Pat Capponi

Pat Capponi played an integral part in developing Voices from the Street. She has been the Lead Facilitator since conception in 2005.

Pat Capponi presentation at the Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture 2013 | LA&PS | YorkU

She was a Canadian author and advocate for mental health and poverty issues in Canada. Her works include several nonfiction titles and a mystery novel series.

Her books include:

Upstairs in the Crazy House : Viking, 1992
Dispatches from the Poverty Line : Penguin, 1997
The War at Home Toronto: Viking, 1999
Bound by duty: walking the beat with Canada’s cops: Viking, 2000
Beyond the Crazy House: Penguin Canada, 2003
Last Stop Sunnyside: HarperCollins, 2006
The Corpse Will Keep: HarperCollins, 2008

Pat was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015. She has also served on the inaugural board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and as a part time board member of the Consent and Capacity Board. Pat was the co-facilitator of the “From Surviving To Advising” initiative undertaken by CAMH. The effort brings together consumer-survivors with psychiatry residents to allow those with lived experience of mental illness issues to work with residents to understand new perspectives of recovery.

Co-chair of Mental Health Sub-committee of the Toronto Police Services Board, member of Work-focused Discussion Group (Ministry of Community and Social Services), and is a member of Civic Action’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champion’s Council.

Pat also completed terms on the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council and was a founding member of RACI (Resident and Consumer Initiative), a group of psychiatric residents and consumer/survivors met monthly in each other’s homes.