2019 Living with Mental Illness Conference

2019 LWMIC Agenda


8:30 - 9:00 am          Check-in

​9:00 - 9:15 am          Welcome

Liz Letwiniuk, LWMIC Committee Chair

Zoe Teed McKay, Director, Mental Health & Addiction Services

Arla Gustafson, RUH Foundation & Donors

9:15 - 10:30 am       Family Panel

Schizophrenia Society Partnership Program:   
Stories of Recovery for Mental Illness

10:30 - 10:45 am     Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm    Keynote Speaker Jay Semko

Jay Semko is known internationally as singer / bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, and as an award winning music composer for numerous film & TV productions, including the syndicated series "Due South". He is considered one of Canada's premiere singer / songwriters, with 10 solo albums released, and has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music. Jay has recently released a new solo album, entitled "Never Sent" - a collection of 10 new songs, and in June 2018 he and the other members of the Northern Pikes were presented with the SOCAN Classic Award for their single "She Ain't Pretty" receiving over 100,000 plays on Canadian radio. Jay continues to tour across Canada with the Northern Pikes and as a solo acoustic artist, sharing his songs, stories, and adventures from his life in music, as well as his personal journey. For more information about Jay go to www.jaysemko.com.

12:00 - 1:00 pm        Lunch

1:00 - 1:20 pm          Presentation: Family Program

1:20 - 1:30 pm          * Breakout Session Room Change *

1:30 - 2:30 pm          Breakout Session 1 

Bipolar Disorder - Dr. Sarah Fagnou & Dr. Kristen Edwards       
Schizophrenia - Dr. Anjena Gandham & Dr. Lee-Anne Gilecki

Concurrent Disorders - Barbara Papp, BA, CACCF & Lynette Blakely, RPN
Anxiety Disorders - Dr. Amy Robson-MacKay
Depression - Dr. Adam Tancred             

2:30 - 2:45 pm       * Breakout Session Room Change*

2:45 - 3:45 pm          Breakout Session 2

Bipolar Disorder -  Dr. Sarah Fagnou & Dr. Kristen Edwards  

Personality Disorders - Dr. Kyle Riou & Dr. David Chong 
Concurrent Disorders -  Barbara Papp, BA, CACCF, & Lynette Blakely, RPN
Anxiety Disorders - Dr. Amy Robson-MacKay

Depression -  Dr. Adam Tancred             

3:45 - 4:00 pm          Wrap up & Evaluations  

Evaluations are on each table- please complete as your input helps us with future planning

Jay Semko in performance
Jay Semko in performance

Child & Adolescent Sessions 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Child Sessions (Ages 9-12 ) - Meet outside of Galaxy Room at 12:45

Children may have many questions and worries when someone in their family has a mental illness. They may ask, “Did I do something wrong? or, “Will I catch it?” 

​This session will help children between the ages of 9 and 12 find answers to some of these questions. 

Children will learn about mental illness using workbooks, games, and talking. Part of the afternoon will be spent discussing feelings and developing a variety of coping skills.


​ ​No fee- snacks provided!

Adolescent Sessions - Meet outside of Galaxy Room at 12:45

When someone has a mental illness, it can mean many different things.
When family members, friends, or people you care about suffer from a mental illness there can be a lot of changes in their lives that can affect you. Family members or friends may seem different, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about you.
Some of the info to be covered: What about me? Exactly!!! You have your own stuff to deal with. Taking care of yourself is very important – we have some ideas – “please share yours”
When should I ask for support and where do I go to get it?
Learn more about different mental illnesses
Meet others who are in similar situations
​Share what has worked for you and find out what has been helpful for others 

No Fee- snacks provided!