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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 — 7:00 PM EDT

Event image with image from movie Back Home Again, animated animals looking out over a town.

About this event

What is it like to live through a disaster? Whether it affects a small population, perhaps only a single family, or an entire community, country, or continent, a disaster can affect all aspects of life and have a significant impact on mental health.

This panel discussion will explore the impact of disaster on mental health, and how communities help each other heal and rebuild. The session will feature clips from a new short film, Back Home Again, which illustrates community resiliency after one of the largest wildfire evacuations in Canadian history impacted the lives of more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray and area in 2016.

Tuesday, September 2021

7:00pm EDT

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Moderator:

Charmaine Hammond, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a highly sought-after keynote and workshop speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of collaboration, mental health, and healthy relationships. She has helped clients in many industries build resilient and engaged workplaces, develop high trust/high accountability relationships, and solve workplace issues and conflict that gets in the way of success and profitability. She also Executive Producer of the Back Home Again movie, working closely with Michael (Screenwriter/director) almost since the beginning of this project. Responsible for heading up the collaborations, partnerships and sponsorship for the project, she is passionate about this film because Fort McMurray was her home for 15 years. She didn’t live there at the time of the fires however returned on contacts with the social profit organizations and school boards to work with the community on the recovery and resilience initiatives.

Panelists:

Michael Mankowski, screenwriter and director of the Back Home Again movie, is born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada. He is Owner and operator of Alien Kow formerly known as Wood Buffalo Productions, an Alberta, Canada based award winning production house. Michael is a graduate of University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management, and, Vancouver Film School 3D & Animation Program. In 2017 Michael won an award for Excellence in The Arts by the RMWB and Arts Council Wood Buffalo. In 2016 his company won a Leadership Award by RMWB and YYM Magazine. Michael has also produced passion projects, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the winner of the Best Short Film award at the Alberta Film and Television Awards in 2016.

David Grauwiler is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division. David is a key leader in the promotion of mental health in Alberta and a catalyst for connection between the CMHA, the provincial government, non-government organizations and agencies. David has worked closely with Charmaine and Michael on this project. He states that “CMHA is honoured to partner with Back Home Again and the materials created to educate people on mental health and resilience after a disaster or traumatic event. After viewing the film we are reminded of inevitable disruptions faced by communities and individuals which impact our mental health. This is not a disaster movie, this is a movie about how we come home, come back, bounce back and recover. The film gives us a glimpse of the very thing we all carry with us - resiliency.”

Dr. Arshi Shaikh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Development Studies, Renison University College-University of Waterloo. She is a registered social worker in the province of Ontario. Dr. Shaikh recently completed two community based SSHRC funded projects in the areas of supportive housing for homeless persons and animal hoarding. At present, Dr. Shaikh is developing three new research programs in the following broad areas of inquiry, (i) non-dominant perspectives and models of resilience, (ii) identity formation among multi-generational racialized immigrants and refugees, and (iii) sacred feminine, healing and justice. Dr. Shaikh has published peer-reviewed journal articles and presented papers at conferences about resilience and mental health, postpartum depression, homelessness, aging and supportive housing.

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