Resilient Kids Canada Founders


Jan Kasperski, RN, MHSc, CHE

Founding President and Chief Executive Officer

Jan is recognized as the driving force behind Resilient Kids Canada and its focus on the best start in life for young children. Advocacy for the most vulnerable Canadians especially children, has been a focus of her extensive career as a clinician, an administrator, an educator, a researcher and a consultant. Jan is skilled in government, media and physician/healthcare professional relations and is known as a “connector” with an extensive provincial, national and international professional network. In addition to extensive hospital-based experiences, she has led two healthcare professional associations: the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Ontario Psychological Association. In addition to a number of hospital Board positions, Jan has served on several on several not-for-profit  and serves as the patient/family advisors at the local, regional and provincial level. As a mentor, coach and life-long learning,  Jan is inspiring high school and university students to seek careers in our healthcare system. Jan’s broad-based experiences and her dedication to the well-being of kids and parents, caregivers and educators are key to the effectiveness of Resilient Kids Canada and in ensuring that our vision becomes a reality.


Ashley Bigelow, BA, MA

Founder and Teacher

Ashley identified the need to reach out to kids as they coped with staying at home due to the global pandemic during the first 2020 locked down due to Covid-19.  In collaboration with Greg Fretz, she  developed “The Good Viral”, a resilience campaign for kids and parents. Ashley is a primary/junior teacher with the Toronto District School Board.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Child Study and Education. After completing her BA, Ashley moved to South Korea for 5 years where she held a variety of positions in education but eventually settled in at Samsung Securities in the Human Resource Development team. She then moved to Toronto where she completed her MA and began her career as a teacher of young children. Ashley is described as an advocate for the most vulnerable and a teacher with the wisdom and drive to lead major changes anchored in play-based learning. She is the inspiration behind the “The Good Viral’ and future videos. Ashley continues to inspire kids, parents and educators in her role as Founder of Resilient Kids Canada.

Resilient Kids Canada

We do not provide mental health services.  If you require assistance, we recommend you contact:

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line at

Resilient Kids Canada’s Registered Charity Number 718447477 RR 001

Land Acknowledgment: Our lands spanning from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment are steeped in the Indigenous History and Modern Traditions of the many Firsts Nations and Métis. The territory is mutually covered by the Dishwith One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ojibway and other allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is part of the Tready Land and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.