Baylie McKnight

Victoria, British Columbia

A passionate advocate for people living with complex mental health concerns, trauma, substance use disorders, and experiencing homelessness, Baylie McKnight fills an unmet need for support in a vulnerable population. She began her community service work at age 16 as a youth speaker, focusing on substance use education in schools in 2005. She carried on as a volunteer outreach worker on the streets of Victoria at night for four years. In 2012, Baylie co-founded the Borderline Personality Disorder Society (BPD) of British Columbia, a transformative and innovative charity supporting people living with BPD and their loved ones.

Baylie has worked in various organizations in different capacities, including outreach, non-profits, and health authorities for over 15 years. She is an incomparable resource for those in her field as she has lived experience as well as education to back up her many skills. Baylie recently completed her Master of Clinical Social Work at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan so that she could continue to serve and advocate for others. In addition, she is comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is undergoing an intensive three-year program to become a Somatic Experiencing trauma practitioner. Baylie is currently developing and implementing an affordable DBT multi-skills group and starting a private practice in counselling.


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Being recognized for what I am passionate about and is my life’s purpose only compels me to keep dedicating myself to live out my vision of making a difference in the lives of people living with complex mental health concerns. The innovators, the advocates, the change makers, the social justice fighters of this world don’t necessarily need recognition for the work they do as it is in the heart and soul of every interaction they have and woven into the fabric of the communities they serve.