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Revitalizing Practice

Speaker Bios

Monday, May 16 - Morning

(60 MINUTES: 10:45 - 11:45 AM)

 

 

1. Edmond Bourque, RCMP KARE
- RCMP KARE Pro Active Unit - High Risk Person Canvas & Human Trafficking Seminar

 

Cpl Bourque grew up in rural Alberta, and has 20 years of service with the RCMP in Alberta. He has been posted to the communities of Mayerthorpe, Lac La Biche, Fort McMurray, & Edmonton (Proceeds of Crime, Serious & Organized Crime, KARE Historical Homicide Unit) and is currently stationed within the KARE Pro Active Unit.

 

 

 

2. Crosby, University of Alberta

- Take good care of yourself; take good care of youth: Frontline workers and self-care

 

Daena is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her areas of study include the criminalization and marginalization of young people and inclusive youth work practices. Daena has worked with young people in Edmonton and Toronto for over 10 years.

 

 

 

3. Melissa Tremblay, University of Alberta

- Developing a model of supportive housing for teen families

 

Recognizing the challenges of teen parenting, Terra Centre and Brentwood Housing Society

partnered to develop a supportive housing model for teen families. Through this presentation,

we will share successes and challenges experienced by staff and teen families involved, and

discuss how our participatory research agenda will capture the programs innovative practices.

 

Karen Caine, Terra Centre

Karen is the Director of Strategic Community Initiatives at the Terra Centre for Teen Parents.

 

 

 

4. Holly Hallborg, REACH Edmonton
- WrapED - Collaborative youth gang prevention in Edmonton

 

Holly Hallborg is the WrapED Project Manager and has worked at REACH Edmonton since its inception almost 6 years ago. Holly grew up in rural Alberta but has spent time living in Red Deer, Lethbridge, Quebec City and Ottawa before making the move to Edmonton. It was during this journey that she discovered an interest in community safety and became particularly passionate about issues related to vulnerable youth.

 

 

 

5. Larisa Jeffares, Create Your Whole Self
- Re-discovering the magic of our work

 

Larisa Jeffares has completed a degree in Child and Youth Care. Larisa has practiced as a child-care counselor, youth worker, recreational therapist and a high-risk youth case worker and assessor for Child and Family Services. Currently, Larisa is the owner of Create Your Whole Self – a life coaching and consulting company.

 

 

 

6. Cynthia Puddu, MacEwan

- Voices from the street: Stories of vulnerable youth in the shadow of urban development

 

Cynthia Puddu is an Assistant Professor at MacEwan University in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. She is also a PhD student in the School of Public Health since September 2013. Her research interested are in youth resilience, community engaged scholarship and Community Based Participatory Research.

 

 

 

7. Tamara D. Gartner, Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychologist  
- Supporting Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTQ) Children, Youth, and Families: Considerations for Inclusive Practice

 

Tamara is a registered social worker & registered psychologist. She works at her private practice “Inclusive Counselling & Consulting Psychological Services, Inc.” Tamara has a unique specialization in supporting those with gender struggles or discovering their authentic selves (whether that be sexual orientation or gender identity). Tamara is the Edmonton Chapter Lead for PFLAG Canada – monthly support group.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 16 - Afternoon

(60 MINUTES: 1:45 - 2:45 PM)

 

 

 

1. Helen Rusich, REACH Edmonton

- Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP)

Helen Rusich, Project Manager at REACH Edmonton believes that to remain relevant we need to be curious, open and loving. She has been involved in community development for over 20 years and knows that solutions to complex social issues come from the community, those who unknowingly serve as positive deviants. “The most promising survival path for humans is to merge existing technology with the knowledge, wisdom and ecologically sound practice of indigenous and traditional peoples” (Sahtouris, 1992, p.1).

 

 

Joseph Luri

Joseph Luri is a Community Animator/Broker assisting Sudanese and African youth and families to understand Canadian norms and systems. He works full time with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and volunteers evenings and weekends to support children and youth to engage in meaningful activities. Joseph is married to Ester, and they have three boys who they mentor to become community leaders.

 

 

Ann Goldblat

Ann is an experienced facilitator, planner and evaluator, with knowledge and skills in community development, partnering, innovative program design and participatory research. She brings over 30 years of experience working on issues affecting access to resources for people with low incomes, immigrants, refugees and Aboriginal communities.

