First ParenTalks of New Academic Year Features a First

A trio of medical professionals with expertise in mental health, family medicine, and infectious diseases round out the panel for the first ParenTalks event of the 2020-21 school year at St. Michael's College School (SMCS), presented via live webcast on Thursday, August 27.

Three medical professionals are guests at SMCS first ParenTalks of 2020-21.


The panel will feature: 

Dr. Peter Lin, MD, CCFP, family physician, Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre and medical contributor for CBC News;

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, MD, BMSc, FRCPC, Infectious Diseases Specialist at University Health Network and medical contributor for a variety of media outlets;

Dr. Mark Broussenko '07, MD, family physician, hospitalist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and featured ParenTalks medical expert.

The panel will focus on how parents can support their sons' safe return to school.

It marks the first time ParenTalks will present an all-medical panel.

Health and safety signage at SMCS due to COVID-19. ParenTalks event on students' safe return to school.


Now entering its second full year, ParenTalks was introduced in May 2019 as a forum for a conversation between current parents at St. Michael's College School and guest experts --- on topics of interest potentially impacting their sons.

Held as in-person evening events initially, the presentations have moved to a virtual environment since the onset of the global pandemic in March 2020.

A joint effort of the Student Affairs Department and Community and Learning Partnerships at SMCS, past event topics have included: building healthy relationships, helping a child achieve their potential, mental wellness, and learning in a digital world, among others.

To learn more about ParenTalks and watch past presentations, click here.