About the Activist
Greg Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin has been speaking and facilitating workshops at conferences and schools on diversity, multiculturalism, youth, anti-racism and mental health issues for over twenty years. He is a past participant in numerous events, projects and initiatives focused on social justice in Canada and beyond. Some of these activities include:
- Poet Laureate of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) from 2007 to 2014.
- Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) poet-in-residence for the SPARK Institute in St. John’s (2012), Victoria (2013) and Winnipeg (2014).
- Mental health advocacy in conjunction with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health (Saskatoon), the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (USA) and several other organizations both domestically and internationally.
- The first African-Canadian to serve a term as President of Canada’s oldest undergraduate student government, the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University, in 1996-97.
- Vocal advocate in the Queen's community for the on-campus recognition of Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first known university graduate of colour and the first Black lawyer in British North America (In October 2009, after extensive lobbying by students and alumni, Queen’s officially rededicated its Policy Studies Building as Robert Sutherland Hall).
Grassroots Social Justice
- Poet Laureate for the Put Food in the Budget provincial anti-poverty campaign (2012-2014).
- Poet-in-residence for several conferences focused on social justice, including the Rise Up For Your Rights Conference 2010 (Canadian Labour Congress), Urban Agriculture Summit 2012 (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities/FoodShare) and the Community Forum on Hunger (Toronto Public Health), among others.