Planet Youth Lanark County will be in roundtable moderated by Dr. Theresa Tam, May 29

A roundtable on youth health and well-being is being hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Icelandic Embassy.

Iceland’s president H.E. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Jean Reid will participate in the event during their state visit to Canada on May 29.  (Ms. Reid lived in Ashton, Ontario, as a child.) Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, will moderate.

President Jóhannesson and Heather Jeffrey, president of PHAC, will open the event, held at the Global Center for Pluralism in Ottawa. The event will be honoured by the presence of the Governor General, the Right Honourable Mary Simon. The panel will include Planet Youth experts from Iceland.

Canadian participants include David Somppi, chair of the Planet Youth Lanark County Steering Committee, Joanne Pinnow, Director of Akak’stiman, United Way Calgary and Area (Planet Youth Calgary) and Melanie Cormier, Senior Program Advisor at Public Health New Brunswick (Planet Youth / Planète Jeunesse New Brunswick). They will shed light on how the Planet Youth method is being applied across Canada, from rural Lanark County to the indigenous-parallel approach in Calgary and the provincial partnership Planet Youth has in New Brunswick.

Closing remarks will be made by The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and Jon Sigfusson, Chairman of Planet Youth.

Planet Youth Lanark County is hosting a Community Goal Setting Workshop the morning of June 1 in Carleton Place.  To learn more please visit


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