Education & Events

Mental Health & Wellness Forum

Livestream Event


About the Forum

Workplace fatigue, stress, bullying, and burnout are issues we have heard about repeatedly that continue to affect us all. For municipal professionals who hold complex roles and responsibilities serving on the frontlines of their communities, these issues are no exception and are often exacerbated by external factors (the pandemic, financial and socio-economic pressures, provincial regulations and legislation, and/or the recent municipal elections to name a few). To help address some of these mental health challenges in the sector, we are proud to present an all-new virtual Mental Health & Wellness Forum in collaboration with the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA).

This Forum will provide insights, tools, tips and strategies from a variety of mental health and wellness experts with first-hand knowledge and experience in combating mental health challenges. Discover new ideas and information to help support you in your mental health and wellness journey. Join us virtually in a safe space to openly discuss issues that affect us all and learn how you can foster resiliency and improve relationships in your personal and professional life.

Note: Topics discussed at this Forum may be triggering or sensitive to some individuals. 

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2023

Time8:30 AM - 3:40 PM ET 




Understanding and Surviving Mental Health Injuries

Presented by: Boyd Merrill, Lead Presenter/Owner, Think About It Productions Inc. & Retired Staff Sargent, RCMP
Boyd will talk personally and frankly about surviving and understanding mental health and related work injuries from a research and deeply personal perspective. He’ll share some of his experience dealing with mental health challenges serving on the frontlines of law enforcement and more specifically, will explain the challenges around anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and related topics that are often portrayed incorrectly by the media. Boyd aims to provide information through knowledge-sharing and experience, but most of all, wants to provide hope to those who may be struggling with their mental health.

Boyd has been giving understanding and hope to those suffering from mental injuries and challenges since early 2018 when he retired from the RCMP after 30 years service. He holds a vast amount of knowledge from both a research perspective and through his own, personal lived experience. In all of his talks, empathy, understanding, and most importantly, survival are fundamental key messages.




*Agenda subject to change.
Please note that session topics may be triggering or sensitive to some - individuals who may be uncomfortable are welcome to disconnect at any time. 

To view the full agenda click here.




This event is available via live streaming. Prior to the event, you will be e-mailed a secure link to access the event.

  • Livestreaming Rate: $197.75
All rates above include HST

AMCTO is offering this event over the Zoom platform, and can be viewed on computers, tablets and mobile phones. Please check the Zoom Requirements to ensure your device is capable of using Zoom. The link to access the event will be provided to registrants before the event date.

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Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A cancellation charge of $113.00 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to seven (7) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than seven (7) business days prior to the holding of the session


Emily Anne Opala
Bilingual Mental Health Trainer and Facilitator, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario

Roee Ben-Eli
Director, Strategic Programs, TELUS Health Virtual Care

Karen Babcock
Manager, Family and Income Stability, City of Brantford

Brittany Dunlop
Manager, Wellness & Benefits, York Region

Becky Lala
Manager-Family & Income Stability, City of Brantford

Geoff Clarke
General Manager, Corporate Services, City of Cornwall

Shivi Darubra
Project Manager/Professor/Author, City of Vaughan/Seneca

Edward Darling
Learning and Development Coordinator, Brantford/Family and Income Stability

Terri-Ann Witwicki
Manager, Program Integrity & Education, Regional Municipality of York

Lorena Krasnai Caprar
Manager of Human Resources/Health and Safety, County of Brant

Chris Wray
Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Black River-Matheson