Dr. Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education, the University of British Columbia, invited alumni and friends to the inaugural FRANKLY SPEAKING event on October 11, 2016 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. In the spirit of ideas worth advancing, the theme was Mental Health Literacy. One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime and mental health issues affect up to half the total student population at many universities. Mental health literacy encompasses the knowledge, beliefs and abilities that enable the recognition, management or prevention of mental health problems with a range of benefits including prevention, early recognition and intervention, and reduction of stigma associated with mental illness.
FRANKLY SPEAKING provides alumni and friends of UBC’s Faculty of Education with the opportunity to hear from prominent speakers on featured topics relevant to the field of education.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 PM Program
UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Square
Vancouver, BC – [map]
Questions? Please contact James Rowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-827-2174
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In an interview with the Georgia Straight, Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Education, spoke about the focus on mental health literacy in the Faculty’s teacher education program, and the FRANKLK SPEAKING event.
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FRANKLY SPEAKING was broadcast live on UBC’s Facebook page:
HOST / MODERATOR
DR. BLYE FRANK
Professor and Dean, UBC Faculty of Education
In April 2011, Dr. Blye Frank was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education. On July 1, 2016, his term was extended for an additional five years. Prior to joining UBC, he was Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, where he worked extensively on faculty development in medical education. Dr. Frank’s main area of scholarship is the sociology of boys’ and men’s health. Along with a national research team, he has developed the theoretical framework of Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM), which centres masculinity as a social determinant of health. The foci of his recent research and publications is cultural competence and cultural safety. From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Frank served as President for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) which brings together deans, directors and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges. Please refer to ACDE Accords.
PROFESSOR SANTA J. ONO
President & Vice Chancellor, UBC
Mental Health Advocate
Professor Santa Ono officially stepped into his role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on August 15, 2016. As a professor of medicine and biology, Professor Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. Last year he was inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. He and his research team are working to develop a blood test that could identify biomarkers in people who are progressing towards the disease. As a university administrator, Ono is also known for his vision beyond the laboratory. He was the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati when he was appointed in 2012. Previously, he served as the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to his recruitment to the University of Cincinnati, Ono was Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University. Ono is deeply committed to diversity and his achievements were recently recognized by the American Council on Education with an award that honours individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. Inside Higher Education named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. An avid music lover, whose tastes range from Rihanna to Rachmaninoff, Ono studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and remarkably still finds time to sing and play his cello – even taking to the concert stage to perform on occasion. His family also helps him stay grounded. Ono is an active father to his two daughters, Juliana, 18, and Sarah, 11, who are also musically talented. UBC is certain to enjoy the lively engagement of his wife Wendy Yip, who trained as an immunologist at McGill and as a lawyer at Boston University.
DR. STAN KUTCHER
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training
Dr. Stan Kutcher, ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, is an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. He has previously served as Department Head of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for International Health at Dalhousie University. Dr. Kutcher has received numerous awards and honors locally, nationally and internationally for his work including: the Order of Nova Scotia; Excellence in Education Award (CACAP); a Best Doctor in Canada; Doctors Nova Scotia Health Promotion Award; Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for outstanding humanitarian contributions to global health; Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Gold Medal; Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and the Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education, Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has been honored by the Canadian Psychiatric Association with the JM Cleghorn Award for his contribution to mental health research and the Paul Patterson Award for his innovations in psychiatric education. He is and has been a member of numerous boards and national organizations including the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions of the CIHR; Interhealth Canada; Mental Health Commission of Canada (CYAC committee); the Canadian Society for International Health; and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research; and the Sandbox Project. He is the recipient of over 100 research grants and awards, author of more than 300 scientific papers and the author/co-author of numerous medical textbooks. Internationally he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently his focus is on knowledge translation pertaining to improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as the development, application and evaluation of electronic youth mental health engagement, self-care and personal health record. He continues his innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada, and globally – including China, South America, Latin America and Africa.
JESSICA LA ROCHELLE, BA’06
Assistant Director, NITEP – UBC’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program
Leader, NITEP Mental Health and Wellness Program
Jessica La Rochelle is the Assistant Director of NITEP, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, of which her grandmother is a graduate. Jessica is an alumna of UBC, completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. She is currently a graduate student at UBC’s Faculty of Education, pursuing an Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration and Leadership with a focus on Leadership in Indigenous Education. At NITEP, she continues to be motivated by the future teachers and leaders in the program to provide an engaging and positive learning experience and evoke change in Indigenous education. Recently, Jessica worked with the UBC Student Development Office and Wellness Centre to establish the NITEP Mental Health and Wellness Program, which has since grown into partnerships with units and faculties across the university to provide mental health and wellness resources, workshops, and information to all Aboriginal students at UBC. Jessica is also one of the Wellbeing Liaisons for the Faculty of Education. Jessica La Rochelle shares her traditional name, Lhkwemiya, with her mother. Her great-grandfather gave her mother the name and it was passed on to Jessica by her maternal grandparents. There is a set of mountains known as the three sisters near her home territory; her name refers to the third sister. Jessica is Stó:lō, Okanagan, and also has Trinidadian ancestry on her father’s side.