Youth, Mental Health, Addictions and Town Hall Panel

Feb 27, 2019

Wednesday | February 27 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm Access Fort Garry in the Education Room

135 Plaza Drive


Panelist Carmyn is president of Paradigm Insurance. She has focused in the life insurance industry for over 15 years. Her current practice focuses on delivering an elite life insurance strategy for ultra high net worth individuals across Canada. In 2014 she established her own charitable foundation called The Upside Down Tree. It was created with the vision of helping turn small charities upside down. The foundation identifies charities that are small, passionate and hard working and helps them through mentorship, connections, and business expertise to get them off the ground. The Upside Down Tree has raised over $1,000,000 for Canadian charities helping change countless lives both within the Winnipeg community and worldwide. Her latest initiative is being a leader in driving change in children’s mental health building a national kids mental health centre in Winnipeg.

Panelist Tara Brousseau Snider is the Executive Director for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. She is Vice-Chair of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. Tara has a therapy practice with Recovery of Hope, Eden Health Services. Tara believes passionately in the strength of peer support and that we all find hope and recovery through our connections and attachment to each other. Tara currently serves as a Board member for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and chairs the School Committee. Tara has a Masters of Arts in Counselling and Psychology from Yorkville University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.

Panelist Jenny Edwards is a registered social worker with 20 years working in the field of child protection in Winnipeg. Jenny received her bachelor of social work from the University of Manitoba in 1999 and since that time has enjoyed working alongside children and families to find and enhance their strengths and connections within their communities. Jenny is also getting on the job training by raising two teenage daughters in this fast paced and ever evolving world.

Panelist Aly Raposo received her Bachelor's degree at the University of Manitoba in 2018. During the past few years Aly has worked tirelessly to advocate for mental health and has been an invited speaker, facilitator and a researcher in this field. Aly currently acts as the Women's and Youth Programming Director for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba where she facilitates her own workshops and provides coping skills to at risk youth and women. Aly has earned some tremendous awards including: the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award, 2018; CBC Manitoba Future 40 Finalist, 2017; YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award, 2017; and the Achievement Award. Aly was listed as one of the 8 Influential Millennials in Winnipeg to Watch in 2017 and was nominated for CAMH Difference Makers in 2017 and shortlisted for CAMH Face of Mental Health in 2016. Also, Aly was recently appointed to the City of Winnipeg’s First Human Rights Committee of Council.

Emcee, Sarah Guillemard is a member of the Progressive Conservative Party and has served as Legislative Assistant in the department of Health, Seniors and Active Living. Sarah has a personal connection to Mental Health for youth.

Location: Access Fort Garry (Education Room)

Street: 135 Plaza Dr.