Hong Fook Mental Health Association
(36 members – Alan Lam, Cecilia Yung, Cici Ho, Clara Lee, Derek Du, Elsa Chu, Emillie Nguyen, Erica Wan, Hearan Jin, Jade Zhang, Jason Wong, John Huang, Joseph Shan, Julia Mo, Katie Chen, Kim Nguyen, Kitty Wong, Kyeong Won, Linda Wen, Liping Peng, Mei Cai, Michael Wong, Mony Mok, Moshe Sakal, Na Young Suh, Quoc Truong, Rita No, Sandy Koo, Sauwai Cheung, Sha Sha Shen,Soyeon Kang, Sunny Siu,Tweety Yuen,Van Truong, Vicky Liu, Zita Long).
Hong Fook’s Culturally Competent Recovery College is the first of its kind in Canada to adapt the innovative Recovery College model in a culturally appropriate, language-specific way. The blend of personal and professional experience in mental health underpins the work of this team, consisting of mental health workers, management and support staff, and a range of peer positions for individuals with lived experience, including peer coach, peer supporter workers and peer supporters.
Since the launch of this College in 2019 and throughout the pandemic, the team have collaboratively realigned their work and efforts to this service model with a better focus on empowering peers to lead their recovery lives and contributing to others’ recovery journey, while compassionately taking care of each other to cope with their own burnout and COVID fatigue faced by the significantly increasing community demands and long wait time for clinical services.
The well-trained 20+ peer supporters are valuable asset, which not only reduces the perceived power imbalances between staff and clients that are often found in mental health service delivery, but also addresses the workplace retention and recruitment issues, especially to staff serving racialized communities that are required to understand the community and those being served.
2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Media Advisory: Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognizes leaders in social service sector
November 23, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Media are invited to a celebration of the social services sector’s leadership, partnership, dedication, innovation and creativity as the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards return on November 25 after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19. Stories of resiliency, fortitude and innovation will be shared at the hybrid event as five team awards and 10 individual awards will be awarded to frontline employees from United Way Greater Toronto’s network of agencies who served over 2 million people last year in Peel, Toronto and York.
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Format: Virtual via Zoom or in person for photography and videography
The awards ceremony will include:
- A keynote address by The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
- Emcee Daniele Zanotti, CEO of United Way Greater Toronto
- Remarks by Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Raksha M.Bhayana of the Bhayana Family FoundationMedia interested in attending this event, please contact:Lindsay Kwan
Communications Manager, United Way Greater Toronto email@example.com
Run of Show
Times are approximate
12:15–12:30: Guests Arrive
12:30–1:00: Buffet Lunch (in person)
1:00–1:10: Zoom goes live
1:10–1:15: Daniele Zanotti (UWGT President & CEO) welcomes guests (in person and on Zoom) and introduces Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen
1:15–1:20: Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks (via Zoom)
1:20–1:23: Daniele thanks Minister Hussen and introduces Rocco Rossi
1:23–1:26: Rocco Rossi speaks
1:26–1:28: Daniele thanks Rocco Rossi and introduces Raksha Bhayana
1:28–1:32: Raksha speaks
1:32–2:02 Daniele presents Individual awards
2:02–2:05: Daniele congratulates the individual winners and introduces impact story presenters
2:05–2:08: Impact story #1
2:08–2:11: Impact story #2
2:11–2:30: Daniele thanks speakers and introduces the Team Awards
2:30–2:33: Daniele presents closing remarks and congratulates all
2:33–3:00: Guests mingle and depart