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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 — 7:00 PM GMT

Event graphic, Invisible Heartbreak, July 20, 2021. Includes logos for Renison and WPL.

What is it like to feel invisible? Throughout the pandemic, our healthcare system has relied on the work of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) to maintain a high level of personal care for patients, but some PSWs describe feeling invisible, and that their jobs were precarious. Those working in this field share a deep love for their care work, and grief when experiencing loss during a time when “personal” care has been limited by Personal Protective Equipment and physical distancing. This panel discussion will explore the experience of PSWs during the pandemic, using photovoice images, and narrative interviews.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00 pm

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Moderator: 

Tayo Bero is an award-winning radio producer and freelance culture writer. Her work often appears in publications like Chatelaine Magazine, Teen Vogue, the Guardian as well as on CBC Radio. Covering race, culture, feminism and the Black diaspora, Tayo is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and sharing untold stories.

Panelists: 

Dr Trish Van Katwyk: A major focus of my work is exploring the ways in which community immersion and artistic expression can activate healthy communities and many important ways of knowing. I like to support and participate in collaborations that can critique structures that can hold us back and create obstacles to positive, holistic, and collective health. In other words, I like to work with others to make change in the name of social justice.

Veen Wong: I am a social worker with a passion for research and have worked in the health and social service sectors for over a decade. I completed my Master of Social Work at the University of Waterloo with a focus on mental health promotion and arts-based research. My research interests include health equity, arts-based methodology and technology.

Tyheriah Philbert: I graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Psychology program at the University of Guelph-Humber, and am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Waterloo. I have a wealth of experience working with children, families, and youth from diverse communities across the City of Toronto. I combine my experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with intersectional and critical social approaches to community engagement and research.

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