 

 

Terry Rocchio, Superintendent

Terry was born, raised and lives in Edmonton. He has been a member of the Edmonton Police Service for 35 years, having worked in a number of operational areas, including Patrol Divisions, Tactical Section, Duty Officer, and is presently the Superintendent in charge of Operational Support Division. Terry is very involved in Incident Command and has taught this subject within the Edmonton Police Service and nationally at the Canadian Police College. He is also the EPS Liaison and Co-Chair of the African Community Liaison Committee. Terry has been married for 33 years, has two children.

 

 

Andrew Lokiden

Andrew Lokiden came to Canada in 2013 from Uganda. He graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School in 2015 and is currently attending Centre High. He participated in the July 2013 Police Academy and served as a youth leader in August, 2015 with the Police & Youth Engagement Program. He enjoys playing soccer, reading and hanging out with friends in his leisure time and will be pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in the fall.

 

 

 

 

2. Leslie Twilley, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
- Using gov’t administrative data to inform policy for Alberta’s high-risk youth

 

Leslie Twilley is the Lead Scientist with the Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. She oversees the CYDL’s research projects. Leslie received her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Alberta.

 

 

Ruiting Jia, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
- Using gov’t administrative data to inform policy for Alberta’s high-risk youth

 

Ruiting Jia is a Research Scientist with the Child and Youth Data Lab (CYDL) at The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. Her research area focuses on homelessness and child and youth involved with the intervention service. Ruiting received her Master Science degree from the University of Alberta.

 

 

 

3. Aamena Kapasi - University of Alberta, Moving the Mountain
- Moving the Mountain: The past, the present, the future

 

I am School and Child Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Alberta. I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology at Western University. I have enjoyed conducting research and working with children and youth in a number of capacities. My main research interests are in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

 

 

Chelsea Hobbs, Early Childhood Development Support Services
- Moving the Mountain: The past, the present, the future

 

I recently graduated from the University of Alberta with my Masters in Counseling Psychology and have been working as a Research Assistant for the Moving the Mountain Program for the past year. I am passionate about working with children and youth and my main research interests include trauma, grief and hope.

 

 

Stacey Keeleri - University of Alberta, Moving the Mountain

- Moving the Mountain: The past, the present, the future

 

I am a Masters student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. My masters thesis is focused on the connections between place and learning, in a community setting, using murals as the instigator. As well, my main research interests are in the area of Arts Based Research and Youth Participatory Action Research.

 

 

 

4. Kim Trefry, Streetworks
- Youth 2 youth: Alternatives to abstinence following a harm reduction framework

 

Kim Trefry is the program Nurse at Streetworks, Edmonton’s only needle exchange program. She is involved in a MAC cosmetics funded project, now in its 5th year of operation, called “Youth to Youth: Keeping Kids Healthier and Safe.” She is currently the facilitator of a provincial users’ group titled Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR). Kim has extensive experience in providing Harm Reduction based drug information to street-involved populations.

 

 

Kristen Rowan, Streetworks
- Youth 2 youth: Alternatives to abstinence following a harm reduction framework

 

kristen rowan is the youth mentor for a funded project by MAC cosmetics, i its 5th year of operation, called “Youth to Youth: Keeping Kids Healthier and Safe.” She has experience in the kind of lifestyles these youth lead, therefore having a better understanding of how to reach these youth.

 

 

 

5. Tannis Pearson, Boys and Girls Clubs. Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Tannis Pearson, BA Education, has been a Manager for the Youth in Care Program for the past 3 years. Tannis brings knowledge from previous experience working as an Educator as well as a Youth Worker. She was involved in this pilot project since its inception and manages the Edmonton agency’s school based, and community based programs in addition to this work. She currently directly supervises the frontline team supporting “youth in care” matches.

 

 

Brianna Berthiaume, Youth and Volunteer Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Brianna Berthiaume started with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District in 2012, and has been the key coordinator of the Youth in Care Program. She also took on the role as mentor to a 14 year old girl. She is an active team player in volleyball, baseball and numerous other sports.

 

 

Eric Storey, Mentor

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Throughout his professional career Eric volunteered in youth serving programs. Following his 2007 retirement he increased his community involvement and obtained a BSW as one of his retirement projects. He has been a mentor for many years and is concerned with the distinct needs of youth transitioning out of care.

