Peer support: Embedded from community to systems

On March 11, 2014, EENet hosted a webinar titled, “Lived experience and family advocates, peers, system planners, and speakers: Embedded from community to systems.”

Presenters Betty-Lou Kristy and Allan Strong discussed:

  • Diverse roles that people with lived experience in Ontario are taking on and ways they’re organizing for social change and peer support.
  • The key principle of “nothing about us without us.”
  • Strategies to create meaningful partnerships.

View the webinar recording.

The presenters

  • Betty-Lou Kristy is a lived- experience/ family provincial systems-level advisor/consultant and advocate who additionally provides peer support and outreach at a community level for mental health, addiction, trauma, and bereavement.
  • Allan Strong is Team Lead at Skills for Safer Living, the Centre for Excellence in Peer Support, Self‐Help Alliance. For the past 25 years, Allan has held various positions in the mental health and addiction system, ranging from front-line staff in a supportive housing program to coordinator of the Ontario Self-Help Network.