6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd (one block north of Yonge & Eglinton)
Self-Help Awareness Week runs from September 24-30 across Ontario. In
the GTA we kick off Tuesday September 26 with a free event called
Self-Help Success Stories. Come hear inspirational stories from
people who have overcome great challenges by participation in self-help
and support groups. Open to self-help group members, leaders,
professionals in related fields, or anyone who would like to learn more
about the benefits of self-help. Our speakers include the following:
- Barry Shainbaum is a photographer, author, speaker and radio talk
show host who considers himself cured of bipolar disorder. Currently,
through the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, he facilitates a
support group for men dealing with depression.
- Dena Lynn: For the last few years, Dena, a single mother of
two, has been regaining control over her life while living with
fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome. With the assistance of several
support groups, she now describes herself as being "new and improved."
- Janet MacNeil: After a twenty year career in Human
Resources, Janet experienced debilitating symptoms and was diagnosed
with MS. She subsequently became involved with the MS Society where she
facilitates two support groups, attends a third group, and continues to
raise two of her remaining four children who are still at home.
- Aaron Bacher: Aaron is a six-year survivor of prostate cancer,
having had Brachytherapy (seed implants) on February 15, 2000. He has
been chairman of the Toronto Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group,
the largest such group in Canada, since June 2002.