Meet the Team
Lauren Van Ewyk, M.Sc.MHC, RSW
Lauren Van Ewyk is an engaging speaker, registered social worker, foster mom and agricultural mental health advocate. She has appeared in numerous radio, television and print articles concerning the issues of adoption, foster care, mental wellness and mental health in the agriculture sector.
She and her husband raise sheep in southwestern Ontario. Lauren works with businesses, individuals and families all across Canada to ﬁnd hope and healing.
Co-founder; Director of Communication
Carrie Pollard, MSW, RSW
Carrie is an experienced psychotherapist and the wife of an incredibly wise grain farmer. She blends compassion, understanding and humour in her work and is passionate about helping others.
With a background in research and a dabbler in all things creative, she is actively involved in the writing and design of our social media, website, presentations, and e-literacy services.
Director of Recuitment
Libby Ells, MSW, RSW
i was fortunate to grow up on the family farm in southwestern ontario, before moving away for many years and finally returning to my rural roots in 2011.
i completed my master of social work degree (msw) at the university of toronto in may 2000. my approach to the work is strengths-based, client-centred, trauma-informed and collaborative. my stance is humanistic and anti-oppressive and i work hard to be respectful and to bring humour to our work together. i have experience in working with children, youth and families and in practicing social work in a hospital setting and in private practice, as well as extra training in trauma and in working with individuals experiencing concurrent disorders (substance use plus mental health issues). over the years, i have participated in training in a variety of methods and interventions, including cognitive behaviour therapy (cbt), dialectical behaviour therapy (dbt), motivational interviewing, and others – perhaps too numerous to mention here. i have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups and have mentored students and provided clinical supervision to fellow practitioners in the mental health field.
i am a member in good standing with the ontario college of social workers and social service workers (ocswssw) and the ontario association of social workers (oasw).