The 9th National Mental Health Conference sponsored by the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba is scheduled for March 20-22nd, 2019 at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg. The conference aims at promoting the journey to healing for Indigenous people, the criminal justice system and our communities (addiction & substance abuse).

The conference will include information sessions as well as a series of key note speakers, including:

  • Josephine D’Andrea, Director and Founder of Kelburn Estates Health & Wellness Centre
  • Senator Kim Pate
  • Wanbdi Wakita and Pahan Pte San Win, Bear Paw Teaching and Healing
  • Kassandra Churcher, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
  • Lea S. Denny, MS-CMHC, LPC-IT, NCC, Founder, CEO, Clinical Psychotherapist & Researcher Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Consultant & Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Ian S Rabb O.D., Director of Business Development & Public Relations, Aurora Recovery Centre
  • Sheldon Franken, Director/Owner, Inquiry Adventures and School Counsellor
  • Dr. Darien Thira, Ph.D., Reg. Psych., Darien Thira Consulting, Inc.

For more information contact Rebecca Marinos, conference manager at 650-888-2654 or

For registration, visit the National Mental Health Conference website.


Bestselling Author Shannon Moroney, “Through the Glass” To Keynote At This Year’s Conference!

SHANNON MORONEY is the bestselling author of Through the Glass, which chronicles her journey following the violent crimes and incarceration of her (ex-)husband. Listed in top place at the World Empathy library, Shannon’s memoir was also nominated for several awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing. She has published numerous articles for major media outlets, is a sought-after public speaker, an internationally recognized advocate of restorative justice, one of the “world’s 50 most resilient people” (Global Resilience Project), and is featured by the international Forgiveness Project. Shannon is a skilled educator, facilitator and counsellor, and leads forgiveness and healing workshops and retreats for people and communities overcoming trauma all across Canada.

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