Elisha Astles was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her BA in Political Science and Certificate in Globalization and Governance from the University of Alberta. Elisha has been married for 11 years to Darren and they have two young children, Kaden, Seven and Cabria, Three. For the past 10 years she has worked with the Federal Government and her current role is with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the Integration Unit. Her previous role includes a position as a Family Peer Support Coordinator with the Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program (OSISS) with the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada .
Mental health and addictions are something that have been a part of her life for many years both professionally and personally. These experiences combined not only made her more compassionate and empathetic but have also instilled a greater passion and determination to help support the needs and quality of life of those that require additional supports. She is dedicated to eliminating stigma and helping influence change in individuals and communities to better understand mental illness and addictions.
In 2014, she was invited to be a part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions Programme Committee. She also volunteers with Valour Place in Edmonton, as a House Ambassador. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Assistant Coach for her daughter’s U4 soccer team, The Avengers.
Jay Davies was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He has lived throughout BC and Alberta, Islamabad, Pakistan and North Carolina before settling back in Edmonton his entire adult life. Jay is the proud Father of Molli, Eight and Jayke, Five.
Jay has been a Fireman with the Edmonton Fire Department for nearly Eight years. He has been a HAZMAT Technician for the last two years. Jay is very involved in the Edmonton Fire Fighters' Union, IAFF Local 209 as a Shop Steward and a Public Relations Committee Member. He is also a Member of the Edmonton Fire Fighters' Honour Guard and is their Secretary-Treasurer.
Having struggled silently for years with Depression, Anxiety and Suicide due to job related post traumatic stress, he has a great deal of passion ensuring others don't suffer in silence and seek the help that is available. Jay has been a part of the EFD's Peer Support team since 2009. In 2014 he was invited to be a part of the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health & Addiction Programmes Committee and their Communications Committee. He also has recently invited to sit on the Lift The Silence Committee to bring further awareness and fight the stigma associated with Mental Health and Suicide.