Shine to be Kind was created out of love and passion. Pre-pandemic, I longed for a safe space free from hate and judgement. Post pandemic, that desire to create a safe place, to feel free from constant negativity became even stronger. After battling with my own roller coaster of emotions through the summer of 2020, I had the strong desire to want to help the community. And what was suffering collectively, was our mental health. And our brains are truly the engine to our little vessels that work through life and if they are not strong, then how can they be strong for others? In these trying times, we need to be there for each other. It starts with being kind to yourself, and then being kind to others. Everyone and everything has a place on this earth. It involves supporting, engaging and inspiring each other and it starts, with our #positivementalhealth.

Will you #jointhejourney?


"In reality, other people liking you is a bonus. You liking yourself is the real prize "

TEARA STRINGER - Hi, Shine to be Kind Ambassadors. My name is Teara and I am the idea creator (I am known to have a million ideas, but my idea’s are then transferred to the Creative Director – Dave – who transforms them into their truest art forms). I’m also known as the Founder, but I actually prefer ‘Jill of all trades, Master of many.”

I have such a wide breadth of skills that encompass my educational background in majors of Hotel Management and Business Marketing (both 2-year programs). I am a deeply passionate person and promoting a positive mental health within my own life and family circle has become extremely important to me. Take for example one of many sayings, or when someone says, you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Or you must love yourself before you can love another. The same reigns true for our mental health – we should be able to promote a positive one for ourselves, judgement free AND allow ourselves to become the priority in our own lives.

Because let’s face it, life can get REALLY difficult, exhausting and everything in between, BUT how you take those lemons and make lemonade is what is important. Well, you know what I mean. I hope you join the journey with us and if you’re able to support the cause monetarily, please click donate. We thank you for your support.


"Life begins at the end of our comfort zone"

DAVE STRINGER - Hey Shine to be Kind Ambassadors! I'm Dave. I am the creative force behind the scenes at Shine to be Kind. I have a very diverse portfolio that I bring to the team here. I am a loving Husband, Father and an artistic hurricane. I graduated from Sheridan College with an Advanced Visual and Creative Arts Diploma where I specialized in graphic design & photography. I also dabbled in various art forms such as the fine arts of painting and sketching, as well as video editing and web design.

I've spent the last 10 years utilizing my skills in the advertising world, however Shine to be Kind offers me an incredible platform to perform my skills in a multitude of ways and provides me with the creative outlet that my soul desires. One of the main reasons that I jumped on board here at Shine to be Kind is because I strongly believe in the cause and what positive mental health means to me.

I have personally endured a lifelong battle with anxiety and depression and feel that the awareness for #positivementalhealth is a crucial component to understanding humanity and moving forward as a species. Shine to be Kind is my safe place, my creative studio, my home and I welcome you here with open arms. Thank you for helping us! 


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