Mental Health & Human Rights Panel

A discussion of the challenges and opportunities to create legislation and regulation that work for Canadians living with mental illness.  This panel will be comprised of  Harvey Goldberg, Team Leader of Strategic Initiatives with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Nicole Chammartin, Project Leader of “EQUALITY, DIGNITY AND INCLUSION: LEGISLATION THAT ENHANCES HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS” project and Mark Stephens, member of the Project’s Consultative Group.

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Winnipeg Region in partnership with the Public Interest Law Centre of Legal Aid Manitoba have been engaged by the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) Mental Health and the Law Advisory Committee to conduct research related to mental health, human rights, and relevant law, policies, and service standards. One of the Committee’s mandates is to examine Canada’s legal framework as it relates to persons with mental illness, including legislation, regulations, and policies.

Harvey Goldberg from the Canadian Human Rights Commission will be focusing on how the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can be used as a tool for the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities and, in this case, specifically people with mental health conditions.  Nicole Chammartin will focus on the outcomes of the research on how Canadian legislation measures up to Convention and other human rights norms.  Mark Stephens will focus on the application of human rights legislation on individuals who experience mental illness.  The session will be moderated by Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA.

Our Panel:

Nicole Chammartin has a Master of Social Work (administrative) from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology (honours). Nicole’s graduate level education focused on administration and management in social services, government and not for profit organizations.  Nicole has been employed for the last four years as Executive Director of CMHA’s Winnipeg Division  and before that has held management, coordinating and service delivery positions in several sectors including government, education and not for profit.  Much of this work focused on health promotion and community engagement at various levels.  Nicole is passionate about the areas of mental health, recovery, and health promotion.

Harvey Goldberg Harvey Goldberg is the Team Leader, Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Human Rights Commission.  In that position he serves as a senior policy advisor on a number of key issues including Aboriginal rights, race relations and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Mr. Goldberg represented the CHRC at the meetings of the UN Ad Hoc Committee mandated to draft the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Since adoption of the Convention by the UN he has been active in national and international efforts aimed at ensuring that effective and timely implementation of the Convention.

Mark Stephens Mark resides in Langley, BC and was diagnosed in 2001 with late onset “Schizo-Affective Bi-Polar Disorder” on his thirtieth birthday while attending Kwantlen University College (Currently named Kwantlen Polytechnic University). Mark went on to obtain his Undergraduate Degree from the University of Victoria in Political Science in 2004.  Mark is a Public Speaker for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society since 2006 sharing his personal story and his journey to recovery speaking to High Schools, Universities and Organizations. Further, Mark has been a Facilitator for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Delta Branch sharing the “Youth Net Program” to local High Schools.  Mark has received numerous awards for his personal achievements and has a great sense of civic duty offering his time to the local and larger community as a whole.