Leysa Cerswell Kielburger
Leysa is a faculty member at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, where she trains educators, health care practitioners, and corporate leaders in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and stress reduction. She also runs the Centre’s Psychology Aid program for homeless and unstably housed youth. Leysa has taught and worked in North America, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. She is completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with her research and dissertation focus on mental health care for underserved and marginalized populations. Her first book on strategies for self-care and mental well-being will be published in fall 2019.
As Project Manager of WE Well-being, Kaila works with educators and students to navigate resources and programs to support promoting mental well-being in and outside of the classroom. Kaila has worked with students in Canada and internationally within a diverse range of learning environments. She developed co-curricular workshop programming for The Second City in Toronto, fusing the arts with social justice education, leadership and personal character-building. In addition to this, Kaila has facilitated educational and leadership development programming in Ontario schools and summer camps, and through the WE Schools program. She is passionate about the impact that outdoor experiences and the arts can have in promoting well-being for youth and adults. Her credentials include an Undergraduate Degree in Global Development Studies with a minor in Vocal Music, as well as a Bachelor of Education specializing in Primary-Junior Education.