Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performing artist, and fashion enthusiast, as well as a community worker of several years. Kai has worked at a lot of youth and mental-health related organizations over the years, including Project 10, McGill Residence Life, and Camp fYrefly, to name a few. In 2014, Kai wrote an anti-racism training resource that has been used to train staff at local non-profits such as the Centre for Gender Advocacy, Head and Hands, and the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill University. They have a Bachelor’s degree in social work from McGill, and are working on a Master’s in clinical mental health. Kai’s favourite legendary monster is Medusa, the snake-haired woman.
Kota Harbron is a facilitator, support-person, doula and massage therapist-in-training with ten years’ experience in peer counselling and popular education. They have been involved in facilitation and organizing work with Montreal youth through many local community and campus-based social justice organizations. Kota has completed a BA with a specialization in Psychology and a minor in Interdisciplinary Sexuality Studies from Concordia University. They love learning about plants and working with their hands. She has an affinity for shape-shifting beasties – particularly those that come from the sea. Kota is a white settler and Monster Academy is based in Tio’tia:ke, on colonized Kanien’kehá:ka territory.
**We would also like to thank the incredibly talented Ariella Bouskila for our monstrously beautiful logo and poster artwork.**
Monster Academy is grateful for the guidance of our community consultants:
- Molly Swain and Lindsay Nixon (Indigenous Women & Two-Spirit Harm-Reduction Coalition)
- Frank Suerich-Gulick (ASTT(e)Q)
- Dr. Sara Kahn (Assistant Professor at the McGill University School of Social Work)
To book a workshop, or for more info, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check us out on Facebook – Monster Academy: Mental Health Skills for Montréal Youth