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Charity # 802775791RR0001

Carion Fenn Foundation is a registered charity established to promote health by providing support services and resources for chronic disease management, while educating the public and those suffering with Syringomyelia and Chiari malformation about rare diseases. (2)

Liana Lane

Town Of Ajax, Resident

Carion Fenn Foundation presents it’s 2nd Annual Mental Health Forum in partnership with Ajax Public Library recognizing International Mental Health Awareness Day October 10, 2018. Join the discussion.

Village Eulogia is a Christian community for families with children and young adults with special needs. We provide year round programs and activities (including a summer retreat) for children, young adults, siblings and parents. We aim to strengthen relationships and family cohesion through acceptance and belonging.

 Spirituality is an important resource for individuals with disabilities and their families. It is our belief that focusing faithful attention on our unique gifts and the purpose of life, we can find a meaning for disability, a sense of hope and a more fulfilled life. (8)

The practitioners and therapists at Miranda Naturopathic Clinic offer a wealth of experience in treating the root cause of your health problems. Our goal is to inspire you to make positive nutritional and lifestyle choices in order to enjoy a healthier life.​ Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Functional Endocrinology. (11)

Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) is a charitable not-for-profit agency providing services and supports to individuals and families who are living with mental health concerns. Operating under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, staff work in partnership with clients, offering services that are person-centred and sensitive to individual needs. Services are offered at over 20 program locations by over 200 staff and include Crisis Response, Community Support, Mental Health Court Support, Peer Support, Family Support and Mental Health Court Support. (3)

Community Talk Speakers:

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (lim-FAN-je-o-LI-o-MI-o-ma-TO-sis) is a rare lung disease that usually strikes women during the prime of their lives. 

 The LAM Foundation urgently seeks safe and effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) through advocacy and the funding of promising research. We are dedicated to serving the scientific, medical and patient communities by offering information, resources and a worldwide network of hope and support. (7)

Experior Financial Group Inc.

Experior Financial Group Inc. is the Managing General Agent for entrepreneural-minded individuals. We help advisors build their team within the company. We provide expert financial advice to our clients with superior solutions. We build financial foundations for families that are long lasting. ​​(4)

I came from a very dysfunctional family. It didn't start out that way, in the beginning in pictures we looked perfect my mother worked for the government my father was back from the Korean War and joined the Toronto Police force. Two blonde haired blued kids. My parents looked like Doris day and Rock Hudson. We had a Swedish nanny and Jamaican maid. Somehow it crumbled fast my parents became alienated. My father took up mistresses and my mother began drinking heavily. It was discovered my brother had some type of emotional or mental development issue and a learning disability. From this point on, roughly for me the age of 7-8 we were unsupervised.

Esther Enyolu 

Executive Director, 

Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)

Keishia Facey founded Riddim Fitness Inc., in April 2014, bringing with her an extensive background in Afro-Caribbean dance, fitness instruction and best practices in mental health & wellness. As the director, Keishia applies her knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies alongside her background as mental health and fitness practitioner to develop programs that empower both children and adults. For the Beat of the Heart. For more information about community events, personal training, dance fitness classes, childrens dance and education program, rental spaces, or to join our adult or kids program please visit: or on social media: @RiddimFit (5)

In the early 1990s, there was no specific agency in Durham Region dealing with issues of violence against multicultural women, immigrant and refugee women in the region. A group of dedicated volunteers researched the best ways to meet the needs of these specific women. There was a need assessment and focus group sessions conducted with women from diverse backgrounds who experienced violence and abuse by Barbara Rahder and associates. Following the needs assessment and focus group sessions, participants recommended that a counselling centre was needed in the region. A counselling centre, the Women’s Rights Action Coalition of Durham (WRAC) was established in 1993. The name was changed to the Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC) in 2003 to more accurately reflect the agency’s services and target population. The organization’s aim is to provide culturally sensitive services to women, youth and children from diverse backgrounds. (6)

Monique Hughes

Durham Region, Resident

My name is Liana. I am 44 years old. I have 3 natural born children , 2 girls , 22 and 20 and a son 16. I also have a 23 year old niece I consider my daughter who I spent a great time helping raise after my brother died when she was 6 or 7.

