VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
January 13, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 AM
COVID-19 is having a negative impact on Canadians’ mental health, with many seeing their stress levels increase since the onset of the pandemic. People are struggling with fear and uncertainty about their own health and the health of those they care about, concerns about employment and finances, and the social isolation that comes from public health measures, physical distancing and even remote work. Organization staff are often taking on the work of volunteers in addition to their own, volunteers who have had to step away are dealing with social isolation. A recent poll found that 50% of Canadians reported worsening mental health since the pandemic began with many feeling worried (44%) and anxious (41%). One in 10 Canadians polled said that their mental health had worsened ‘a lot’ as a result of COVID-19. Similar results were found in a survey of Canadian workers, where 81% reported that the pandemic is negatively impacting their mental health, indicating a significant drop in overall worker mental health since the beginning of COVID-19.
Tim Simboli -Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa Branch
Tim has spent over 40 years working in mental health and social services in the Ottawa community. He is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa Branch, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his present position Tim spent 17 years as the Executive Director of Family Services à la famille Ottawa, following a five year tenure as the Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa, and 10 years as the Senior Clinical Supervisor at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. His earliest work was with young offenders and in child protection. Tim holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Carleton University and his academic training focused on clinical research and program evaluation. He has a strong belief in client services and is a proponent of evidenced-based decision making, social innovation, and cross-sectoral collaboration, and is intimately familiar with the voluntary sector locally, provincially and nationally. Tim considers himself a lifelong resident of Ottawa, and is a father of two and grandfather to five.
Please contact Ann Moran, COVID Training Manager, by email.