Psychology Mental Health Day 2022

October 6, 2022 at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

The Department of Psychology in partnership with MeWeRTH, will co-host Psychology Mental Health Day on Thurs. Oct. 6th from 1:30-4:00pm. MeWeRTH has established the ‘Courage to Speak Award’ to recognize the bravery and inspiration of our speakers to share their journey. This year, MeWeRTH presents the Courage to Speak Award to Benjamin Leikin from Ottawa Public Health who will be speaking at the event. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush from the University of Ottawa.

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Fireside Chat with Spencer West

October 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Pride Festival is excited to welcome Spencer West as the feature event. Join us for an open discussion with Spencer West – a prominent motivational speaker and advocate for the disability justice movement and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. For additional information, visit the official event page.

About Spencer West (He/Him):

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The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five and coming out as gay at the age of 21, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against the queer community and those with disabilities.

Spencer is a successful global keynote speaker, disabled content creator, author, social media influencer and activist. He is known for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, opening for a Demi Lovato World Tour, starring in the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey, a social media influencer with over 4 million TikTok followers and his re-occurring role as The Window Washer on the Murdoch Mysteries.

This event will be moderated by Jaime Sadgrove, Manager of Communications and Advocacy with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.

The Future is Disabled – virtual book event

Virtual Event: THE FUTURE IS DISABLED by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

October 12, 2022, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT

Join Women & Children First and Access Living for a virtual event celebrating The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. For this event, Leah will be joined by Moya Bailey & Akemi Nishida.

In The Future Is DisabledLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha asks some provocative questions: What if, in the near future, the majority of people will be disabled―and what if that’s not a bad thing? And what if disability justice and disabled wisdom are crucial to creating a future in which it’s possible to survive fascism, climate change, and pandemics and to bring about liberation Building on the work of her game changing book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Piepzna-Samarasinha writes about disability justice at the end of the world, documenting the many ways disabled people kept and are keeping each other―and the rest of the world―alive during Trump, fascism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Other subjects include crip interdependence, care and mutual aid in real life, disabled community building, and disabled art practice as survival and joy.

About the Author:

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Lambda Literary Award-winning queer disabled femme writer and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. Their previous books include Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice and Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, and they are co-editor of Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement.


This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar with ASL and CART provided. If you need additional access, email us at

Three attendees will be entered into a raffle for a book giveaway at the end of the event sponsored by Access Living.