Katlyn’s young age belies her experience and profound understanding of a range of topics that are inextricably linked with each other. She has first-hand experience of how suicide-loss and mental health issues can affect a person’s life, and the lives of those around them. She also knows what it is like to be young and queer, but too afraid to come out due to the fear of judgment.
Just like many others, Katlyn went and came back from a really dark place. And now she is helping others do the same by inspiring kindness, resilience and self-acceptance, living the words she shares every day.
Katlyn is a passionate public speaker and social advocate, who is mostly known for her work around improving mental health infrastructures and eliminating barriers to access for 2SLGBTQ+ and Northern students.
She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Knowledge Institute for Child and Youth Mental Health and is President/Chairperson of Fierté Sudbury Pride. She is currently completing her degree at Laurentian University, where she specializes in Political Science and has a minor in Communication Studies.