About What now?
This project is a labour of love. In early 2020, Covid-19 blindsided countless people around the world. Drastic changes cause painful loss for many: loss of loved ones, jobs, identity, security. Nathan Kolar and Mary Ann Baynton aspired to offer practical resources to help people answer the question, “What now?” so they could feel grounded again and move forward with hope, clarity and energy.
Funding was not available for this project. Mary Ann asked for help and many amazing people answered the call. With gratitude, their names are in the list of contributors.
The intention was to help everyone, now and in the future, to:
- Identify and address challenging feelings and emotions
- Regain a sense of balance and control in this new normal
- Access ideas for moving forward successfully
- Clarify where to go next from here
- Access resources to help move forward
Please come back to this resource as often as is helpful. Share it with others.
We would be thrilled if you let us know how this helped or how we could make it even better.
You know the thought of watching or reading something and thinking, “easier said than done”? Me as well! This is why I dedicate myself to helping others uncover small daily habits and making the invisible more visible. Together we can build hope, energy, and methods – asking plenty of questions along the way. It’s okay to be a beginner again.
We sincerely appreciate all of those who contributed to the development of this project. Each of these good folks volunteered their time and expertise because they believe that we need to help and support each other, especially in times of stress. Our heartfelt thanks to:
Melissa Clapperton RN, BScN, MN
Melissa Clapperton has over 25 years of healthcare and managerial experience, focusing within workplace wellness. She developed the workplace health program for the City of Toronto.
She obtained her RN from Western University and completed a Masters in Nursing Admin from McMaster University. In 2006, she also obtained a Certified Government Auditing Professional Designation.
As the Executive Director of Mindful Employer Canada I’m passionate about supporting psychological health and safety and personal wellbeing. While I, like many people, have experienced moments of fear and anxiety, I feel the world has come together to support one another through the pandemic in such a beautiful way and I am happy to support this initiative to give people a chance to plan a future where they can thrive.
Lucy Lehman, MSc
As the Principal of Multifarious Productions®, I work with a variety of clients, offering a range of services and specializing in bringing ideas, however complex, to life. No task presented by a project manager or client is unattainable, no challenge unmet – as evidenced in this interactive website. I am grateful to have been invited to help create this great resource.
I help people find stress management resources so they can show up more compassionate, engaged, and resilient. Visit www.makomindfulness.com for more tools centered around mindfulness and stress management. @MakoMindfulness
Heather Newman, RN BScN
Given the COVID-19 situation, it’s more important than ever to support our own mental health and the mental health of our colleagues. Check out www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com for tips on managing stress and anxiety, maintaining hope, and supporting the parent-child relationship.
All of our psychological health and safety resources are free. Use them to make a difference in your workplace.
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych.
I didn’t hesitate when asked to contribute. As the CEO & Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth.com, I place a high value on providing a wide range of practical resources and content that is widely and publicly available.