Mestre Sara Dias, nomeada Diretora Executiva da Associação Canadiana de Saúde Mental para a Região de Kenora.

Por: Paulo Jorge Cabral - 2014.09.19

Sara Dias, licenciada em Serviços Sociais, obteve recentemente o grau de pós-graduação de Mestre (Mestrado em Serviços Sociais) foi nomeada Diretora Executiva da Associação Canadiana de Saúde Mental para a Região de Kenora e Distrito de Rainy River.

Esta filial chefiada por Sara Dias presta serviços a indivíduos no ramo da saúde mental na região do Noroeste de Ontário, e emprega profissionais dentro do sistema de Saúde e Serviços Sociais, que engloba psiquiatras, assistentes sociais, terapeutas ocupacionais e enfermeiros.

Em Abril de 2014 Mestre Sara Dias completou o curso de Gerência Hospitalar para a Província de Ontário.

Em 2010 Sara desenvolveu o primeiro Tribunal de Saúde Mental na região do Noroeste de Ontário. A investigação incidiu sobre a examinação dos índices de reincidência das taxas de readmissão hospitalar para indivíduos dentro deste tribunal.

Mestre Sara Dias, nasceu em Calgary, Canadá, filha de Luís e Lurdes Dias, casada com Randy Fonseca, além de outras iniciativas que desenvolveu na comunidade portuguesa de Winnipeg, é membro da Banda Filarmónica Lira de Fátima, actividade que ainda desenvolve mesmo vivendo em Kenora, cidade que dista de Winnipeg cerca de 200 Km.

Sara Dias completed her Masters Degree  of Social Work from the University of Manitoba and was appointed  Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
We are proud to announce that Sara Dias has completed her Masters of Social Work from the University of Manitoba.  Along with this accomplishment Sara developed the first Mental Health Court in Northwestern Ontario in May of 2010.  This is a tribunal court that functions within the Kenora Rainy River District and provides access to assessments within the civil mental health system and forensic mental health system within the province of Ontario.

The court also attempts to assist in having those individuals with mental health, cognitive impairments or brain injuries access supportive resources within their home communities.  With the development of this court Sara focused her thesis on examining if the Mental Health Court was effective in reducing recidivism rates and readmission to hospital both forensic and non-forensic for those individuals within the court.

Sara also was appointed as the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch in April of 2014.  This organization provides mental health services to those individuals within the District of Kenora Rainy River.  This geographical region encompasses all communities from the Manitoba border to Thunder Bay and 63 First Nation Communities.  The organization employs Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nurses.  Sara employs approximately 30 individuals within the organization and is dedicated to providing responsive recovery-oriented mental health services through treatment, rehabilitation, support and the involvement of consumers, family members and the community. .  As part of this leadership role Sara also completed her Ontario Hospital Association, Management Diploma in April of 2014.