Mental Health Awareness for Seniors

Seniors from the city of Markham and the surrounding area enjoyed the Positive Living – Mental Health Awareness event.

They learned the different methods that are available to improve their mental health.

CCA-Canada presented Arka Dhyana Intuitive Meditation as a method to improve mental well-being.

Ariane Seguin, PhD Candidate, Toronto Project Coordinator, Canadian Coalition of Seniors’ Mental Health discussed the tools that seniors can apply in the Brain Health and Wellness project.

Neel Dani, Executive Director, Chorus Music taught everyone how to experience stress relief through drumming.

We also enjoyed a lovely cake cutting, a delicious vegetarian buffet lunch and live musical entertainment by Nadia Dolce, award-winning international singer-songwriter and artist and Neel Dani, independent Canadian artist, producer, songwriter, engineer and multi-instrumentalist.

Thank you to City of Markham, Regional Councillor Joe Li for attending the event and presenting us with an acknowledgement certificate.


Great presentation, very well organized and exceptional guest speaker. Very well thought out program. the volunteers were amazing. I see all the seniors thoroughly enjoyed

Social Worker
Indra Bain

Many benefits: social benefits, mental and physical.

Maria Rigobert

Very informative and great entertainment. Good food, great fun

Bhupen Bhatt

Topic: Brain Health and Wellness Project


> Opening: Arka Dhyana Intuitive Meditation Group Participation
> Stress Relief – Drum and Percussion Circle presented by Neel Dani,
  Artistic Director of Chorus Music Academy
> Live Music by Neel Dani and Nadia Ricci
> Vegetarian Buffet Lunch

Coffee, Tea and Registration begin at 10:30am

Pay at door or through PayPal


Ariane Seguin

Ariane Seguin is a PhD student at York University and the regional project coordinator of the Brain Health and Wellness Project. This project is led by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) and The Fountain of Health, and funded by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). Her research combines her passion for physical activity and aging research. Previously her work focused on the role of positive aging stereotypes for continued engagement in physical activity in later life. Currently, her PhD dissertation explores how to best apply the latest scientific evidence to increase physical activity participation among residents of long-term care. Through her work she hopes to shed light on the value of applying research into practice and on the power of positive thinking for later life health.

Nadia Ricci

Nadia Ricci is an award-winning international singer-songwriter and artist. She performs contemporary, influenced pop ballads with electronic influences. Nadia has featured on various DJ dance and pop tracks and her compositions have aired on radio stations worldwide. Originally from Montreal and of Italian descent, Nadia is a multi-lingual artist who writes and performs in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and won the international singing competition “Canta Giro” in 2017, representing Canada in the “international category.

Neel Dani

Neel Dani is an independent Canadian artist, producer, songwriter, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology and a Hons. BFA in Classical Guitar & World Music Performance from York University. He makes contemporary music that blends a wide range of instruments, sounds and genres. Inspired by icons like the late and great Prince, Neel sang and played all (over 15) instruments on his award-winning, self-produced, composed, written, arranged and performed debut EP Better Late Than Never, where he even used a toaster oven on his song “How Do You Like Me Now”. The EP was recorded and mixed by L. Stu Young, engineer to Prince himself.