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A newsletter for our community about the good things that happen here

Winter 2017 IN THIS ISSUE Hope for Mental Health Reception

Finding meaningful employment lifts the spirits of Waypoint clients When Diane Duquette from the Hurons Gymnastics Club first learned about Waypoint’s employment services, it came at the perfect time. The club’s board and staff had been pitching in to clean the gym, but they needed to hire someone to do the job on a regular basis, and they needed someone soon.

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Earning respect 2017 Core Value Award recipient

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See how your donations are making a difference

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Amanda Bucholz getting ready to start her shift at the Huron’s Gymnastics Club

5th Annual Waypoint Fundraising Dinner

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Change Day at Waypoint

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We want to hear from you

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As a not for profit community organization, Diane saw the partnership with Waypoint as well-suited. “I believe the best way to do something is to try it out and see how it works,” she says, which is exactly what happened. After connections were made with Waypoint’s HERO Centre in downtown Midland, Kelly McLaughlin, one of the centre’s employment specialists, got the ball rolling and it didn’t take long for Amanda to learn the ropes. She had a desire to work and longed for a greater purpose in life, somewhere to be and something to do. But there were a few obstacles that the specially trained employment specialists at Waypoint can help clients overcome. Amanda began attending the various programs the HERO Centre had to offer including the pre-employment workshops. This is when employment specialist Jennifer Perrault stepped in and together, the two worked to determine Amanda’s strengths and really explore what type of work would best suit her. Amanda had experience doing dishes Continued on P.8

Hope for Mental Health Reception pays tribute to our supporters Each year, Waypoint invites our supporters to join us on GivingTuesday to kick off the giving season. It’s an opportunity to express our gratitude to donors, sponsors, volunteers, partners and all those who donate their time and resources to support our patients and clients, including staff. The time, effort and money given makes all the difference. More than 100 guests were treated to a special viewing of the Keys to Our Past video series created by the Waypoint Research Institute. They also heard thanks and acknowledgement from Amber McAuley who shared her personal journey with mental illness, including hospitalization at Waypoint. John Barrett-Hamilton, Waypoint’s Board Chair was excited to announce Jessica Holmes as the speaker for the 2018 Fundraising Dinner. Mark your calendars for March 2, 2018 when the Royal Canadian Air Farce alum will present Depression The Comedy, using her particular blend of humour to share a frank account of how it took two years to be diagnosed with depression. The evening concluded with Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall announcing a $175,000 pledge from

Amber McAuley sharing her thanks and acknowledgement to all those who’ve helped her in her personal journey with mental illness the County of Simcoe towards a new youth mental health campaign called I Have Hope. The centrepiece of this county-led initiative is a train-thetrainer program for Mental Health First Aid for adults working with youth. Portions of the funding will also support regional awareness campaigns and antistigma strategies together with regional partners. Thank you to all those who attended and to each and every one of you who give back to our patients and clients every day.

Earning respect - Brian Axten, 2017 Core Value Award recipient If you ever had the privilege of observing Brian Axten interact with the patients he served in the woodshop, what would likely strike you is the level of mutual respect they have for each other. As a 35 year veteran of Waypoint, Brian’s innovation and resourcefulness helped develop the Vocational Services Department into something envied by countless other mental health hospitals. It also led to him being named the recipient of the 2017 Waypoint Core Value Award in the category of Respect. Nominated twice by four of his peers, Brian was recognized for his unique and important role in our hospital, working with the provincial patients to build confidence, develop skills, and create a sense of purpose and accomplishment. He accomplished more than just the job, his work is a calling, a true vocation. Brian exemplified accountability and respect as he demonstrated what it means to be an excellent Waypoint employee. He is kind, respectful, hardworking and a trusted mentor to many of his peers and dedicated his career to the rehabilitation of mental health patients while maintaining strict safety and security for all. His role was so much more than just creating items out of wood and teaching horticulture. He helped each patient maximize their potential, seeking out and researching special projects, and using personal relationships to bring in rare woods, enabling patients to explore their creative impulses. The partnerships he and his colleagues have made with businesses and industries in the community are invaluable in allowing our patients to develop necessary skills in their recovery. Brian’s actions helped reduce stigma and promoted a culture of caring, compassion and respect. He shared the good things in vocational services and he worked closely with the volunteer association and fundraising to not only provide handmade wood items for the fundraising dinner and the gift shop, but made sure that each piece contained a small card telling the story of how these items were made by Waypoint patients. This small act is part of reducing the stigma of mental illness. As an example of the mutual respect amongst those in the woodshop, the patients wanted to do something special for Brian as his retirement approached this fall. Together, they completed a project Brian had had his eye on for many years, a cedar strip kayak. The patients did not want him to leave without this project completed, a testament to the respect and unwavering support he has given his patients over many years. Brian retired from Waypoint this past November, but his legacy lives on through the Recognizing Excellence wall and his 2017 Respect Core Value Award. Brian will be remembered as accountable, respectful and a leader in his department, providing knowledge, respect and guidance to staff and patients alike.

