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CHNET-Works! Webinars in February and March 2018

February and March, 2018

Is Nobody’s Perfect an Effective Parenting Strategy for Newcomers?
February 28, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will be facilitated/presented in English with simultaneous interpretation available in French.

Nobody's Perfect parenting programs are increasingly faced with meeting ethno-culturally and racially diverse client needs. Toronto Public Health recently completed a mixed method outcome evaluation of the Program, comparing newcomers to Canada and non-newcomers. Findings suggest Toronto Public Health has adapted Nobody's Perfect to respond effectively to the diverse needs of Toronto parents. Join our webinar to hear a summary of all the findings and find out what adaptations make the program effective with newcomers.

Who should attend: Those who are interested in learning more about the effectiveness of the Nobody’s Perfect program for parents who are new to Canada and what adaptations make the program more effective.


  • Mary Ann Gargano-Lucanie is currently the Manager, Child Health & Development at Toronto Public Health, Early Years stream with a lead area in Curriculum and Policy. She works to ensure that quality, evidence based, early parenting and early identification programming is delivered to meet the evolving needs of Toronto parents. Mary Ann holds a BScN from the University of Toronto. She is a current member of RNAO and the Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders.
  • Michele Antunes is a Health Promotion Specialist at Toronto Public Health in the Child Health and Development directorate with a focus on curriculum and policy development in early parenting programs. She has extensive experience and expertise in working with high risk families, vulnerable pregnant women and teens, postpartum mood disorders and early parenting programs. Michele has a BScN from McMaster University.

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors: Supporting Canada’s Aging Population
March 7, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will be facilitated/presented in English with simultaneous interpretation available in French.

Please join us for a webinar hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada to learn more about mental health first aid for seniors. As Canadians age, they face different life challenges and need resources to maintain a mentally healthy life. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) championed the development of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Seniors, an adaption of the MHFA Basic Course, that is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge.

The MHFA Seniors course was developed in consultation with Canadian experts in the field of geriatric psychiatry and includes two additional sections not found in other MHFA adaptations: Dementia and Delirium. This interactive session will share information about MHFA Seniors and how it addresses the unique needs of Canada's population of seniors. Participants will gain a better understanding of how MHFA Seniors can contribute to supporting the mental health of seniors.

Who should attend: Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community workers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in seniors’ mental health promotion and learning more about mental health first aid for seniors.


  • Denise Waligora has a Bachelor of Science Degree and over 20 yrs. of working in the mental health field. Prior to joining the Mental Health Commission as Training and Delivery Specialist for Mental Health First Aid in 2011, Denise’s professional experiences included psychiatric nursing, Residential Program Director, IBI Therapist at CHEO, crisis worker and case manager in a justice program. Denise has over 9 yrs. experience delivering MHFA courses.

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