About | Vent Over Team

We offer a free and confidential active listening service to all members of the local community to promote mental wellness and connection

Where we began

In 2015, after waiting months for an appointment with a campus mental health counsellor and growing increasingly frustrated over the lack of other accessible resources, McGill psychology students Sarah Fennessey and Chloe Chow decided to create a service for those who are struggling and just want to talk to a real person.

The idea of Vent Over Tea is to provide a casual, confidential and non-judgmental outlet for members of the Montreal community who simply want to talk to someone outside their family or social circle.

In 2016, Chloe and Sarah competed in the McGill Dobson Cup and VOT won first place in Social Entrepreneurship. The prize was $10,000 CAD, which allowed Sarah and Chloe to fund outreach and engagement programs. Nimra joined as a co-founder in 2017 after playing a pivotal role in helping VOT take the steps to go from an award winning idea to a full-fledged non-profit.

What we do

We developed a unique training program with Stephane Bensoussan, holistic health and educational psychologist and director of PsySanté, which teaches our listeners how to actively listen and guide the conversation in a meaningful and empathetic way. Our program is based on studies that have shown the benefits derived from expressing one’s self to a compassionate listener.

Our volunteers can help you work through your problems by asking reflective questions and showing empathetic regard. We are not a psychotherapy or counselling service.

OUR WORK

ACTIVE LISTENING
COMMUNITY EVENTS
WORKSHOPS
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Where we’re going

Our vision is to create a community defined by connectedness and not by isolation; where mental health is as important as physical health and where those who need support are not afraid to seek it.

We’re aiming to bring our physical, in-person vent sessions into every major city across Canada, and more!

How to support us

Donations

Help us ensure that no voice goes unheard and support our free mental health service

Free Community Events

We regularly host events, workshops, and discussion groups that are free or by donation

Partnerships

We offer active listening training for schools, groups, companies, and organizations for a fee.
MEET THE VENT OVER TEAM

Talya Azrieli

Chief Executive Officer

Stefano Degano

Chief Financial Officer & Director of Fundraising

Skye Marok

Director of PR/Partnerships

Rachelle Doucet

Director of Training and Workshops

Eric Karpman

Volunteer Manager

Hannah Buchanan

Director of Events

Marissa Norton

Director of Digital Marketing

Cathy Truong

Creative Manager

Pooja Sharma

Social Media Manager

Danielle Boucher

Blog Manager

Chloe Chow

Co-Founder

Sarah Fennessey

Co-Founder

Nimra Khan

Co-Founder

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