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First Responder Wellness Night

November 21 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

First Responder Wellness Night

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The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council and Waterloo Fire Rescue and pleased to be partnering to host a First Responder Wellness Night.

This night will include an information fair and two speakers and will focus on how to build and maintain wellness for those working in First Responder roles and their families.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free to attend, and is open to anyone who identifies as being in a First Responder role (including, but not limited to, fire rescue workers, paramedics, police, emergency room staff, crisis workers, corrections officers, and military personnel / veterans).

When working in professions where the expectation is to be tough and endure through the traumas you see, we hope to spend an evening emphasizing the importance of wellness, connectivity, and accountability as we acknowledge we all have vulnerabilities and talk about how we can work together to promote wellbeing.

Event Schedule:

6:45pm Doors open, information booths & refreshments set up

7:10pm-7:30pm Guest Speaker: Mike Denomme

7:45-8:45pm Guest Speaker: Scott Chisholm

About the Speakers:

Mike Denomme is one of the founders of the KW Legacy Group, and is a strong supporter of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. Mike is an accountant by trade, an extrovert by nature, a die-hard sports fan, and a father. Mike draws on his lived experience of depression within his message which focuses on the importance of connectivity and of being accountable to those we care about as we all can experience unexpected times of vulnerability in life.

Scott Chisholm is the founder of Collateral Damage, a charitable organization that uses storytelling to create a proactive dialogue about suicide. Scott is also a survivor of suicide loss, a renowned speaker, and a first responder. Scott has worked as a paramedic and later a fire rescue worker, most recently with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue. Scott shares insights on how to maintain wellness within a role where toughness is valued, and on the need for openness in dialogue around mental health and wellness.

Venue

Forbs Family Hall at RIM Park
2001 University Ave E
Waterloo, ON N2K 4K4 Canada
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