The First Annual PREFER Summit is on April 9th and is FREE!

The Peer Recovery Education for Employment and Resilience (PREFER) program of the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery is proud to announce that its First Annual Summit, held in Toronto, Ontario at the Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street; near Yonge/College), is scheduled for Saturday April 9th, 2011 and will be available at no cost to people with lived experience of mental health or substance use challenges.

The Summit is an opportunity for the Participants who have been receiving education and training in Peer Support and the wider community of People in Recovery, Consumer/Survivors, and Recovery Supporting agencies and partners to network, share skills, knowledge and discuss opportunities for building a systemic culture that supports Recovery and embraces Peer Support. A keynote address by Stephen Pocklington of Well Beyond Recovery will be followed by a variety of networking and learning opportunities as people from across the province gather to talk about recovery, recovery education, and peer support and employment in the mental health system for people with lived experience. The summit promises to be a gathering of leaders in the Peer Support movement across the province.

The First Annual PREFER Summit, then, will be an excellent opportunity for PREFER participants, community members, C/S/X groups, mental health program administrators, social service students, mental health community associations, mental health, addictions, and related service agencies, and foundations to learn from each other, deepen their knowledge of recovery, and gain a greater understanding of peer support and how to implement and support peer recovery education.

We encourage PREFER participants, Peer Support Workers, and especially other people in recovery to submit proposals for presentations and workshops geared towards our themes of Peer Support: ways of doing the work, Recovery, Employment and Working in the System, and Personal Stories of Peer Support. Submissions for interactive workshop formats and joint collaborations that promote introspection and a critical gaze on peer support and building a culture of recovery are highly encouraged. Additional goals include supporting self-discovery, recovery, and development through the arts as well as through critical and creative thinking.

We are currently accepting proposals for participation from our PREFER participants. Any format may be considered, including, but not limited to: a presentation of a paper, narrative, or personal story; audio-visual presentations; visual, musical, theatrical or performance art; posters or written displays, and interactive workshops. Additionally, agencies and groups are welcome to request space for networking. Please use this form to submit a proposal for a presentation or workshop and this form to submit a request to have space for networking, a poster, or art displayed.


Attendance at the summit is free to PREFER participants, Consumers/Survivors and family members. We request that mental health professionals and allies who wish to attend the event, register the for the summit but submit a $25 cheque payable to the Krasman Centre to help defray costs.

Registration can be completed online by going to: or by calling 905-780-0491 ext: 125.

If you have any needs that should be accommodated in order for you to participate fully in this day, or special dietary requirements, we ask that you complete the following Registration Formor call us at: 905-780-0491 ext: 125.

For questions or support in building your presentation or proposal: Please forward correspondence to Elizabeth Carvalho at or Theresa Claxton at or via Fax: 905-780-1960. Tel: 905-780-0491 ext: 125 Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724

PREFER, Culture of Recovery

c/o The Krasman Centre 10121 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7

Click here for a copy of our Call for Participation

Event Flyer (PDF)