Today marked my first speaking engagement as an official member of the Partners for Mental Health Speakers Bureau. I had the pleasure of meeting with employees at the Competition Bureau of Canada to promote Partners and our Not Myself Today workplace mental health campaign.
I was warmly greeted by our host, Mergers Branch Associate Deputy Commissioner Ann Wallwork and her team, and was pleasantly surprised to see Public Affairs Branch Deputy Commissioner Pierre Leduc take time out of his busy schedule to join us for the full presentation as well. Ms Wallwork is also the Bureau’s Champion for this year’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).
Today’s testimonial had special meaning for me, as it was an opportunity to share my story of lived experience with general anxiety and chronic depression to fellow colleagues in the federal public service. It was particularly timely in that, federal government departments across the country are preparing to launch their annual GCWCC. As such, I certainly couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity to plug Partners for Mental Health as a national registered charity to whom GCWCC contributions could be pledged to, and put to good use to help transform the way Canadians think about, and act towards, people living with mental illness.
I’m happy to share the PowerPoint Slide Show and accompanying speaking notes used during this morning’s presentation, and look forward to undertaking future speaking engagements on behalf of Partners for Mental Health.
UPDATE: I was touched to receive the following testimonial from the event organizer:
“You were fantastic! Your story touched everyone, and it helped to bring about a greater awareness for this very important area. Your presentation resonated with everyone, and I have heard nothing but great responses and praises – from senior management, managers/supervisors, and employees alike – for the opportunity to hear you speak. The generosity you showed by sharing with us your personal experiences was incredible, and on behalf of the Competition Bureau, I would like to thank you for that. […] your work was second to none! Thanks so much for helping us to successfully launch our Mental Health Awareness Initiative here at the Bureau. You are inspiring, and it has been an absolute pleasure meeting you.”
– Christine M., Competition Bureau of Canada