Recovery through the Lens of Cultural Diversity

This forum is for stakeholders from across the city of Toronto, including consumer/survivors, family members, service providers, researchers, and LHIN representatives.

The morning will include:

  • Descriptions of findings from focus groups with Caribbean,
  • Somali and Tamil communities;
  • Presentation of an enhanced model of recovery;
  • A panel of service providers discussing implications for practice;
  • Opportunity for participant dialogue.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
9:00 am – 11:30 pm
Location: Debates Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle (University of Toronto)


Space is limited. To register please send an email to Deqa Farah at: or Call: 416 482-4103 ext. 223.

Is there ‘Hope for Recovery’?

Every Door Is the Right Door is the Ontario government’s discussion paper on mental health reform. The paper speaks positively of the recovery approach, but the document is rather general and short on specifics. In the interest of clarity, we are holding a public forum that will shed more light on the future of the recovery approach in our province. Public hearings relating to the ‘Every Door’ discussion paper are underway; however, we believe it is necessary to have a focused dialogue on the future of recovery at the local, provincial and federal levels to ensure its coordinated implementation.
This event includes formal presentations from government/policy representatives, who will address how they see the recovery approach being implemented in Ontario, followed by responses and questions from a panel of community discussants, and then a moderated discussion with the audience.

Speakers include:
Allan Strong – Self-Help Alliance, OPDI (Keynote)
Howard Chodos – Mental Health Commission of Canada
David Kelly – ON Federation of Community Mental Health & Addiction Programs
Jai Mills & Candy Williams – Central East LHIN,
MoH Policy representative – TBA
Toronto Central LHIN representative – TBA

Community Discussant Panel:
Deqa Farah – Community Resource Connections of Toronto
Karyn Baker – Family Outreach & Response Program
Kate Storey – Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery

Wednesday December 9th, 1-4pm
Debates Room, Hart House, U of T
(7 Hart House Circle, near Hoskins and Queen’s Park Circle)

This event is organized by the Leadership Project, and the sponsors are Alternatives, Community Resource Connections of Toronto, and the Family Outreach and Response Program.
For more information, contact, Brian McKinnon, 416-285-7996, ex. 227;

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