We all know the importance of physical wellness, both in our home lives and in the workplace. We talk and joke and grumble about aches and pains, the latest flu, or dieting. What we don’t often discuss is our mental health. There has long been a taboo in our society on this topic to the point where people may lie about it or hide issues.
Fortunately, mental wellness is slowly becoming recognized as vitally important to everyone.
“Mental health is no longer in the background,” said Annette DeCaire, Membership and Marketing Coordinator at SafetyDriven-TSCBC. “People are talking about it and
change has to happen with how we deal with it. It’s invisible to most, particularly since those with mental health issues spend so much time and energy trying to hide what’s going on for them. We fear what we don’t know or understand.”
With this in mind, SafetyDriven chose to focus on mental wellness for its 4th Annual Speaker Series on Health and Safety, which took place on October 22, 2019. Annette, the organizer of the event, explained that this year’s speakers and topics were selected to begin dispelling myths about mental health and provide help and resources to those who need them.
Topics covered included:
• Breaking Busy: Energy and Resilience in Crazy Times (Linda Edgecombe, speaker, trainer and consultant)
• Mental Health in Transportation: What You Need To Know (Cathy Cook, President – Safe Harbour Consulting)
• Modernizing Your HR Approach (Angela Splinter, CEO – Trucking HR Canada)
• Diversity in Transportation: Bullying, Harassment, and the Acceptance of Others (Dave Earle, President and CEO – BC Trucking Association)
• Industry Driven New Safety Resources (Jacqueline Morrison, Industry Specialist,Transportation and Occupational Road Safety, WorkSafeBC)
Linda Edgecombe gave a keynote address geared to re-focus, re-energize, and re-invent how we see our lives and work in the transportation world. Comments on her presentation show why she has been voted one of the top 60 motivational speakers in the world: “This really hit home with many things that are going on in my life and has given me some new tools to combat the issues.” “Exactly what we all need to hear! A breath of fresh air with information that is finally useful and real.” “Loved this!! Linda was refreshing, funny and on point.”
According to Annette, all of the sessions were well received and sparked positive feedback such as: “Cathy really helped with ways to remove the stigma and start the conversation.” For Earle: “Straight shooter, great presentation” For Splinter: “Didn’t know that this was an available resource. I can’t wait to look into it and get started!” Overall, one participant enthused: “Excellent seminar, intelligent, funny, and engaging speakers. Great food and content. I will be back for the next one!”
Hosting the Speaker Series in Prince George for a second year wasn’t a difficult decision, said Annette.
“We are tasked to reach everyone, and with Prince George being in the centre of the province, it’s the northernmost city where we can host an event of this size and caliber,” she explained. “Prince George is a great city full of great people and Tourism Prince George was a great source of help. We’ll definitely be back!”
With another successful event concluded, plans are already underway for next year’s Speaker Series and host SafetyDriven would love to hear from you about topics and speakers you’d like to see featured.
“We’re all ears!” said Annette. You can forward your thoughts and ideas to her at Annette@safetydriven.ca.
Sponsors of the 2019 Speaker Series included JGK Business Media, the BC Trucking Association, and Tourism Prince George.