On Nov. 1st, 2018 Ashley Alexandria Boca lost her battle with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and died by suicide weeks before her 32nd birthday. Ashley was among other things a sensitive soul, gifted student and artist, avid reader, talented dancer, and a web developer. She loved animals and children.
“At times, we walk on eggshells in fear no matter what we say or do will be the wrong thing and trigger an outburst. Pained and paralyzed not knowing how to help; as your loved one is misdiagnosed, added to yet another wait list or presents well and is told ‘you don’t qualify’ or ‘There are others worse off’ ” - Diane Boca
ABMF works to improve the quality of life for individuals impacted by Emotion Dysregulation, as well as the broad spectrum of mental illnesses associated with BPD. We also offer support and educative services for their loved ones and increase community awareness about mental health.
Our service offerings are for the community at large, regardless of religion, ethnic background, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or race. We directly provide mental health related services, offer agency referrals, and support therapeutic service provisions. We also participate in research initiatives in partnership with key stakeholders, academic institutions, and community based agencies to advocate and advance the knowledge base for treatment modalities and interventions through a cohesive and holistic approach as follows:
We were founded November 24, 2019, incorporated January 9, 2020 and are in the “charitable status” application phase of the process to be able to offer tax receipts.
Tribute Video of Ashley Boca
We envision a society that emphasizes the importance of mental health and wellness and to make Emotion Dysregulation a disorder of the past.
To inspire leaders in the mental health arena, schools, workplaces and communities to bring about awareness, reform, resources and skills for people to lead lives, full of possibilities by:
Diane Boca is currently a Toronto realtor, with New York state real estate experience as well and formerly an insurance broker. She has had the opportunity to create and lead high performance teams in a career that has spanned international for-profit financial services sector for over 20 years. Diane is known for her compassion, fresh perspective, ambitious driven/dynamic style, authenticity, collaborative and hands-on approach. She is a visionary thinker with an intuitive understanding of business and personal dynamics within organizations, allowing her to create strategies to deliver both personal and financial success. Using her appetite for knowledge and life experiences, she creates impact and garners the trust of others. Diane is a founding member of the Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation and brings family perspective from her lived experience to the team.
Bhavani Kidambi is an accounting professional with experience in finance, accounting and audit. She currently works as a Senior Finance Lead at Legacy Private Trust - a company that specializes in fiduciary services, focusing on financial reporting and commentary, budgeting and forecasting, client reviews, as well as developing strategic long-term plans. She handles personal clients over the weekend by helping develop and manage their accounting systems. Her prior experience includes working in public accounting for Grant Thornton India LLP.
She holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce, a post-graduation in forensic accounting, and is in the CPA Program.
She is following her interest into the world of Non-Profits as she joins the Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation. She strongly believes in giving back and resonates highly with the mission of the foundation to support and spread awareness on tackling mental health illness. She hopes that this foundation’s vision and values garner the right amount of attention to serve as many people in need as possible.
When she’s not busy working or studying, she likes to take time out to blog, doodle, swim, and travel!
Trisha Boca, RPN graduate at Mohawk College/McMaster University in Nursing with experience in Cardiology, Pre/Post Surgery, and Geriatrics specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. She is currently taking the next steps to achieve certification as a Mental Health Nurse. Trisha brings over 10 years of Administrative experience. Trisha has focused on growing as an individual. She holds her Family & Friends close to her heart. Travelling is her passion. Trisha is focused on following her passion in both healthcare and hoping to have a positive impact on the community and contributing her time and skills to improve people's lives, especially those who suffer from Mental illness and awareness in suicide prevention as it resides personally as she is a cousin of Ashley Boca. – This is for you Ash!
David Primorac has spent nearly 20 years building marketing and communication strategies for some of Canada’s largest corporations and consumer brands. He draws from an extensive portfolio that includes marketing and brand communications, product launches, special events, issues and crisis management, corporate reputation, sustainability, philanthropy, and a wide variety of corporate communication and marketing mandates.
David was previously a board member of the Vancouver Pride Society where he chaired the corporate sponsorship committee. He was a member of the organizing committee with Pride Toronto for several years where he managed Food and Beverage functions. David has also been involved with numerous volunteer and mentorship programs over the years.
Mary Lindsey is a Registered Social Worker who currently works as a Program Manager in a not for profit supportive housing agency. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at York University in 2010, after having worked for several years with marginalized adults. At present, she is in the process of establishing a private counseling and therapy practice. Her approach draws on elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has an Interest in promoting compassionate and holistic programs for individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation. Mary served as treasurer on Board of Directors of Innstead Housing Cooperative, January 2016—July 2018.
With a background in public relations and two decades of experience representing companies at the corporate level, Eliana brings expertise in strategic planning and execution for events and campaigns that showcase a brand and its purpose.
She has planned events and conferences, from product launches, to large scale events for B2B and B2C companies across industries including retail, finance, and technology.
Eliana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology from The University of Toronto, as well as a certificate in Public Relations & Communications from Seneca College