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Why Workplace Mental Health Matters

November 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Building on the momentum generated by October’s Healthy Workplace Month, the Office of MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes and CivicAction you to join us on November 15th to hear about the what, how, and why of workplace mental health.

As a leading employer in your community we invite you to join us as we explore how workplaces can better support their people’s mental well-being.

This interactive event will benefit all employers regardless of the mental health supports they have in place, and feature a panel, round-table discussions, networking, and more.

Panelists include:

  • Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament, Whitby
  • Jason King, Team & Channel Engagement, 360 Insight
  • Kerri King, CEO, Station Gallery
  • Dr. Barbara Mildon, VP Practice, Human Resources, Research and CNE, Ontario Shores
  • Greg Frankson, Engagement and Outreach Manager, Whitby Chamber of Commerce (moderator)

Be sure to join Station Gallery for a live painting experience! Engage in the joy of creating as you add your mark to a collaborative art piece. Led by SG’s Corporate Creator, Patty Bowman Kingsley.


  • 9:30am              Registration / networking
  • 10:00am            Program starts
  • 12:00pm            Program concludes
  • 12:30pm            Light lunch concludes

Before attending, be sure to take 3 minutes for CivicAction’s free, confidential MindsMatter assessment to learn where your organization is at in supporting workplace mental health, and what 3 simple steps you can take to do more.

Register here by November 13th, 2017.

This event is brought to you by the Office of Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes and CivicAction

Thank you to our event partners:  360 Insights, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Station Gallery, and Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Panelist Bios:

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament, Whitby: Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of  the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes was a well-known research consultant and worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations. An international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management. She also served as a member of the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,  and is also a member of the Congress of Black Women.

Jason King, Team & Channel Engagement, 360 Insights: Jason heads up Team & Channel Engagement at 360insights, a Whitby ON SaaS company who recently won their fifth consecutive top four Great Place To Work™ award. A lifelong learner, Jason is into cooking, fitness, getting outdoors and hosting his podcast, Happily Healthily.

Kerri King, CEO, Station Gallery:  Kerri has been a passionate promoter of arts and culture working in public relations, community event marketing, and economic/cultural development for over 25 years. Kerri was awarded with the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her contributions to the community, a Region of Durham Award of Excellence for Innovation for the creation of The Art of Transition, and a Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in economic development and tourism. Kerri also holds an international economic development designation through the International Association of Economic Developers. Under her leadership, Durham Tourism earned numerous provincial (EDCO) and national (EDAC) Economic Development Marketing and Business Achievement Awards.

Barbara Mildon, PhD, RN, CHE, Vice-President, Practice, Human Resources, Research and CNE:  Barb is currently the Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. A registered nurse for four decades, she has extensive experience in nursing clinical practice, regulation, research and administration. Barb has a strong record of contributions to provincial and national nursing associations and is a past president of the Canadian Nurses Association. She is an adjunct professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and at UOIT. She champions nursing practice excellence, a cohesive, engaged nursing workforce and safe, healthy and positive workplaces.

Greg Frankson, Engagement and Outreach Manager, Whitby Chamber of Commerce  (moderator): Greg Frankson is an award-winning poet, author and social advocate based in Whitby, currently working as the Engagement & Outreach Manager at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. Greg is a global mental health ambassador who served as Poet Laureate for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) from 2007 to 2014. He has provided mental health advocacy through his poetry on behalf of several regional, national and international organizations. His artistic accolades include being a resident poet on Here and Now Toronto on CBC Radio One, a Canadian national poetry slam championship in 2012, inauguration to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour in 2013, and a 2014 Black Canadian Award nomination for Best Spoken Word.

About Station Gallery:  Station Gallery recognizes that inspiration and innovation are essential to all aspects of business development and offers customized creating sessions to foster creative transformation in the workspace. Session options take place at employers’ workplaces or in SG’s art studio, and include creating visual mission or value statements and team building, sparking creative thinking, and revitalizing the workplace. Each session intends to increase productivity and employee engagement in the values of their organization, foster personal growth, expression and well-being, and create positive shared memories. www.stationgallery.ca


November 15, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm




Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
700 Gordon St.
Whitby, ON L1N 5S9 Canada