Connexions Resource Centre is excited to welcome a new member to the team! “I’m thrilled to join this dynamic community organization and can’t wait to dig into all the wonderful programs being offered,” stated Michèle Gagnon, Connexions’ newly hired Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for the Pontiac region.
Michèle (they/them) will be working out of Connexions’ satellite office in Shawville where they will be managing programs to promote the health, well-being and vitality of the English-speaking population of the Pontiac. “I am beyond thrilled to welcome Michèle to our Connexions team!” said Danielle Lanyi, Connexions’ Executive Director. “A long-time resident of the Pontiac, Michèle will bring a wealth of expertise and talents, as well as a strong understanding of the English-speaking community and its needs.”
They will be kicking off the first of a series of in-person Caregiver Chat sessions on December 17th where special guest, Julie Keon, RRSW, will be tackling the heavy but pertinent topic of grief during the holiday season. If you are a caregiver and would like to explore strategies to help you cope with difficult and unexpected emotions surrounding grief, we invite you to register for this free event. “Grief is often magnified by the holiday season and, at the same time, it’s something that people don’t always talk about openly,” said Michèle. “Our chat sessions are a safe place to find support, discover new resources and learn about well-being strategies.”
Whether you’re caring for your spouse, a family member, a friend or even a neighbour, it can be easy to go into “care-taker mode” and forget about your own health and mental well-being. That’s why it’s so important to make self-care a priority during your caregiver journey. Unfortunately, many carers do not realize they are caregivers. If they bring a loved one to the doctor, check-in on a neighbour or buy them groceries, advocate for an ill spouse or even support a friend long-distance, they are a caregiver. It’s important for them to realize the importance of their role and seek help when they need it.
The series will continue in the new year, with sessions taking place January 13th and 27th, February 10th and 24th, as well as March 10th and 24th. The Caregiver Chat series will also be offered to the French community, with dates to be confirmed. “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to deliver these services to the entire community, in both languages,” says Michèle. “I look forward to connecting with Pontiac caregivers of seniors to learn more about their support needs, what kind of resources they would like to access, and what they would like to learn more about.”
Make sure to register for our first Caregiver Chat, Surviving the Holidays Without You via our online registration form.