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ASI 2021 Forum

Atlantic Policy Forum on Mental Health Promotion

The Great Reconnect: Personal, Community and Societal Resilience in a Post-COVID-19 World

When

August 23-25, 2021

Where

Online event

Social

#ASIReconnect

ASI Program at a Glance!

Monday, August 23rd

18:30 – 20:30 – Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome and land acknowledgement – Malcolm Shookner, ASI president
  • Welcome Song – Julie Pellissier-Lush, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and PEI Poet Laureate
  • Remarks by Officials, Sponsors
  • Highlights from ASI Online Interactive Presentation Series – Malcolm Shookner, ASI President
  • Atlantic Community Showcase
  • Setting the Context – A message from Theresa Tam, CPHO of Canada
  • Keynote presentation – A conversation with Paul Born, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

 

Tuesday, August 24th

10:45 – 12:00

Opening Plenary: The Great Reconnect – Moving Forward from COVID-19

Moderated by Trevor Hancock, and featuring Mélissa Généreux, Hon. Dorothy Shephard, Tyler Simmonds, Heather Wilson, and Mark Greenberg

13:00 – 14:00

Youth Panel: Looking to the Future – Personal reflections on COVID-19 and vision for the future

Moderated by Brandon Hey and featuring Claire Byrne, Sumaya Muhammed, Madi Sutton, Hanley Smith and Snowden Pijogge

14:30 – 15:00

Round tables: Reconnecting and Building Back Better  

Facilitated by: Linda Liebenberg, Brandon Hey, and Arianne Melara

15:15 – 16:45

Concurrent workshops – Participants may choose one 90-minute workshop to attend

*Workshops will be repeated on the 25th

 

Wednesday, August 25th

11:00 – 12:15

Opening Plenary – Let’s Talk Policy! An update on the ASI Policy Brief

Facilitated by: David French and Mary-Jane McKitterick

13:15 – 13:45

Policy in Action – How a strategic plan guides the development of a resilient college community!

Sandy MacDonald, President, Holland College

13:45 – 15:15

Concurrent workshops – Participants may choose one 90-minute workshop to attend

*Workshops will be repeated on the 25th

15:30 – 16:30

Closing Panel: Upstream Policy Momentum in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Beyond

Moderated by Olivier Bellefleur and featuring Nicole Bernier, Vanessa Nevin, Lori Wozney andKaren Clarke

16:45 – 17:00

Closing

ASI 2021 Policy Forum

The ASI 2021 Forum will be held online from August 23-25 in Charlottetown, PEI, streaming from the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Materials in French and simultaneous interpretation will be available for many presentations. A Youth Leadership Program will also be offered.  ASI 2021 aims to increase understanding of the importance of infant, child and youth mental health for the whole of society, and foster policy actions to influence upstream investment in support of mental health. Register now to be part of a movement that brings together people who are capable of influencing and implementing changes at the policy and community levels!

ASI Call to Action

Raising healthy children is a responsibility of all Canadians. Supporting and promoting child and youth mental health is central to enabling them to become life-long, positive contributors to their communities and society. Strengthening policies and programs that support positive mental health for children and youth is vital to creating a sustainable and inclusive Atlantic Canada.

The goal of the ASI Call to Action is to build on existing efforts to create a more sustainable approach to promoting child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada.

The objectives of the Call to Action are to:

  1. Catalyze concrete, cross-sectoral responses for mental health promotion.
  2. Influence decision making in Atlantic Canada and across the country.
ASI Youth Leadership Program

ASI 2021 will support at least five youth from each Atlantic province to participate in this year’s online forum. the The Youth Leadership Program will provide a space for youth to come together virtually and have a voice in shaping the future agenda for children and youth in Atlantic Canada. ASI has learned from previous events how important it is to foster intergenerational learning; therefore, there will be time for youth to both participate in the full ASI 2021 program and convene separately to develop long-lasting connections. 

Applicants must complete the online application available until July 17, 2020.

“To create mentally healthy communities/societies, “there are in essence two key approaches: First, creating supportive environments that protect people from known risk factors and provide a positive, mentally healthy situation. Second, providing resources and programs that enable people — especially children — to become resilient, with the skills they need to manage life’s ups and downs. In practice, these two approaches interact and need to complement each other.”

Dr. Trevor Hancock

ASI 2018 Keynote Speaker, Professor and Senior Scholar (retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

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About the ASI

We bring together people who are making Atlantic Canada’s communities healthier and safer. The Summer Institute really engages participants, providing them with an opportunity to develop skills, learn and share knowledge and work together on programs, policies and services.

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Call to Action

The Call to Action outlines clear actions for a sustainable approach to promoting youth mental health. Strengthening policies and programs that support positive mental health for children and youth is vital to creating a sustainable and inclusive Atlantic Canada.

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