Donovan Taplin Vice-Chair (TC), Canada's National Standard for the Mental Health and Well-being of Post-Secondary Students
From 2013 to 2017, Donovan served as the youngest and first openly queer person elected to municipal office in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a Town Councillor in a small rural and remote community, Donovan led the Town’s first official recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week and Pride Month. Concurrently, Donovan was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Since 2018, Donovan has worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and CSA Group as Vice-Chair of the committee developing Canada’s National Standard for the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Post-Secondary Students, the first of its kind in the world. Donovan is also one of five Canadians chosen as a part of the 2019-2020 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign with Bell Let’s Talk and CAMIMH. Donovan is the Health Communications and Knowledge Translation Coordinator for Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto.