UPDATE: Innisfil's event has been postponed. Stay tuned for details.Innisfil, ON – The Towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil are excited to announce the launch of two community conversations for local businesses to learn about the benefits and tips to supporting employee mental health in the workplace. These events are part of the South Simcoe Community Safety and Well-being Plan’s collaborative efforts to tackle tough social issues and improve the well-being and safety of residents.  

The community conversations will feature panel discussions in which panelists will share real-life lessons learned, challenges faced and strategies to overcome them along with practical resources and tools.  

Details of the session in Bradford West Gwillimbury include: 

  • Date: September 25, 2023  
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire & Emergency Services – Community Room (77 Melbourne Drive) 
  • No registration required; drop-in format

The panelists are Laura Waters, Employment Specialist at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Andrea MacLean, CHRP, Managing Director at HR Strategic Partners Inc., and Emily McIntosh, Executive Director at CONTACT South Simcoe. 

"Employers have a lot on their plates nowadays, and supporting workplace mental health is more important than ever,” says Elizabeth Campbell, Manager of Community Engagement at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library. “This community conversation can assist local employers to get more familiar with the range of resources and supports available to their employees.” 

Details of the session in Innisfil include: 

  • Date: October 3, 2023  
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Innisfil ideaLAB & Library – Lakeshore Branch (967 Innisfil Beach Road)  
  • Registration required 

The panelists are Laura Kelly, Senior Director of Philanthropy at the YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka, Francesca Figliuzzi, Director of People & Talent at the Town of Innisfil, and Aleta Armstrong, Director of Community Engagement and Inclusivity at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County.  

“This is an exciting opportunity for local business leaders to learn why supporting their employee’s mental health is important to their business and how they can start creating a supportive workplace,” says Sandy Foster, the Town of Innisfil’s Health and Wellness Leader. “This is one step the Town of Innisfil is taking to bring the South Simcoe Community Safety and Well-being Plan to life and support our community.”  

These events are open to all local business leaders and are free to attend.  

The South Simcoe Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) Plan is a shared commitment from local government, police, and community partners in the health, community and social service sectors to work together to address risks and needs in the Bradford and Innisfil communities. The CSWB Plan has prioritized four areas of focus: mental health and addictions, housing, education, and income. To learn more, visit innisfil.ca/CSWB.