Montreal-born Kharoll-Ann Souffrant comes from a Haitian background. Her family did not openly discuss issues like mental illness. It wasn’t until the beginning of adulthood that she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after living with depressive symptoms since childhood. Since her diagnosis 7 years ago, Kharoll-Ann learned to recognize how it manifests itself, rebuilt her confidence and regained control over her life. Given her involvement in her community since the age of 12, she believes that her commitment played an important part in her recovery. In 2015, she chose to start sharing her story in public. She has since spoken at events such as TEDxQuébec and WE Day. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from McGill University, and will begin Master’s studies in the same field in the Fall. Her path has led to a number of awards, including the Women of Distinction award granted by the Montreal Women’s Y Foundation, the Paul Frappier Youth Leadership Award from the Montreal Community Cares Foundation, as well as the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.