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Lived Experience & Recovery Network

Empowering peer communities towards wellness and recovery

Lived Experience and Recovery Network (LERN) is a networking body linking, supporting and educating all mental health consumer and family organizations in the northeast region.

LERN helps to build the capacity of local and regional organizations that are led by people living with mental health problems and illnesses, ensuring their voices are heard. Some of the many ways LERN provides support to member organizations include regional meetings that include representatives from across the Northeast region of Ontario.  This is a valuable opportunity for peer led organizations to network with other groups. LERN provides information to member organizations promoting learning and training opportunities across the region.










9:00 - 9:15 am                    Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:15 – 10:00 am                 Regional Updates, information sharing

10:00 – 11:00 am               Peer Support and Brain Injury, presented by Teena Curtiss, BIANBA and Tanya Jewell, Northeast Ontario Advocacy Specialist OBIA

11:00 am – 12:00 pm       AIDS committee of North Bay & Area, presentation by Kirk Titmuss, Communications Coordinator

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm                   News from the LHIN, presented by Shana Calixte, Mental Health, Addictions and Housing Officer NELHIN

2:45 – 4:00 pm                   Social media & online culture, presented by Lisa Morris and Krista Grear, LERN



  6:00 pm       Group dinner at restaurant of our choosing and hiking the trails of the college/university


  6:00 pm       Dinner at waterfront with activities such as walking, group bikes, fishing, etc.


9:00 am - 12:00 pm          Lateral Violence workshop presented by Donna Forget, True Self - Debwewendizwin Employment and Training

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 -  4:00 pm                   Anishnaabe Teachings with Michael Clark and Patricia Valcour, Traditional Teachers

6:00 pm                                Annual General Meeting, includes dinner, followed by the PEP band Freedom



9:00 am – 12:00 pm         Becoming a Change Agent, Anti-Oppression workshop presented by Meg Ramore, North Bay & District Multicultural Centre

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 -  3:00 pm                   Trans Contributing to Culture:  Where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there, presented by Rita O’link and Darlyn Hansen, TG Innerselves

3:00 -  3:30 pm  Wrap up and farewells


For more information please contact our office at 705-840-1818 or via email at




Have Your Say

At our last board meeting we began a review and discussion of LERN's strategic goals. We have a working draft of these goals and we want to hear your thoughts.

We want to know - are we on the right track? Are we meeting your needs? Find out here! We value your input.

The Elephant in the Room (EITR) continues to be offered across the region!  The EITR is an anti stigma campaign developed by Mood Disorders Society of Canada.  LERN is an official partner of this campaign and we are pleased to be able to bring the Elephant in the Room to communities across the northeast.



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