Bio

Sithara Fernando is a mental health advocate, photography enthusiast, wildlife biologist, lesbian & a writer. Currently residing in Fort McMurray, Alberta Sithara encountered a wildfire in May of 2016 which sent her down a spiral of self destruction . This site is about her journey through her mental illness and all the struggles associated with it. Sithara is in the process of rebuilding her life and finding her authentic self. 

 

Awards & Accomplishments: 

 

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program

Your McMurray Magazine - 2016 Top 50 Under 50 - Sithara Fernando 

In the media: 

August 1, 2017 - CBC Edmonton - Fort McMurray Pride crosswalk defaced week after it was installed

May 2, 2017 - Canadian Red Cross - Mental health support for people impacted by Alberta fires

April 30, 2017 - CBC Edmonton - Skyrocketing PTSD rates linger a year after Fort McMurray Wildfire

June 30, 2016 - Canadian Red Cross - Sithara Thanks Red Cross Supporters for Help After the Wildfire  

May 5, 2016 - Fort McMurray Today - The Fort is With Evacuees