We know that not every step on the road to recovery will be an easy one. Whether you want to be more active, get involved in your community or build a stronger social network; Community-Connections can support you in achieving your goals. If you want it to, recovery can offer an opportunity for a renewed realization of self. CMHA is here to help.
Community Connections is a recovery-oriented program organized to help individuals 16 years or older improve mental health and overall wellness. We’ll support you in developing skills and strengths, as well as connectedness with yourself, others and your environment. You’ll learn to accept your limitations, and also how to discover a new world of possibility by realizing your hopes, goals and aspirations.
Drop-In – Staff and volunteer-led drop-in programs give members an opportunity to informally connect with others in a safe and supportive environment.
Groups – We have lots of different groups for members to drop in and enjoy at all of our locations. There is a list below that demonstrates the variety of groups we offer but we ask that you please check our most recent calendar for full details of days, times and group descriptions.
Looking to download and print the calendars and program flyers?
Markham Calendar – March * Markham Group Descriptions – Please note that all programming held at Aaniin Community Centre will be cancelled until April 6, 2020. Please Contact Community Connections Staff if you have any questions regarding programs. Peer-Run Drop-In is cancelled for the rest of this month.
Tell us about yourself.
Or please call Central Intake at 1-866-345-0183, ext. 3321
We are Occupational Therapists, Peer Support Workers and Volunteers working hard to see you succeed in your recovery.
Goals Check-In, Illness Management Recovery, Themes of Recovery
Health / Wellness
Fitness at the YMCA, Nutrition, Yoga, Mood Walks, Spirituality, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Dog Therapy
Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Activities and Mental Health, Stress Management, Independent Living Skills, Relaxation Skills, Mindful Digest, Books and Stories, Computers, Community Volunteering
Knitting, Arts and Crafts, Board Games, Writing, Gardening, Quilting, Music, Improvisation
Drop-in, Peer-led drop-in, Youth Group, Monthly Outings
Leadership / Personal Growth
Leadership Program/Groups, Volunteer
Some groups are listed as closed groups – 8-10 week, in-depth groups that build on previously shared material. Please find the “Introduction to…” session of this group on our calendar to join new sessions.
My name is Erin a.k.a. the awesome lady at the front! I aim to be a jack of all trades, but I am the happiest up at my desk, seeing all the faces of our staff and clients each day! In my off time, I love to spend time with my family, decorate a room, or read a self-help book. My favourite quote is “ Nothing changes if nothing changes”.
Hi—I’m Sharlene! I’m an Occupational Therapist with Community Connections. I’ve worked in mental health since 2009, and I have additional training and experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, 5-point acupuncture, and the use of sensory strategies for mental health and emotional regulation. I believe in the power of meaningful activities to bring a wholeness to daily life. I especially believe in the power of the arts to communicate, and as a way to find meaning and connection.
Welcome to Community Connections! I’m Shauna, an Occupational Therapist with the team and grew up right here in York Region. I have always had a passion for working in mental health as I strongly believe that every person has the power to create their recovery journey and potential to lead a meaningful life. I have training and experience in Motivational Interviewing, Coaching and Sensory Regulation to name a few, and enjoy learning from our members every day. You will see me in groups such as Community Volunteering, Sing-A-Along, Drumming and Fun with Juicing, as well as hanging out at drop in.
Peer Support Worker
My name is Karen. My best qualification is my own life experience with mental health issues! I'm here to listen to you and share with you. I was born and raised in Ireland, but now call Canada my home. I have also found a second home in CMHA. I love working as a peer supporter in our programs in Aurora and Markham where we have drop-ins and also offer a wide variety of groups. We try to be welcoming, and I think we have a pretty good vibe in our program! When it comes to our groups, I think it's a great idea to come and check out some different groups - you never know what you might find and what you might enjoy.
Peer Support Outreach
Hi there, I’m Cheyanne! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health, but my most valuable qualification for this role is my own experience with mental illness. My journey began back in childhood, but with the help of doctors, therapists, and family and friends, I am now able to give back to others and help them along their own journey. Through my lived experience, my education, and my passion for helping others, I bring a unique skill set to the Community Connections team. I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing team here at CMHA!
Peer Support Worker
James Welsman is a peer support worker with a dedication for personal growth and helping others achieve the same. James is happy to share his journey of recovery, and happy to learn about your journey as well. James believes that through following our passions, we can make the world a better place.
Peer Support Worker
Hi there, my name is Tim Powell and I'm a new member of the Peer Support team. I enjoy meeting and learning about CMHA members and their stories and sharing some of my own. I also enjoy fitness, learning, and self-improvement.
Hi! I'm Deb, an Occupational Therapist with the team. I am excited to be a part of Community Connections and I believe that relationships are the most important part of any mental health experience. I prefer to think of myself as a resource and a guide for each individual with whom I have the privilege to work. I strongly feel that each person is the expert on their own recovery journey. In my spare time, I am an amateur musician, avid crafter and animal lover. I am so excited that I get to bring these passions to the Community Connections team, especially the ability to run the weekly drumming group.