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March 22, 2021

Virtual Town Hall: Peer Support Programs – An example from Ottawa

Date & Time- April 15, 2021 11:00 am CST (1:00 pm EST)

Peer support programs have become a common tool to support and protect the mental health of public safety personnel.  With new programs and apps being developed, CIPSRT wanted to explore what makes a successful peer support program. We have asked members from Ottawa peer support groups to share how they have organized their programs. How did they set up the program and choose the peer supporters? Do they offer training to the peer supporters? How does leadership support their efforts?  Our presenters will answer these questions and many more as they share their experiences of leading peer support groups in the nation’s capital.


Alain Pellegroms
Training Officer and Peer Support Coordinator, Ottawa Fire Services
Lorraine Downey
Coordinator of the Ottawa Paramedic Peer Support Group
Brent MacIntyre
Peer Support Coordinator, Ottawa Police Service

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