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Suzanne Cunningham began her journey to wellness in 2016 after struggling with various mental health challenges for most of her life. Suzanne has become a passionate mental health advocate and takes every chance to question the stigma around mental illness while sharing her own experience and recovery journey. Suzanne is part of systemic change in health care working as a Peer Support Worker with Alberta Health Services. In 2018, Suzanne became a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator and fell head over heels in love with facilitation and the magic of witnessing peers supporting peers. There is not a session that goes by that she doesn’t learn something new from the wisdom of the participants. She also moonlights as a guest speaker presenting on the stigmatization of Borderline Personality Disorder and contributes to various peer support and mental health initiatives and organizations.
To balance the heavy lifting at work, Suzanne enjoys doughnuts, sunshine and having the right colour of sunglasses to match her outfit. Suzanne is Métis with kinship ties to the Métis homeland in Treaty 1 territory. Currently she resides, works and plays on Treaty 6 territory and would like to acknowledge and offer thanks to the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have resided, worked, played and cared for these lands since time immemorial.