The CCU/CSC is holding its upcoming Labour School and Executive Board (EB) meeting in Montreal/Laval, PQ on June 11 and 12, 2022 at the Holiday Inn Laval. This meeting will be in-person, so your immediate response is imperative to ensuring a successful event.
Holiday Inn Laval – Montreal
2900 Boul Le Carrefour
Reminder for those presenting/submitting affiliate reports, please send me an electronic copy on or before June 1, 2022. If possible, bring 35 copies to the EB meeting for insertion in the affiliate kits.
Everyone in attendance MUST be double vaccinated in order to attend labour school and/or the EB meeting.
The hospitality room will be available Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings (location TBD). Capacity numbers will be monitored and enforced.
Please know that the safety, health, and wellness of all EB participants is paramount. Masks MUST be worn in public areas at all times. Surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes will be readily available. We ask that ALL participants adhere to the safety protocols outlined by Public Health.
We are looking forward to a productive, collaborative meeting! Do not hesitate to connect with me, or the other table officers, if you need additional information or clarification.
The Labour School is taking place on Zoom on Saturday, June 11 at 10 am (Eastern Time) on the issue of Mental Health and Wellness. See the speakers below. Everyone is welcome.
Steve Lurie, C.M.
Steve Lurie recently retired as the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, a post he held since 1979. Steve has written and lectured extensively on mental health policy issues.
Steve has a Masters in Management (MM) from the McGill McConnell Voluntary Sector Leadership program (2002) and has a BA (1971) and MSW (1973) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work where he is now an adjunct professor.
Jennifer Chambers is Executive Director and founder of the Empowerment Council, Systemic Advocates in Addictions and Mental Health – a peer advocacy organization. She is currently Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Panel to the Toronto Police Services Board, and a member of the Anti Racism Advisory Panel and PACER.
The Empowerment Council is the only mental health and addiction peer advocacy organization in the country that regularly intervenes in Charter cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, and acquires standing at inquests in Ontario.
Uppala Chandrasekera, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker with over 20 years of work experience in the health sector, ranging from frontline work assisting individuals and families with mental health and addictions issues, to supporting mental health and addictions programming province-wide, and implementing the national strategy to address mental health across Canada.
Uppala is an Assistant Professor (Status Only) at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Daymark Foundation, a national foundation committed to supporting the mental health of Canadians. From 2017-2020, she also served on the Toronto Police Services Board, the first mental health professional to be appointed to this role.
Through her research, published writings and work in the community, Uppala examines the impact of the lived experience of discrimination and racism on the health, mental health and wellbeing of marginalized populations.