CMHA holds town-hall meeting in Vernon
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.