Kiwanis Luncheon - Canadian Mental Health Association

12:00 at the Ottawa Hunt Club.

Dania Versailles and Nancy Rousselle, from the Canadian Mental Health Association, explained that their services focus on ages 16-64. Services include outreach, case management, housing, concurrent disorders treatment program, health promotion, and vocational support services for clients. They also offer training and community development to respond to the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, education, training and distribution of materials.

Talking about mental illness helps everyone and raises awareness about and reduces the stigma attached to mental illness. We all need good balance in our life – social/ physical/spiritual/economic/health and it can be traumatic when you tip the balance. Signs to watch for in thinking and mood behaviours, crying, depression, alcohol or drugs, social anxiety, declining school or work performance. Talk to them, show you care.

CAMH also provides workshops:

  • SafeTALK * Understanding the Unspoken Pain (assisting survivors of war and trauma)

  • Myths & Realities of Mental Illness

  • Integrated Treatment for Concurrent Disorders

  • Mental Health Works (for employers and employees in the workplace)

  • Living Life to the Full * Motivational Interviewing.


We welcomed three new Corporate Members:

1) Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc. was introduced a few weeks ago with Bill Gosewitz and today we were pleased to welcome their second Corporate member, Bill’s wife, Joanne Mazerolle-Gosewitz, who has been in the mortgage industry for over 35 years;

2) Apollo Property Management was introduced as a new Corporate Member with President Pat Charbonneau who has been a member of our club for 22 years, and Pat introduced their second member, Kandas Miller, Vice-President of Apollo Property Management;

3) Dan Charbonneau, Account Manager at the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and second member of their Corporate Membership, was introduced by his father Pat Charbonneau.