The Keep Connected podcast is all about connections! Join CMHA-WECB Mental Health Educators Jenny-Lee Almeida and Ewelina Horochowik as they Keep Connected in the community through stories, peers, support, community, arts, research, and much more in hopes of creating a social movement where we end the stigma related to mental health and mental illness and build a suicide safer YQG community. We have linked each episode to our YouTube page, but you can also listen anywhere you get your podcasts.
Episode 7: 2020 Recap
Join Jenny-Lee Almeida and Ewelina Horochowik as they check in and recap their journey with the podcast from it’s debut in April.
Episode 6: Peter Corio, Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation
Peter is the Director of Public Relations at the Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation. They talk about the inspiration behind the founding of the organization, their message to the community, the resources available at the House itself, their on-going programming and how the work being done is changing lives in the community.
Episode 5: Frank Renaud & Marcel Ugoh
This episode covers a variety if topics: from the pressure to perform in their football playing days to managing expectations and perceptions of people to adjusting to life post-retirement due to differing reasons. Listen in as they share their own unique experiences and personal insight as professional athletes and inspiring human beings with extraordinary skills, courage and resilience.
Episode 4: Ashleigh Watson, Housing Manager, Salvation Army
Jenny-Lee and Ewelina check in with Ashley about her role in the organization, the new challenges that come with operating in the post-COVID normal, her mental well-being tips and strategies as well as her foodie blog, “Sweet Up!”.
Episode 3: Tina Szymczak, Spirited Blessings
Jenny-Lee and Ewelina talk with Disability Advocate, Motivational Speaker and Author, Tina Szymczak. Tina has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to advocacy, parenting children with disabilities as well as mental health (her won and her children), and infertility. As a mom and advocate, Tina is passionate about inclusion and her core intrinsic belief that she lives each and every day is that every individual deserves to live a full and engaging life in their home community.
Episode 2: Nathalie Begin, Gutsy Feeling
Jenny-Lee and Ewelina are joined by Nathalie Begin (@gtusyfeeling) and discuss the things she has learned about herself from living with Crohn’s Disease from 12+ years and discuss how her experience has taught her ways to thrive in life despite setbacks.
Episode 1: Keep Connected
In this first episode, CMHA-WECB Mental Health Educators Jenny-Lee Almeida and Ewelina Horochowik introduce themselves, their role at CMHA, their passion for mental health and the premise for the Keep Connected podcast.