Beat the February Blues: Join AMI on a free, virtual walk through Ortigia, Sicily
Are you longing for sunshine and a visit to a place you’ve never been? Let AMI take you on a virtual guided walk through Ortigia, a tiny, magical island off the southern coast of Sicily. Tour guide Elisa Ottaviano will be with us to share her vast knowledge of the history and culture of this historic centre of ancient Syracuse, a UNESCO world heritage site.
What’s the idea behind this adventure?
We all know about the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, but it’s not always easy to find the time and motivation to get up and move. Yes, we will be on Zoom, but we won’t be sitting still: fitness instructor Maria Fragapane will get us up on our feet, keeping us moving during our hour-long virtual tour. You can participate in the physical part as much or as little as you choose from the comfort of your own home.
The event is free! Click here to register to join us on Sunday, February 13 at 10:30 am. Everyone who participates will be eligible for a door prize, too — a surprise souvenir of your short trip to Italy!
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact of racism, discrimination, and inequality on health and wellbeing, and increased our attention and interest in exploring ways for change. This is congruent with AMI’s interest in exploring diversity and possible ways to improve our own response to diverse communities.
On October 14th, Dr. Myrna Lashley, Renate Betts, and Shyam Pillai will address the intricate relations between racism, diversity and mental health from both their professional and lived experience.
Myrna Lashley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, is an internationally recognized clinical, teaching, and research authority in cultural psychology, serving as an expert consultant to various institutions, to the City of Montreal, and to government and non-governmental agencies at the Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal levels on issues of equity and inclusivity.
Renate Betts is the Executive Director of the Westhaven Elmhurst Community Recreation Association, which caters to children’s social, physical and self-empowerment needs, and helps them evolve and develop in a safe and secure environment. Working with youth from diverse backgrounds and being a child of mixed race provides rich insight into mental health challenges faced by racialized persons of different ages.
Shyam Pillai is a creative arts therapist and a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals, couples, families, and groups who are dealing with mental health issues, relational conflicts, and minor- ity stress issues in LGBTQI and folks of colour. He leads the Pride team at McGill University for students struggling with gender and sexuality issues.
Sean Henry, host of CBC’s Daybreak, will be our emcee.
Thursday, October 14, 7 pm
Online on Google Meet
Call 514-486-1448 for more information
2 for 1 on October 8th: Join us online for the Low-Beer Memorial Lecture & Awards presentation
Did you miss the 2020 Low-Beer lecture and Awards presentation? Watch the recordings by clicking on the links below.
Click HERE to view photos from our AMI Rocks! event that took place on October 16, 2019.
Did you miss the 2019 Low-Beer lecture? Fear not!
Hear author James FitzGerald’s family story and his suggestions to fix Canada’s broken mental health system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the event?
It will be on Zoom (not Google Meet). When you register, you will be sent a link.
Do I have to be present to win a prize?
Yes you do 🙂
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Email Diana: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the prizes?
Coming soon! But they’re going to be great.
Do I have to do the physical activity part?
Nope! While physical health and mental health are connected, we want you to participate as much or as little as you wish, or according to your capabilities. But we do encourage you to play along as you experience the tour.
Don’t worry, you won’t be on camera for everyone to see.