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Renovate existing spaces for seniors-focused recreation and recreational programming for all ages

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Prepare for the development of a new regional hospital building, offering single rooms, quiet spaces, visiting areas and a recovery environment for patients

Meet one of our volunteers - Board Member Adam Chambers management. As the former Director of Policy to the federal Minster of Finance, he was part of important conversations that struck the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Adam has extensive knowledge of government, a deep interest in mental health along with a strong commitment to the Midland community where he grew up. When asked what drew him to volunteer at Waypoint, he shares “Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Canada and it costs the Canadian economy almost $51B annually. Waypoint is an internationally recognized hospital whose excellent staff and medical professionals are dedicated to helping society's vulnerable populations overcome and manage their mental health challenges.” Adam Chambers jointed the Waypoint Board of Directors in June 2015 A lawyer by profession, Adam Chambers is the Director of Strategy at the Great-West Life Assurance Company. He brings strength to the Waypoint Board as a strategist with public service, public sector, government affairs and risk

“We are a community committed to serving our clients in their times of greatest need and to reducing the stigma of mental health issues. I'm proud to be part of the great things happening at Waypoint and I’d encourage everyone to learn more about mental health and how we can support those suffering in silence.”

Don’t miss Waypoint’s 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner Mark your calendars for March 2, 2018 when we welcome Royal Canadian Air Farce alum Jessica Holmes as our special guest for the 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner. Jessica uses her particular blend of humor to share a frank account of how it took years to get diagnosed with depression. Her story, which has a happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?” This event features an evening of friendship, food and fun on-site at the hospital, all in support of our specialty mental health hospital and the people we serve. Get your tickets today as this event sells out quickly. If you’re interested in a sponsorship please contact Holly Archer at The Early Bird rate of $160 is available until February 1, 2018. After February 2, 2018 the price is $175.

Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes headlines the March 2, 2018 Fundraising Dinner

Exploring the history of mental health care in Canada with the Keys To Our Past film series Given that the site of Waypoint’s main campus has a history older than Canada’s confederation, we wanted to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial in our own unique way. Equipped with a Canada 150 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Waypoint Research Institute set to work on a series of films highlighting the history of mental health care in Canada. Keys To Our Past is a series of six 10-minute films that explore Waypoint’s own 150-year history as a psychiatric hospital in small town Ontario. Waypoint played a crucial role in the history of mental health care and research in Canada, and these videos capture that history, showing us where we are today and how we got here. Through these videos, we see the changes in mental health care starting with the development of an asylum system in the 1800s. The walk through history includes the fascinating transformation of mental health treatments over time and the presentday challenges we face in moving mental health issues from being stigmatized to having compassion. The videos embrace stories, told from a very personal perspective, about Moral Treatment, Somatic Therapy, Drug Therapy, Not-Criminally-

Change Day at Waypoint Waypoint celebrated Change Day in November; a movement to empower people within the health system to make positive changes through making pledges and taking actions, big or small, to improve compassionate quality care. As part of our events we welcomed Amber McAuley, a senior facilitator from Mindfulness without Borders and a corporate trainer with Shepell, to share some ideas on practicing presence and gratitude in the face of change.

John LeClair (actor), Rachel Gerow and Gary Bold (production staff) review a scene from the Keys To Our Past film series Responsible Legislation, Language and Stigma, and the Architecture and Location of Asylums. All the videos were produced in house with support from staff from research, audio-visual and communications. Waypoint staff even contributed to the acting and art work in the films. You can check out the videos on Waypoint’s YouTube page.

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and cleaning in the restaurant industry, so the cleaning job at the gymnastics club was a great fit. “Our goal is to work with the client and employer to find a good match,” says Jennifer. “It’s important to take the time to understand everyone’s needs and help employers find candidates who have the skills and attributes they’re looking for. There’s no “best” career or job for someone on the path to recovery from mental illness. But there’s no question work helps people recover – it provides structure, a sense of meaning and purpose, and social interaction.” To get ready to start work, Jennifer and Amanda connected with the required agencies, went shopping to buy clothes that would be suited to the work and researched the municipal bus to determine the best route; all things that would have been much more difficult without the employment specialists’ support.

More than seven months have passed since Amanda started with the Gymnastics Club and things are going great. She enjoys her work and Diane shares that the club has never been cleaner. As a token of appreciation, Diane was presented with an Ambassador of Recovery certificate to thank her for her willingness and commitment to support Waypoint’s employment programs, and for giving Amanda a chance to regain a place in society where she feels valuable and valued. If you are looking to hire someone in your business and would like more information about Waypoint’s employment programs, please contact us at 705.549.3181 ext. 2544.

GOOD THINGS HAPPEN HERE We want to hear from you! Improving patient care and the patient experience at our hospital is important to us. To do that, we need to hear from you. Your feedback can help us do more of what we’re doing well and improve where we can do better. It will also help dispel stigma and advance understanding of mental illness. To share your feedback, visit Patients & Families at You can also call 705-549-3181, ext. 2999, email or send mail to Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Attn: Patient Relations at 500 Church Street, Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1G3

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