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Carion Fenn Foundation presents its 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium in partnership with Ajax Public Library, Lakeridge Health and Ajax Home Week.

Helen Manohararaj, B.ScN., M.Sc., NP-PHC, ENC(C), has over a decade of emergency medicine and mental health experience. She is currently nurse practitioner lead for Lakeridge Health’s Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics and treats patients at the Pinewood Centre, Lakeridge Health’s residential addictions treatment service.

Helen began practicing as a nurse practitioner at Oshawa Hospital’s inpatient mental health unit. Recently, Helen developed the nurse practitioner addiction role at the RAAM clinic, focussed on strengthening partnerships among emergency physicians, addiction specialists and primary care providers in Durham Region. Featured in the Globe and Mail in 2018, the RAAM clinic is a recognized leading practice for addictions treatment. Over 500 people have been supported by this walk-in model since the Oshawa RAAM clinics opened in January 2018. In addition to her clinical work, Helen provides observership opportunities to allied health professionals and medical residents. Her international experience includes providing primary care to street youth and other populations in Zambia.

Helen Manohararaj

Nurse Practitioner

Mental Health & Societal Stress

​​Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinics

Lakeridge Health

Olga Lambert

Computer Analyst 

​Surviving Cancer (Patient Story)

Jim has lived in Ajax since 2006 with his wife and 3 daughters. Jim owns and operates the automotive dealership VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ajax. Graduating from the University of Toronto with an Economics Degree, he worked with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) for 18 years and moved to the retail automotive space in 2008. Jim has always had a strong community focus. He truly believes that “giving back” to our local community is an obligation on part of businesses and enjoys striving to make our community better every day. He is known for his various levels of community support. He is a Director on the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation Board and is an active member of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade’s Government Relations Committee. In 2015, VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC proudly was awarded the Board of Trade – Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year (50+ Employees). In 2017, while maintaining his dealership in Ajax, Jim assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for the NewRoads Automotive Group in York Region, where he is responsible for the overall operations of 7 additional dealership.

In her professional life Olga Lambert is a computer and telecom analyst but her other passion is in community volunteerism. She has been involved in diverse community organizations across Durham and the GTA for the past 24 years.  She volunteers or held position on the board of non-profit organizations in area of Income Tax; Women advocacy; Economic Development; Community Credit Union; Municipality By-Laws; Cultures & Heritage.

Olga is also a health advocate, in 2017 she was named as an Ambassador for ABC [After Breast Cancer] a charitable organization which provides services and assist Breast Cancer survivors before their surgery and post treatments. Olga herself had Breast Cancer in 2009 and went to have 2 other cancers in the last 10 years. She is a three times Cancer survivor. She has made it her new mission to bring awareness to people to be pro-active and self-advocate of their health care.

55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8

Main Branch, Rotary Room

Sophia Bishop


Elevated Living

Personal Effectiveness

Dr Meera Pandompatam BSc, MD, DNM®
Ayurvedic Practitioner & Medical Liaison

Ayurveda Mental Health Healing​​

I graduated from McGill University where I earned my medical degree (M.D.). My journey took me to South Africa and South India to work in HIV/AIDS medicine, and also locally across Ontario as a post graduate trainee. I worked with patients with complex conditions, including cancer, rare diseases, unknown diagnoses, and mental health conditions; providing medical guidance and advocacy.

I studied the powerful mind-body healing system, Ayurveda, for 3 years, in Canada and India. I am grateful to Ayurveda in healing my own health issues including palpitations, chronic insomnia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis. My profound healing experiences have inspired me to share this wisdom with everyone.

Striving to heal patients by melding Ayurveda with modern medical expertise, while holding true to the ancient practice, has become my life’s work. I practice in a beautiful clinic, Dhaya Integrative Health, in Pickering, Ontario, focusing on mental health.

TIFIDIN Tea was founded by Sophia Bishop as an extension of her love for collecting quotes and her belief in the power of words. TIFIDIN Tea is a health and wellness lifestyle teas that facilitate personal reflection and shared deliberation. Featuring messages that engage, educate and entertain. TIFIDIN Teas can be customized with a personal message, image or company logo. It is a premiere source for inspirational, gifts and events.  Presentation: July 13, 2017. 

Savanah is a front-line crisis counsellor at two Oshawa shelters for violence against women as well as at mental health crisis beds program. She has been in the field for over 3 years and gained insight and experience in the impact of personal issues that result from social problems.

Having lived, studied, and worked in Durham Region all her life, Savanah has taken interest in her community and the impacts of societal stress on some of our most vulnerable populations. Now completing her degree in Social Work at York University, Savanah believes in coming from a feminist, anti-discriminatory practice to reduce barriers and increase well-being for all members of our communities. 

Savanah Watters, SSW, ADMH

Front-line worker

​​​Women & Children Abuse

The Denise House

Jim VanDusen
Chief Operating Officer

Workplace Stress

​New Roads Automotive Group & VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC​​

Join the discussion on Societal Stress!

Our Annual Mental Health Symposium will feature a panel of speakers, exhibitors and a break away session talking about social stress, relationships with others, and social environments. Our speakers will focus on day-to-day life and how social environments can affect our social behaviours. Listen to our panel members, ask questions, participate in our break away session, and enjoy light refreshments. Don’t forget to fill out an entry ballot to win some great prizes.