Meet THE Mavrixx Team
We are a small but mighty team, dedicated to promoting and normalizing mental health, while having fun and having some adventures along the way
HEAD Trainer and Speaker
Brent Seal is the Founder and Head Trainer of Mavrixx, and to our knowledge was the first person in history living with schizophrenia to summit South America’s highest mountain (Aconcagua) in January, 2016, followed by accomplishing the same feat on North America’s highest mountain (Denali) in June, 2016.
Brent has become one of the leading voices promoting youth mental health and wellness across Canada. He has been a co-creator and co-host of the Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit at Roger’s Arena. He was a co-emcee for the BC-based Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use BC Collaborative Learning Sessions from 2014-2017.
In 2007, while studying Business at Simon Fraser University, Brent was diagnosed with schizophrenia after an attempted suicide. After a strong recovery with help from family, friends and the EPI (Early Psychosis Intervention) program, he went on to graduate as Valedictorian from Simon Fraser University, complete a number of ultramarathons, climb North and South America’s highest mountains and launch Mavrixx.
PROJECT Coordinator, SPEAKER and EDGE PROGRAM Facilitator
Spencer has experience as a high performance student-athlete. He attended the University of British Columbia on a Major Entrance Scholarship where he studied Sciences and competed as a Varsity and National Team athlete. During this time, he played for the UBC Men’s Varsity Field Hockey Team, was a travelling member with the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team and Captained the Men’s Junior National Team from the age of 15-20.
Spencer began to struggle with his mental health while attending UBC and after his second year was forced to medically withdraw from school and retire from the national team. He continued to struggle, experiencing periods of suicidal depression, disabling anxiety and debilitating mania until he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in the summer of 2015. Spencer is a two-time graduate of the Edge program and has lived experience using the program to overcome mental health challenges, rebuild his life and return to wellness and high performance.
Since diagnosis, he has dedicated himself to his recovery and uses his struggles as motivation to get healthier, live more fully and connect and support others. His passion for mental health advocacy and connecting with youth has led to him becoming an emerging leader in the mental health and wellness community here in British Columbia.
Through his lived experience and participation in a dozen courses, programs and workshops in the areas of mental health, personal development and leadership, Spencer has honed his situational leadership skills, his ability to communicate, and his unique ability to relate and connect with others and bring out the best in those around him.
Spencer has a true entrepreneurial heart having founded his first company, Long Neck Power Washing at the age of 19. He is a passionate gardener and avid promoter of Edible Landscapes and local, organic food. He will graduate with a diploma in Organic Land Care with a focus on Urban Farming in 2018. He completed his first 55 km Ultra Marathon in 2017 and is training to run his second Ultra this summer with plans to attempt the 75km West Coast Trail by the end of the year.
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