Membership Archives

We are pleased to announce that Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada will be hosting public consultations in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories. We ask you to please share this information with your networks and encourage people to come out to a consultation and help to shape Canada’s new accessibility law.

Alberta Consultations:
June 8 – Grande Prairie
Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre
11633 100 Street
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Manitoba Consultations:
June 22 – Thompson
Juniper Centre
108 Nelson Road
6:00 to 8:00 PM

British Columbia Consultations:
June 14 – Kelowna
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
2170 Harvey Ave.
6:00 – 8:00 PM

June 16 – Victoria
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road (Cadboro Commons Building)
6:00 to 8:00 PM

June 21 – Vancouver
Location: TBD
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Yukon Consultations:
June 12 – Whitehorse
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
411 Main Street
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Northwest Territories Consultations:
June 14 – Yellowknife
Explorer Hotel
4825 49th Ave.
9:00 – 5:00 PM

Registration information can be found online at www.alliance-canada.org or can be taken over the phone by calling 343-291-1117.

All Abilities Together – The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada

The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada (the Alliance) is a group of disability organizations that is consulting Canadians about the proposed federal accessibility law. We are made up of 12 member organizations and four partner organizations from Canada’s disability community.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2. Role call
  3. Acceptance of AGM Minutes of 2013-2014
  4. New staffing
  5. Report from the board
  6. Acceptance of the Board’s Report as presented
  7. Finance Report
  8. Acceptance of the Finance Report as presented
  9. Acceptance of Audited Report for 2013/2014
  10. Appointment of Auditing Firm Partridge Igguldlen Chartered Accountants for 2014/2015
  11. MadCanada CRPD Shadow Report Project Summary
  12. Certificate of continuance under the not for profit act
  13. Special Members meeting

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Thank you to all who voted for the NNMH’s project with the Aviva Community Fund! We received upwards of over 300 votes which was amazing considering our project was submitted late in the 3rd round! Next year, we will be ready to submit in the first round! Again, huge thanks to all for your support of the NNMH!

Voting is closed for round three, and your idea did not get enough votes to be in the top 90 ideas that will compete in the Semi-Finals. But, this doesn’t have to be the end of your idea.

Are you a registered charity? Or partnered with one? Registered charities can receive donations through Benevity on the Aviva Community Fund website. Reach out to your supporters and ask them for donations to help bring your idea to life. Continue reading

To our membership:

Writing this on first day of spring has me thinking about rebirth and new hope. Spring has always represented hope to me. I think it’s because I’d somehow made it through some long, dark winters praying for the spring because at least then I could feel a bit of a lift. Although there was still a lot of guck to face, I could see the birds come out from hiding, and the grass coming through the blanketing snow. Somehow I could feel the “glimpses” of hope that are all-to-often absent for some of us. The NNMH Board, staff and volunteers hope that your lives are full of those “glimpses.” Continue reading

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Seeks Nominations from the Public

(Ottawa, Ontario) February 22nd, 2013. Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced they are extending the deadline for nominations for the Champions of Mental Health campaign. CAMIMH is an alliance of Canada’s leading mental health care and service organizations, representing health care providers as well as persons and families living with mental health issues. Nominations will now be accepted until March 21st, 2013, a full three week extension.

CAMIMH’s strength is that it brings together Canada’s mental health communities. The Champions of Mental Health Awards is one of Canada’s premiere mental health advocacy events in recognition of individuals or organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year. Continue reading

To our membership:

Thank you to those who responded to our Rallying the Troops article. Your support means the world. Please keep spreading the word to your networks that the NNMH needs their feedback and support. Also, please encourage people to join the NNMH at www.nnmh.ca. The cost to individuals, who are mental health consumer/survivors is FREE, to supporting members, who are not mental health consumer/survivors the cost is $10.00/annum, and for organizations the cost is $50.00/annum.

As you know, the NNMH Board of Directors hired me as a consultant until the end of March to assist the board with fulfilling a couple of items from the NNMH’s strategic plan: 1. Strengthening the board, and 2. Revitalizing and growing the membership. Please note that you may contact me at anytime at ed@nnmha.ca if you have any questions at all or if you would like to help us out with networking with consumers in your locales. Continue reading

(I use the term troops with respect).

Please come and join us and lend a hand – we need you.

For those of you who do not know, the Board of Directors of the National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) has hired me on a three-month contract to carry out specific tasks resulting from their strategic planning exercise held over a year ago. A couple of these tasks are as follows:

reignite and grow the membership of NNMH
solidify the national Board of Directors

Personally, I have been around mental health for the past 23 years beginning inthe position of Consumer Liaison at the Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office in the “Building a Framework for Support Project: Building a National Consumer Network” initiative in 1989. I began working with established contacts or finding new contacts who were consumers to set up networks in the provinces/territories to develop a national voice and to form a national, consumer-owned and operated organization. Two years later we incorporated the National Network for Mental Health. The NNMH is a source of pride to many of us who believed that we needed something to call our own – and finally – we got it in the last decade of the 20th century. Continue reading

On November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) handed down a landmark decision on disability rights. TheMoore case says that students with disabilities are entitled to receive the accommodation measures they need to access, and benefit from, the service of public education. In this regard, the Court said that adequate special education is not “a dispensable luxury”. The Court acknowledged that such measures serve as “the ramp that provides access to the statutory commitment to education made to all children in British Columbia.”

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) intervened in the B.C. Court of Appeal and the SCC. The Moore decision is an important victory for CCD. Moore (SCC) reaffirms that human rights law requires service providers to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities. This means that where a barrier is identified, the service provider must provide accommodation to overcome that barrier, unless to do so would cause an undue hardship. Our challenge is to turn these important court decisions into positive results in the daily lives of persons with disabilities. Read more.

Do you have any stories about how Peer Support helped you cope with your mental illness?

We are working with others to create a Canadian Charter of Peer Support and need your input!

July 13, 2012

The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) will be holding its 2011/2012 Annual General
Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:00 noon EST via teleconference.

According to our By-Laws, this year the NNMH is in need of Board of Director representation in:
(1) British Columbia/Territories, (2) Prairies, (2) Quebec, and (2) Maritimes/Atlantic.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, please forward your resume and a short bio accompanied by a brief cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and what experience/expertise you feel you could bring to the NNMH and its Board of Directors. We are seeking nominees with expertise in fundraising, finance, human resources, and law. As well we ask that nominees be prepared to sit on a minimum of two board committee’s and to chair a board committee that speaks to their skills set. The nominee slate accompanied by the short bios will be posted to the NNMH website 30 days prior to the AGM for the purpose of informing the membership about their choice in candidates for the position of Board Director. Applications can be submitted by email to ed@nnmh.ca and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. EST, August 19, 2012. Continue reading