Speakers Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

2020 – 2022 Theme
Women Helping Women

The 2020-21 Speakers Series will be virtual on ZOOM.

February 27, 2021
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mental Health – From Prevention to Wellness

Please register by 5 p.m. on February 26th. Click here to register.

February 27th Plenary Meeting

Mental Health – From Prevention to Wellness

Our February 27th Speakers Series features three compelling speakers: Jennifer Pereira, an Anishinabek citizen from Henvey Inlet First Nation in Ontario, Kendra Fisher, a women’s ice hockey goaltender, and Lori Spadorcia, Chief Strategy Officer at CAMH. The topic is mental health, moving from prevention to wellness.

Jennifer is an Indigenous Community Liaison for a corporation and received a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder more than 20 years ago. Since that time she has shared her story and promoted the benefits of integrating traditional health practices with western methods of mental health treatment for maximum benefit.

Kendra grew up in Kincardine, Ontario. In 1999, when faced with the opportunity to realize her dream of goal-tending for the Canadian national women’s ice hockey team, she was diagnosed with severe mental illness, forcing her to leave the National Program in order to seek help. Kendra now shares her personal journey in efforts to bring Mental Health issues to the forefront.

Lori is a passionate advocate and is changing the conversation about mental health, improving awareness and understanding of mental illness and working with governments and communities to improve health systems and policy. She supports the alignment of mission critical activities designed to be responsive to CAMH’s many stakeholders and is engaging partners and resources to better position the hospital to make a sustainable system contribution to mental health.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session when the speakers will address questions from the audience. We encourage you to submit your questions in advance to Wendy Taylor, Chair of the Education Standing Committee.


There will be no afternoon workshops on February 27th.

CFUW Ontario Council Standing Committees

Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet at the discretion of the Committee Chair.


Speakers’ List 2019 to present can be found under the OC News menu at the top of the page. Click on Past Speakers Series and Workshop Reports.

Reports from morning Plenaries have been archived in DropBox. Clicking HERE will open a new tab, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded.

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