Mental health and your co-op community (Updated) - Spring Education Conference 2018

Better understand mental health and how to support those living with mental illness, including how to engage appropriate support services. Examine the co-op’s responsibilities and gain clarity about the legal issues, so you can balance the best interests of the co-op with the needs of individual members.

In this workshop you will be presented with a summary of the different types of mental illness, as well as the various treatments and support services available. You will also gain an overview of the legal context around mental health in co-op communities, which includes consideration of the Mental Health Act and the Human Rights Code in addition to your co-op’s Rules and Occupancy Agreement under the Cooperative Association Act. Using case scenarios in small groups you will discuss ideas for how to deal with potentially difficult situations balancing the needs of the co-op with those of individual members.


Workshop facilitators: Chris Whyte, MA, MSW & Geoffrey Dabbs, Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers

Chris is a registered social worker in the mental health sector with a Masters’ Degree in Conflict Management and Analysis and lives in False Creek Housing Co-op. Chris focuses on mental health in co-op communities as well as mediation and conflict resolution services.

Geoffrey is a founding partner of Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers and has been providing legal services to housing co-ops for 29 years, advising on various matters, including rules and occupancy agreements and membership issues, membership terminations and related litigation, as well as governance issues and building envelope and other types of refinancing.

April 14, 2018 - 2:15pm - 4:45pm
Good governance and principled leadership
Not Portable