Sunday, 11 October 2009

Mary Ellen Copeland and Susan J. Katz at the Voice Awards!

Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from SAMHSA

2009 Voice Awards Logo
Press Release from SAMHSA:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will present Mary Ellen Copeland the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Voice Awards for her work and leadership in the mental health recovery movement. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, and will bring together representatives from the entertainment industry and the mental health community.
The Voice Awards celebrates the achievements of mental health leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health problems and the real possibility of recovery. Also, the event honors writers and producers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into film and television productions. This year, the event will celebrate nominees that include The Soloist, Michael Clayton, Lars and the Real Girl, “90210,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Copeland is one of seven mental health leaders and advocates to be honored at the 2009 Voice Awards who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Through their leadership and advocacy, they demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with mental health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the Nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health service delivery systems. The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illnesses.

Susan J. Katz, Vancouver free-lance writer and CIF Project Manager for the 'Write From The Heart' Program, was also nominated for the Voice Awards, and will be attending the ceremony.

Fwd: Brain Wellness Workshop


Your opportunity to attend a workshop/lecture
on the things you need to do to keep your brain healthy
and functioning optimally throughout your life.

Thursday, October 29, 2009      7 – 9 pm

Join us for a dynamic evening with Gary Anaka,
Author of "Brain Wellness:  The Secrets of Longevity" and "Your Magical Brain – How It Learns Best"

Lecture Hall
Minoru Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond BC

Tickets:  $15

FOR TICKETS, call:  604 279-9155<>

*Learn how to make brain plasticity work for you!*
Brought to you by:
Linda Burchill, Richmond Mental Health Family Member Advocate, and
Richmond Chess & Games Club<>

Fwd: Book News Vol. 4 No. 46


David Sedaris Special Event
Tickets are still available to the general public, but you can still do your bit for the VIWF by using the special code "writers" when you book. A portion of the ticket revenue will then come to the Festival. Call 604 280 3311 or visit  Event details at

Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Details at

A new version of Amazon's Kindle electronic reading device that can wirelessly download books both in the United States as well as in more than 100 other countries will soon be on the market, but apparently Canada isn't on that list.

Harvard has acquired the archives of one of its distinguished alumnus, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike who died this past January.

Allan MacDougall, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Raincoast Books, announced earlier this week that he is stepping down in order to spend more time with his family. John Sawyer, who has been with the company for sixteen years, is Raincoast's new CEO.


German novelist Herta Müller has become only the 12th woman in 108 years to win the Nobel prize for literature.

Hilary Mantel has claimed the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, a fictionalised account of the life of Thomas Cromwell. The second link will direct you to a review of Wolf Hall in the NY Times.

Festival participants Annabel Lyon and Colin McAdam have each secured a spot on the shortlist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations to both of them!

Scottish poet Don Paterson has won the Forward prize for best collection with Rain, a work which judges said showed "total mastery of [Paterson's] art."


Zoe Whittall tells the Toronto Star that in her new novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible-in which one of the main characters is a paramedic-she wanted to explore the concept of an emergency, "those unexpected and unpredictable moments that you can't expect or change." The following links will direct you to an interview with Whittall and a review in the Globe & Mail. Whittall will be appearing in events 44 and 46 at the Festival.

Emma Donoghue writes that unlike any other author she knows, Audrey Niffenegger "can pull off the trick of talking about the paranormal in a concrete way."  Niffenegger will be appearing in events 7, 19 and 23 at the Festival.

The Globe & Mail calls Shandi Mitchell's debut novel, Under This Broken Sky, a quintessentially Canadian story.

After publishing six novels, Lydia Millet has just published her first story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, which centers on the interactions between celebrities and animals. Read a review in the NY Times.

The Independent talks with Sir Christopher Ondaatje - financier, philanthropist and Olympic gold medallist - about his autobiographical book, The Man-Eater of Punanai, which is being published for the first time in the UK this week, and about his younger brother, Michael.


Angela Carr, the author of Ropewalk reads from her new book, The Rose Concordance. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island.

Reading by the author of The End of East. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street, North Burnaby). Pre-register by calling 604.299.8955.

Join New Star Books and author Hannah Calder for the launch of her novel More House, an experimental-fiction work about two movies who share a cast, a crew, and a set. Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm, free. Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main. More information at

Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a reading and panel discussion with poets Steve McCaffery, Robert Majzels, Claire Huot, and Angela Carr. Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at

Readings by Nancy Mauro (New World Monkeys), Brenda Miller (Season of the Body), Peter Pereira (The Lost Twin) and Shannon Stewart (Penny Dreadful). Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street). More information at

New York writer Eileen Myles reads from her book The Importance of Being Iceland and Los Angeles poet and critic Maggie Nelson reads from her book Bluets. Sunday, October 11 at 2:00pm, free. READ Books @ Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston, Granville Island).

