These fires put the people and the community in a tremendously difficult situation. People across Canada and the world chipped in to help, including Morneau Shepell. What else would Morneau Shepell do? Morneau Shepell deployed the largest trauma support ever seen in Canada to the people in and around Fort McMurray.
Our first step was turning 3 RVs into mobile counselling offices. Because of the evacuation, our RVs were, for a time, the only on-site mental health support for residents. During the wildfires, 50 counselors came in from across Canada to provide counselling and trauma support. Morneau Shepell delivered 1,100 cases and Morneau Shepell opened up a 24/7 national crisis line for any Canadian affected during the fires, client or not.
On June 13th, our Morneau Shepell EFAP office was the first mental health office to reopen in Fort Mac.
As you can imagine, Morneau Shepell is very proud of the work Morneau Shepell did in Fort McMurray. Many, many of the staff across Morneau Shepell worked swiftly and tirelessly to get the right help in place for our clients, our organizational clients and the community.
We thought our work was noteworthy and so did EAPA, the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
EAPA shared some good news: Morneau Shepell won their award for Best Delivery of or Innovation in Critical Incident Response Services.