Social Engagement: How to use the power of play for resilience and recovery

3-4 p.m. Session

Are you looking for ways to become more present and energized in your life through building personal connections? Is it getting more difficult to find ways to connect with people in your own community? This session will explore the power of in-person and face-to-face connections to build resilience, reduce social isolation, and improve mental well-being.

Presenter: Paula M. Toledo

Paula M. Toledo is a Social Entrepreneur; singer-songwriter, writer, speaker and mental health facilitator using the power of wonder, play and art to promote mental well-being. She is a Canadian Mental Health Association Advisor for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and appears as a correspondent on GlobalTV News Montreal. She is Founder of The SocialWell Collective, a community that encourages in person ‘net-playing’; a form of truly connecting with each other face-to-face, as a means to support social bonding and well-being. She is a TEDx speaker and has spoken at WE Day. Her family recently received an international recognition and honour by Facebook’s Global Gaming Citizens for a video game that her 12 year old son developed in an effort to encourage social change.