Inspire Magazine is published bi-monthly online by the The Kaitlyn Bates Initiative.  Established in honour of Kaitlyn, KBI is an association dedicated to helping and empowering young people: at KBI, we believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to develop themselves to their full potential. And we're here for you! That's why we created Inspire




Editor in Chief 

Gillian is an accomplished photographic artist. A former magazine editor and journalist, she holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and Psychology as well as additional technical education in photography and fine art, and experience writing for film and video. 


​Outside of Canada, Gillian has lived and worked in the United States, England and Estonia, and her camera has traveled with her around the world.  She has published two books and currently lives in Northumberland County, Ontario with her family. 

As a survivor of suicide loss, she is also a tireless advocate for mental health literacy and suicide prevention. 

Visit her website at: amodernportrait.com



Contributing Editor

Asante Haughton has emerged as a leader in mental health. A veteran of the speaker circuit, Asante has presented across the globe, including a pair of TEDx talks telling stories detailing how family trauma impact mental health. Through his work, Asante was also named as a CAMH 150 Difference Maker, being awarded the distinction of being one of the top 150 difference makers in Canadian mental health. 

Having firmly entrenched himself in the mental health space at large, Asante is now devoting his time, energy and focus to the intersections of race and mental health, seeking to amplify the myriad experiences of Blackness across the diaspora in order to shed light on the ways in which being Black in a world that seeks to diminish Blackness impacts the mental health of Black people. Asante believes in confronting current and historical truths about our world and the human condition, however uncomfortable those truths may be, in order to move toward healing.

When not trying to save the world, Asante can be found laughing at his own jokes, Netflix'ing, checking his fantasy football stats, watching cartoons, and being frustrated with Toronto sports teams (except the Toronto Raptors!). Though Asante can be pretty laid back, he is loud about his advocacy and drive for change as he aims to deliver a message of social awareness, justice, community betterment, and above all, hope.


Abbigale Kernya

Youth Editor, Book Reviews 

Abby Kernya is a 17 year old high school student with a passion for music, art, reading, and film! She plays guitar in a four piece band called Hera. Abby’s all time favourite albums are Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie, Fine Line by Harry Styles, Meddle by Pink Floyd, and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. She has been playing guitar for almost 5 years, and is currently learning the bass and autoharp in her spare time. Abby’s current favourite books are Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. 



Contributing Editor, Writer

Emma is a graduate of the Master of Arts: Music and Culture program at Carleton University in Ottawa. Following 6 years in the nation's capitol, she has recently found herself working in music licensing and royalties in Toronto with CMRRA. She is currently working on writing her own music, and hopes to be able to share her art soon.


Emma is passionate about advocacy for the environment, arts, mental health, and animal welfare. She is honoured to be a part of the Inspire team and is looking forward to working with the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative to encourage support and positivity for youth.



Art Editor, Writer

Dawn holds B.A.and B.Ed degrees from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and is a Certified Teacher of the Deaf.  She has worked for over twenty-five years teaching students who are Deaf. In addition to writing, Dawn is also a visual artist, working primarily with acrylics.She has a passion for travel, and has recently traveled to Japan and France. 

Dawn has lived in Cobourg for twenty years with her husband and two sons. She is currently working on her first novel.

Maureen Pollard


Emotional Health Advisor

Maureen is a registered social worker who has worked with individuals, families and groups for more than 27 years. She obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees in social work, as well as a certificate in adult education. 


Currently, Maureen works in private practice in Cobourg, ON where she focuses on offering compassionate care for individuals, families and groups during difficult times. She specializes in helping people cope with traumatic grief, compassion fatigue and engage in resiliency recovery. 


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President, Kaitlyn Bates Initiative,

Marketing Director for Inspire

Doug Bates is a former banker and current co-owner of Brown Bag Co. and ComGo.  He also drums and does many musical events for various charities in his community.  He also the founder of the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative, an organization dedicated to his daughter who he lost in a tragic car accident.


Doug runs ABRAutism dedicated to helping individuals with Autism. Doug is on the Board of Grief Stories which helps individuals deal with grief.  


Doug is actively involved in his community and was given the 2011 Northumberland YMCA Peace Medal and was the winner of the Toyota Wishgiver Contest in 2015 for his contributions to the community. Doug lives with his wife and 2 kids in Northumberland County.

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