For Erin Mills area kids this month!

Erin Mills Connects’ traditional Beautiful Mind Day for children and youth is reinvented in Spring 2021

Beautiful Mind Day — A Special Opportunity for

Grades 6-12 on Monday, Apr. 26!


Dr. Rumeet Billan will speak about “Who Do I Want to Become?”  This interactive, online session is based on Dr. Billan’s award-winning book of the same name.  She discusses pathways for students in a way that is appropriate for elementary students transitioning to high school, or high school students moving into jobs, post-secondary education and/or apprenticeships. The connection to mental health is the message of being true to oneself and maintaining the positive qualities of a leader.

Who is Dr. Rumeet Billan?

Dr. Billan was raised in Mississauga/Peel and earned her doctorate from the University of Toronto. She is President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and has made her mark as an education leader in youth and community resilience. She is often seen on news broadcasts commenting on the pandemic’s impact on well-being.

This month, Dr. Billan was named one of the TOP 100 Health Leaders (for mental wellness) by Canadian women’s magazine, OptiMyz. Dr. Billan and EMC were also recognized by MindShare Learning as being among the top 20 Canadian Learning & Technology Innovators & Newsmakers of 2020. Learn more about Dr. Billan at

Past events

Community Forum Featuring a Youth Panel: On Feb. 25, 2021, almost 60 community leaders participated in an event where youth from Grades 8-12 spoke about the challenges of learning and growing up in a pandemic. A podcast of the event will soon be posted on 
Raising Resilient Children: Dr. Michael Ungar presented to the community on Dec. 3, 2020. Thanks to Dr. Ungar, Moderator Mary Nanavati, and other volunteers who helped run the webinar. Most of all, thanks to more than 160 participants who spent time with us.
Erin Mills Connects is a non-profit collaborative working to improve the well-being of children, youth and families in west Mississauga. Its charitable partner is The Dam. 

Watch the excellent and informative presentation by Dr. Dillon Browne featuring new research at
The Virtual Village: Thank you to parents and guardians who spent time with us and Ann Douglas on two webinars in May 2020. We truly became members of The Virtual Village. Webinars (Part I: It Starts with You, and Part II: Caring for Your Kids) were enlightening, hopeful, and full of sound strategies to make this pandemic less stressful for everyone. Recordings of Ann’s prepared remarks are available at the Erin Mills Connects blog Please encourage your friends and family to watch.

Personal Donations are Welcome

To contribute to future projects of Erin Mills Connects community collaborative (trusteed by The Dam) and receive a charitable tax receipt, please make a donation HERE. Thank you.

Steering Committee Meetings – Open to All

We still look forward to connecting with you online, if not in person. Steering Committee meetings are open to community members. Visit our events site to register.