An overwhelming number of female-identified residents and workers have reported feeling increasingly unsafe and vulnerable while engaging in their daily activities and routines across the city and in particular, the downtown area. This can be attributed to many things such as fewer people commuting as individuals are working from home and increasing rates of poverty- making the existing mental health and homelessness crisis more visible. These issues have been raised during a number of community liaison meetings for the downtown shelter-hotel programs operated by service provider Dixon Hall. In order to provide long-term support for individuals in crisis, we need support from all levels of government to address the social determinants of health. I have and continue to advocate for robust services across the Downtown East as well as additional funding from our Provincial government in order to address mental health and addictions. Learn more about my ongoing work.
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in partnership with Dixon Hall, I will be hosting a Women Safety Panel Discussion to name and bring to light these realities, as well as to provide strategies and resources for female-identified community members. We will have presentations from special guests Susan Davis (Executive Director, Gerstein Crisis Centre), Pauline Larson (Director of Economic and Community Development, Downtown Yonge BIA), Uppala Chandrasekera (Director, Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association), Susan Gomes (Inspector, Toronto Police Services, 51 Division) and Scott McKean (Leading SafeTO). Presentations will be followed by a Q & A.
When: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: RSVP to join
RSVP to attend!