Assia Messaoudi

Assia Messaoudi

I am a 23 year old Algerian woman born and residing in Toronto, Ontario. I currently work in the mental health sector, whilst completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. My current work focuses on youth engagement, particularly working with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health in multiple advising capacities. I am also part of CAMH’s PSSP Lived Experience & Family Advisory Panel, and I am a co-researcher with Taylor Newberry Consulting on the YWHO Integrated Youth Service Sites project. I plan to pursue a Masters of Social Work, with a focus in providing accessible mental health and addictions services to marginalized and underrepresented communities.

I have co-founded two art groups with the intention of using art as an avenue of healing and growth from past trauma. I am a trauma survivor and a person with lived experience. I write poetry which explores themes of domestic abuse, mental illness, and modern day romance. I am passionate about authentic intersectionality, accessibility, and meaningful youth engagement.