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About Us

Youth Mental Health Reality: The Difference We Can Make
Suicide is the first cause of death for youth aged 10 – 24 in Canada after accidents.

Canada has the third highest youth suicide rate in the industrialized world
Males of all ages account for 75% of all suicides

20 – 25% of youth have at least one mental health disorder
Only 1 in 5 youth get mental health treatment
Students with mental health challenges and disabilities are often the victim of bullying

Fifty percent of mental illnesses begin before age 14
The wait for treatment of mental health issues is one year and more

Meet The Team

Shak Edwards
President

Shak holds 15+ years of experience in the basketball world at various levels from OBA (Ontario Basketball Association) to OCAA (Ontario College Athletic Association) they were proven to be some of the most impactful years of her life. She certainly discovered a family of coaches, players and mentors who continue to support her missions today. Shak sees sports as a catalyst for personal growth, an opportunity for participants of any skill level to strengthen themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. While building respectful community connections Shak’s World empowers youth to stay humble and kind when striving for greatness while guiding while providing access to mental and physical wellness tools. These relationships are proven to hold more weight and importance in the day to day life of our youth than most may assume. Through years of experience as a coach, player, referee, scorekeeper, convener and managing media coverage for various sports sources- basketball has been ingrained into her life in a beautiful way. Being able to share this experience with the upcoming generations and help them create healthy long-lasting bonds is very important to Shak’s mission. This organization was founded on the idea that a sports organization can deliver both athletic AND community development at every age and ability. To create a more unified community. Changing the mentality of our youth is a big mission but with the support of our community, through basketball she believes we can make an amazing difference in countless lives. At risk/vulnerable youth have a special place in Shak's World being considered one growing up Shak defeated all odds and created something beautiful.

Patrick Shaw
Strategy Specialist

Patrick Shaw is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, educator and 23 year City Of Toronto employee. A lover of sports and a community leader, Patrick is committed to leading vulnerable youth, children, student-athletes and young adults to opportunities for success. A passionate equity champion, Patrick founded My Brother and Sister’s Keeper Youth Organization and co-founded Grassroots Elite Basketball, working with solidified brands like Adidas and Nike. Canada does not have a professional league for women, and through Sister’s Keeper, Patrick has been able to create opportunities for Canadian girls ​like 16 year old Shayaenne Day-Wilson who was named ESPN’s 5th rated guard in all of North American high schoolers. Patrick’s work with Sister’s Keeper has been critical in pushing the sport forward for Canadian women and young girls. He is one of the most influential people in Canadian basketball who quietly orchestrates significant connections among players, coaches and administrators within organizations ranging from Canada Basketball, Ontario Basketball Association, National Basketball Association (NBA), Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and various youth developing basketball clubs. Beyond his work helping 200+ student athletes earn scholarships in the NCAA, Patrick serves as a peacemaker where he mentors vulnerable parents, youth and leaders in the communities. Patrick’s long list of accolades and awards are a testament to his love, hard work and determination.

Kevin Wilson
Head Of Research and Development Youth Mentorship

Kevin is a graduate of the Kinesiology degree program from Brock University and graduate of the Fitness and Health diploma program from Fleming College. He played on the varsity basketball team at both institutions. Currently, Kevin studies a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Scotland (UK) and has worked as a Student Physiotherapist for many pro basketball clubs.

Tiara Johnson
Facility Supervisor

Tiara is a Social Service Worker who loves to work with local agencies and organizations to create an easy more accessible way for youth and young adults to transition into independence. She enjoys working alongside youth and young adults with disabilities helping them better understand themselves and the world around them.

Samantha Boyle
Program Coordinator

Sam is an Child and Youth Worker who loves working with children and preparing lifestyle based programs that will propel them to success in their every day lives. She has dedicated years in the community to provide at risk and low income youth with access to free art programming through her work with Art Nation Studios.

Delaila Johnson
Administrator

Delaila has dedicated her life to helping youth find their voices through social media and beyond, with an online following of 100,000+ she has been able to make change world wide alongside organizations like Save the Children. She is the power source behind Prepare for Impact, a Social Media and Influencer program for young people to create change that they are passionate about.

Meg O'Shea
Web Designer

Meg is a Photographer, Graphic Designer and Web Designer. Meg has a passion for creating eye catching imagery whether it be through a photograph, a graphic, or on a website. With more than 10 years of experience she brings an element of love and community to our web presence and team.