One Book One London reads ‘Brother’ by David Chariandy

One Book One London is an opportunity to read the same book as hundreds of other Londoners. It is like being part of a city-wide book club! The title for 2018 is Brother by David Chariandy. From the book’s description: “An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.” Themes also include immigration, poverty, precarious employment, and housing. In a very short and accessible read, Chariandy beautifully weaves together a story that articulates how the intersections of various obstacles compound the difficulty of daily life for so many.

Many of the themes explored in Brother are near and dear to the hearts of us in the CRHESI ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to listen and participate in a community-driven dialogue about the questions we investigate as researchers, practitioners, and care providers.

Join us for a discussion about Chariandy’s book, it’s themes, and its similarities or dissimilarities to the experiences of individuals in our community. All are welcome. Reading Brother before March 5 is not necessary, but definitely recommended. Come and join other Londoners in sharing your reading experience with the community. Follow along at #1book1ldn on Twitter.

Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Central Library

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Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Wellness Coordinator at the Wellness Education Centre at Western University.

Kristen Caschera (@librariankris) is a Librarian at London Public Library. She is a program coordinator for the One Book One London initiative.

Marcel Marcellin (@MarcellinMarcel) is the Director of Organizational Strategy at the City of London. He previously served as a Sergeant for the London Police for over 20 years.

Anaise Muzima (@anashakyss) is a Master of Laws graduate from Western University and is currently a settlement worker at Collège Boréal.

James Shelley (@jamesshelley) is a coordinator at the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Let’s continue to make London a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community

CRHESI and community members convened on November 15 for a collaborative symposium about trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC) in our community. The discussion reviewed activities currently in progress and explored potential for collaboration moving forward.

Read the follow-up one-pager report of the event.

Presenters included:
Margaret MacPherson, who presented on the possibilities and characteristics of a trauma and violence informed community, including ongoing work by the Southwest Region Coordinating committee.

Susan McPhail, of CMHA and My Sisters’ Place, shared on-the-ground experiences and organizational lessons from MSP’s process of becoming trauma- and violence-informed.

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Nadine Wathen, both from Western University, shared current tools and lessons learned from EQUIP trainings. They also discussed the role of TVIC in broader Equity-Oriented Healthcare.

Based on this community conversation, important actions moving forward are:
1. To share what we know about trauma- and violence-informed care
2. To map out what different organizations and individuals are already doing, or need to do towards TVIC
3. To build capacity, commitments and evaluation of TVIC training and initiatives

This event was co-hosted by Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC).

If you were unable to join us on Nov. 15, but are interested in joining this community of interest, please email us at to be notified of further events and news. A compilation of resources for Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care is available at


CRHESI Update & Reception 2017

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion hosted a special update and overview of past, current, and upcoming activities. This stakeholder, leadership, and community event that provided a broad overview of CRHESI projects for researchers, academics, and community leaders in the CRHESI network. If you missed the event, listen to the presentations here on the podcast.


  • Welcome – Helene Berman and Steve Goodine
  • Refugee Housing Study – Abe Oudshoorn
  • Narrative mobilization for policy change – Marlene Janzen Le Ber
  • Social Connectedness and Isolation – Carri Hand
  • Libraries as community hubs – Jacquelyn Burkell
  • Cost of Poverty – Gerda Zonruiter
  • Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community Event – Nadine Wathen
  • Newcomer Health Settlement Committee – Harpreet Brar

Global MINDS: a mission to help conquer mental illness

The inaugural issue of the Global MINDS Annual Newsletter describes the goals and principles of Global MINDS, alongside an account of their activities. An exciting first-year of Global MINDS has included:
-a graduate seminar course “Global Mental Health System Innovation”
-an initiative with eCampusOntario
-and the launch of our Global MINDS Fellowship Program (GMFP)

The Global Mental Health Incubator for Disruptive Solutions at Western University (Global MINDS @ Western) is an Interdisciplinary Development Initiative with the objective of using social innovation approaches to catalyze the development, implementation, mobilization and evaluation of disruptive solutions for the wicked problem of reducingthe global burden of mental disorders and related issues (e.g., suicide). Global MINDS is focused on innovating for low resource settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) (e.g., East Africa region) and for marginalized communities within Canada.

Global MINDS is led by Dr. Arlene McDougall, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

For more information about Global MINDS, click here.
To read the newsletter, click here.

Overview and Reception 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Innovation Works London, 201 King Street

A special update and overview on the activities of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Join us for an enliving, fast-paced session of updates and an informal meet-and-greet reception.

• Learn about current and upcoming projects and research initiatives
• Network with researchers, academics, and community leaders in the CRHESI network
• Share your expertise and knowledge as a community member, student, faculty, or citizen interested in equity and inclusion in London

This is a stakeholder, leadership, and community event that provides a broad overview of CRHESI activities and projects — strengthening the network and building capacity.

Community members, students, faculty, and everyone interested in equity and inclusion in London are welcome to attend.

Admission is free. RSVP is required: