Meet the Team

Christine Bays

Executive Director

I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Silken from the conception of the Unsinkable organization. From hearing her say the words, “I have always wanted to create a platform that empowers people through story” to actually building a place that reaches, supports and empowers so many people across the globe. Unsinkable was born completely out of Silken’s passion for helping people discover their courage to live full, healthy, and vibrant lives. Our community has shown me the strength in vulnerability, taught me that struggle is universal; and continues to remind me of the power of human connection. Together, we can turn our darkness into our greatest gifts. I look forward to continuing our important work in health education and mental health support, while being a community that people can rely on.
When I’m not working you can find me navigating the messy world of parenting, pretending to be an adult, playing baseball and dodgeball, reading, cooking, shopping, and laughing with my friends and family.

Favourite book: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Favourite podcast: Armchair Expert

Favourite quote: ”Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.", Pema Chodron

My theme song: Blackbird, The Beatles

Michelle Archer

Role: Lead Community & Strategy Officer

Favourite book: The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

Favourite podcast: Armchair Expert & NYT the Daily

Favourite quote: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it's not the end.", John Lennon

My theme song: Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

When I’m not working you can find me on the tennis court, writing, hanging with friends, watching my daughter play sports, binging on Teen TV shows or snuggled up with a book.

Tracy Hall

Role: Community Programs Facilitator, Stories & Council

Favourite book: Becoming, Michelle Obama

Favourite podcast: Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell

Favourite quote: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude", Maya Angelou

My theme song: Fast Car, Tracy Chapman or I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston (depending on my mood)

When I’m not working you will find me on the mountain snowboarding or snowshoeing! 

Morgan Swift

Role: Community Programs Facilitator, Stories & Council

Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Favourite podcast: Pretty Big Deal

Favourite quote: “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”, Maya Angelou

My theme song: May it Be, Enya

When I’m not working you can find me writing, dancing like no one’s watching, frolicking in nature, sleeping (big fan), and annoying my friends & family by asking “what makes their heart sing”.
Thaisa Matias de Paula

Thaisa Matias de Paula

Role: Social Media Marketing Manager

Favourite book: The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield

Favourite podcast: Mark Groves Podcast

Favourite quote: “May you attract someone who speaks your language, so you don't have to spend a lifetime translating your soul.”, Unknown

My theme song: We're Here For a Good Time, Trooper

When I’m not working you can find me having thought provoking and soul touching conversations, travelling around the globe, exploring nature’s beauty, making jewelry or laughing till my cheeks hurt. Oh, and possibly crying. I truly love feeling all the feels. (Pisces alert!)

Ana Luiza Miranda Guimaraes

Role: Story Finder, Volunteer

Favourite book: 'Olhai os Lírios do Campo' (Consider the Lilies of the Field), by Érico Veríssimo

Favourite podcast: I don't actually listen to a lot of podcasts, so I don't have one

Favourite quote: "It is good to be lost. It means there are possible routes.", Mia Couto

My theme song: Girl Put Your Records On, Corinne Bailey Rae

When I’m not working you can find me outdoors or binge-watching Netflix shows.

Sarah Berghello

Role: Financial Consultant

Favourite book: Atomic Habits, James Clear and The Home for Unwanted Girls, Joanna Goodman

Favourite podcast: The Daily

Favourite quote: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things.”, The Office

My theme song: Follow the Sun, Xavier Rudd

When I’m not working, I am playing sports or spending time with my big family!

Ameerqa Qureshi

Role: Story Finder, Volunteer

Favourite book: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

Favourite podcast: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Favourite quote: “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Wishing is not enough, we must do.”, Johann Van Goethe

My theme song: Scars to Your Beautiful, Alessia Cara

When I’m not working, you can find me reading, writing poetry, or binge-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine