Julie Flatt – Obituary

Julie Lynn Flatt

Saturday, March 29th, 1958 – Monday, December 16th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to Julie Lynn Flat! A remarkable woman very proud of her work, Julie fought tirelessly for the mental health field on many levels. She worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association for over three decades as the coordinator of many successful mental health projects across Canada. She had been the voice of these projects as a person with lived experience, and has spoken locally, nationally and internationally on the importance of strengthening the voice and involvement of consumers/persons with lived experience within mental health organizations and the broader mental health sector.

Julie has worked and volunteered at CMHA National for over 30 years, a person with lived experience and was hired in 1989 through the Framework for Support project to coordinate the development of a national consumer-owned and operated organization The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH). She was instrumental and worked in supporting the development of the Consumer Survivor Development Initiative (CSDI) now Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI). A successful infrastructure of peer support across Ontario.

Most recently the coordinator for CMHA National’s consumers/persons with lived experience advisory body – the National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE). She also oversaw the national awards program. Julie has been the recipient of multiple awards from the CMHA in recognition of her hard work and dedication. She received numerous awards including the “Strengthening CMHA Award”.

Julie will be very much missed by her friends, family, and all those whom she touched in the Mental Health field. Further details can be found on the link below.

You will be missed Julie Lynn Flatt




FLATT, Julie Lynn

With heavy hearts Julie’s family announces her unexpected death on Monday, December 16th, 2019 at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Devoted daughter of the late Cecil and Dorothy (nee Clarke). Loving sister of Wendy, Gladys, Cindy and Debra. Cherished best friend of Cathi since childhood… 53+ years. (AKA sister # 6). Best aunt of Maddie (Andrew) and best great aunt of Lila, Ellie and Ava. Treasured Godmother of and namesake, Aimee Lynn (Derek). Special aunt and great aunt of many other nieces and nephews that she loved and loved her. Julie will also be missed by her many cousins and other extended family.

Julie will be very much missed by her friends, family, and all those whom she touched in the Mental Health field.

Julie’s lifelong work involved the Canadian Mental Health Association. She was the coordinator of many mental health projects across Canada. Julie will be missed by her many colleagues because of her knowledge, care and compassion. Julie was an advocate for all living creatures. Her favourite, of course, was dogs. She is now reunited with Mickey, Baron and Pepper.

At Julie’s request cremation has taken place and a private family graveside ceremony will be held at a later date.

Her family is requesting no flowers and any donations in Julie’s name may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office.

Julie Flatt
Julie is the National Committee Coordinator at CMHA National.
Strengthening CMHA Award:
Julie Flatt, National Committee Staff at CMHA National.

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