CMHA holds town-hall meet­ing in Ver­non

Penticton Herald - - LIFE -

The Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion Ver­non and Dis­trict held the sec­ond of its semi-an­nual town hall events Oct. 30 at the CMHA Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

“We hold town hall meet­ings twice a year as an op­por­tu­nity for our staff and pro­gram par­tic­i­pants to dis­cuss new pro­grams or changes to ser­vices, to ac­knowl­edge the pos­i­tive as­pects of our pro­grams, and to give and re­ceive sug­ges­tions for im­prove­ment,” said ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Ju­lia Payson.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, par­tic­i­pants re­quested more op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­cre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Re­cre­ation is such an im­por­tant part of what we do,” said Payson. “The con­nec­tion be­tween phys­i­cal and men­tal health is vi­tal to our well-be­ing.”

CMHA’s Club­house pro­grams pro­vide so­cial con­nec­tion and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults 18 and over with weekly ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing art and gui­tar lessons, creative writ­ing, na­ture walks, swim­ming and floor hockey.

For se­niors, the Young at Heart pro­gram al­lows par­tic­i­pants to take part in arm­chair trav­el­ling, mu­sic, crafts and ex­er­cise pro­grams.

CMHA also has early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams for youth aged seven to 18.

CMHA Ver­non Past Pres­i­dent Bob Scott was hon­oured at the Town Hall with an orig­i­nal paint­ing by lo­cal artist Chris­tine Sch­midt.

Payson thanked Scott for his sup­port, lead­er­ship and guid­ance dur­ing his five-year ten­ure as pres­i­dent.

“We are eter­nally grate­ful for your hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the pro­grams and ser­vices of CMHA Ver­non and Dis­trict,” she said. Scott, a re­tired air force pi­lot and busi­ness leader, he oc­ca­sion­ally booked CMHA rooms for busi­ness meet­ings and sub­se­quently be­came ac­quainted with the staff.

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