The Faculty of Health at York University is pleased to host the
2019 Dr. Eric Jackman Lecture &
York University Psychology Clinic 10th Anniversary
Nurturing Mental Health Resiliency
Olympian, Inspirational Speaker and Author
Rising to the challenges of life through mental health and wellness
The Honourable Michael Kirby
Former Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Openness, inclusion and essential next steps
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Regular $ 10.00
Students: $ 5.00
Seniors $ 5.00
Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre
Accolade East, York University
From broken bones and shredded muscle to Olympic glory… Silkens story is one of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit.
In May 1992, just 10 weeks before the Olympic Games, Silken Laumann was injured in a brutal rowing accident that left her right leg shattered and useless. Reigning world champion in Single Sculls rowing, Silken was told by doctors she might never row again.
Twenty-seven days, five operations, and countless hours of gruelling rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her shell, ready to pursue her Olympic dream. When the starters pistol rang out on August 2, 1992, Silken made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, winning the bronze medal for Canada, and capturing the hearts of a nation.
Silken retired from rowing in 1999 with three Olympic medals, and since then has continued to inspire, encouraging people to dream, live in the moment and embrace failure as a stepping stone to success.
The Honourable Michael Kirby has had a distinguished career in public service, holding numerous senior appointments in the civil service.
Dr. Kirby was summoned to the Senate of Canada in 1984 and retired in 2006, after 22 years of service. From 1999-2006, he chaired the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Under his leadership, the Committee produced 11 health care reports, including the first-ever national report on mental health, mental illness and addiction.
One of the key recommendations was the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As inaugural Chair of the Commission, Dr. Kirby oversaw the production of Canada’s first national mental health strategy.
In March 2012, he resigned as Chair of the Commission to become the inaugural Chair of Partners for Mental Health, Canada’s first national social movement in support of mental health and an organization he created in order to mobilize thousands of Canadians in support of improving mental health services.
Dr. Kirby returns after being a part of the opening celebration of the York University Psychology Clinic, to join in the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.