KBI Inspire Magazine is digital bi-monthly publication that aims to inform, empower, and inspire young people.
KBI Inspire Magazine was created to help young people achieve their full potential. The publication's goal is to maintain a platform that showcases the depth of the human experience. KBI Inspire Magazine explores topics related to mental health, self care, creativity, literature, relevant and pressing social issues, and everything else in between.
KBI Inspire Magazine was inspired by the story of Kaitlyn Bates and the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative, a non-profit in Northumberland County, Ontario. Interested in being a part of our growing community? Consider submitting your work, donating, or advertising on our site.
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Gillian is an accomplished photographic artist and a former magazine editor and journalist. Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology, and has 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
YOUTH EDITOR, BOOK REVIEWS
Abby Kernya is first year University student majoring in English. She has 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.
ARTS 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.
MAUREEN POLLARD MSW,RSW
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.
MEDIA + COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT
Megan Kee is the Founder and Director of Twentytwenty Arts, an organization that empowers non-profits with the tools, support, and skills necessary to connect and engage with a different generation of donors online. With over 10 years of experience in the fine-art industry, Megan believes in the power of visual art to create meaningful change in the social impact landscape.
Writer, creator, and student, Helena Nikitopoulos is currently finishing up her English Literature and Film Studies degree at Western University. After she graduates with her Bachelor of Arts degree, she hopes to complete a master's degree in Journalism or English at the University of Toronto where she can continue to fulfill her passion for writing and creating.
Furthermore, her love for writing has led her to publish a variety of poems and articles in magazines such as The University of Toronto's UN Magazine, Bloom, The Oakville Beaver, and Western University's Student newspaper, The Western Gazette. Many of her pieces focus on mental health and wellness as she believes them to be crucial to one's overall happiness and well-being. She also has a fitness account (@helenanfitness) where she shields light on the importance of one's mental and physical health as well as using the space to further advocate for body positivity and self-love. Alongside her fitness account, you can find Helena's published works as well as her deepest thoughts and words of advice on her personal writing account (@helenaawrites).
When she is not writing or brainstorming for a new written piece, she spends her time exercising or spending time in nature (preferably in the shade where she can read a book). As someone who is always eager to create new things, Helena constantly finds herself brainstorming for a new piece to publish and share with the world. She hopes that her words not only touch her readers but empower them to live every day with a positive and hopeful mindset.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH ADVISOR
Maureen is a registered social worker who has worked with individuals, families and groups for more than 27 years. She holds a 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.
Visit her website: www.maureenpollardmsw.com
CONTRIBUTING 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.