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When: Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Location:Virtual Event
Contact:Luke Barkovich,

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Come join the StigmaEndsAtCU team and our expert panelists to engage in a conversation about substance use and addiction as it relates to student health and wellness. Moderated by Dr. Kim Hellemans, we will be discussing the role of stigmatization, substance use, and addiction through a variety of perspectives. How are problematic substance use and behaviours experienced among our students? How does stigma pose a barrier to seeking support and assistance? How can we do better to enhance student wellness? How has COVID-19 affected the use of substances and the impact of supporting communities? Join the conversation, enhance your awareness and understanding: Stigma Ends with YOU!

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Meet the Panel


Kim Hellemans, Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Provost’s Teaching Fellow

Dr. Kim Hellemans is a teaching professor and current Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University.

She has received several prestigious teaching awards that recognize her passion and dedication to university teaching, including the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award and the Capital Educator’s Award. Her current research is focused on exploring factors contributing to academic success, with a focus on how current life stressors, cannabis use, and social media among university students relate to mental health and academic outcomes. She is also the co-host of the popular podcast “Minding the Brain”.


Photo of Dillon BDillon Brady is currently serving as the Manager of Student Conduct and Harm Reduction in the Office of Student Affairs at Carleton University. Dillon is a graduate of the Criminology program at Carleton and began his work in Post-Secondary as a Residence Life Coordinator at Algonquin college and later transitioned into the role of Residence Community Standards Coordinator. During this time Dillon contributed to the Algonquin College Umbrella Project harm reduction strategy and it’s implementation in the 1,050 bed student Residence at Algonquin. Dillon joined Carleton in 2019 as the Residence Student Conduct Coordinator with Housing and Residence Life Services before assuming his current role with Student Affairs. Dillon is passionate about the principals of harm reduction and creating restorative and educational opportunities for students involved in incidents on campus.

Photo of Kevin MKevin McAlear is a 3rd year Psychology student with a minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health. He is also an active member the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Carleton, playing an active leadership role in the Carleton community. He has held the position of social chair, and was an integral part of the Phikeia education committee, assisting other members of Phi Delta Theta community with their education over the semester.


Moira PMoira Power is a 3rd-year Art History major with a minor in History and Theory of Architecture. She is an art enthusiast and an advocate for those with mental health. As someone with a substance use disorder, she hopes to share her experiences to help others in similar situations. She also is a strong believer in the power of therapy!


Chealsea DMChelsea DeMoor is a Knowledge Broker with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Chealsea develops public education products, tools and resources that empower youth and young adults to make evidence-informed decisions about substance use. She also leads many of CCSA’s sex, gender and equity based initiatives. A former Carleton graduate, Chealsea hold a Master’s degree in forensic psychology and is a subject matter expert in substance use and addiction among criminal justice populations.  

Image of Gord GGord Garner is the Executive Director of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA), and the chair of the annual Recovery Day Ottawa event. He is a national public speaker and trainer on addressing stigma and Person First Language. He is living well with his own substance use disorder at the time of this writing. He is dedicated to removing barriers, to enable policy writers, academics, researchers and people with experience of substance use disorders active or in remission to take evidence-based actions to improve the lives of Canadians concerning substance use. He supports the four pillars of prevention/education, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement/policy. He advocates that they all serve one purpose, increased wellbeing for Canadians in regards to substance use. This naturally leads to advocating for changes and better cohesion. All Gord’s work is informed by his 38 years of active addiction and by the those who helped him.

image of Mary BMary Bartram has extensive experience in mental health and substance use policy development with federal and territorial governments, indigenous organizations and NGOs. She is the former Director of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada and has just recently rejoined the Mental Health Commission of Canada as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use to oversee the Cannabis and Mental Health Research Initiative. She completed her PhD in Public Policy here at Carleton in 2017, and teaches courses at the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Kroeger College of Public Affairs. Her research has focused on a range of mental health and substance use policy issues such as equity in access to psychotherapy, harm reduction in postsecondary settings, and recovery in the mental health and substance use sectors.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services. Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services is a community-based addiction treatment centre in Ottawa.  At Rideauwood, 40 expert and compassionate addictions counsellors support individuals and families impacted by substance use, behavioral addictions and related mental health issues.

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