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Dedicated Volunteers – a resource for Northern Ontario

There is small but passionate group of volunteers who have been with SSO since the very beginning. Based in Sudbury, these five people take time out of their busy schedules to provide support for individuals and families who live with schizophrenia. One of them is Evelyn Fillier, who has seen the evolution of the mental health system and its treatment of people who live with schizophrenia. 

“I’ve definitely seen improvements,” says Evelyn.“The healthcare system is now doing more to meet the needs of our younger population by identifying people earlier to make sure they get treatment faster.” Evelyn, a registered nurse with Health Sciences North has found that her professional experience has also been beneficial to her volunteer work at SSO. “My work allows me to bring a lot to the table and I am able to share information that families are looking for such as on new research, medications and services,” she says. 

The group holds monthly meetings with volunteers, individuals living with schizophrenia and their family members, and sometimes professionals from other mental health organizations and service providers.

There is usually an educational component which includes a guest speaker who gives a presentation and provides useful information to those in attendance. In addition to these meetings, volunteers connect people to mental health services, meet with family members in the community, and hold an annual spring dinner to raise funds to support SSO’s research program. 

Public awareness and education are crucial and Evelyn is hopeful that more people in the community will volunteer and become a valuable resource for those who need help.

“I hope we will always be able to offer support to people who need it,” she says. “And by 
tapping into the next generation who can continue this great work, we will be able to.” 

If you’re near Sudbury and would like to volunteer,contact SSO at info@schizophrenia.on.ca 
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