 

 

Stephen Kaiswatum, Mentee

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Stephen grew up in the children's services system. At 16 he moved into full independent living, which was a positive transition for him. He feels the mentors in his life have been important keys in his success and he is a mentor and role model for his four younger siblings

 

 

Rhonda Barraclough, ALIGN- Association of Community Services

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Rhonda has a BSW and a Med in Adult Education. She is the Executive director of ALIGN Association of Community Services. She has also worked For government in Alberta nad British Columbia int he child welfare area for many years. She has 30 years experience working in this area. She is an advocate for children’s rights and making sure children in care get the best care possible

 

 

Michelle Anderson-Draper, AndersonDraper Consulting

- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care

 

Michelle has been involved in evaluation for over 15 years and was one of the first cohorts to receive the professional designation of “credentialed evaluator” from the Canadian Evaluation Society in 2011. Michelle’s evaluation work focuses on initiatives that aim to improve program outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.

 

 

 

 

6. Catherine Broomfield, iHuman

- Being a hero to creativity - The iHuman model

 

As Executive Director of iHuman Youth Society since 2010, Catherine Broomfield is guided by the youth to lead a unique organization that creates creative heroes. In 2014, she was honoured with the YWCA's Woman of Distinction 'Advocate' Award and named one of the Top 100 Women in Business by The Wanderer.

 

 

iHuman Arts Mentorship Youth

- Being a hero to creativity - The iHuman model

 

iHuman authentically engages youth who experience multiple challenges as a result of high risk behaviours. Mental illness, addictions, trauma, homelessness, neglect, gang affiliation and criminality typify the lived experience of iHuman youth who are aged 12-24 years. iHuman's demographic is largely urban Aboriginal young people from Treaty 6 Nations.

 

 

 

7. Renée Laporte, Children Services

- A phenomenological study on the experience of composing rap lyrics among ‘at-risk’ youth

 

Renée has been an inclusive disability support worker for 16 years, supporting children and youth with complex disabilities in school, their homes and communities. Renée is the founder of a youth inclusion action group called iNspired and co-founder of an in-school inclusion leadership program called Free2BeYOUth. Both Renée and the iNspired youth are recipients of the John Humphrey Centre's Human Rights Award. Two years ago, she began welcoming homeless youth into her home in an effort to provide them with the basic needs that we all need in order to reach our potentials.

 

 

LeAnn Murdoch, Children Services

- A phenomenological study on the experience of composing rap lyrics among ‘at-risk’ youth

 

LeAnn is an employee of Children Services and has been working with the department for 18 years. She started working up north in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan and slowly moved south to work in Tofield, Fort Saskatchewan, and now Sherwood Park. She has held various positions, including intake, investigations, case management, permanency worker, and now foster care support worker. As a caseworker she worked with high risk youth, which is how she had the opportunity to work with Renée.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 17 - Morning

(90 MINUTES: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM)

 

 

 

1. Faye Hamilton, MacEwan

- Trauma exposure response and the practitioner

 

Faye Hamilton, M.S.W., R.S.W. has worked with children and families at every point of her twenty-five career as a social worker. Her work in high-intensity areas of practice has helped her to understand the impact of working with and caring for those who have experienced trauma. She currently teaches in the Social Work program at MacEwan University and works as a private consultant.

 

 

 

2. Denise VanDomselaar, A Muse Inc..
Embracing Change

 

Denise graduated from the Child and Youth Care Program at Grant MacEwan in 1991, and in 2007 she became a Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner through the Expressive Arts Training Institute in California. Denise has worked in the school system engaging youth in restorative practice since 2008 using Expressive Arts, Restorative Circle Process and Mediation. She has also used Expressive Arts in working with youth in treatment for addictions and substance abuse.

 

 

 

3. Wanda Polzin, CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
- Understanding the role of trauma and adverse childhood experiences in high risk youth with mental health and addiction challenges

 

Dr. Wanda Polzin (MA, RSW, EdD) is the Director of Clinical Services at CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health with a current portfolio of 18 programs. She has 20 years of experience working with children and families and has specialized in the areas of trauma, attachment, FASD, and mental health.

 

 

Rebecca Marsh, CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
- Understanding the role of trauma and adverse childhood experiences in high risk youth with mental health and addiction challenges

 

Dr. Rebeccah Marsh is the Director of Evaluation & Research for CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health and holds an adjunct position with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. Her current research interests include understanding complexity and outcomes in children’s mental health and health care delivery.

