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Madill, Biela and Willie featured speakers April 26

Sabine Mendez, CHC 


'm so pleased to share the line-up we have organized for you for our April 26 Information and Networking Breakfast - which, like last year, is themed Mental Health and Mental Wellness, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2-8).


We will have green ribbons available at the event for you to wear. The green ribbon has become the international symbol of mental health and wellness. Green is the colour of Child and Youth Mental Health and symbolizes new growth and new beginnings. Wearing the ribbon will help you start the conversation about mental health and wellness. The more we talk openly about mental health, the more we can reduce stigmas and support friends, family and our community.

Here are our speakers for the morning:

Emcee: Ron Plowright, Practice Support Specialist, PSP Regional Support Team, Fraser Health Primary Health Care

1. Dr. Melanie Madill, Family Physician, Co-Chair of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team and Deputy Lead for the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice.


The role of family physicians in mental health: How our family physicians fit in the mental health care system in Chilliwack

2. Cristal Biela, MA, Adolescent Mental Health Consultant / School Liaison, Child and Youth Mental Health, Ministry of Child and Family Development AND David Snook, MA, Mental Health Clinician, Child and Youth Mental Health, Ministry of Child and Family Development Trauma-informed practice.


Understanding the effects of trauma on mental wellness and links to mental illness

3. Molly Willie, Community Wellness Worker, Sto:lo Service Agency AND Laura Commodore, Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison, Sto:lo Service Agency First Nation Care Committees and Mental


Health Outreach: A description of the impacts of culturally informed mental wellness work in our First Nations communities.

4. Chris Reitsma, Work Experience Coordinator, Career Education Department, Chilliwack School District

The Human Services Career Program at Chilliwack Senior Secondary: Building the mental health service providers of the future.

This event is free, as always, and breakfast will again be prepared by "Creative Catering", the talented members of the Creative Centre Society for Mental Wellness. Our sponsors for this event are the Ministry of Child and Family Development (venue) and a community member (refreshments) - thanks so much for your support!

We'll start at 8:30am with registration, at the NLC in rooms 1007/1009 as usual, and have agency announcements at 8:50am - so please come prepared to share your updates with the group. Also, don't forget to bring your pamphlets and brochures - our Information Exchange table has expanded due to all the activity it sees at our events.



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