Luncheon: Strengthening Resilience in Times of Adversity

As we come to what we hope is the tail end of the pandemic, all of us need to have a strong framework that can help leaders understand both what has been happening to people’s mental health, and how we can best recover. Join us for a conversation with Nancy Mannix, Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, for a discussion on this important topic.

The Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness has been working with leading neuroscientists to develop workshops that can help people understand how we respond to adversity and build resiliency. They have offered to do a workshop with us on June 16th from 12:00 - 1:30 as a part of our Leaders Luncheon program. Their Brain Stories Course has become a global standard in helping people understand how the latest brain science helps us understand trauma, and how to shape our practices, culture and policies based on this science.

The resiliency workshop is a part of their piloting of the material for the newest redevelopment of how this material can be taught and be used by mental health practitioners and community leaders.


About our Speaker:

Nancy Mannix - Chair, Palix Foundation

Nancy Mannix is the Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, a private foundation whose philanthropy aims to ultimately support improved health and wellness outcomes for all children and families.

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI), a program of the Palix Foundation, mobilizes and connects synthesized scientific research about early brain and child development (the Brain Story) to better understand and address how inter-generational factors as well as experiences in children's lives as they grow and develop impact on their health and well-being throughout life, with a particular focus on mental health and addiction.  

Since its inception, AFWI has engaged with a multitude of change agents and leaders in health, human services, justice, education, academia and community sectors to share and apply the brain story knowledge to improve policy and practice for the benefit of children and families.  The brain story features science and the impact that sharing and applying this knowledge, particularly through the new online Brain Story Certification Course, is having in Alberta and beyond.  Ultimately, collective efforts aim to build and understand the importance of preventing and buffering toxic stress, adding positive supports and improving skills and abilities in the lives of children and families as a way to build resilience and promote healthy outcomes throughout life.  Our overall goal is to bring awareness to improve brain wellness for children and families.  For more information please go to our website

June 16, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Online (Zoom)
Ryan Andersen ·

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