September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Peer Support: Patience Experience Empathy Recovery – Why Peer Support is such a Fundamental Part of Recovery
About the Session:
The National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE) members’ will give first-hand accounts of how peer support has enriched their lives.
Bill Pringle has served on the CMHA board of directors for the Saskatoon Branch for 15 years and is a past president. He has also served on the Saskatchewan division board for 8 years. Bill is currently serving as a patient adviser to two provincial government committees. In another life, Bill was the manager of public relations for the city of Calgary. He is sort of “retired.”
Ken Reddig, Manitoba, tried to heal himself from the sexual abuse he experienced at a young age. It was only when he was 60 years of age and had survived numerous suicide attempts, that he landed in a mental hospital. After two stays, he finally began to repair his life and work on a program of Recovery. Now at retirement age, Ken is involved on numerous committees related to mental illness/health. He continues to tell his story over and over to help others who have had similar experiences.
Alicia Raimundo, Member, NCPLE, has been described as a “mental health superhero”, battling serious bouts of anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt since the age of 13. She has, given two TEDxTalks, was named one of 2012 “faces of mental illness”, spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, headlined UN’s international youth day 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, and represented Canada in Thailand and Ottawa at One Young World conferences. When she is not speaking, she writes, researches, advises and creates awesome and innovative programming with awesome young people (Be Change, Bean Bag Chat as some examples).
Theresa Claxton has worked tirelessly for the past 25 + years as an advocate for families and persons with lived experience of mental health and addictions. She has shown great leadership in her contribution to the national and provincial movement of persons with lived experience. Theresa has served as chair of CMHA National’s National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE), and she continues to work to ensure the growth of the provincial movement of persons with lived experience in her home province of Ontario.
How Can We Learn From Each Other: Collaborate, and Share Ideas and Resources across Canada?
About the Session:
This session will explore the new Peer Support Online Learning Hub designed for organizations involved in peer support, peer supporters, and family peer supporters. Key features include webinars, peer support resources, and Communities of Practice.
Shaleen Jones started volunteering as a peer supporter in the mid 90’s. Over the past 20 years, her belief in the transformative power of peer support led her to create and/or lead several mental health organizations such as Laing House, and Eating Disorders NS. Shaleen is the Executive Director of Peer Support Canada.