NISA presents at and attends the National Conference on Peer Support
From April 27-29, several NISA staff were in attendance at the second biannual National Conference on Peer Support held in Toronto, ON. The conference brought together over 400 people from various sectors of the mental health recovery movement including people with lived experience, peer support workers, academics, researchers, healthcare professionals, and individuals from the public and private sectors. The conference offered powerful conversations with visionary leaders in the field. We can be proud to know that NISA, is one of those leaders.
Both our Programs Coordinator, Kaarina Ranta, and Executive Director for the past 5 years, Shana Calixte, presented at the conference. Kaarina co-presented on an evening support program she started here at NISA, MOMS/Mothers Offering Mutual Support. Upon reflection, she was inspired and grateful to have the opportunity to speak specifically to the post-partum mood disorder peer research. She was pleased to observe the positive responses to her presentation, which was a grounding reminder that the work we do is important, is visionary, and that sharing learned strategies with our peers is such a valuable experience.