Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with your organisation to build a culture that supports good mental health.

Engel Prendergast, Mental Health Consultant

Engel is an accredited Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK Instructor, and a Lifeline Crisis Supporter and Mentor. Engel has more than 20 years of experience working with local governments, communities, and organisations to build their capacity in achieving common goals. Her extensive experience in training and facilitation ensures that she is able to provide an environment that fosters learning and ownership. Engel is our Mental Health Consultant working with organisations and groups to build a culture that supports good mental health and has delivered training both locally and in India. Engel holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), Diploma of Counselling, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. Email Engel at engel@mentalstrides.com.au.

Kylie O’Driscoll, Communications Consultant – Communication Strides

Bringing twenty-years of communications and public relations experience, Kylie works with us to meet our communications needs. Kylie developed our website, creates content for and manages our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, develops our publications and promotional materials, and assists with business development. She also helped develop our branding when we first grew wings. If you require assistance with your business communications, contact Kylie on 0412 030 001 or email communicationstrides@gmail.com.

Mahaveer Singh Rathore, Cultural Advisor and Logistics Manager (India)

For the past 18 years Mahaveer has been working with International visitors to help them gain a greater understanding of the rich and varied Indian culture. Born in Punjab and raised in Rajasthan and Haryana, Mahaveer has a wide knowledge and love of the diversity of India and a passion to share this with others. Mahaveer is our Culture Advisor for our work both in India and with the Indian migrant population in Perth, and manages logistics for the team in India. Mahaveer has a Diploma in Hotel Management and is fluent in Hindi and English.

Catherine (Cathy) Darling, Community Support

Cathy is a Registered Nurse and an accredited Mental Health First Aider. With more than 30 years in the health industry, as a nurse and a community educator, Cathy has a deep understanding of mental health issues experienced in the community. Cathy is our Community Support assisting in training delivery, providing emotional support for training participants. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing and is currently undertaking training in Healing Touch, through the Australian Foundation of Healing Touch in affiliation with Healing Beyond Borders.

Cliff Simpson, Grant Funding Consultant – Red Kamel Consulting

With a diverse career spanning environmental art, carpentry, youth work, vocational rehabilitation, and project development, and more than 30 years working within the community sector in Western Australia, Cliff is adept at engaging with community groups (e.g. service clubs, men’s sheds, seniors’ clubs, and sporting groups) to achieve positive funding results. Cliff works closely with community groups in the co-design of their projects, clarifying goals, identifying funding sources, building capacity in groups, and translating the story of the group into a compelling, convincing grant application with an action plan. If you require assistance with applications to fund your group’s activities, contact Cliff on mob: 0408 502 895.

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