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Our MissionNISA is an organization run by and for consumers of mental health services. We develop occupational skills, nurture self-confidence and provide resources for recovery by creating opportunities for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their community.
Our non-profit charitable corporation is called NISA which is short
for "Northern Initiative for Social Action". It was established as a
non-profit charitable organization on July 16, 1998. NISA serves an
underprivileged and somewhat marginalized group that often goes by the
term, "consumer/survivor". A consumer/survivor is anyone who has used
or is using mental health services. NISA not only serves
consumers/survivors, but its membership and board consist of
consumers/survivors as well.
NISA evolved out of a number of collaborative projects originally
established within the Outpatient Occupational Therapy services of
Network North (now the Northeast Mental Health Centre - Sudbury). The
common objective of these projects was to reanimate consumers, to offer
them meaningful and useful activities or occupations, and to provide a
setting for active social recovery rather than passive dependence on
NISA was incorporated in order to unite and extend those initial
projects. The incorporation also reflects the value our members
placed on the emerging sense of our own community. This sense of
consumers' personal involvement and connectedness seems to us to be an
essential element of mental health reform.
Our Board of Directors
|Meredith McMaster|| President (Personnel Committee)|
|Tammy Armstrong|| Vice-President (Personnel Committee)|
|Andrea Levan|| Secretary (Personnel Committee, Building Committee)|
|Marja Ivarsson|| Treasurer|
|Sherie Lavoie|| Director|
|Odette St-Gelais|| Director|
|Emily Anderson|| Director (Building Committee)|
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Being: a basic acceptance of oneself; not having to apologize for one's existence.
Belonging: having other people to relate to; being part of a group; having 'family'.Becoming: developing new skills and statuses; growing toward socioeconomic maturity.
We at NISA feel we have much to offer to the process of mental health
reform. We have a working model for organization, cooperation, and
community involvement. We have acquired experience, and a knowledge base
which we have documented and shared with others both nationally and internationally.