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Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
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  • May 1, 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


This event is a part of the Charles Hastings Lecture Series, hosted by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa.

Join us for Diverse Dialogues: Stigma & Breaking Barriers and explore how negative labels and biases affect our health and health choices. Consider tough questions through the lens of bias, lived experience and intersectionality:

  • How do labels and stereotypes prevent people from seeking healthcare and support?
  • How do factors like income, education, and where we live impact our health?
  • What actions can we take in our daily lives to tackle stigma and help build a healthier society?

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. James Makokis: Family Physician, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta & Season 7 Winner of The Amazing Race Canada
  • Dr. Notisha Massaquoi: Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Society, U of T Scarborough
  • Michel Rodrigue: President & CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

They will share their diverse experiences, insights and perspectives on:

  • The impact of stigma on mental health, substance use and access to care
  • The power of breaking down barriers to create a healthier community
  • And more!

Join the conversation, ask questions, share your thoughts and learn how to make a difference.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event runs from 6 – 8 p.m.

Get your free tickets today. Seats are limited.