 

 

 

4. Giri Puligandla, Homeward Trust
- Reinvisioning the Edmonton youth system: Developing and implementing the community strategy to end youth homelessness in Edmonton

 

Giri Puligandla is Director of Planning and Research with Homeward Trust Edmonton. Her areas of responsibility include service systems planning, stakeholder engagement, program design and evaluation, data management and analysis, and research. Prior to joining Homeward Trust in 2011, Giri held leadership and executive roles in several Edmonton-based non-profit organizations working in the areas of mental health, housing and homelessness, family caregiving, and community development.

 

 

 

5. Peter Smyth, Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services
- The critical need to understand trauma, attachment and brain development when working with youth in the child welfare system

 

Peter is a social worker with 26 years of service Child and Family Services. He developed a practice framework and philosophy incorporating innovative, non-traditional, and anti-oppressive intervention methods for the high-risk youth population to better engage and meet the needs of this very challenging population. He has written about issues confronting youth, and he provides consultation, training and workshops.

 

 

Heather Peddle, Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services

- The critical need to understand trauma, attachment and brain development when working with youth in the child welfare system

 

Heather Peddle is a case worker with Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services. She was previously with Edmonton John Howard Society’s REE*START Program for eight years. Heather has been working with high-risk and at-risk youth for the past 18 years in various capacities. Heather is involved in various community initiatives and committee’s aimed at supporting practice that is creative and reflective of the changing and unique needs of youth.

 

 

 

6. Kelli Stevens, University of Calgary
- Using design thinking for the prevention of ethnocultural youth gang involvement

 

Kelli Stevens is project manager for the Identity-Based Wraparound Intervention. She brings 10+ years of professional experience in communications, project management, and community relations. Kelli has travelled to various regions overseas and has worked in cross-cultural contexts. At home, she is an active volunteer, including service to multiple nonprofit boards.

 

 

Lissette Tougas, Centre for Newcomers
- Using design thinking for the prevention of ethnocultural youth gang involvement

 

Lissette Tougas, RSW, is a Team Lead at the Centre for Newcomers. Lissette has a deep understanding of issues facing immigrant youth and their families, supplemented with several years of work in program development, mentorship, diversity services and community development. Lissette has also championed various pro-social/recreational programs for vulnerable youth.

 

 

 

7. Dr. Sophie Yohani, Registered Psychologist

 

Dr. Sophie Yohani is a psychologist with a background in counselling psychology, global mental health, elementary education and experience in community psychology, program development, and community-based research. Dr. Yohani maintains a special interest in childhood and adult trauma and the experiences of hope and resiliency. Currently, she is exploring the role of cultural brokers in facilitating the adaptation and delivery of mental health services for refugee children and families in school/community settings and the mental health of refugee women and child survivors of war-related violence.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 17 - Afternoon

(90 MINUTES: 3:00 - 4:30 PM)

 

 

1. Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Homelessness Research Network

Stephen Gaetz is the Associate Dean of Research and Field Development in the Faculty of Education. His research interests include homelessness, youth culture, criminal victimization and community development. His research on young people who are homeless has focused on their economic strategies, health issues and legal and justice issues. Currently, he is involved in research on homelessness and tuberculosis transmission. Dr. Gaetz has played a leading international role in knowledge dissemination in the area of homelessness.

 

 

 

2. Cindy Zarn, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary - Script Program

- Script Program, We can all relate

 

I am passionate about working with youth and have been since I started my career volunteering at a church outreach program 8 years ago, in North East Calgary. From there I was inspired to take Social Work in college and started work at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. I worked at our Youth shelter for a couple years before moving to our community cased outreach program called Script where I continue to work with high-risk youth.

 

 

Jolene Fawcett, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

- Script Program, We can all relate

 

I started working with youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs Youth Shelter, and moved on to the housing-first programs stream for youth within Infinity and now Home Fire. Through case managing with Infinity, I have built relationships with some of the highest acuity youth in Calgary. I continue to teach and educate staff on how to build relationships with high risk youth.

