Our dedicated team remains committed and passionate to move the work of Drop the Puck for Mental Health forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to enhance our organization while striving to perfect our fundraising and awareness creating efforts. Meet some of our incredible team members below.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Adan is entering his first year of his Masters of Biomedical Engineering degree at UBC. He is a co-founder of Drop the Puck for Mental Health and previously served as the Executive Director in the event's inaugural year, along with Paul Yioldassis and Stefan Lehto-Borich.
"Mental health awareness and promotion is something that continues to be an absolute necessity around the world. There will always be people around us who are going through internal battles while dealing with the obstacles that come with life. Being able to recognize when your peers/friends are struggling and being there for them can seriously go a long way. Additionally, ending the stigma around speaking up about mental health issues is something that we at DTP are so passionate about. It all starts with feeling comfortable enough to tell your friends that you are struggling in order to get proper help you need."
Co-Founder and Board Member
Stefan is entering his 5th year at the University of British Columbia and is majoring in Animal Biology with a minor in Commerce. He is a co-founder of Drop the Puck for Mental Health and previously served as the Executive Director in the event's inaugural year.
"Mental health is one of the most under-rated structural integrities in our bodies; it’s high time that it be brought to the forefront of discussions. It affects our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, which we are constantly experiencing throughout our daily lives. From my perspective, mental health is something that everyone struggles with to some degree. Prioritizing your mental health and well-being not only helps one become more in touch with their inner self, but allows one to excel and grow stronger in the world."
Sebastian Kondratowski is a fourth-year student in the biology program at UBC. He previously served as one of three executive directors for Drop the Puck for Mental Health in 2019, as co-president for the 2021/2022 year, and is continuing his involvement for the 2022/2023 school year.
"I believe mental health is an often overlooked aspect of daily life and needs to be addressed. I encourage people to reach out to others or utilize resources online, or in their communities. Through continuing my involvement with Drop the Puck, I hope to build resilience in the UBC community. Moreover, it's imperative for people to know that they are not alone and don't have to combat mental illness alone."
Jerome Goddard is in his fifth year at UBC, studying political science and economics. He also represented Phi Delta Theta as an executive director for 2019's Drop the Puck for Mental Health.
"To me, mental health means not being afraid to reach out for help, no matter how small your problems seem. It’s so important to provide your friends and family with the resources they need, and let them know you have their back when they’re feeling down!"
Director of Operations
Armon Kaboly is a 3rd year student at the University of British Columbia looking to major in Political Science with aspirations for a future in Law, Politics, and Public Service. Apart from serving as the Director of Operations for Drop The Puck, Armon is currently the Philanthropy Chairman of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at UBC. Mental health is a topic that is especially important to Armon and he is honoured to be part of such an extraordinary event with a significant cause.
Director of Operations
Marcus is entering his 4th year at the University of British Columbia and is majoring in kinesiology. He is currently one of the Philanthropy Chairmen for Beta Theta Pi.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to help plan this year’s Drop the Puck for Mental Health event. Mental health is an integral part of someone’s well being and is often overlooked despite how important it is. It isn’t easy reaching out for help, but it is easy getting stuck with your own negative thoughts without ever reaching out. Through Drop the Puck, I hope to empower others to reach out for help and if comfortable enough, lend a shoulder to help others with their difficulties.
Nick is in his final year of his degree, studying Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. He is the Philanthropy Chair for Beta Theta Pi. His interests include architecture, cycling, fishing, lifting weights and watching the NBA and NFL.
Antonio Liu is entering his 4th year at UBC where he studies political science. He served as an executive director for 2019's Drop the Puck for Mental Health.
"My membership at Beta Theta Pi has presented me with many opportunities, such as helping develop philanthropic events and opportunities. Mental health is such a prominent issue at university, which is why I think Drop the Puck has seen so much growth and support in these last few years at UBC. For the future, I hope to see not only our fundraising numbers grow, but as well as our impact on individuals suffering from mental health."
Jimmy is a third-year student studying finance and a current executive director for Drop the Puck.
"Mental health is something that often isn't thought of or talked about enough. In a world where we are all bound to experience highs and lows, it is so important to be able to be open and honest about how you feel and to find support when you need it. I believe a mentally healthy society is crucial for not only our growth as individuals but also our advancement as a global community. 'What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.' - Glenn Close"
Brien Murphy is entering his 4th year of Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he is a member of the UBC Men’s Field Hockey Team but you will often find him on the bench most games. After participating as a player in Drop the Puck for the past 2 years, he is eager to help lead the charge along with Jimmy, and Dylan in this new decade, making Drop the Puck the biggest philanthropy event across the entire UBC campus.
Dylan is a fourth-year Commerce student specializing in Business Technology Management. He is one of the Philanthropy chairmen from Beta Theta Pi for the 2020-21 school year, and is serving as an executive director of the organization this year.
"Everyday, the battle against Mental Health becomes an increasing challenge for many individuals. Whether it’s friends, family, colleagues, someone you love, or even yourself, everyone knows someone that has been impacted by Mental Health. While aiming to understand how we feel is a priority, I believe it’s just as important to understand that you’re not alone. The presence of the internet and social media have provided plenty of resources that allow us to get the help we need when we need it. I encourage anyone struggling with mental health to visit and use our resources page."