NCPS 2014

Hope, empowerment, recovery.

Those of us with lived experience know how these simple words have the power to change our lives. Together we shared that reality for three incredible days in Halifax 2014 where we affirmed what we already know; that peers intuitively understand peers. We are so excited – there was so much to celebrate. The first National Conference on Peer Support was a HUGE success!

Stephane-GrenierWe would like to thank the 400+ delegates who made their way to Halifax from all points in Canada and beyond. Our lives are the richer for having the opportunity to learn from your shared and lived experience. We are inspired to know that there are so many dedicated people who understand the power of a simple conversation. This conference is just a small step in our mission to make peer support accessible to all. With your support – we know country-wide access to peer support is going to happen. See you in 2016!

Powerful Keynote Addresses from 2014


Roméo Dallaire
Lieutenant General (Retd), Senator

Roméo Dallaire

Patricia Deegan
Ph.D., Creator, CommonGround

Patricia Deegan

Stéphane Grenier
Founder and President of Board, PSAC Canada

Stéphane Grenier

Karen Liberman
Former Executive Director of Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Karen Liberman


I took away a sense of pride, respect, unity, and optimism, regarding the whole peer movement, turning words into action, fired by commitment for the greater good. This peer conference celebrated and confirmed everything I believe and hold dear, when it comes to healing and improving ourselves and our mental health system.
Gregory Brumwell
Gregory Brumwell
Peer Supporter

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Shana Calixte, Karen Henze, and Kim Sunderland

Karen Henze, Kim Sunderland, and Shana Calixte

A big thank you to the 2014 Conference Committee Members who were responsible for organizing such a fabulous 1st National Conference on Peer Support:

  • Shana Calixte, Co-Chair
  • Karen Henze, Co-Chair
  • Dianna Capponi
  • Karen Gilmore
  • Roy Muise
  • Tony Prime
  • Frances Skerrit
  • Chris Summerville
  • Francine Vezina
  • Kim Sunderland