Join author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan for the launch of her book This Vanishing Land: A Woman's Journey to the Canadian Arctic, about her experiences travelling to the Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00pm. Lux (965 Granville). More information at

Come meet this year's Massey Lecturer, Wade Davis, in the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club on Wednesday, October 14. His Massey Lecture and book are entitled The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Many of us are alarmed at the accelerating rates of extinction among plants and animals on our planet, but did you know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? To win tickets go to

Wade Davis offers a gripping and enlightening account of this urgent crisis in his new book, The Wayfinders. Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $23/$13 plus service charges. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC. More information at

A lecture and reading salon exploring poetry facilitated by Jason Christie and Jordan Scott. Eight sessions weekly from October 14 to November 26 at 7:00pm. Cost: $20-$30 on a sliding scale. SB410B, Emily Carr University. For complete information, visit

Launch of the new anthology Prismatic Publics. Readers appearing will include Lisa Robertson, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Catriona Strong, Daphne Marlatt, and Rita Wong. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Room SB 406, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at

Guest speaker Shaena Lambert will discuss topics relating to writing short stories and novels. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Cost: free for members, $5 non-members, $2 students. Alliance for the Arts building, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.

Author Eric Jamieson discusses his book Tragedy at Second Narrows, which documents the Second Narrows bridge collapse of 1958. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm, free but registration required. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).

Author will be reading from her latest book Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History. Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm, free. Alma Vandusen Room, Central Library (350 W. Georgia). She will also be reading on Friday, October 16 at 5:30pm. C.K. Choi Building conference room #120, 1855 West Mall, UBC. For more information, phone 604.822.4688.

Design a bookmark celebrating winter reading. Deadline for entry: Friday, October 16. Pick up an entry form and contest rules at your local VPL branch or at
. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Readings by Susan Telfer (House Beneath) and award-winning Saskatchewan writer Anne Campbell (Soul to Touch). Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm, free. Level 3 meeting room, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia Street). Information at


Launch of author's new book, Who Owns the Arctic?. Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm. RSVP to Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College ( 2111 Lower Mall, UBC).

Reading by the author of Sisters of Heaven. Thursday, October 22 at 2:00pm, free. Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, UBC). More information at 604.827.4366.

17th annual conference featuring trade show, workshops and agent interviews. October 23-25, 2009. For complete information, visit

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Fwd: Open Minds Nov 7 - online registration

 Open Minds Across Canada-Mental Health Symposium
Vancouver - Saturday November 7, 2009
Location: Chan Auditorium at BC Children's Hospital
4480 Oak Street (at 28th Street)
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V4

Registration Opens at 8:30 am – Sessions run from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm

Cost: Free Admission (please register in advance).  Online Registration::

Or, you may download a print form<> to register via mail or fax.

Tips from the experts: stories of self-management strategies from people living well with bipolar disorder
Presented by: Dr. Erin Michalak
Brain Plasticity in Psychosis
Presented by: Dr. William G. Honer
What do your genes mean for your mental health
Presented by: Dr. Catriona Hippman
Why do people with schizophrenia smoke more? and Antipsychotic polypharmacy: An examination of prescribing patterns in the community
Presented by: Dr. Ric Procyshyn

The Art Studios Annual Winter Sale Thursday November 26th 12-8 pm

The members and staff of The Art Studios invite you to our next
Annual Winter sale on Thursday November 26th from 12-8pm.
We have a great Silent Auction and wonderful original artworks
in various media that can fit every budget.
We look forward to seeing you.

Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

Fwd: Arts, Crafts and Cultural Group



* Do you have a Mental Health issue?
* Are you unable to have a stimulating Social,
 Recreational & Cultural "Happenings" in your Life?
* Would you like to make New Friends, and go New


If Intrested: call the Network Office at (604) 733-5570

Fwd: Work-Study / Internship

Work-Study / Internship with local environmental organization
Green Collar Association is a member-based organization that marries the needs of business with those of the environment. We provide our members with information and opportunities in education, employment, commerce, and advocacy in fields that have a net benefit on the environment.
Our offices are located in Vancouver, in Canada and Washington, in the US. We have relationships with environmental organizations and think-tanks such as Blue-Green Alliance, Apollo Alliance, David Suzuki Foundation, 1-Sky, USGBC, AASHE, 350org, Center for American Progress, and Eco Justice. Our membership consists of approximately 80,000 individuals, non-profits, governments, and businesses.
We publish content related to environment and industry on our blogs as well as within our newsletter (with distribution of approximately 100,000). The successful candidate will take on responsibilities in writing, editing, and publishing. Specific duties will include:
·        writing, managing, editing and, publishing blog content
·        writing and editing website copy,
·        preparing articles for our monthly newsletter
We seek a student for a work-study or internship, working out of our Vancouver office, with the possibility of future employment after the duration of the internship is complete.
Interested applicants should send resumes to Michael at

Michael O. Dayan, Ph.D.
Green Collar Association
Direct: 604-568-8085
Toll-free: 866-262-5735 x838