Meet The Team

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Mellisa Farrar

President

Melissa is a single mother of two beautiful girls Kennedy and Reegan! She has devoted the last 18 years to being the best mother she possible could be raising girls on her own to becoming independent women and she believes she did a pretty incredible job! So now Melissa is focused on her passion! Mental health, addictions, and homelessness! It has always been her dream to own her own foundation with the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of those who struggle to see their purpose! She too has struggled to find her purpose, has endured pain, lived among addictions and mental health, and knows everything is possible if you believe and you have someone in your corner. She has built a team of people that are willing to be the hand that is reaching to pull those struggling back up. She believes that there is no better time than now to all come together and be the change. We are stronger together! She is real, has a huge heart, and her passion burns deep inside her. She looks forward to the journey of hope for islanders who need that helping hand.

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Director of Technology & Member Services

Dr. Antonio Bolufe-Rohler is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Prince Edward Island. He specializes in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Optimization. Antonio obtained his undergraduate degree in Computer Science (2007), Masters (2010), and Ph.D. (2015) in Mathematics from the University of Havana. Antonio was the elected vice-president of the Cuban Society for Mathematics and Computer Sciences and the chair of the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Havana until he moved to Canada in 2018.

Antonio is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers in international refereed journals and conferences. His current research focus is on deep learning and its application to a variety of problems. Antonio is also a passionate teacher who uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage his students to work hard and succeed. He also enjoys sports activities such as running, dancing, and biking.

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Michelle Rush

My name is Michelle Rush. I am a mother of two amazing boys, Brodie and Keegan. 

I am a screening officer at the Charlottetown Airport and also an entrepreneur. I recently launched my own Skincare line last Summer.

I decided to jump on board with Islanders helping Islanders when I read a need for extra help. I decided immediately that this was something I definitely wanted to be part of. This type of foundation is very near and dear to my heart for many reasons.

This is my story and, is the first time I have spoken about it publicly. Not only do I have family members who deal with mental health issues, I do as well. As a young teenager, I was in an abusive relationship for several years. Over these years I had developed depression which then turned into a severe eating disorder. Throughout those years I have had more hospital stays in PEI   than I can even count. My hospital admissions also included Halifax and Guelph. All of these years later now age 42, I continue to struggle and fight with these issues. I now have more good days than bad and have learned how to cope and to live my own normal. I am very excited to be part of this team, it means so much to me.

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Sarah Mehl

Director of Fundraising/Special Events

Sarah is a single mum of a feisty 13-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old autistic son. My kids keep me incredibly busy but I like to make time for things in life that bring me joy outside of my family, Helping people is the one thing that really makes me feel alive. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my life. But with the proper supports and the right attitude, I have fought back and now live a very happy and fulfilling life. I owe most of it to making a commitment to myself and choosing a healthy lifestyle of a balance of exercise, nutrition, and connection with my peers. I am passionate about sharing all of the wonderful things I've learned in my recovery from my trauma with as many people as I can.

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Director of Technology & Member Services

Be it filming, photographing, copywriting, graphic designing I love it all. I’m simply a creator through and through and love assisting others with expressing their message to the world using my creative flair and style.

Vice President

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