Newcomers and the Family Tree of Well-being


Webinar Presenters

Karen Kyliuk BSW, RSW

Karen has a Bachelor Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and 32 years of experience working in the mental health field, with the last 17 years in Mental Health Promotion. Karen is a registered Social Worker, Co-Chair of the MCSW Complaints Committee and Chair of the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network. Karen has designed a variety of staff development curriculums including: Psychological First Aid, Suicide Assessment & Intervention, Well-being Workshops, and Circle of Care. She has been a columnist for Wave magazine and the Winnipeg Free press on mental wellness topics. Karen was the Project Lead for two robust mental health promotion campaigns “Enjoy Life More” and “Thrive over 55”, the Project Consultant for this Newcomer well-being project and the Project Co-Lead for the Indigenous Ways to Well-being: Youth Perspectives resource. Karen is passionate about encouraging people to embrace wellness, develop resilience, and flourish in all areas of life.


Julie-Anne McCarthy MSc.

Julie-Anne McCarthy has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Science degree in Community Psychology, from Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, USA. Julie-Anne is currently conducting research with the University of Manitoba and teaching at the Université de Saint-Boniface. Julie-Anne previously held the position of Program Specialist in Mental Health Promotion with the Winnipeg Regional Healthy Authority, conducted research with the University of Manitoba and Healthy Child Manitoba, and worked in crisis services with the Mental Health Crisis Response Center and Adult Mobile Crisis Service. Research interests include childhood mental health, population mental health, mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.



The population of immigrant and refugee children, youth and families in Canada continues to grow rapidly. It is known that positive mental health and well-being are vital to the successful resettlement of newcomers. However, many barriers and challenges experienced during settlement, and a lack of resources for service providers to promote positive mental health, puts the mental health of newcomer individuals and families at risk. To address this, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Mental Health Promotion Program embarked on a project, funded through a Children’s Hospital Foundation Child Health Advisory Committee (CHAC) grant. This webinar will highlight this innovative project including key themes from the literature review, environmental scan of health promotion practices, and numerous consultations. The development of a strength-based resource intended for use by service providers to promote the mental health and well-being of newcomer families as they settle will be showcased.                                                                                                                                        

Key Learning Objectives:

  • To identify key themes impacting newcomer families’ well-being.
  • To understand why community member engagement was integral in the development of the Family Tree of Well-being tool.
  • To explore the Video Resource, featuring 7 newcomer families, as a way to start conversations about well-being with newcomer families.
  • To be introduced to the Facilitator Guide, with step by step instructions to learn how to facilitate the Family Tree of Well-being group activity in Social Work practice.