Due to Covid-19 our Mental Health Symposium June 17, 2020 has been merged with our Mental Health Forum October 10, 2020 at 12pm.
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Carion Fenn Foundation presents its 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium in partnership with Ajax Public Library, Lakeridge Health and Ajax Home Week. Featuring speakers including Leslie McKenna-McConnell, Cordelia Julien-Clarke, Jim VanDusen and exhibitors including Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Mental Health Services, Home Healing Hues and more.
Listen to our speakers, ask questions, network with others, participate in our breakaway session on Empathy, enjoy light refreshments and fill out an entry ballot to win great prizes!
55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8
Main Branch, Rotary Room
Carion Fenn is the TV Show Host of Health 180 with Carion Fenn on Rogers TV Durham; the President and CEO of the Carion Fenn Foundation and an Award-Winning healthcare advocate.
Carion is a Board of Trustee, Vice Chair of the Board Quality Committee and Committee Board Chair of The Ajax Pickering Hospital Community Panel for Lakeridge Health, governing the 5 hospitals in Durham Region. She is a past Mayoral Candidate and a past Vice Chair and Accessibility Advisor to Council on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the Town of Ajax.
Carion has earned several recognitions for her community service, including the Denise House 35 Courageous Woman Award; being named one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women by the honourable Jean Augustine & her Co-authors; the Ontario Volunteer Service Award (10 YRS) from the Ontario Provincial Government; Adult Ajax Civic Award (Town’s Highest Honour); Education and Accessibility Community Award from the Town of Ajax; Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and University Health Network Patti Dawson Award and Advocacy Award from Abilities Awards.
Jim has lived in Ajax since 2006 with his wife and 3 daughters. Jim owns and operates the automotive dealership VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ajax. Graduating from the University of Toronto with an Economics Degree, he worked with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) for 18 years and moved to the retail automotive space in 2008. Jim has always had a strong community focus. He truly believes that “giving back” to our local community is an obligation on part of businesses and enjoys striving to make our community better every day. He is known for his various levels of community support. He is a Director on the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation Board and is an active member of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade’s Government Relations Committee. In 2015, VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC proudly was awarded the Board of Trade – Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year (50+ Employees). In 2017, while maintaining his dealership in Ajax, Jim assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for the NewRoads Automotive Group in York Region, where he is responsible for the overall operations of 7 additional dealership.
Change is good. Change is grief. Change is growth. That is the mantra of Cordelia Clarke Julien, a Change Management Specialist with over 20+ years of change and transformation experience. As a self-profess change agent, Cordelia is well-known for her enthusiastic embrace of life changes. Whether as a professional public speaker, or through her life-change coaching sessions, Cordelia helps people to find the change and transformation they desperately seek. Through the application of a solutions focused lens, she has helped many rise to relevance. If you are ready for that change, DM her on twitter at @myelevasyon.
Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) is a charitable not-for-profit agency providing services and supports to individuals and families who are living with mental health concerns. Operating under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, staff work in partnership with clients, offering services that are person-centred and sensitive to individual needs. Services are offered at over 20 program locations by over 200 staff and include Crisis Response, Community Support, Mental Health Court Support, Peer Support, Family Support and Mental Health Court Support.
Canadian Mental Health Association Durham is an integrated community mental health and primary care hub that has been providing mental health services to Durham Region for over 60 years.
During that time, it has evolved to provide a broad range of services to individuals and their families experiencing mental health challenges, from information and education to case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, housing and primary healthcare. These services are provided through inter-professional teams focused on providing clinically based services that, in addition to dealing with client mental health issues, address social determinants of health using the recovery model.
The Here I Am App is a life-saving mobile app that will, in time of an emergency, whether it be a medical situation or one of personal security, contact up to three contacts in the user’s phone. What's more, the sender's GPS coordinates are included along with a Google map showing the location of the sender. The Here I Am App is user-friendly and the set-up is easy. It’s ideal for single individuals, seniors, teens, children, outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen and women alike. It’s also ideal for individuals who may experience bullying, work harassment, abduction/kidnapping, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, unexpected medical conditions, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Autism,
or seniors living alone in-home.
I am Ann Powell, ‘The Wellness Decorator’, founder, visionary and guiding spirit behind Home Healing Hues. A home decorating company helping through Hues. I have been an Interior Decorator, Hunter Douglas Design Consultant with Decorview Canada in the Durham Region, Kawartha Lakes and the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario for many years. I had a life and career-changing experience when my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before her journey of operations, chemo, radiation etc. began, my friend asked me to bring my colour samples over and help her select a new colour for her family room. She chose to envelope herself in a healing colour. People’s homes are their physical space and I want to help improve their health and well-being, help heal them emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually by doing daily practices, create healing spaces with colour and environmentally friendly design ideas that promote a healthier life.
Legion Branches are the cornerstone of communities across Canada, and provide one of the largest volunteer bases in the country. With 1,400 Branches from coast to coast to coast, our members provide local services and supports to build a stronger Canada.
Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services in their communities. Legions help Canadians to honour and remember those that sacrificed for our Country. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 322 Ajax Ontario was founded in 1942 by Veterans and for Veterans. Our Poppy Campaign, Remembrance Day ceremony, Youth Education, Vetbuild Program, Seniors activities and other community fundraising initiatives are some of the ways we help our community. Plan to join our Legion today, any citizen of Canada or an Allied nation is welcome.
The Denise House exists to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to abused women and their children in Durham Region and strives to provide integrated, anti-racist, anti-oppression services to empower the diversity of all women to choose their own future. The Denise House further exists to educate the public at large about issues resulting from the abuse, oppression and discrimination of women and their children.
In the early 1990s, there was no specific agency in Durham Region dealing with issues of violence against multicultural women, immigrant and refugee women in the region. A group of dedicated volunteers researched the best ways to meet the needs of these specific women. There was a need assessment and focus group sessions conducted with women from diverse backgrounds who experienced violence and abuse by Barbara Rahder and associates. Following the needs assessment and focus group sessions, participants recommended that a counselling centre was needed in the region. A counselling centre, the Women’s Rights Action Coalition of Durham (WRAC) was established in 1993. The name was changed to the Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC) in 2003 to more accurately reflect the agency’s services and target population. The organization’s aim is to provide culturally sensitive services to women, youth and children from diverse backgrounds.
At ACDR we strive to reduce the stigma around HIV and AIDS by living according to these values:
The Greater Involvement and Meaningful Engagement of People living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA/MEPA): the client is at the center of all we do; we are client led, and peer and volunteer driven;
Social Justice: we work through a lens of cultural safety, inclusivity, activism, diversity, and an Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression (ARAO) framework;
Respect: we meet people ‘where they are at in their lives’ - honouring their individuality, self-identity