OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #401 July 14, 2014

Highlights include: OPDI’s Lighthouse Awards; Upcoming OPDI Internship Webinar; Note the Date: OPDI PEER SUPPORT CONFERENCE; OPDI Seeks Board Members; and A Survey for Peer Supporters, Peer Volunteers, and Employers of Peer Supporters.Niagara Region Mental Health and Addictions Charter; Police Records Checks; Data for Hospital Stays for Mental Health; Psychosis Conference Organizers' Letter; News; and More.


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1. OPDI Lighthouse Awards

We are pleased to attach the poster, brochure and nomination forms for individuals and organizations for the Fifth Annual OPDI Lighthouse Awards.  Please forward these on to your staff, board, members, clients and others in your network of people involved in the mental health and addictions system throughout Ontario.

Please feel free to print off a copy or two and post to your bulletin boards.

2. Upcoming OPDI Internship Webinar
Our next Internship webinar date is Wednesday, July 24, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.  If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials™ Program and have received a level 1R you are invited to join if you wish.  If this time does not work for you there will be other webinars offered.  If you would like to attend the Internship webinar please email opdi@opdi.org with your name, the date and city of your training and the information to login will be sent to you.

3. Save the Date: OPDI Peer Support Conference

Ontario Peer Development Initiative's PEER SUPPORT CONFERENCE will take place October 6 and 7 in Toronto.

4. OPDI Seeks Board Members (repeat)

OPDI is currently seeking Board members.  In accordance with OPDI's by-laws, Board members must be a member in good standing of an OPDI member organization. If you are interested, please see the attached nomination letter and application.  Please forward this email to consumer members, staff or directors of your organization whom you think would be interested and whom you can support as excellent board candidates.

The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2014.

5. A Survey for Peer Supporters, Peer Volunteers, and Employers of Peer Supporters (repeat)

TaylorNewberry Consulting is conducting for OPDI a survey of Ontario peer support workers and volunteers in order to inform our representation of the voice and needs of peer support.  Please share this link (by forwarding this issue of NewsToGo) with anyone you know who is working in a peer support role, whether paid or volunteer, IN ONTARIO ONLY:

We have enclosed a letter to explain the purpose of the survey to those individuals as well.  Thank you.
A separate survey for employers of peer workers is here:

You can also save the above message in the form of a PDF attachment and forward it as well (with the links and letter).  Thank you for your assistance.

This has been a special vacation issue of NTG.  Watch for our full content resuming next week.  Thanks for reading!

From the Staff of OPDI
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