Our Story

Hi there! I'm Julie, the face behind Brain Buddies.

We don't have to look far to see that the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted the mental health of many families in our community. This inspired me to use my Stretch Experience with the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta as an opportunity to create Brain Buddies - a fun, socially innovative challenge with the goal of providing free, accessible, and socially distanced mental health resources for families in our community. For more info about the inspiration and planning process behind Brain Buddies, check out this blog post


I truly hope that the resources in the Brain Buddies Workbook and the challenge as a whole will help families create safe spaces to talk about mental health and illness.

Thank you to the entire PLLC team and YOU, the participants, for making this passion project a reality!

Julie Shatto (pronouns: she/her)

4th year BSc Honours Neuroscience, UofA

Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholar

Brain Buddies Organizer