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Invitation to our Community Forum on preventing addictions, mental illness, HIV-AIDS, diabetes and lung disease - Sunday, November 18th, 2:30-4:30 pm at Sir John Franklin

You are invited to our River Heights community forum on Preventative Health which I am hosting on Sunday November 18th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Sir John Franklin site of the Corydon Community Centre at 1 Sir John Franklin Road (the road goes north off Corydon just west of the railway tracks and just east of Mona Lisa's Restaurant on Corydon Ave).  This forum highlights a critical issue for today as we seek answers to how we prevent addictions, like that to crystal meth, how we prevent mental illnesses, how we prevent HIV-AIDS, how we prevent diabetes and how we prevent lung diseases.  Whether we are a parent, a grandparent, a brother, a sister or a friend we need this knowledge to be able to keep ourselves and others well.  Come and join us.   We have excellent speakers for our panel who are listed below.   Come with your questions and your comments.  If you need further information, please call my constituency office at 204-289-1560.

Jon Gerrard
MLA-River Heights


Jane Meagher
Jane Meagher, founder of “100 Women Who Care Winnipeg”, and a board member for Manitobans for Human Rights, is a powerful speaker who uses humor and brutal honesty to educate people on how addiction and mental disorders go hand in hand.  She will talk about how we can prevent addictions and PTSD.  

Robyn Priest 
Robyn, the co-founder of Robyn Priest, LIVE YOUR TRUTH, a mental health and peer support education and strategy firm and the consultant for the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support based in Ontario has been involved in the development and training of mental health and peer services for over 20 years and in 10 different countries.  She will talk about the role of peer support workers in preventing mental illnesses. 

Dr. Paul Sandstrom
Dr. Paul Sandstrom, Director, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories of the Public Health Agency of Canada has been responsible for planning, directing, and managing laboratory research, surveillance and clinical testing programs as part of the Federal Initiative on HIV/AIDS.   He will talk about HIV-AIDS prevention and the 90-90-90 approach to prevention and treatment.

Michael McMullen:
Mr. McMullen, the founder of MCM Consulting and a National Board Member for Diabetes Canada and  currently a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as Vice Chair for the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce.   Michael who will represent Diabetes Canada will talk about their D360 approach to diabetes prevention and treatment.

Dr. Margaret England
Dr. England, an endocrinologist at the Manitoba Clinic brings experience with and knowledge of approaches being used to address and prevent diabetes in the United States as well as Canada.  She uses her knowledge every day in her efforts to improve the health of Manitobans.

Neil Johnston
Neil Johnston is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, former Regional Director of Respiratory Therapy Services for the WRHA and currently President and CEO of the Lung Association of Manitoba.  He will talk about the prevention of lung diseases, from asthma in children to COPD in adults.  


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