Join WIFT Canada for Ask the Experts: Our Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era

Job loss and economic uncertainty, enormous childcare burdens, depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, family conflict, domestic violence, substance abuse - COVI-19 is disproportionately impacting women - especially women of colour - in a variety of ways and harming our mental health. 

Join our panel of mental health experts for helpful, practical, self-care solutions for you and your family.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 2 p.m. AST

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for our experts in advance. Your identity will remain anonymous. 

Click here to register for the event.

Jayde Tynes: Moderator

African Nova Scotian and Indigenous storyteller Jayde Tynes began her career in media as the Diversity and Outreach Programming Coordinator with CKDU 88.1FM in Halifax. Her passion for creative storytelling has spawned from her African and Indigenous roots. To complement her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University, she completed her second bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of King’s College. Afterward, she joined CBC Nova Scotia as a reporter and associate producer. In 2017 she launched an independent podcast titled My Blackness, My Truth where she was both producer and host. The podcast provides listeners with frank and candid conversations about race and identity, with a special focus on the African Nova Scotian experience. You can listen to My Blackness, My Truth on iTunes and Google Play. 

She is currently combining her education and experience to find new ways to develop and promote storytelling within her communities. In the spring of 2020 she produced, wrote and narrated a soundwalk titled “Walking Gottingen”. A project funded by the Inspirit Foundation that highlighted the direct impact gentrification is having on long-term residents of Gottingen St. Her work has been featured on Common Dreams, Star Metro Halifax, Diagnol, The Coast: Halifax’s Weekly News Paper, Popular Resistance, The Signal, Signal Radio, Information Morning NS and CBC Online. 

She received her introduction into scripted television as the producer’s assistant on CBC’s Diggstown. She is previously mentored under Diggstown Showrunner and Creator Floyd Kane. During season 2 of Diggstown she mentored under Seed and Trailer Park Boy’s executive producer Karen Wentzell. Currently, she is working with the National Film Board Atlantic & Quebec as their associate producer. Through this new role, she is taking on a new challenge by simultaneously producing documentaries and short animations under the guidance of NFB producer Rohan Fernando. 

Before making her splash in media, she has been organizing and participating in social justice activism in Nova Scotia for over 11 years. In 2015 she founded the non-profit The Bridging Bus, which took a group of African Nova Scotian change-makers to Washington, DC to learn disruptive impact strategies, directly from the Black Lives Matter DC. In 2018 she organized a group that brought African Nova Scotia youth to Accra, Ghana to participate in the 2018 African Youth and Governance Conference.  Now, she is combining her community outreach experience and passion for ensuring equitable representation as the Membership Director of Women in Film and Television - Atlantic. 

Carole Sandy

MEd Counselling, MSc. (A) Couple and Family, R.S.W & Coach

Carole Sandy is a multi-faceted clinical therapist who workswith individuals, couples, and families.  Through her various counselling services, she assists people in breaking generational hurts by helping individuals and families discover their strengths. 

Carole supports her clients in establishing meaningful connections that build supportive conversations, through self-evaluation while processing difficult emotions. She believes that individuals and couples are the experts of their lives and her role is to support them as they discover why they become stuck and what they uniquely bring to the relationship.

Dr Yamam Abuzinadah (PhD)MA(Cons)BA(Soc), Cert4(TA), MACA

Dr Yamam has extensive experience as a counsellor and mental health educator in different areas. She worked within different international organisations in Australia, Canada and the Middle East, that support Family Relationships, mental health recovery and rehabilitation, multicultural clients, and International Student’s challenges. She has a PhD in mental health and a master’s in social health and counselling from Australia. She is also a certified wellness coach, hypnotherapist, and a Principle Master Instructor of Mental Health First Aid Australia. Before moving to Canada, Dr Yamam worked as a counselor, psychotherapist and social worker.  She currently runs a virtual community counselling clinic that supports migrant, refugees and newcomers in Australia, Canada and the Middle East for nominal fees. She is passionate about raising awareness around mental health issues, and helping women/POC find their voice and strength in the face of adversities.

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