 

 

 

3. Sue Fortune, Boys and Girls Club Calgary

- Harm reduction vs. harm acceptance: A lens on youth recovery

 

Sue Fortune has extensive experience working with youth and individuals experiencing homelessness. Sue is a lead expert in Housing First and is Manager of Housing and Shelters at the Boys and Girls Club Calgary and a Regional Trainer of Housing First with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Sue has presented internationally on Housing First and issues related to homelessness. Sue holds the trademark for Harm Reduction vs Harm Acceptance: A Lens on Recovery.

 

 

 

4. Melanie Kamps, Calgary and Area Child & Family Services

- Finding connections and building safety for high risk youth - Calgary Region CFS

 

Melanie Kamps is a Registered Social Worker with Human Services, Child and Family Services. Melanie has worked with CFS for over 20 years. Since 2014, Melanie has been in the role Youth Practice Specialist in the Calgary Region. Melanie’s focus includes supporting the Region to apply its new practice strategies in its work with youth; priorities being permanency, connectedness, and support well into adulthood.

 

 

Dale Rideout, Calgary and Area Child & Family Services

- Finding connections and building safety for high risk youth - Calgary Region CFS

 

Dale is a Registered Social Worker with Human Services, Child and Family Services. Dale has been working with children, youth and families for over 30 years and has been employed with CFS since 2006. Dale’s range of intervention experience includes case management, assessment and team leading. Dale currently supervises the Youth Assessment Team in Calgary which includes 3 youth assessors as well as 2 Pseca workers.

 

 

 

5. Brandy Basisty, Boyle Street Ed. Centre

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

Brandy Basisty is a full-time youth worker at Boyle Street Education Centre, and has been a part of BSEC’s student services team for ten years. Brandy is passionate about advocating for the rights and needs of BSEC students in the community, particularly with regards to legal and housing issues.

 

 

Petrina LaRocque, Native Counselling Services of Alberta

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

Petrina LaRocque, BA Crim, is a youth court worker with Native Counselling Services of Alberta. Court workers provide support for those in conflict with the law. Ms. LaRocque assists youth (and their supports) to understand the criminal justice system and court processes and to reach out for support as needed.

 

 

Karen Drynan, Old Strathcona Youth Society

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

14 years experience working with youth who are high risk or street involved at the Old Strathcona Youth Society, and as a Community Youth Specialist for the High Risk Youth Unit through Edmonton Child and Family Services Region 6.

 

 

Jodene McIsaac, Native Counselling Services of Alberta

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

 

Glen Dennis, Edmonton Transit System

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

 

Jenny Kain, City of Edmonton

- Youth Transit Access Project

 

 

 

 

6. Dolphin Kasper, Youth Empowerment and Support Services

- TBRI - Innovative intervention and empowerment strategies for high risk youth

 

Dolphin has a BPE in Coaching Sciences from the University of Alberta and has received several trainings in areas including Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication, Non- violent Crisis Intervention, as well as Crisis and Suicide Intervention. He brings over 17 years of experience working with children and youth in a wide variety of settings.

 

 

Joelene Connolly, Youth Empowerment and Support Services

- TBRI - Innovative intervention and empowerment strategies for high risk youth

 

Joelene has a diploma in Social Work and is currently working on her BSW. She has worked at Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) for two and a half years and in this time has helped facilitate TBRI trainings to YESS staff, as well as community members. She has several trainings in areas such as Crisis and Suicide Intervention, Mental Health First Aid, Cultural context of Trauma, and Non-violent Crisis Intervention.

 

 

 

 

7. Daniel Cramer, Child & Family Services

- We’re all in this together: Creating and maintaining collaborative service teams in front line work with high risk youth

 

Daniel J. Cramer started his work with youth as a music teacher, record producer, and musician before following his passion for working with youth into the field of social work. For the last ten years Daniel has worked with high risk youth, first managing a residential shelter program in Edmonton’s inner city and now as a caseworker with ACFS in the High Risk Youth Initiative. Daniel’s interest in research, best practice, and education has motivated his involvement with the planning of the High Risk Youth Conference. He has been very active on this year’s conference steering committee most notably in the area of youth engagement. Daniel continues to be involved in the arts and last year he wrote and directed a musical for Edmonton’s Fringe Festival.

