Our Newsletter

Our online newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with new developments and opportunities to get involved with WellAhead.


In collaboration with McGill University's Faculty of Education, we've also created a separate mailing list for topics and opportunities specifically related to teacher and school staff wellbeing. To sign up for updates on this specific topic, click below.

Our team

Happen to have a more specific question? Contact one of our staff below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mali Bain

Provincial Lead, BC

A former secondary school teacher, Mali understands firsthand the challenges and opportunities schools face in advancing integrated approaches to wellbeing in schools. Mali draws on her experiences working with youth in East Vancouver, teachers in Kenya, and faculty at UBC, and school district leaders across the province. Mali’s role is to work alongside provincial associations and organizations to lead the implementation and operations of WellAhead in BC.

Mali grew up in Port McNeill, a town of 3,000 people on northern Vancouver Island, and has interest in global solidarity and in approaches to understanding settler-colonial family histories in North America. When not at work, you can find Mali riding her bicycle, kayaking, or making music in East Vancouver.

Contact Mali to learn more about WellAhead’s efforts in British Columbia: 


Paul McArthur

Knowledge Manager

Paul has brought his passion for prevention to the field of child and youth health for many years, in roles spanning from clinical research to public policy. As WellAhead’s Knowledge Manager, Paul is excited to lead WellAhead’s journey in developing and applying learnings to tackle strategic questions and challenges as they emerge.

Originally from Winnipeg, Paul lives in Vancouver, BC where his guitars, bicycles and various sporting activities keep him busy aside from WellAhead.

Contact Paul about anything related to learning and evaluation: 


Vani Jain

National Lead

Vani is thrilled to bring her passion for mental health and wellbeing together with a mandate for positive, long-term systemic change. As a Program Director at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Vani leads the WellAhead initiative as part of the Foundation’s efforts to improve child and youth mental health. A big-picture strategic thinker with an interest in on-the-ground impact, Vani is the national lead for WellAhead.

A new mother, Vani loves to spend time with her son and cook for friends.

Contact Vani for general questions about WellAhead: