From the desk of Brigitte Witkowski:
Stayed tuned for Mainstay events to be posted here.
This provides some basic information on medications that are commonly prescribed for various mood disorders, however you should talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about medication you are taking.
Would you like to serve on the Mainstay Board of Directors?
Linda Chamberlain, Past President, speaking about serving on the Board of Directors:
I served on the Board of Directors for 6 years. I ran for the Board because I knew how lucky I was to live in Mainstay housing. I wanted to give back and be a voice for all tenants and advocate for housing to help make Mainstay become the best it can be for all of us.
My goal was to get tenants to run like I did because I know we are very special people, who all have talent.
Being on the Board gave me knowledge of what great staff we are lucky to have. The staff believe in and care about us and go beyond the call of duty for us. Brigitte, our Executive Director, is amazing.
As a Board member, I was able to join the Boards for Mental Health Housing Services, which consists of many housing agencies in Toronto and I became part of its Dream Team, whose goal is to educate, advocate and inform groups and individuals about the need for more affordable housing in the City of Toronto. We have made presentations to politicians and at annual general meetings on how housing has changed our lives for the better. We emphasize the need for more safe, affordable, and supportive housing in the City of Toronto for the homeless, and people with mental illness and special needs. I got to attend different conferences, meet tenants, staff and directors of many agencies, meeting great speakers like Maude Barlow, a political activist, author, policy critic.
Being on the Board has given me so many opportunities to grow and gain a better understanding of my abilities and just how much I can do, that I never thought I could. I sit on the Clinical Ethics Subcommittee at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and I am a member of the Equity and Access Committee of this group. That is what being on the Board did for me. It gave me confidence and self-assurance.
Serving on the Board helped me work on my wellness, not my illness, but most importantly, being on the board showed me how lucky I was to be part of great organization.
If you are interested in serving on Mainstay's Board of Directors, please call Nancy, at 416-703-9266, ext. 233, who can give you some more information.