Angele Poitras brings health and safety lunch and learn program to Ontario communities
Meet Angele Poitras, Community Engagement Specialist at Workplace Safety North. An active member of the community, she is instrumental in overseeing the Workplace Safety North Feed Your Brain lunch and learn program across northern Ontario.
“We’re gearing up for lunch and learn presentations this fall,” says Angele. “In September, you’re invited to a lunch and learn on ‘Why Mental Health Matters’ happening in North Bay and Sudbury. And in November, you’re invited to attend a lunch and learn about ‘Why Your Workplace Culture is Important’ – available in North Bay, Sudbury, and Kirkland Lake.
“Since introducing the Feed Your Brain lunch and learn sessions in Sudbury and North Bay, as well as a couple in Kirkland Lake and Thunder Bay, we’ve been able to share important information on trending topics in health and safety, like substance use and mental health, to more than 150 people attending in person and online across the province.”
As a former business owner, Angele is very familiar with issues facing employers and business owners today.
“The series is a great way to get a quick overview of hot topics in health and safety, while you network within your northern Ontario community,” she says. “If one person walks away with a new idea for their workplace, finds the right resources, or meets a person that they connect with, then it’s a success.
“I feel very fortunate to do something that I love, which is helping make Ontario workplaces and communities safer – both physically and psychologically safe. I believe the two are interrelated," says Angele, "and that’s why it’s so important to bring more support and resource information to our communities. At the same time, we source the lunch meals from the local community’s not-for-profits and businesses.”
In addition to extensive business and community experience, Angele earned her designation with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, which complements Master Trainer certification for the Health and Safety Awareness program, Certified Volunteer Administrator, and Lateral Violence certificate; and Joint Health and Safety Committee certification.
Based in Sudbury, Angele continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through educational courses, industry publications, and health and safety conferences. Angele is deeply committed to providing a high level of service, and strongly believes in every worker going home safe and healthy at the end of each work day.
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September: Why mental health matters
November: Why your workplace culture is important