Mariann was a registered nurse for 35 years: she taught undergraduate nursing students in Alberta for almost 20 years and just recently relocated to Vancouver Island for semi-retirement. Losing her oldest sister to Domestic Homicide almost four years ago, has changed Mariann’s thinking both professionally and personally. Having taught community health nursing for a number of years, which included a seminar on the role of community health nurses and intimate partner violence, was really only the beginning of understanding this issue. Mariann will share her experience of losing a sister as the result of domestic abuse, along with her journey in breaking the silence and becoming an advocate to help end it. She will discuss this as a public health issue that requires many systems to work together so sisters, mothers and daughters are not murdered.
Priscilla Robert is a proud mother of two young children. She is a strong advocate for social issues and is currently working as the Case Manager at Ninawa Youth Resource Centre. Priscilla has been working with community based grassroots organizations with youth and families in areas of sexual exploitation, addictions, children in care and homelessness. Priscilla has very strong values through a strength based model and works within this model through youth engagement and capacity building.
Carrie is a proud strong Metis woman and mother of four beautiful children. Carrie has faced many difficult obstacles in her life starting at an early age, she is a Survivor of childhood abuse, family violence addiction, and sexual Exploitation. Carrie had started her healing journey almost four years ago through traditional ceremony and has recently graduated from the Ndinwae Child and Youth Care Program through Red River Community College. Carrie now works with some of the most vulnerable Youth, and takes great pride in the work she doses; she also is a co-chair of the Experiential Advisory Committee, which is a subcommittee attached to the Manitoba Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition that address issues related to sexual exploitation.
Sunny is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, an executive member of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, and a national voice through the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres. She further serves on the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Sexual Assault Centre Provincial Advisory Committee. Sunny has been working as an advocate, consultant, researcher, lecturer, and policy leader on issues relating to Violence Against Women for 20 years. She has served on regional, provincial, and national advisory committees for service, research, and political/legal policy reform in matters of violence against women and girls. She has been involved in research on women in Canada’s Drug Treatment Courts, the links between violence and women’s sexual and reproductive health, knowledge mobilization in violence and women’s movements, and best practices in criminal justice system responses to sexual violence.
She publishes on legal and psychiatric expertise claims in sexual assault; and best practices in police investigations of sexual violence. Her most recent publication on expert knowledge can be found in “Sexual Assault Law In Canada: Law, Legal Practice, and Women’s Activism.”
Sunny’s focus over 17 years has been law reform in criminal justice treatment of sexual assault, in particular through her work introducing the Philadelphia model of advocate case review to Canada.
Sunny’s work on the development of a Canadian framework and toolkit for advocate case review of police sexual assault investigations has her currently providing consultation, implementation and review team support to advocates, police services, and policy makers in Ontario and across Canada. She is currently leading a three-year federally-supported project to pilot the Canadian case review framework (VAW Advocate Case Review – VACR) in communities across Ontario and Canada.
Karen Wood: Helping or Hurting: Policy in Action
With roots in both Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, Dr. Wood is a researcher and community consultant based out of Saskatoon. Drawing from her professional experience as an early childhood educator, social worker, and educator Karen’s passion is fueled by a deeply held commitment to eliminating violence that is informed by decades of community practice and academic teaching and research. As Adjunct Professor (Sociology) at the University of Saskatchewan, Karen’s research explores the complexity of preventing, intervening in and healing from, the impacts of violence and abuse.
Todd Sojonky: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Dr. Todd Sojonky is a registered doctoral psychologist with extensive experience in individual, group and marriage and family counselling rooted in a trans-personal and relational approach to healing. Dr. Sojonky is well known for his motivational presentations and workshops. He has practiced throughout Canada working with people in the areas of grief, depression, anxiety, marriage, chronic pain, eating disorders and addiction. Todd has been a sessional lecturer teaching; counseling methods, ethics, personality and psychotherapy and has operated a successful private practice in marriage and family therapy for over twenty years. You can read more about his work at www.sojonky.blogspot.com and at Mindfulness Regina on Facebook.
Evan Bray: Closing Panel: Applying Evidence to Prevent Violence
Evan Bray has 23 years experience with the Regina Police Service, having worked predominantly as a front line uniformed police officer in Regina’s Central and North Districts. Evan was a Drill instructor at the Saskatchewan Police College for many years as well as a team member and Leader on both the Crowd Control and the Crisis Negotiator Teams. Evan was involved for many years with the Regina Police Association, the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers and sat on the Canadian Police Association Board of Directors. Evan has been involved in numerous charities through the years including Cops for Cancer and recently worked with the Regina Sexual Assault Center to eradicate sexual violence and abuse in Saskatchewan. Evan’s wife Jodie is a school teacher in Regina, his son Cy is a police officer with the Saskatoon Police Service and his daughter Ella is training to become a paramedic.
