Clinicians and Presenters

Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond is a mental health speaker with the Federal Speakers Bureau on Mental Health in Ottawa. A communications professional with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Michael founded The Happiness Project mental health support group in West Ottawa in 2022. His group has staged several fundraising events for mental health causes since its inception. This summer, he launched the Happiness Project mental health podcast on all streaming platforms.

Michael is also a men’s mental health advocate in the Knights of Columbus, member of the Our Lady of Peace School parents’ council and social media director at his local church.

A former journalist in Peterborough, Sarnia, Kitchener and Ottawa, Michael is also a published author, Suzuki parent and big believer in the power of music and teachers to change the world.

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