Mental Health Matters

In-person event

We are excited to host our first-ever Mental Health Matters event!

Join us for FREE and in-person on Thursday, May 5th for community speakers, discussion panels, mental health talks, and well-being fair!

Mental Health Matters will provide an opportunity for folks to learn about themselves, hear inspiring stories, increase awareness of community resources, and leave feeling empowered to take control of their well-being.

What to expect!

Mental Health Matters will consist of two parts: A Well-being Fair and Mental Health Matters Discussions. 

  • Well-being Fair: Our Well-being Fair is open to anyone and everyone (no registration needed) from 4 – 6:30pm. The fair will host over 10 different community organisations that play a role in supporting well-being – be that mental health support, building personal connection and belonging, physical health, and more! You’ll have the opportunity the roam the fair, talk with different organisations and see what resources they offer! No registration required.
  • Mental Health Matters Discussions: Also open to anyone and everyone, but we ask that you please register. This part of the event will take place 5 – 7:30 pm, and will involve bringing together community speakers to talk on three different topics related to mental health. We’ll be releasing our speaker lineup soon! Free registration is required due to limited capacity.

Whether you are attending everything, or just parts of the fair you will experience: stories that inspire, community building, mental health information, and resource sharing and knowledge. All of these are at the heart of Mental Health Matters.

Who are the vendors and the speakers?

We’re excited to announce speakers and their topics of discussion!

Shey Still, the Homelessness Outreach Coordinator with CMHA Kelowna. Shey is a Metis woman with lived experience, who moved to the beautiful lands of the Syilx First Nations Peoples approximately 5 years ago. She is also on the Board of Directors for H.O.P.E. Outreach. Shey will be chatting about mental health from the perspective of a frontline worker, and what it has been like to navigate multiple health crises’ at the same time. What has it been like for a person with lived experience to navigate the important and valuable work we do on the frontlines over the last several years? Come chat with Shey about her personal experience with mental wellness, substance use, trauma, and how she continues along her healing journey.

Taylor Kolar & Ashley Munro, co owners of TWP Fitness inc. They are wildly passionate about walking along side their community in creating enjoyable, sustainable and imperfect wellness practices with a massive emphasis on emotional health and pattern breaking. They feel their purpose is reimagining wellness goal setting & execution – bringing light to often forgotten pillars of health and raising awareness. And they’re ready to talk with you about this!

HeChangedIt & Friends. Our panel of guys will be talking on the topic of ‘it’s tough to talk’. Getting vulnerable isn’t easy, and neither is talking about mental health. So that’s what our group will be chatting about – their experience of holding it all in, and the difference of what happened when they asked for help. 

Well-being Fair vendors will include Third Space, Kelowna Metis Association, Move RX, Studio, Living Positive, Foundry, Mamas For Mamas and lots more to be announced!

Where is Mental Health Matters taking place?

Mental Health Matters will be held at the Kelowna Innovation Centre (460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C2).

The Well-being Fair will take place in the Atrium of the building, between 4pm – 6:30pm.

The Mental Health Matters Discussions will take place in the Theatre of the building, beginning at 5pm and finishing 7:30pm. 

Mental Health Matters

(registration for Discussions portion of event)

Well-being Fair starts 4:00pm

Discussions starts 5:00pm  

DATE: Thursday May 5th, 2022


LOCATION: Kelowna Innovation Centre

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Mental Health Matters an in-person or online event?

This event is being held in-person at the Kelowna Innovation Centre. 

What does my ticket give me access to?

Registering for a free ticket means you will be able to attend the Mental Health Matters Discusssions, as well as the Well-being fair. 

Not registering for a ticket means you will only be able to attend the Well-being Fair.

Why do I need to register for a ticket if the event is free?

There are a limited number of seats available in the Innovation Centre theatre, where the Mental Health Matters Discussions will take place. Registering for a ticket helps us make sure everyone attending will be able to have a seat.

Does the event start at 4pm or 5pm?

The Well-Being Fair that is open to the public will begin at 4pm (finishing at 6:30pm).

The Mental Health Matters Discussions will begin at 5pm (finishing at 7:30).

Registering for a ticket is needed for the Discussions portion of the event.

Do I need to register if I only want to go to the Well-being Fair?

No, the Well-Being Fair will be open access to the public. You only need to register if you’d like to attend the Mental Health Matters Discussions part of the event.

How do I get there?

The Kelowna Innovation Centre is located at 460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C2. 

Parking is available at the Library Parkade (1360 Ellis Street), and is $1 per hour, and free after 5pm. 

The Queensway Bus Exchange, is located 450m from the Kelowna Innovation Centre.

I've registered for the Discussions, but can no longer attend

Please email us at [email protected] to confirm cancellation of your ticket.

As this event has a limited number of seats, please let us know if you can no longer attend the Mental Health Matters Discussions.

How do I let someone know my special requirements?

When you register, you can submit any special requirements on your registration form. 

Alternatively you can contact us at [email protected] or call (250) 861-3644