$17,500 OTF grant supports mental health services in Northern Ontario
Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund Reigniting Resilience Workshops for CMHA Kenora mental health workers
Kenora, ON (December 2, 2022) - The Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora Branch (CMHAK) is pleased to announce that earlier this year, it received a $17,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant via the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support mental health and resilience training. The funding is being used to help mental health workers in Northern Ontario rebuild resilience and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
“Our government recognizes how critical community-based mental health organizations are for the thousands of people that use them each year,” said the Hon. Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “The work that is being done by CMHA Kenora is so important to the well-being of the entire community, and I am pleased to see this investment being made today.”
Over the period of the grant, CMHAK will offer eight facilitated virtual small group sessions for employees to provide them with the tools and language for increasing resiliency to stressors being experienced. CMHAK has welcomed Myrna Lewis, Co-Founder and CEO of Lewis Deep Democracy as facilitator of the workshop series titled: Reigniting Resiliency. Lewis also provided a keynote at CMHA Kenora’s Annual General Meeting on December 2, 2022.
“CMHA Kenora is incredibly grateful to the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this much-needed support. With it, we will be able to help our hard-working staff reignite resilience so they can continue the crucial work they are doing in the community,” said Sara Dias, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA Kenora. “My colleagues are some of the most resilient people I know, but the ongoing effects of this pandemic have taken a real toll on all of us. Mental wellness for all includes those who are providing mental health support in the community.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora
CMHA is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Kenora is works to provide our clients with accessible and responsive, trauma informed, recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services throughout their lifespan, through treatment, rehabilitation, and support. Find out more at: cmhak.on.ca
To arrange an interview with CMHA Kenora CEO, Sara Dias, please contact:
Tammy Thorne, Senior Strategist, Communications, CMHA Ontario