Grit & Grace – Tackling Women’s Mental Health on International Women’s Day

Presented By: Service Hospitality


Join us on Monday, March 8th, 2021 from 1 – 4:50 pm (CST) for Grit & Grace – Tackling Women’s Mental Health! 

Join us on International Women’s Day as we explore the journeys of various women from across Canada, their struggles and triumphs with mental health, and celebrate the things women are doing for mental health in the workplace. Our fantastic line-up of special guest speakers will provide you with insight, information, tools, strategies and above all, inspiration!

There is no limit to the amount of staff you can send – save your spot today! 

*Two attendees will be eligible to win a year’s subscription to the Calm app! Calm is a meditation, sleep and relaxation app dedicated to introducing users to the amazing benefits of mindfulness. One more tool to improve your mental health that we’re excited to give away to two lucky event attendees. Please note, you must be registered under your name and email to be eligible.



1:00 – 1:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks Laura Bence
1:10 – 2:00 Living a Limitless Life Kieren Britton
2:00 – 2:50 Empowered Women of the World Anita Ogurlu & Michael Afenfia
2:50 – 3:00 BREAK
3:00 – 3:50 Implementing Mental Wellness at Mosaic Shanna Ramm
3:50 – 4:40 Checking on your Coworkers Cara Taylor
4:40 – 4:50 Closing Remarks 
Laura Bence

Your Host! 










Our line-up of special guest speakers includes:

1:10 – 2 PM – Living a Limitless Life: Kieren is excited to share her story with the MHBPG, discussing how limitations can be instilled upon us in many ways, but doubting our own abilities is the most damaging form of limitation. The Lady Alliance talks about how to recognize important limitations, and how to weed out the limitations that stop us from living life to our fullest potential.

Kieren loves to dream of the ridiculous and make it a reality. Whether it’s cycling across Canada or converting a school bus into a full-time home, there is nothing Kieren enjoys more than testing the limits and learning more about herself! Yet she still has hesitations and self-doubt. Kieren wanted to create a place where everyone could learn and grow together, demolishing self-doubt while building a community. Through The Lady Alliance Kieren has found a love for life through adventure.

2 – 2:50 PM – Empowered Women of the World: We invite you to explore women’s journeys of migration, inclusion and belonging. Whether they be Indigenous, non-Indigenous or Newcomers, women have continuously transcended mental and physical boundaries. What challenges do they face and how do they overcome them through strategies of resiliency and determination? How do they navigate multiple roles? And how do their contributions shape the present and future generations? By way of storytelling, we celebrate women of the world and applaud their contributions to the community, Canada and the globe!

As a cultural bridging facilitator and university lecturer, Anita is a curious person on a quest for love and knowledge. Caught in between cultures since childhood and most of her adult life, she quickly learned to see things from multiple perspectives. Living for over 25 years in Istanbul, Turkey, she experienced rapid social change firsthand through the effects of globalization, so she knows what brings Newcomers to Canada.

Michael Afenfia is a Cultural Bridging Facilitator based in Saskatchewan, SK. His academic background is in Law and Business Administration. Before relocating to Canada in the summer of 2019, he worked as a Speechwriter to the Governor of his home state, Bayelsa in Nigeria. Michael has also worked in Banking, Real Estate and Communications, and is the author of four critically acclaimed novels.



3 – 3:50 PM – Implementing Mental Wellness at Mosaic: Shanna has had a lead role in the implementation of the Psychological Wellness Program for Mosaic.  Her work, which started in Saskatchewan has proved so successful it is now being implemented in the United States.  Women make up a smaller portion of the Mosaic workforce, and Shanna will speak to bridging women’s mental health in a male-dominated industry. She will also be joined by Pam Nernberg, the Esterhazy, SK site Safety Specialist, who is looking forward to sharing her experiences of being a woman in safety.

Shanna Ramm is the Senior Disability and Wellness Specialist for The Mosaic Company.  Shanna emphasizes the importance of collaboration across all parts of the business when delivering a Psychological Wellness program, the most important of which is the partnership between Human Resources and Safety.

3:50 – 4:40 PM – Checking on Your Coworkers: It can be difficult to know how to approach or support an employee or coworker struggling with their mental health. This session provides a practical guide for effectively having supportive conversations.

How to CHECK in on a struggling coworker:

  • Communicate your concerns
  • Hear what they have to say
  • Empathize
  • Collaborate a way forward
  • Know your limits

Cara Taylor is the founder of Oaks Mental Health. She is a therapist and mental health educator based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has worked in diverse mental health contexts as a social worker including mobile crisis response and inpatient psychiatry. Beyond professional credentials, Cara has lived experience of mental illness and suicide loss. Her personal and professional mental health experiences have shaped the education she has provided to over 1000 people across the prairies.


Our Mental Health Best Practice journey started with a group of passionate individuals looking to work together to implement best practices, increase awareness and bring positive changes to mental health, safety, and claims management in the workplace.  This group was formed to bring people together from a variety of organizations across our province to bring forward a variety of important mental health topics, resources and tools to share with one another. Our MHBPG has evolved and grown over the years, while their focus has always remained the same, on emphasizing the importance of building a healthy awareness and advocating for mental health in the workplace. 

To find out more about our MHBPG, click here.

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