Meet The Mavrixx Team
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – AFRICAN PROVERB
Admin, Social Media, Course Facilitator, Speaker
Jasmine Rakhra, 22 is a recent psychology graduate from the University of Victoria and is currently working in the field of mental health. Jasmine is a Youth in Residence for the FamilySmart® Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and is a Community Engagement Coordinator and Project Manager for Mavrixx, a social enterprise focused on equipping youth and young adults with tools and training to achieve high performance wellness and learn how to become an in demand, paid mental health speaker in their communities.
Jasmine has been known over the years for her social activism at John Oliver Secondary through Eyes of Hope social justice club and was recognized by We.Org (formerly known as Free the Children) at We Day 2010 in front of 18,000 educators and students from local high schools to honour the work she is doing to make the world a better place.
Jasmine is currently known as a provincial leader and consultant for mental health awareness. She has shared her own story of having lived experience with depression and PTSD at conferences, community events, seminars, and schools. A few of the speaking engagements Jasmine has been involved with are the Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative, the Summer Institute conference at UBC, Balancing Our Minds Youth Summits, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit and at the Legislature in Victoria. Jasmine has also had the privilege of sharing her story of resilience and talk about her work with the Kelty Youth Ambassador Program in a private meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in October 2016 at Breakwater Cafe in Victoria.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, FACILITATOR, SPEAKER
Journey is an author, speaker, master trainer and world traveler. She co-authored the book “Cool Communication” endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey, and Oprah Winfrey, with a forward by John Gray (author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus”).
Journey travels internationally facilitating workshops and seminars on the power of mindset and deeper living. She has appeared on numerous radio and tv shows internationally, including Oprah.
She has worked in the field of communication for 20 years and is currently partnered with a multi-billion dollar health and wellness company, coaching people to reach their goals and live into their full potential. For the last two years, she has served as an Ambassador for a group of over 60,000 young entrepreneurs. Her passion lies in motivating others to live, love and enjoy life to the fullest. A fun fact about Journey is she can say the alphabet backwards!
Edge Program Coordinator & Facilitator, Peer Support Worker, Speaker
Spencer is the Edge Program Coordinator and a Course Facilitator with Mavrixx, and also works as a Mental Health Speaker and Peer Support Worker.
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.
Director of Operations, Course Facilitator, Speaker
At Mavrixx’s (when he is not facilitating or speaking) Chad oversees the business side of things with particular focus to team building, marketing and business development.
Chad has been facilitating and speaking to large audiences since 1995. After getting his start at the Walt Disney company in 1995, he has spent more than thirteen years in the early childhood development, digital media, events and personal development fields where he had the honour of speaking in front of 1000’s of people. Chad spent the last decade consulting and leading social enterprises as well as philanthropic initiatives.
A Project Manger by trade, Chad has designed and developed more than 25 online and personal development programs since 2006 and has lectured at educational institutes such as The University College of Birmingham. Chad has also spent some as an strategic business development consultant, event director, creative ideator and omnichannel marketing specialist with a focus on change management and technology. A visionary leader, Chad has led a number of change management initiatives in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. Chad has a long-term vision with a unique ability to connect future variables, a process-driven systematic mindset with repeated success leading teams, facilitating complex projects, and delivering results. He exhibits a rare combination of technical virtuosity, uncompromising work ethic, collaborative leadership and strategic vision that allows him to see solutions that make him truly unique. Chad has the ability to effortlessly inspire and mentor others to push boundaries and create desired results while building genuine relationships with stakeholders.
Chad is now aimed at developing his leadership and project management skills while facilitating a conscious global shift in culture, education and wellness while helping to push the boundaries of innovation.
An established entrepreneur, Chad founded his first company in 1995. Focus Events was developed to target the corporate, social change, entertainment and the athletic event sectors. Followed by Cognizance Consulting in 2003 a marketing, strategy and business development agency. Today, Chad has started nine companies and consulted on more than 20 start ups and events. Chad also has a background in training and development, outdoor pursuits, technical fabrics, early childhood development, education, coaching, product design, supply chain, logistics, health and fitness as well as digital media.
Top Five Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes: Strategic, Individualization, Ideation, Achiever, Activator.
ENTJ PERSONALITY (“THE COMMANDER”)
ENTJ’s time is limited, so they don’t waste it living someone else’s life. They are not trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. They don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most importantly, they have the courage to follow their heart and intuition. They somehow already know what we truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Founder, Lead Trainer, Course Facilitator, Speaker
Brent Seal is the Founder and Head Trainer of Mavrixx, and the first person in history living with schizophrenia to summit South America’s highest mountain (Aconcagua – 23, 810 ft) in January, 2016, followed by accomplishing the same feat on North America’s highest mountain – Denali (20,310 ft) in June, 2016.
Mavrixx is one of Canada’s first lived-experience-led mental health training agencies, that offers keynote speeches, workshops, consulting services and three signature programs: The EDGE, The LEAP Academy and MINDvsMOUNTAIN.
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 the EPI (Early Psychosis Intervention) program, he went on to graduate as Valedictorian of his class, complete a number of ultramarathons, climb North and South America’s highest mountains and launch Mavrixx.