March 29, 2011
Media Release

Building a sound, safe and healthy workplace begins with you!

York Region hosts Workplace Wellness Conference
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will host a Workplace Wellness Conference on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. 
Leaders, managers, supervisors, labour representatives, wellness coordinators and human resource representatives from workplaces of all sizes across York Region are invited to attend this half-day workshop.  Attendees will learn about the workplace risk factors and protective factors that impact mental health, best practices in establishing mentally healthy workplace initiatives and how addressing these issues can improve compliance with the new provincial legislation around harassment and violence in the workplace (Bill 168).
WHEN:   Wednesday, May 4, 2011 
             8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Cardinal Golf Club
               2740 Davis Drive West (Highway 9 and Keele Street)
               Town of Newmarket
COST:    $50 per person (includes HST)
This year’s guest speaker, Donna Hardaker, is a Workplace Mental Health Specialist at Canadian Mental Health Association.  Donna is a consultant, master trainer and program developer for the award-winning “Mental Health Works program”.  This program helps organizations build psychologically-safe workplaces and implement strategies and approaches to improve their awareness, communication and effectiveness in dealing with complex situations where an employee has or may have a mental health disability.  Donna is also a contributor to the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Canadian Healthcare Manager, Moods Magazine, Network Magazine and CrossCurrents: the Journal of Addiction and Mental Health.
To register for this conference or for more information on the Workplace Wellness program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit
The registration deadline is Monday, April 11, 2011.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753

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