Educators, mental health advocates to explore wellness in Canadian schools at national forum

May 06, 2016

OTTAWA – Join us for the 2016 Canadian Forum on Public Education — Wellness in our school: Time to act! organized by the Canadian Teacher’s Federation (CTF) July 11‑12 in Montreal. The forum will provide an overview and generate deep discussions on wellness in Canadian schools from a variety of perspectives within the education community and mental health professionals.

“Wellness in schools concerns students and educators alike,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “It is a rising concern and reality that we’re all facing and that we need to address. We invite Canadian educators to join us in the discussion on the challenges that affect wellness in our schools and on how we can address these challenges collectively.”

Featured Speakers:

  • André Picard, health columnist, Globe and Mail
  • Jeremy Dias, founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Mark Henick, mental health advocate
  • Louise Bradley and Sapna Mahajan, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Dr. Phil McRae, The Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Dr. Janice Graham-Migel, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Lisa Weintraub, Executive Director, Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions
  • Caroline Vézina, Société Santé en français
  • Mary Simon, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • and more!

Some of the key wellness issues to be explored:

  • Mental Health and Stigma
  • Technology Related Stress
  • Teacher Wellness
  • Student Wellness
  • Perspectives on Stress: Language, Sexual Identity, Indigenous

Who should join us?

  • teachers, school counsellors
  • school boards
  • Ministries of Education
  • teacher unions/associations/federations
  • NGOs

Registration deadline:

June 15, 2016. Reservation requests received after June 15 will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis. Register online now.

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is a national alliance of 16 teacher organizations representing nearly 200,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed



Heather Smith, CTF President

Media contact:

Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director,
Office: 613-688-4314 or cell: 613-899-4247
[email protected]