 

 

Carol Gelowitz, Child & Family Services

- We’re all in this together: Creating and maintaining collaborative service teams in front line work with high risk youth

 

bio coming soon

 

 

Karyn Schultz, Child & Family Services

- We’re all in this together: Creating and maintaining collaborative service teams in front line work with high risk youth

 

Karyn Schultz has worked in the social work field for the last 27 years. She has focused on engaging high risk youth in a variety of roles including working as a youth outreach worker at an inner city agency, then offering employment services in a work experience program, and then transitioning to program coordinator and life skills coach at a life skills program.  In 2005 she started working for Alberta Child and Family Services as a PSECA Caseworker. In 2007 she started working as a High Risk Caseworker in the High Risk Youth Initiative with ACFS.  Karyn continues to focus on high risk youth in this role, working within a strength-based, harm reduction model with a focus on building meaningful relationships with the youth she serves.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 16 - Plenary

(3:15 - 5:00 PM)

 

 

1. Andre Hamilton, Cipher 5

The HipHop Healing

 

Andre Hamilton BFA is a HipHop artist and educator whose career spans nearly 25 years, and currently he holds a position as director of Cipher5 Academy in Edmonton, Alberta. Inspired by the expressive arts and narrative therapies, Andre uses the HipHop elements of emceeing and overstanding to nurture self and community transformation. Cipher5 is where HipHop therapy and HipHop education unite, where young resilient adults re-author their own narratives.

 

 

Michael B. MacDonald, MacEwan University

The HipHop Healing

 

Dr. Michael B. MacDonald is an ethnomusicologist and filmmaker and currently holds a position as assistant professor of music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. He teaches courses in musicology and cultural studies and publishes widely on topics in popular music with special attention to critical youth studies and the critical pedagogy of music. Michael’s films explore themes of cultural sustainability.

 

 

 

 

2. Lindsay Ruth Hunt, iHuman Youth Society

- The Criminalization Simulation

 

Lindsay Ruth Hunt is a community-engaged theatre artist and critical educator. She is passionate about the role of arts in social justice projects and believes that education and art can provide a necessary means to intervene in/change our troubling social realities. She holds a BFA in theatre and development, an M.Ed. focusing on popular education and the arts, and she is currently a PhD candidate, investigating the potential of activist and interventionist art.

 

 

iHuman Uncensored Youth, iHuman Youth Society

- The Criminalization Simulation

 

Uncensored is a project initiated by the youth of iHuman to educate professionals and social service providers how to engage with them in non-adversarial ways. Formed in 2009, Uncensored has delivered workshops for numerous conferences, government departments, community agencies and post secondary classrooms across Alberta and the NWT.

 

 

 

 

3. Amber Young, University of Calgary

A phenomenological study on the experience of composing rap lyrics among ‘at-risk’ youth

 

Amber Young (BA, BSW, RSW) is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Calgary. Amber’s research interests include narrative practices, Hip Hop therapy, and social justice. Amber advocates for practice that honours, and provide space for, the knowledge and complexities of individuals, particularly young people.

 

 

 

4. Jennie Mac Donald, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary,

Understanding Their Story

 

Jennie Mac Donald (BA (Psychology)- UCCB; BCYS (Counselling) - MSVU; Addiction Studies – MRU) Manager of Residential and Treatment Services has worked with high risk youth for 15 years and has assisted in the development and implementation of Trauma Informed practice into Residential and Treatment settings for 8 years.

 

 

Christine Boyd, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Understanding Their Story

 

Christine Boyd (BSW & MSW – UBC) Manager of Foster Care for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary has worked with high risk youth for the past nine years. Christine assists in the development and facilitation of training to foster parents by our Attachment Resource Specialist.

 

 

Greta Correll, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Understanding Their Story

 

Greta Correll (Bachelor of Child Study -MSVU; MA in Counselling Psych. -Yorkville University) is currently the Attachment Resource Specialist with Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary. She is a sessional facilitator with Bow Valley College Early Learning & Child Care program. Greta develops internal training programs that involve current neuroscience, developmental trauma treatment and sensory processing strategies.

 

 

 

 

5. Inner City Drama Group, Inner City Youth Development Association

Listen to Our Voices, Discuss the Issues, Create a Shared Narrative

 

Presenting issue based drama to a community of experience since 1989, recently we performed at the Gandhi Foundation for World Peace dinner and facilitated workshops for MacEwan University social work students. We are Ryan, Eunique, Kendall, Miranda, Jon, Nate, Cassie, Tyla, Tevin, Rickia, Tabitha, Sage, Lisa, Linda and Alexina

 

 

 

 

 

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