Mike is a mental health & well-being advocate, speaker, and educator. He lived with many mental health challenges before entering recovery. Drawing from unique personal and family experiences, he shares a message of courage, hope, resilience, and joy. testimonial-mikeMike has a plethora of self-care practices that he draws upon to encourage people to see how “We’re empowered by our experience, not inhibited” and to ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ – Gandhi. He launched ‘Starts With Me’ a mental health consultant, education, and speaking business as a platform to share his message.

Mike is the parent of two young children, one of whom is now in the school system. His passion to help youth build resilience and well-being motivate his work with schools to support that development through k-12 education. Knowing we all have challenges, Mike continues to develop his parenting knowledge and skills. He is a Mindful Schools k-12 educator and is a member of the TDSB mental health and well-being parent partnership committee. Mike is starting his Master’s Degree in counseling-psychology in May 2018 to enrich his ability to deliver the best knowledge and support to the people he works with.

Mike also is a Lay Pastor offering spiritual care services at a local non-denominational Church, the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto.

Mental Health Education

Millenials and Mental Health

Marijuana Legislation

Mental Health Education

Mindful SchoolsMindful Educator Essentials Certificate


Member of the TDSB Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee

Trained in Mental Health First AidMental Health Commission of Canada 





Infant Mental Health 101 – The Basics – trainingSick Kids Hospital

Lay Pastor – First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto