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Topic: Social Enterprises: an innovative approach to creating employment opportunities for people with mental illnesses

Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in partnership with the Social Enterprise Institute and Common Good Solutions, for our first in a series of webinars focusing on Social Enterprise.

Join us on May 31, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:30pm Eastern to hear from a panel of employers and employees on their experience working within a social enterprise, and their tips and perspectives on the challenges and tips for running a social enterprise for mental health consumers.

Moderator: Dr. Norman Greenberg, Pschologist and Entrepreneur

Speakers:

  • Irene Gannitsos, Board Member The Cleaning Solution
  • John Hartling, Manager, Stonehearth Bakery
  • Andrew Davies, Staff, Stonehearth Bakery
  • Lori Edgar, Director, Affirmative Ventures
  • Rob Neates, Staff, Affirmative Ventures
  • Steve Hunter and Cynthia Leung, Managers, Switchback Cyclery
  • Dr. J. Douglas Salmon, Jr., Neuro/Rehabilitation Psychologist
    Executive Director, RTW Integrated Health Management (Social Enterprise)

The webinar will be hosted on video and audio through an Adobe Connect platform, which can be accessed with and internet connection, and without downloading software.

Background

In 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness report. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that will help the Aspiring Workforce - people living with serious mental illness who have been unable to enter the workforce, are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or want to return to work after a lengthy period of illness - secure and sustain meaningful employment and income.

Social enterprises are an innovative approach to creating employment opportunities for people living with serious mental illness. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is proud to support the Social Enterprise Ecosystem (S4ES) Project. S4ES will take an integrated approach to developing business skills, markets, finance and impact practice in order to scale up accessible, self-sustaining platforms for social enterprise skills development and market access. These will form the pillars of an online social enterprise development ecosystem.

In this first webinar of our social enterprise series, hear from our panel of social enterprise experts who will contribute their unique perspectives and experiences working in this sector.

Through the panel discussion, participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • social enterprises as an effective approach to assist people with mental illness in finding and maintaining meaningful employment; and
  • key supports and accommodations available to social enterprises and social entrepreneurs

This webinar is ideal for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the role of social enterprise in eliminating barriers to employment for people with mental illness including job seekers and employees, employers, employment agencies, and policy makers.

This free webinar will be presented in English. It will be hosted through the Adobe Connect platform which can be accessed with an internet connection. No special software needs to be installed on your computer, but you may be prompted to install an add-in to view the webinar in your browser.

A recording and copy of the presentation will be posted on the MHCC’s website in the weeks following the live session.


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