needs of the student through empowerment and positivity. Nils believes running is the most democratic activity, which allows everyone to participate at all levels.

Team UNBREAKABLE partners with schools and community organizations to provide recreational youth running groups in support of youth mental health where all youth are welcome to participate in a supportive environment.


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