The WestView Health Centre Foundation believes it is important to take care of those who take care of us.
Therefore, the Foundation is inviting frontline workers and their spouses to the inaugural First Responder Wellness Event at Heritage Park in Stony Plain on Thursday, Jun. 8.
The event is open to first responders from across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. It aims to facilitate conversations of shared experiences and mental health and wellness among peers in a non-emergent environment.
“Our board of directors made the decision to move forward and host the event in light of everything (first responders) have experienced because of COVID-19 and even more so in recent months and days,” said Tammy Brent, Executive Director, WestView Health Centre Foundation.
Through a series of guest speakers and presenters, the First Responder Wellness Event will create meaningful engagement and raise awareness of ongoing recovery and resources (peer and organizational) available to the region’s frontline workers.
The event’s keynote speaker is Daniel Sundahl, a published artist and writer whose work raises awareness about mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Additional speakers will include Dr. Johanna Pagonis, Gary and Colette Benoit (Benoit Wellness Consulting), Matt Petrie (In Touch Psychology), Christine Sinclair (MVMT Yoga Collective), Chantel White (Equine Reflections), and a representative from OSI-CAN.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. within Heritage Park’s Spruce Grove Hall. Tickets cost $25 and include a complimentary lunch.
The WestView Health Centre Foundation is a registered non-profit foundation working to support health and wellness initiatives in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County. Since 1983, the Foundation has been committed to raising and directing funds to purchase equipment and support programming at WestView Health Centre with the overall goal of promoting health and wellness in the Tri-Region. The WestView Health Centre currently services a population of 90,000 residents in the Tri-Region.
To purchase tickets for the First Responder Wellness Event, visit eventbrite.ca.
“We want to create awareness for our frontline workers and the experiences they face on a daily basis because of their job,” said Brent.