MDO is a registered, nonprofit volunteer-run organization
that supports people with mood disorders and their loved ones.
Open to the public
Monthly Speaker Nights are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
(Sept. to Nov. & March to May)
at Southminster Church, 15 Alymer Ave., Ottawa, 3rd floor.
Meeting are from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM and are followed by light refreshment.
MDO speaker night presentations are for information purposes only
and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. The views expressed are those of the speaker
and do not necessarily represent those of MDO.
September 19: Eric Letts - Topic TBD
Eric Letts is an Ottawa Family Lawyer, licensed to practice family law in the province of Ontario.
He graduated from the University of Winnipeg in1992 with a B.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies. Following graduate studies in legal intervention to family violence at Harvard University, he attended law school at the University of Alberta. During law school he was active in Student Legal Services. He earned his law degree in 1996. He is a former editor of the Alberta Law Review. He completed part of his articles with the Law Commission of Canada and the Office of the Commissioner for Review Tribunals.
Eric Letts is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Carleton County Law Association. He is an Associate Member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators.
Instead of the usual format, this speaker night will feature three members of MDO who will share their stories.
Anita Manley is an enthusiastic promoter of mental health. At The Royal, she volunteers as a peer supporter for the Women's Mental Health Program: as a Facilitator of both WRAP and a writing group for women; is the former vice-chair of the Client Advisory Council; former Editor of The Client's Voice Newsletter and she speaks as a representative of The Royal's Foundation at various functions. Anita is also currently a member of the Resource Development Advisory Group for Health Quality Ontario. Previously, she was a Board Member of The Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa Branch. Anita's special accomplishments include being a recipient of the 2015 Inspiration Award and a proud mom of two grown daughters.
Pat G. has been a member of MDO (formerly DMD) for many years. She believes strongly in the importance of peer support. Despite twists and turns and ups and downs, she has managed to complete her BA, MA and MSW degrees, although with some delays to complete them. She feels that "her lived experience" with a mood disorder has helped her to meet the diverse needs of the students she encountered. She taught at the post-secondary level for twenty years. She stresses the importance of building on strengths. She advocates that everyone has the right to their dreams and aspirations. She incorporates in her non-judgemental approach that not everyone's path is linear. She feels that 'Writing her Story" was a wonderful tool in her recovery. As a life long learner, she enjoys writing, mentoring and consulting. She continues to take courses at Carleton, swims and sings.
Elise L. is an art therapist currently working in private practice where she encourages people to use narrative and creative approaches to enhance their mental health. Her previous experience includes 10 years as a public educator, group facilitator, and counsellor in the field of community mental health, and 10 years as a market/social research consultant with small creative marketing firms. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute with a MC:AT (Counselling & Art Therapy). She also holds a B.A (Psychology), and a M.Sc. (Psychology) in human factors. She has spent 4 years supporting people to prepare their lived experience stories and share their insights with others. She has witnessed how, through the sharing of their personal accounts, people can break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness, provide compelling and inspiring perspectives that challenge the status quo, and encourage others to reach out for help. She has developed a keen appreciation for the notion that what is deeply personal is also profoundly universal. Elise is thrilled to be joining the MDO team as a workshop facilitator to help you develop and share your personal story with mental illness.