While my initiatives promotes community welfare and wellness such as Canmore/Banff/Mini Thni Chess Clubs, community clean up drive, the Canmore Singers, I am currently working on three projects to promote community mental health:
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PROJECT 1. Bow Valley Mental Health Participatory Action Research
Role: Steering Committee Member
Bow Valley Immigration Partnership (BVIP)
Tannia Burelo, Banff Community Animator for Rural Mental Health Project, supported by BVIP
Alberta Health Services - Bow Valley Mental Health & Addiction
Tanya Wood, Canmore Community Animator for Rural Mental Health Project, supported by AHS Bow Valley Mental Health & Addiction
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Town of Banff
Other groups that have provided letters or offers of support include:
Canmore Filipino-Canadian Society
Bow Valley Muslim Association,
ACFA Régionale de Canmore/Banff,
Bow Valley Ministerial Association
Bow Valley Wellness, Recovery, Preparedness Coalition
Bow Valley Primary Care Network
Community Helpers Program
Town of Canmore
University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work
PROJECT 2. HEADSTRONG - Mental Health Commission of Canada
What is HEADSTRONG?
HEADSTRONG is a youth leadership initiative developed to champion mental wellness. Since 2014, it has given Canada’s youth the tools, confidence, and inspiration to become leaders for mental health and wellness in their schools and communities.
HEADSTRONG is evidence based, easy to implement, and well-supported. It’s a perfect choice for schools and communities seeking an effective way to support mental wellness and foster leadership.
With HEADSTRONG, youth learn to recognize when and who to ask for help understand what stigma is and how to challenge it teach others about mental wellness know that recovery from a mental health problem or illness is expected appreciate that mental health is health.
HEADSTRONG’s two-part model:
The HEADSTRONG Summit. Uses experiential learning with groups of youth from various schools or youth organizations to challenge stereotypical thinking about mental health and inspire youth leadership through activities, real-life recovery stories, discussions, and action planning
Post-summit action. Encourages HEADSTRONG Summit participants to use what they learned by implementing mental health awareness action plans in their own schools and communities
PROJECT 3. #LifeofaFilipinoCanadian - Twitter
Using Twitter to share tweets (a.k.a. microblogging) about my life as a Filipino-Canadian, my battle against mental health issues and my road to success in music and arts, using the hashtag: #LifeofaFilipinoCanadian across different social media platforms.
The Town of Canmore is located on the ancestral and traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai; the Stoney Nakoda First Nation tribes of Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley; and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. This area is also homeland to the historic Northwest Métis and to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. Being a indigenous to the Philippines who migrated to this beautiful country, I acknowledge the many Indigenous Peoples in Canada whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We share common history and many values. I am grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. I recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.