Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark was born and grew up in Sherwood, PEI.
After completing her PhD at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI, she was thrilled to settle in Sherwood with her husband Fraser and later their son Rory.
While on maternity leave Sarah recognized the lack of resources for low income mothers in Prince Edward Island. Not wanting any new mother to feel alone and without help, Dr. Stewart-Clark started volunteering her resources and time to support new mothers on PEI.
A proud Islander, Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark remained on PEI until her career forced her to leave. She is currently Associate Professor, Shellfish Aquaculture & Algology at Dalhousie University in Truro, Nova Scotia.
On Prince Edward Island, Sarah continued her commitment to help support low income families in PEI. She cofounded Island Mothers Helping Mothers, with the goals to support and provide a village for any mother, father, foster parent, grandparent, or anyone who has a child in their custody in PEI. As of March 2018, membership sits at 4800 individuals, and many thousands of citizens have been directly supported.
In 2017, Sarah began a public advocacy campaign to draw attention to the inadequate mental healthcare system on PEI. She organized two public forums in March 2017 and a rally at the provincial legislature in June 2017 to highlight the need for an improved mental healthcare system in PEI.
In May 2017 she developed and ran a campaign called #HowManyWade to share the stories of 100 Island families who were failed by the mental healthcare system on PEI. She was responsible for liaising with Islanders to hear their stories, maintaining a confidential and supportive relationship with each family, and writing all 100 posts that were released each day during the campaign.
She liaised with healthcare workers, politicians, patients, and other advocates to develop a 9-item ask of the provincial government to address issues in the mental healthcare system.
She handled all media requests at local and national level, giving over 20 media interviews to Island Morning, The Guardian, The Journal Pioneer, The East Prince Graphic, As it Happens, CTV News and the Truro Daily News.
She continues to maintain a community of ~4300 Islanders in the #HowManyWade group who continue to advocate for better mental healthcare services on PEI, and is currently writing a report from a survey that she conducted with Dr.Susan Hartley to investigate the root causes of mental illness on Prince Edward Island.
She recently called for a provincial review on how crimes of sexual violence are handled in Prince Edward Island and is meeting with justice committees at the PEI Department of justice and public safety.
Dr. Stewart-Clark is a community builder and a change maker whose focus is always on what our most vulnerable citizens need to lead productive and healthy lives.