Michelle Forsyth to participate in a Panel Discussion: Creating with Parkinson’s

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Michelle Forsyth will be speaking along with her neurologist, Dr. Alfonso Fosano (Toronto Western Hospital), and TBA about how Parkindon's impacts creativity.

Michelle Forsyth recently underwent deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease. She will discuss Parkinson’s and sensuality, specifically focusing on her recent work. Forsyth teaches painting at OCAD University.

Alfonso Fasano will discuss Parkinson’s disease as a window into the neurobiology of creativity. Dr. Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, as well as the Director of the surgical program for movement disorders Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

In Partnership with the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario

Venue & Address: 
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Let's Talk About Drugs

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

No pressure. No preaching. Challenge stigma around substance use and speak out against a culture of silence. Join OCADU Health Promoters Anisa and Alex for real chats about substances, the media, and risks associated with the stigmatization of substance use.

This workshop is informed by a Harm Reduction and Anti-oppressive practice (AOP). 

Poster design by Anisa Nagakawa @anisanagakawa and Alex McLaren @ocaduhwc

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul
amclaren@ocadu.ca hwc@ocadu.ca

BELL Let's Talk Day at OCAD U: 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 11:30am

You're invited to join staff from OCAD U Campus Life and OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre and (participating) student-run groups for hot chocolate, tea and treats, freebies and self-care tips.
Connect with other students and join the conversation by sharing your ideas on how we can take better care of both ourselves and others, and help end the stigma of mental illness.

Annually on the last Wednesday in January, Bell supports mental health initiatives by donating 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter.
Visit the Bell Let's Talk website for complete details on how to participate and how funds raised are used (https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/).

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext. 275
Bell lets talk day OCAD U

Chill Zone

Drawing of simplified human figure surrounded by fun items like zines, tea and books, with other figures relaxing around them
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Chill Zone is a new drop-in at the Learning Zone where students are welcome to stop by, hang out and de-stress. Come say hi!

We’ve got zines, puzzles, games, colouring and tea :)

We know it gets stressful so let’s take care of ourselves ♥

The Learning Zone is an accessible venue with two gender neutral washrooms located within the space. Please email mchudolinksa@ocadu.ca if you would like to participate in this event and would like to discuss accommodations.

Illustration by Natalie Mark.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext 2529
Free & open to all students

Call for Submissions: Willows for Wellness

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:15pm to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:45pm

"Willows for Wellness" is having an Open Call For Submissions, an Exhibit, and will host three (3) Interactive Workshops on the subject of mental health awareness and advocacy!

We encourage works that specifically relate to Alzheimers Disease but are interested in works in all kinds of mediums and media that address personal relationships to mental health, themes of advocacy and work promoting awareness!

  • Submissions are due November 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed November 1 to 4, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by November 5, 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If your work requires technology/equipment for display it will be the responsibility of the Artist/Designer to provide the equipment themselves. Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

Please Submit To: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsNAyh16lgoZLfaxnhYdE5Z4AGjEJ2akCkiyg1kUWFW2zjNw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Workshops will be facilitated by the following "Willows For Wellness" members:

  • Nora Bahgat: A baking enthusiast, Nora will guide you through a relaxing and fun session of decorating delcious, baked, gluten-free vegan goodies!
  • Kaya Joan: Hit the books! or rather make one! Zine building with Kaya will help bring your inner author to life through drawing and text work!
  • Hekter Franklin: Keeps us up to date with whats hip! Join Hekter as they show us how to get down and funky with acorn instrument creation!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Location: 49 McCaul Street

Willows for Wellness is a not-for-profit organization that hosts mental health awareness events, in effort to educate spectators about various mental illnesses and how they affect those who struggle with them through interactive workshops, art exhibis and inofrmational talks. This months event is focusing specifically on Alzheimers disease and a portion of sales from the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. The goal of our exhibition and workshops event is to address mental health and seeks to provide a safe space where people can have a conversation about stigma and mental health awareness.

We want to thank you all for your interest and aim to show as much work as possible!
Remember to practice both Self Care and Self Love, reach out to a trusted loved on and remember you are not alone and more than what you struggle with.

Much Love,
Willows For Wellness

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
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CSD Office Now Located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor

The Centre for Students with Disabilities Office is now located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor.



Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Students from the Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation class are looking for help raising awareness of the importance of mental health by hosting a unique and immersive Yoga event, that aims to help students de-stress during a busy time of the school year. You are invited to participate!

This Yoga class is suitable for all levels and also includes snacks and raffle prizes. The class integrates projection lighting and music inspired by the calming qualities of the ocean.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pay what you can

All proceeds go to OCAD U's Health & Wellness Centre


Tickets available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calm-before-the-storm-immersive-yoga-experience-tickets-39463932685 

Venue & Address: 
Black Box, 49 McCaul Street
CALM BEFORE THE STORM photo of person doing yoga on the beach

Art & Health

As Artist in Residence at Baycrest (2012) Judith Doyle worked with neuropsychologists Dr. Brian Richards and Dr. Eva Svaboda and the clients of Memory Link, a program developing assistive technologies and training for people experiencing memory loss as a result of Acquired Brain Injury.

FUNDING: Artists in the Community and Workplace, Ontario Arts Council

As Artist in Residence at Baycrest (2012) Judith Doyle worked with neuropsychologists Dr. Brian Richards and Dr. Eva Svaboda and the clients of Memory Link, a program developing assistive technologies and training for people experiencing memory loss as a result of Acquired Brain Injury. During the residency, Doyle conducted interviews and worked collaboratively with clients on media montage representing their experiences. The collaboration continued for more than a year and culminated in an exhibition entitled Pathfinding which portrayed the perceptual experiences of memory loss in images combining natural branching phenomenon and scans of neuro-pathways. Pathfinding was installed at Baycrest Health Sciences in a high-traffic, publicly accessible space near the elevators to the Apotex seniors' residence, next to a cafeteria, at the base of a busy elevator and hallway. Composited imagery played on an array of vintage TVs, each with its own soundtrack or "voice". 

The artist collaborators included Doyle and Robin Len, Emad Dabiri and Kang-Il Kim, with sound by Paul Geldart. Robin and Kang have difficulty storing and retrieving new memories (anterograde amnesia) resulting from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). All of the team are experienced media artists and compositors and drew from this experience, enlisting embodied memory through artistic collaboration. In September 2012, the project relocated from Baycrest to the Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) at 230 Richmond West at OCADU. After the exhibition at Baycrest, the work was subsequently presented at the Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD University and at the artist-run centre HAVN (Hamilton Audio-Visual Node) with support from Brain Injury Services of Hamilton (BISH).


Worldviews Conference presentation on Memory Link collaboration  at TIFF Bell Lightbox by Judith Doyle 2013 http://readingpictures.com/worldviews.pdf

Feature: Aging in the 21st Century: Judith Doyle & Baycrest http://www.baycrest.org/Breakthroughs/winter2010/Features.asp

Pathfinding Exhibition Opening at Baycrest 2013 http://vimeo.com/60362578

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
Lab Member: 
Judith Doyle
Emad Dabiri

Health & Safety for Visual Artists

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:30pm

Health & Safety for Visual Artists is a workshop designed to help visual and media artists develop safe
and healthy professional practices. Many visual artists repeatedly expose themselves to toxic and
potentially harmful chemicals and situations in order to produce their work and make a living. What are
the consequences? What can be done to create a healthier working environment?

Workshop participants will learn about:
• Toxicity in artists’ materials
• Health and safety in the studio
• Strategies for exposure reduction and risk management in art practices

Ted Rickard, MLS, MEd, CRSP, Manager of Health & Safety at Ontario College of Art & Design (1988-
While at OCAD Ted’s educational mandate reached all aspects of health and safety within the university including teaching students, faculty and staff. A leading expert in this field, Ted has advised on health and safety issues for many individuals, institutions and organizations including Art Gallery of
Ontario’s Conservation Department, Art Hazards Resource Association, Harbourfront Craft Studios and of
course past presentations with AHCF and CARFAC. He has published over thirty booklets and articles for
various arts and occupational health and safety journals, a number of in-house policies and procedures
manuals and audio-visual training kits marketed across North America and around the world. Ted continues to offer independent training services to the larger arts community through his work with T.J Rickard Safety Consultancy.

Workshop Fee: $25 / Students & Seniors: $15
To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239 | Email: info@ahcf.ca
Or visit our website to fill in an online registration form at: www.ahcf.ca

For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave
or scented products.

Venue & Address: 
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario