Frank Kennedy

Counselor ​
Kennedy's Intervention Services Inc 

Pandit (Hindu Priest) Rabindranauth Tiwari is founder of the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir & Cultural Centre located at 339 Westney Road, Ajax.  He hail from an orthodox Hindu family of many Pandits. In 2001 he completed his studies in Rishikesh, India. He studied all the Hindu scriptures including the Vedas and Puranas; in addition to this according to the Vedanta teachings he performs Pujas, Weddings, Funerals, all sacramental services and as a Chaplin visits the hospitals to pray for the sick and dying.

He is committed to humanitarian work; he is a Vedanta Teacher, Councillor, Coach, Guru and Advisor to all people race and faiths.

Paul McGary 

Director, Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program

Lakeridge Health

Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada, and In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime. She has also published in the area of Native American victimization and social control, including one book entitled The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, and Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-enforcement in Indian Country both of which were based on interviews with Native Americans (University of Arizona Press).  Dr. Perry continues to work in the area of hate crime, and has begun to make contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right wing extremism in Canada. 

She puts her academic skills to work in the community through extensive involvement in local social justice initiatives. She is on the Board of PFLAG, and also acts as their Director of Education. Through this role, she has been able to help develop and deliver training and awareness initiatives aimed at enhancing inclusivity for LGBTQ communities locally. Dr. Perry also sits on a number of related committees, including the DRPS Diversity Advisory Committee, and Whitby’s Ethno-cultural Diversity Advisory Committee. 

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of both the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes was a well-known research consultant and worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations. An international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management. She is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She also served as member of the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also a member of the Congress of Black Women.

Paul McGary is the Director of the Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program of Lakeridge Health. His involvement with Lakeridge began in 1992, and he assumed the director’s role of Pinewood in 1999, with the mental health program following in 2003. Paul has sat on numerous boards including Connex Ontario, Addictions Ontario and currently on the Durham Family Court Clinic. Particular areas of interest include overdose and suicide prevention, system integration and concurrent disorders.

Forum Speakers

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Member of Parliament for Whitby

Canadian Parliament

Celina Speaks of her challenges of coping with depression and her powerful role as an impactful leader in politics. 

Aydin was diagnosed with Intractable Epilepsy and put on very strong medication. Initially he was unsure what was happening and resisted taking medication. Aydin Leamen was a very active and precocious 5 year old when he started displaying tick like movements. As time went on, they became more frequent, up to a 100 a day, and exaggerated. 

​Dilara Leamen is a very compassionate, mature and determined 11 year old. She had to grow up quickly when her younger brother Aydin was diagnosed with Intractable Epilepsy. Having witnessed her brother’s many seizures, Dilara decided that she wanted to do more than just watch what was happening to her brother, she wanted to help her brother. 

 Aydin Leamen, Ambassador
 Epilepsy Patient
​ Carion Fenn Foundation 

Chris Bovie is the External Relations Officer for Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. His work includes community and government relations, awareness, education and helping to reduce stigma and discrimination of mental illness. Prior to joining Ontario Shores he worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years. 

Symposium 7pm - 9pm (Rotary Room): 

Panel of experts, patients and community leaders discussing how mental health affects them and the community. Audience in the Rotary Room will have the ability to ask questions of each panelist.

Carion Fenn Foundation in partnership with Ajax Public Library

(55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8 Canada)

Frank Kennedy is a professional Social Worker & Counselor spans some 35 years in Mentoring and Counselor Supervisor. Frank has experience working in trauma, abuse, grief counselling, various forms of vistimization, family dynamics, child protection, conflict resolution, emotional regulation and marital issues affecting a wide range of cultures and socio-economic classes. Kennedy's Intervention Services. ​

Chris Bovie

External Relations Officer
Ontario Shores

Pt. Rabindranath Tiwari

Spiritual Leader
Sankat Mochan Hanuman
Mandir & Cultural Centre

Together We Are Stronger®

Dr. Barabara Perry

Professor, UOIT

President, Director of Education

PFLAG Canada Durham Region