Our team of dedicated instructors continues to grow across Canada. Two key individuals fundamental in the creation and rapid expansion of Resilient Minds are featured below.
Steve Fraser is the Captain of the Mental Health and Safety Division for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, and is also the Coordinator for the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. Steve is the co-author of and Master Trainer for Resilient Minds. With over 20 years experience in the fire service, Steve has applied his knowledge and expertise in the field and to fire fighter specific programs, training, and education.
He sits on the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association board and is involved in the BC Mental Health Task Force. In 2017, Steve was the recipient of the Fire Fighter of the Year award for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service.
Steve is also an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and a certified Field Traumatologist with the Canadian Traumatology Institute. He is involved with nationwide research groups, collaborating with the University of Regina, Western University, McMaster University and FIREWELL.
Seia Roots is a Community Educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and has been with the CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch for over 16 years. Seia is the lead developer and a Master Trainer of Resilient Minds. Her researching, interviewing, and time working alongside fire fighters has equipped her with valuable knowledge to develop a successful first responder program. Seia is also trained in CISM (individual and group).
Seia was instrumental in the creation of CMHA’s 4R Action Toolkit™ used in Resilient Minds and CMHA workplace workshops. Her work involves delivering mental health training, and developing course content and has a passion for peer programs. Her keen eye for detail and dedication to mental health has led her to adapting CMHA workshops for specific professions ranging from librarians, management, to probation officers.
Seia provides mental health training across Canada and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In her free time, Seia’s enjoys being in nature.