On May 17th, 176 attendees learned
about mental health in the work place at FMI-Edmonton's session
"Building a Healthy Workplace". The morning started with a hearty
breakfast, followed by speakers Scott Alywin from Covenant Health,
Georgette Reed and Pamela Kollrosshe from the City of Edmonton.
They discussed how their organizations support employees and family
members who are suffering from stress or mental illness. Flynn, a
therapy dog from the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) made
an appearance with his handler, Linda Shaw. She shared the role the
labradoodle has in helping students maintain balance, and 'PAWS'
for mental health. During the break, Laurel Kirchner of Covenant
Health offered a mini-mental health first aid overview. Following
which, Robert Manolson from Powerful Play Experiences delivered an
interactive discussion on his coping strategies to stay healthy
while living with depression and anxiety. Woven through the morning
was mental health myth busters, an interactive game that measured
the perceptions of the audience and allowed a convened panel to
address them. Holding all of these components together was the
unflappable moderator, Isabel Henderson from the Glenrose
here for details and notes from the "Building a Healthy
Workplace" event. FMI-Edmonton would like to thank the
participating organizations, as well as the Canadian Mental Health
Association, for making this event a great success. Special thanks
is also given to: Mayor Don Iverson, City of
Edmonton; Michael Wernick and his office at the
Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada; and Marcia
Nelson, Alberta's Deputy Minister of Executive Council,
who extended greetings for the event and/or provided materials on
this important topic.
Healthy Workplace" presenters, panelists and supporters:
Laurel Kirchner, Pamela Kollross, Isabel Henderson, Tracy Johnson,
Robert Manolson [seated], Georgette Reed,
Scott Aylwin. Absent: Linda Shaw and Flynn.