We are thrilled to announce the following Speakers & Performers for the 2019 March for Mental Health.
Charlie Angus has been the Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Timmins-James Bay since 2004. He is a member of the New Democratic Party and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and is the NDP Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Youth). Charlie recently tabled Parliamentary motion, M-174, which calls on the government to implement a national, evidence-based action plan to prevent suicide. You can read the motion and add your support here.
CHIEF R. STACEY LAFORME
R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over 18 years, being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme is committed to increasing involvement and communication between Elected Council and both on and off-reserve membership. He is very active throughout MCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet. His dedication to the land, history, language and culture of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation are helping to guide his First Nation towards a prosperous future.
DR. JAVEED SUKHERA
Dr. Javeed Sukhera is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, where he is also the Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), and Interim Chair, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He provides clinical consultation to the Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program, Paediatric Chronic Pain Program and Transcultural Mental Health Program.
Dr. Sukhera holds double-board certification in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and sits on several committees and councils at the local, provincial, national and international levels, including sitting as President-Elect of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. His research interests include mental illness stigma reduction, implicit bias in health professional education and facilitating authentic youth and community engagement with the health sector.
ASANTE HAUGHTON & D-SISIVE
V4MHC board member, caregiver, poet & rapper Asante Haughton and rapper D-Sisive (aka Derek Christoff) recently collaborated on a track for the new documentary web series Cypher. The track was inspired by D-Sisive’s experiences with depression and addiction, and both he and Asante hope it will help de-stigmatize mental health issues. Check out the video above, then see them perform live at this year’s March for Mental Health!