10 episodes

United Way

This Podcast is Not For Profit United Way Halton & Hamilton

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United Way

    Episode 17 – Building Community through Indigenous Knowledge and Healing, with Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, Grandmothers Voice

    Episode 17 – Building Community through Indigenous Knowledge and Healing, with Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, Grandmothers Voice

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    Building Community through Indigenous Knowledge and Healing, with Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, Grandmothers Voice

    In this episode, Kirstin speaks with Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil, co-founders of Grandmothers Voice, an Indigenous organization that serves, educates and heals, standing shoulder to shoulder with community. They talk about the impact of the Emergency Community Support Fund grant the organization received during the pandemic, and how it supported a virtual speaker series that reached people locally and afar. Their conversation explores the importance of honouring elders, knowledge, ceremony and connection to the land, as well as the impacts of residential schools and intergenerational trauma. Jody and Sherry share the details of current and upcoming projects for the organization, including some that have launched since recording.

    • 38 min
    Episode 16 – Mental Health in the Pandemic, with Melanie McGregor, Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Branch 

    Episode 16 – Mental Health in the Pandemic, with Melanie McGregor, Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Branch 

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    Mental Health in the Pandemic, with Melanie McGregor, Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Branch 

    The pandemic has deeply affected both physical and mental health for millions of Canadians. United Way Halton & Hamilton is committed to supporting local agencies providing mental health services in our community, especially as we recover from the cumulative stress of COVID-19. In this episode, Mike speaks with Melanie McGregor, health promotion and advancement specialist at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton Branch. They discuss the mental health ‘shadow’ pandemic and alarming CMHA data that reveal deteriorating mental health across the country, disproportionately impacting marginalized groups. They explore the ongoing stigma of mental health challenges; the inextricable link to social determinants of health; and how some of CMHA’s pandemic pivots, such as offering virtual counselling, made services more attractive and accessible for community members.

    • 46 min
    Episode 15: Mental Health Impacts on Racialized Individuals and Newcomers, with Nabeel Rahman

    Episode 15: Mental Health Impacts on Racialized Individuals and Newcomers, with Nabeel Rahman

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    Mental Health Impacts on Racialized Individuals and Newcomers, with Nabeel Rahman

    Anti-racism + Diversity Series: Mike speaks with local Black Lives Matter activists and anti-racism experts in conversations exploring the meaning of true allyship, supporting racialized individuals and organizations in the non-profit sector, and how racism impacts mental well-being. In this episode, Mike connects with Nabeel Rahman, Registered Social Worker and Community Development Specialist at the Town of Oakville, focussed on community resources for visible minority and marginalized communities. Nabeel shares his personal experiences as a young newcomer in Canada and how that shapes his work identifying the barriers immigrants and other racialized individuals face. He speaks to identity crisis and the unique pressures on racialized youth, as well as coping skills to nurture mental well-being. They discuss the mental health impacts of systemic discrimination, giving voice to marginalized folks, and shifting power from institutions to the people.

    • 52 min
    Episode 14 – Supporting Racialized Individuals and Black-led Organizations in the Non-Profit Sector, with Leo Johnson

    Episode 14 – Supporting Racialized Individuals and Black-led Organizations in the Non-Profit Sector, with Leo Johnson

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    Supporting Racialized Individuals and Black-led Organizations in the Non-Profit Sector, with Leo Johnson

    Anti-racism + Diversity Series: Mike speaks with local Black Lives Matter activists and anti-racism experts in conversations exploring the meaning of true allyship; supporting racialized individuals and organizations in the non-profit sector; and how racism impacts the mental well-being of racialized folks and communities. In this episode, Mike connects with Leo Johnson, anti-racism activist and executive director at Empowerment Squared, an organization supporting newcomer and racialized youth through education and social development. Leo shares how his personal experiences arriving in Canada after years of living in refugee camps helped guide the organization’s mission. They discuss the unique barriers newcomer and racialized youth face in the education system, how Empowerment Squared programs help those kids to succeed, and the systemic changes required in the non-profit sector to better enable Black-led organizations to thrive.

    • 49 min
    Episode 13 – Allyship, with Renee Hall

    Episode 13 – Allyship, with Renee Hall

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    Allyship, with Renee Hall

    Anti-racism + Diversity Series: Mike speaks with local Black Lives Matter activists and anti-racism experts in conversations exploring the meaning of true allyship; supporting racialized individuals and organizations in the non-profit sector; and how racism impacts the mental well-being of racialized folks and communities. In this episode, Mike connects with Renee Hall, Black Lives Matter activist, McMaster University Social Work Masters student, and gender-based violence counsellor at YWCA Hamilton. They discuss the dangers of optical allyship and the deep reflection required to move past fragility and into the discomfort zone, where self-interrogation and examination of organizational policies can foster tangible change.



     

    • 46 min
    Episode 12: Tracy Hussey – Halton Food for Thought – Covid

    Episode 12: Tracy Hussey – Halton Food for Thought – Covid

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    COVID Series, Part III: Tracy Hussey, Halton Food for Thought

    In this series, Mike connects with non-profit leaders to illuminate the impacts of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, while paying homage to the generosity and dedication of our local social service front-line workers. In this episode, Mike speaks with Tracy Hussey, executive director at Halton Food for Thought, an organization that provides student nutrition programming to more than 74,000 students in 130 schools across Halton. They chat about how the closing of schools meant figuring out new strategies for program delivery, reaching at-risk and vulnerable students, finding new donation opportunities, and planning for the future in exceptionally uncertain times.

    • 27 min

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