Thank you to everyone who attended this live event! Due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to play the video greeting from Honourable Audrey Gordon, Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery, in its entirety. Please click here to view the video greeting.  

If you were unable to view the live streamed event, you can watch our Facebook Live recording here

On May 26, 2021, our Executive Director Rita Chahal and her invited guests discussed the mental health challenges of navigating a pandemic from an Asian perspective. Rita's invited guests included:

  • Dr Kernjeet Sandhu - Dr. Kernjeet Sandhu is a Family Physician with a Special Interest in Addictions Medicine. She practices family medicine and addictions medicine in the Winnipeg community. In 2013 she started her addiction work in the northern state of Punjab, India and launched Punjabi Doc. Thereafter she returned to Winnipeg to continue her work. She is especially interested in educating, supporting and treating the Punjabi community of Manitoba to improve their access to addiction services.
  • Maribeth Tabanera aka Kilusan - Educator, Dancer, Choreographer, DJ, Community Organizer. Maribeth Tabanera aka Kilusan (she/her/they/siya) is a queer Filipinx femme multi-disciplinary artist, educator and activist. They are a second generation settler on Treaty 1 Territory. A life-long learner, they have focused their energy on diving deeply into their passions of dance, music, education, social justice and community building. Maribeth is the full-time Internship Coordinator at Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School in the Seven Oaks School Division, and an instructor with Graffiti Art Programming. They are also currently a member of Kultivation Festival, Seven Oaks Filipino Employees Association and Manitoba Association of Dance Educators. Maribeth is also a street style dancer, choreographer, and DJ. Over the past year, some of the projects they have worked on included, producing for CBC Manitoba's Creators Network "My Happy Place" series, dancing in Adrian Sutherland's, "Respect the Gift" music video, DJing with Naughty By Nature at the Big Picture Learning Big Summer Fest 2020, and choreographing and performing for  “Intramural.e,” A Théâtre Cercle Molière & Synonym Art Consultation Production presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre. Maribeth "Kilusan" Tabanera strives to create and hold space for an inclusive atmosphere wherever she is, in hopes of inspiring all people to live life to their fullest potential of light and love.
  • Giselle Bernardo - Individual and Family Therapist (MSW, RSW) at Udynamics Therapeutic Wellness Centre. Giselle Bernardo (she/her) is an Individual and Family Therapist at Udynamics Therapeutic Wellness Centre. Giselle works alongside her clients in therapy to help them navigate through their healing journey. She brings a trauma-informed perspective to her work, more specifically in intergenerational and collective/racial trauma. Giselle truly believes we all have experienced some form of trauma in our lives. We all have a story to tell.  Let's remove the stigma around mental health and share our story.
  • Pamela Rebello, O.M. - Executive Director, India School of Dance Music and Theatre. Pamela Rebello is an Arts Educator/Consultant with a Masters degree in Educational Foundation/International Education. She has received several citations and medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to USA newspapers. She was the first woman of colour to serve on the Manitoba Arts Council, and the first woman to Chair the Manitoba Intercultural Council. Manitoba’s Rep. on Canada Council ‘s First Committee on Racial Equity in the Arts. Dance Manitoba honoured her with the Life Achievement Award in 2016, followed by the Canadian Race Relations Award, to mention a few, besides community awards. Listed in the Inaugural Order of Manitoba in 2000, as the first Asian woman to be appointed for her work in the Province, she is best known as one of the Founders and Executive Director of the India School of Dance, Music & Theatre Inc for the last forty-one years. Her most recent distinction is to be counted as one of the 150 Trailblazers by the Nellie McClung Foundation.

This event is in honour of Asian Heritage Month.