Our Team
Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen

YWN Co-Founder

Michael Eisen is a passionate, authentic, and inspirational speaker, author and coach. After positively transforming his own life at the age of 19 and overcoming challenges with stress, anxiety, depression, and sickness, he is now driven to share with other young people the principles, strategies, and practices that empowered him to start living a happier and healthier life.

Michael created the Youth Wellness Network at the age of 25, in order to provide more extensive support programs and resources for youth struggling with similar challenges.

Michael provides a fresh and authentic voice to the field of wellness and over ten years of working with youth in the education system he has become a youth wellness expert.

Anastasia Virginillo

Anastasia Virginillo

YWN Co-Founder

Anastasia is a co-active coach and a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, with a specialty in working with children and adolescents. As the Director of Program Operations she is the bridge between you and the Youth Wellness Network facilitators and speakers. She is passionate about working with teachers, children, and parents to promote the importance of a healthier and more well balanced lifestyles while sharing both her story as well as evidence based tools and strategies to help them along the way. 

 This role is the ultimate dream job for Anastasia, who has traditionally loved to connect with others to rewrite their stories and help them through their struggles. She strives to become a better version of herself through her presentations and workshops, while ultimately bringing out the best versions of others in the process. 

 She is a traveler, adventurer, and an explorer of both the outer world and the inner human psyche. She is thrilled to be a part of this important mental health and wellness movement, and her goal is to become a role model for women who are struggling with mental health issues in order for them to own their stories and grow from their experiences. 

 When she is not working, you can find her in a forest doing handstands and aerial yoga.  She is an avid hiker, an aspiring dog mom, and loves the company of her two younger sisters.

Carine Sroujian

Carine Sroujian

All Ages Facilitator + Lead Presenter for Parents

As a certified life coach, a mindfulness and wellness facilitator, and a registered yoga teacher, Carine empowers youth, teachers, and parents to find inner peace, and helps them craft an authentically happy life that energizes them. As an authentic and inspirational speaker, Carine shares her story, practices, and strategies through powerful coaching techniques, self-care, play, meditation, and mindfulness.

 After suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress throughout her childhood and well into her early adult years, Carine was motivated to make a change once she became a mother. Today, as a mom of two, she has made it her personal mission to share with youth and parents, the practical and powerful tools that allowed her to conquer her anxiety and find inner joy. She has a deep-rooted desire to support youth facing similar challenges as she did so that they don’t live through the difficulties and struggles she experienced growing up. 

 Certifications & Training

  • Certified Life Coach (ICF Accredited school)
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 
  • Registered Kids’ Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Meditation Guide
  • Certified ThetaHealer®
  • Reiki Level 1
Jill McPherson

Jill McPherson

All Ages Facilitator + Lead Presenter for Teachers

Jill has been a teacher in the public school system for over 25 years. During this time she has never stopped being a student herself. Twelve years ago, while on a leave healing from surgery, Jill discovered many ways we can foster both our physical and mental health and how intertwined they are. Her passion for learning led her to discovering practices, traditions and various schools of thought, originating from many parts of the world. Jill began to notice the positive impact this was having on her life so she began hosting wellness workshops which eventually led to her hosting four seasons of her own TV show called Awakening Within. 

Jill has extensive experience and knowledge in the fields  on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Convergent Facilitation. By encorporating these teaching into her lessons and is thrilled to witness students improving their self confidence and peer relationships. 

Jill is grateful to be living on a farm with her husband and children. Her daily morning yoga and meditation practice supports her in living all her passions and as well as continually learning and growing from daily challenges, both big and small.

Lina Sloan, Grade 2/3 Teacher

POR West Glen Junior School 

This year West Glen JS worked jointly with the Youth Wellness Network to promote wellness throughout the school. School leaders were chosen from grades 4 and 5 and mentored by 2 staff members. Our Students Wellness Leader trainer did a wonderful job both training and connecting to students on a wellness level. The leaders enjoyed her openness, friendly personality, and her ability to support them throughout each initiative. 

The grade 4 and 5 students enjoyed their training and were able to practice various techniques that they could use both personally and on a leadership level with other students in various classrooms. They benefited from learning meditation techniques, mindfulness practices to promote self-esteem and self-worth. 

The junior students enjoyed learning, planning, and leading mindfulness practices on a school- wide level. Students learned different techniques by participating in various roles throughout each initiative. Our first initiative, the Heart Wall was proudly displayed at the centre of our school. The “I am” statements were an easy and effective way to promote positive self talk in our school community. The students at West Glen enjoyed visiting the wall to read “I am” statements from their peers. 

Another initiative we established was our daily positive affirmations. Our affirmations were posted in the school, in the classroom, and read daily on our morning announcements. I know as a classroom teacher, I discussed these daily affirmations and what they meant to us as members of our school community. This was a simple, yet effective method to promote positive self-talk amongst our students. 

I feel that the Youth Wellness Network program was beneficial to our school community. It was able to provide us with the opportunity for student leadership and for a school-wide focus on wellness and well-being through our various initiatives.