Webinar 53: Peer Support–Integrating This Essential Recovery Service into our Systems.

Open to the Public
Panel Dialogue



We are very excited to host a panel dialogue about Peer Support, and we will talk about the ways it in currently implemented into the overall service system.

We are going to explore: 

  • The philosophy and vision of Peer Support
  • Inspiring stories of how Peer Support has changed lives
  • Different ways Peer Support can be implemented in services
  • Tips on enhancing (or starting up) a Peer Support program

We have invited several people who are doing this work in the Lower Mainland. We will have people representing direct service providers, people who have received service from the program, and mental health staff & leadership who support the program.

You will get to hear about different ways peer support has been implemented into services in the Lower Mainland of BC. 

We will have a fantastic dialogue with people who have many different roles in the implementation and running of this essential service. It's a chance to learn from the people on the ground doing this important work! This is a great opportunity to ask some questions. 

10:30-12:00 PST


  • Monica Sterling (CMHA): Monica is a Peer Support Coordinator for CMHA. She oversees the program in Fraser North. She is also an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. 
  • Sarah Irving (CMHA): Sarah has been working in peer services for 7 years now in a variety of different settings and capacities. Sarah has been a Peer Supporter, has trained and supervised Peer Supporters, wrote a provincial curriculum for Youth Peer Support and now has the privilege of supporting two peer based programs through CMHA Vancouver-Fraser.
  • Sonja Graham (VCH): In 2012–2013 Sonja had a peer support worker who introduced her to the peer community. Today she is a Peer Support Worker and WRAP Facilitator. 
  • Brett Berry (Fraser Health): Brett is an occupational therapist who works in a tertiary (residential) mental health facility, Connolly / Cottonwood / Cypress Lodges.  At the Lodges, Brett works with a dedicated team of four Peer Support Workers who have demonstrated their empathy and dedication time and again.  He believes the peer role offers a unique vision of hope, which can inspire residents even when recovery seems difficult or far away.

  • Jael Emberley (CMHA): Jael is a Peer Navigator for CMHA Vancouver Fraser. She is also a WRAP Facilitator.

  • Angela Louie (Fraser Health): Angela has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years in acute care, day program and community mental health settings. She is currently a Coordinator of Rehabilitation and Recovery in Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use. Peer Support is ne of the programs in her portfolio. 
  • Matthew Wenger (Fraser Health): Matt is the clinical instructor for the student led occupational therapy clinic at Burnaby Mental Health. Previously Matt worked as an occupational therapist in the communities of White Rock and South Surrey, and in Toronto as part of an early psychosis intervention team. In each of his roles he has worked to promote and support peer programs and the work of peer support workers.


Learning Goals: 

1) To learn about the different ways Peer Support is being implemented in the Lower Mainland of BC. 

2) To dig deeper into understanding the significant impact peer support programs have in supporting  recovery-oriented systems. 

3) To explore ways to continue to build on the strengths of peer programs.