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Frank Kennedy, Counselor

KISI Intervention Counselling

David Clarke

Coordinator of Communications and Training, Durham Mental Health Services


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.


Questions (Audience)

Resilience Break Away Session with Speakers: 30 Minutes


Questions: (Audience)

Chris Bovie

External Relations Officer
Ontario Shores

Carion Fenn Foundation presents it’s First Annual Mental Health Symposium in partnership with Ajax Public Library and Lakeridge Health, recognizing Mental Health Awareness Week. 

David Clarke is Coordinator of Communications and Training with Durham Mental Health Services. He has worked locally in community mental health for over 20 years as a case worker, a program supervisor, and now in his current role. David has delivered educational presentations to organizations including Ontario Shores for Mental Health Sciences, the Ontario Ministry of Revenue, the Region of Durham, and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

Aydin & Dilara Leamen,

Youth Ambassadors
Carion Fenn Foundation 

Carion Fenn is the President of the Carion Fenn Foundation and Host of Health 180 with Carion Fenn on Rogers TV Durham, an Award-Winning inclusiveness and accessibility patient advocate. Carion is a Member of Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees, Board Quality Committee & Co-Chair Ajax Pickering Hospital Community Panel. She is an Accessibility Advisor to Town of Ajax Council 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. 

Frank Kennedy is a registered social worker in Ontario. Frank’s tenure as a social worker is in excess of 30 years of practice in family work, child protection, clinical supervision, mentoring of other social workers, counselling in trauma, various forms of victimization, family functioning, child protection, emotional regulation, grief counselling etc., affecting a wide range of cultures and socio-economic groups.

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. 

Carion Fenn


Symposium May 8, 2018 5pm - 8pm

Location: Ajax Public Library (Main Branch) Rotary Room

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

Join the discussion!

It is important to increase awareness and facilitate discussion about Mental Health within our communities. Mental Health is a disability like all other disabilities. Our Symposium will feature a panel of speakers, break away session talking about Resilience and how to build your Resilience from the point of view of the regular Joe, patients, mental health organizations, doctor and youths.

Listen to our panel members speak, ask questions, participate in our break away session about resilience, enjoy light refreshments and fill out a ballot to enter to win prizes. 

Paul McGary 

Director, Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program

Lakeridge Health

Dr. Barabara Perry

President, Director of Education

PFLAG Canada Durham Region

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. 

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.