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Government of Canada Bell Let's Talk Day 2022: Spotlight on Peer Support


Mental health continues to be a top-of-mind issue as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there is increased recognition of the key role of the workplace in supporting employee mental health and well-being.

This special event brings together subject matter experts and organizational representatives to explain how peer support, whether formal or informal, can help public servants navigate the psychological impacts of COVID-19 at work and at home.

Participants will learn about the benefits of workplace peer support programs and how to implement them, and will gain insights from organizations that have already done so.

This event is jointly organized by the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, the Canada School of Public Service, and the Federal Youth Network.

Opening Remarks

Christine Donoghue, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Closing Remarks

Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada


  • Catherine Lauzon, Director, Mental Health and Wellness, Health Canada
  • Armaghan Alam, Board Director, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and co-founder of the Canadian Peer Support Network
  • Allison Dunning, National Manager, Peer Support Canada
  • Jessica Ward-King, Ph.D., founding member of the Federal Speakers' Bureau on Healthy Workplaces


James Kendrick, Ph.D., APEX Executive, Applied Research and Leadership Centre of Excellence, Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada

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