Stella’s staff joined other peer workers, supporters of peer work, innovating researchers and trailblazing health professions at the 2018 National Peer Support Canada Conference in Calgary. With about 400 folks in attendance, it was a space where peer work was recognized as essential and effective, validating what we in the field already know–that peer work is a very important piece of the mental healthcare practice and framework.

Peer Support Conference

Peer Support Conference

The keynotes and plenaries were informative, engaging and generally well-received, prompting us to think about what it really means to be a peer worker and how to better integrate peer workers into the system.

Peer work is a very important piece of the mental healthcare practice and framework.

The conference was very well-organized and the meals provided were bountiful and satisfying. Beyond that, it was lots of fun to be around like-minded folks. We loved how the organizers created a forum allowing us to make easy connections with others from across the country.

Peer Support Conference Deck

Getting Ready to Present

Stella’s staff presented three sessions that were very well attended:

Creation of Beanbagchat
A Tale of Two Curricula: Two Approaches to Creating and Delivering Youth Peer Support Training
Self Care as Organization Practice at Stella’s Place … Reflections from the Peer Experience
We also co-faciliated two community of practice sessions:
Researcher Community of Practice, facilitated by Stephanie
Youth Peer Supporter Community of Practice, co-led by Asante
Asante Presenting

Asante Presenting at the National Peer Support Conference

Woah! What a great gathering! We are so proud of Stella’s Peer Support Program and the amazing work others around the country are doing to advance peer work in the mental health system!


Click to learn more about Stella’s Peer Support Program.