MusicOntario & the Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication present: ​Looking After Our Emotions at Work

Mon 24th August 2020

MusicOntario Online, Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication, & Unison present:
Looking After Our Emotions at Work
Monday, August 24, 2020, 1-2pm EST via Zoom

While it has been challenging to hit an indefinite pause on the development of professional projects, relationships, and investments in the midst of COVID-19, there is a concurrent and globally historic social movement that reminds us of the imperative to re-learn the basics of empathetically participating in our own industry. Within the context of our careers, it will always be important to explore creatively and to continuously hone our knowledge of best practices in business, rights management, grant writing, marketing, and more, and taking the time to ensure our community is stronger, safer, more vibrant, welcoming and equitable is no different or less crucial. It’s vitally necessary that we educate ourselves on the intersecting systemic barriers faced by our peers who are Black, indigenous, of colour, disabled, women, non-binary, and in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It is our collective responsibility to proactively and effectively work toward understanding and dismantling these barriers through the language we use at home and at work, and within our roles, organizations, and circles of influence.

Emotional regulation and stress management are required skills in becoming an anti-oppressive communicator and creating an inclusive work environment. During this 60-minute interactive, engaging and informative session, participants will experience safety, healing and community. Specific information will be provided about how to identify and understand common emotions and trauma “triggers”. In addition, participants will learn and practice various stress management and relaxation techniques.

All Centre For Anti-Oppressive Communication (CFAC) trainings and workshops foster an environment that is culturally relevant, holistic, engaging, collaborative and practical.

Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are here to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.


  • Land and Ancestral Acknowledgment
  • Understanding and Identifying Emotions and Trauma Triggers
  • Coping with Trauma Triggers at Work
  • Practicing stress management and relaxation tips and techniques

Tenniel Brown, B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Facilitator | Therapist | Consultant
Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication

For over 15 years Tenniel Brown (facilitator, consultant, therapist and yoga teacher) has been working collaboratively with diverse clients to apply holistic tools to transform the impact of mental health and substance use concerns on their lives. Tenniel is a passionate anti-racism, anti-oppression and mental health speaker dedicated to improving the experiences of marginalized people in educational and mental health settings. She is founder of the Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication which specializes in providing anti-oppressive/trauma informed counselling, clinical supervision, and organizational consultation as well as customized workshops, trainings and team retreats.

This session hope to bring awareness to Unison Benevolent fund:

Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are here to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.

For many, a career in music is a dream come true; however, the reality is that many members of the Canadian music community do not have access to the services that can make all the difference in a time of need: sick leave, medical benefits, pension plans, and unemployment insurance. Music makers can easily find themselves unprepared to deal with the financial and emotional burdens of an unforeseen emergency or illness. The Unison Benevolent Fund provides a lifeline in these times of crisis, and is there to ensure in the health of our friends, colleagues and collaborators.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. There are two distinct types of support available through the fund.

Financial Assistance: The Unison Benevolent Fund will provide emergency financial support to Canadian music-makers recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances that result in an inability to work, severe economic or personal hardship.

Counselling and Health Solutions supported by RBC Foundation: Through voluntary and confidential support services, eligible Canadian music makers are able to access qualified professionals who can provide counselling and other resources to support individuals and their immediate family members dealing with mental health, legal guidance, family and relationships counselling, or work-related concerns.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is funded by support from individuals and industry organizations. All services and information is provided in English and French.

Unison will never charge dues or fees for membership or for access to any assistance program.

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