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Ashley Cummings '20
Psychology student Ashley Cummings has joined forces with three other Canadian university students to work with Northern Canadian communities in the area of mental health promotion.

The youth-run organization, North in Focus, leads mental health workshops to decrease suicides in Northern Canadian communities, combining peer education and anti-stigma programming with art, physical recreation, and reflection activities.

"We focus on youth in the north because of the personal impact the entire team has felt by the high suicide rates,” says Cummings. “We mostly use photography and sport to engage youth in different avenues of expressing their emotions.”

North in Focus has held workshops in Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik; Nain, Nunatsiavut; and in May 2018 will run a series of workshops in Nunavut.

Along with her extensive work with North in Focus, Cummings will also be a chapel assistant next year on campus. A national Loran Scholarship finalist, she plans to pursue a career as a counsellor.

"I hope to remain with North in Focus because I absolutely love the work we do with youth and feel like it makes a difference."