Care provider wellbeing in the workplace

Wednesday, November 8th
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Direct support professionals (DSPs) have been deeply impacted by Covid-19, facing health risks, rapidly changing work environments and staffing shortages, in addition to ongoing workplace barriers related to race, gender, sexuality, and language. Beginning in 2020, researchers from CAMH and Queen’s University have been studying the mental health of DSPs and agency leaders supporting people with developmental disabilities. Featuring members of the CCCE Direct Support Professional Fellowship Program, this session will use the last three years of research findings as a jumping off point to explore on issues and experiences relevant to workplace wellbeing.


Dr. Yona Lunsky

Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Olabisi Bisira

Direct Support Fellow

Drucila Kakwerre

Direct Support Fellow

Jodie Dessau

Direct support fellow, Chilliwack Society of Community Living

Claudiane Coutu Arbour

Direct Support Professional, Health and Social Services Network