October 10, 2018 5pm – 8:30pm

Location: Ajax Public Library (Main Branch) 55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8

Located in the heart of Ajax, the leading health professionals at Ajax Family Chiropractic are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives -- combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Dr. Michael Gauthier and Dr. Mark Kasiban are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. Patients seeking treatment at Ajax Family Chiropractic with Dr. Michael Gauthier and Dr. Mark Kasiban are assured of receiving only the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Dr. Michael Gauthier, and Dr. Mark Kasiban and the staff have a genuine concern for your well-being! (14)

Dreams & Wishes Children’s Charity

Dreams & Wishes Children’s Charity is a non-profit, Registered Charity (81403 2280 RR0001) aiming to preserve and create positive childhood memories by fulfilling ‘dreams & wishes’ made by children and families deemed underprivileged and in need.

We believe that every child should be able to cherish and experience positive childhood memories and granting their dreams and wishes will assist in developing and providing those positive memories. Financial and other socially stigmatizing and traumatic events should not prevent a child from having their dreams and wishes met. (1)

Our program is one of 14 Self-Management Programs across the Province of Ontario. We offer Self-Management training and workshops to participants, caregivers and health care professionals across the Central East Region. (15)

The Ajax Public Library is the gateway to information and resources that improve the quality of life, foster life-long learning, encourage community involvement, and meet the varying educational and social needs of all members of its communities, within available resources. (13)

Passport: 5PM - 6PM (Library Main Floor)
Community Talk: 6:15PM - 7:30PM

(Speakers & Q & A) Rotary Room
​Passport: 7:30PM - 8:30PM (Library Main Floor)

Esther is a trauma counsellor and a guest lecturer on violence against women and diversity issues. Her work is grounded in an integrated anti-racist/anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person's experience and realities of life are not fragmented and divided. Esther has been working in the human service field for over 30 years. She is a great advocate on violence against women, youth and children. In her work as the Executive Director of Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC), she is highly committed to ensuring that women, youth and children receive effective and efficient services; as well as maintaining a work environment that is free of any form of oppressions.

It is important to increase awareness and facilitate discussions about Mental Health within our communities. Our Forum will feature various community organizations to showcase the resources available to community members with speakers and a question & answer period for a healthier mental health. Featuring Women Multicultural Resources and Community Centre focusing on women abuse, Liana Lane, Ajax resident and Monique Hughes talking about everyday to difficult conversations. Visit our exhibitors of Organizations making an impact in our communities, listen to our featured speakers, ask questions and fill out a ballot to enter to win prizes.​

Carion Fenn

Event Host

Forum Exhibitors:

Colon Hydrotherapy Centre offers colonic services and nutritional consultation. We have been offering comfortable and effective colonics treatments since 2006. The therapist stays with you the whole time to make sure you have a safe experience. Our gravity fed colonic process uses a gentle infusion of warm filtered water to detoxify your colon. The treatments will not only cleanse your digestive tract, but also cleanse your liver and rejuvenate your immune system. (10)

META Vocational Services is committed to client-centered employment and vocational rehabilitation services in a team-oriented environment. Our team offers a full range of vocational and employment services. (9)

Ajax Family Chiropractic was established in 1998 by Dr. Michael Gauthier with the vision of serving Ajax and the surrounding areas in order to help alleviate pain and suffering with the mission of creating optimal health and wellness for everyone in your family. 

Monique has lived in Durham for the past 26 years and holds a biotechnology diploma at Centennial College. She owns both a travel agency and a cosmetics line business that aims to provide people of color access to specialized products. Monique serves as a volunteer for the Scarborough Blizzards Soccer Club, Kingsway Community Life Center, and the Women’s Health Center in Toronto. Monique Hughes was also the 2018 NDP Candidate in Ajax in the provincial election she endeavors to run again in 2022.

Carion Fenn is the President of the Carion Fenn Foundation, a Member of Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees, Board Quality Committee & Co-Chair Ajax Pickering Hospital Community Panel. Host of Health 180 with Carion Fenn on Rogers TV Durham. She is an Accessibility Advisor to Town of Ajax Council & Vice Chair on the Accessibility Advisory Committee. Carion is a member of the Jamaican Canadian Association and honoured to be selected for 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2018.

Our Mission at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir & Cultural Center is to provide a spiritual, peaceful and educational environment, a proper understanding of our ancient scriptures and religious practices, to preserve and teach the Vedic way of life of Sanatan Dharma called Hinduism to children, youth and adults.  An institution where people from all cultures and religions can learn about Hinduism. (12)