Jo-Anne Dusel: Closing Panel: Applying Evidence to Prevent Violence
Jo-Anne is a long-time social activist who spent 20 years working directly with women who have experienced abuse as a frontline women’s shelter staff member. Jo-Anne developed an interest in policy development and board governance while serving as a board member on the Moose Jaw Thunder Creek District and Five Hills Health Region Boards for a total of 14 years. During that time Five Hills Health Region because the first region in the province to develop a Domestic Violence Protocol. Since December 2014, Jo-Anne has been Executive Director of PATHS, the member association for women’s shelters, second stage shelters and counseling services in Saskatchewan. She served as a panel member of Saskatchewan’s pilot Domestic Violence Death Review in 2016/17. Jo-Anne is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. She is member of the Advisory Council for Women’s Shelters Canada and is often consulted by the media on issues related to violence against women.
Crystal Giesbrecht: Closing Panel: Applying Evidence to Prevent Violence
Crystal Giesbrecht is the Director of Research and Communications at PATHS. Crystal’s work at PATHS includes educating member agency staff, professionals, and the public on best practices for supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse, including risk assessment. Crystal is a Registered Social Worker and holds a BA (Hons. in Psychology), BSW, and MSW and is studying for Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Counsellor (casual) at Regina Transition House and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. Crystal is a partnership member of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.
Elder Lorna Standingready
Lorna Standingready is a 74 year old Cree Indian kokum (grandmother) originally from the Peepeekisis Indian Band, Treaty Four area and presently legally from the White Bear First Nation, Treaty Two area. Lorna is a mother to six living children, one being a grandson she and her late husband David Acoose raised since birth and a daughter and granddaughter now deceased. Lorna has twenty-two grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren. Lorna is a ten-year Indian Residential School Survivor and was told she would never get out of grade one. Today, Lorna has a Business Degree from the University of Regina and is presently past Leading Elder of the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada. Lorna’s trip of a lifetime with the United Church of Canada Delegation to Australia from March 11 – 26, 2018 has broadened her worldview of social injustice and reconciliation that she is passionately striving to work toward a better Canada and world.
Deana Struble: Valuing Yourself– Caring for Your Worth
Getting my Life Coaching Certification in April of 2017 brought all my life’s work together into a wonderful bundle. Walking through my own trauma and struggles with self-worth, repeating old habits and making the same choices and mistakes has given me empathy and compassion for other women that struggle with the same issues. This journey of freeing myself gives me the skills to help other women to see themselves and help them renew their minds to better thinking. Self-discovery and self-awareness is my passion, I believe the world would be a much better place if we all could see ourselves and others with more compassion. But for now we can start with just ourselves and lead by example. I love to encourage women to tell their stories, our stories are powerful and can be not only life changing for ourselves but for others as well.
I have seen through my life and career how lack of self-awareness can be toxic from the corporate world of sales (Sales Manager at the Delta Regina) to running a group home for at-risk teens (Youth for Christ, Moose Jaw) and now working with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission as the Marketing Manager.
Tracy Knutson: Valuing Yourself– Caring for Your Worth & Kids Matter!
Tracy Knutson was raised in rural Saskatchewan and has had the privilege of working in many roles, primarily in the area of community and social development. Through these opportunities, she has learned from the best teachers – the amazing diversity of people in our communities who share the gifts of experience, wisdom and hope. With over 25 years of experience in community and social development, Tracy brings a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge to her work. Her deep appreciation of the power of relationship and the strength of people to create change is central to her work and life. She is a certified yoga teacher, graphic facilitator and coach and is currently working her way through learning about the Circle Way.
Tracy currently works with STOPS to Violence as Provincial Coordinator. In her ‘other life’, she supports groups and individuals to create paths to connection and wellness through facilitation, team building, coaching and somatic practice.
Michel Sorensen: Age-Friendly Communities
Michel Sorensen lives in Bulyea Saskatchewan with her husband and 3 kids.
She has been the program coordinator for the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism since Sept 2016. She worked with seniors for many years in long term care settings. This experience helped her realize just how much she values seniors and their contributions to society. The position at SSM seemed a natural fit.
Through Age Friendly Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism joins the global movement of communities where policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively. Michel works with communities throughout Saskatchewan to promote Age Friendly ideals and actions.
Michel finds it very rewarding to see all the creative ways Saskatchewan communities are working towards becoming more Age Friendly.
Laura Strong: Panel- Supporting Newcomer Women
Laura moved to Regina in 2014, coming from the far East coast of Newfoundland. Shortly after arriving in Regina, Laura began working with the Regina Open Door Society, where she was a Community Connection Worker for 3.5 years. In this role, she was responsible for facilitating the integration of newcomers into their new communities in Regina. A major part of her role included providing cultural awareness training to community members and service providers and supporting those who were interested in learning more about newcomers and how to effectively engage and work with them. In her current role at the Regina Region Local Immigration partnership (RRLIP), she is responsible for supporting and educating the community with respect to settlement and integration challenges, gaps and opportunities. Previous to this, Laura worked with offenders and adults with developmental disabilities and has been working in the non-profit sector for close to 15 years.
Bella Habib: Panel- Supporting Newcomer Women
Bella Habib, a part-time Social Worker at Regina Immigrant Women Centre. Bella works on CSSPI program, Culturally Sensitive Safety Planning Interventions.
Linette Soldan: Response Base Practice with Victims of Family Violence and Abuse
Linette Soldan has been at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter for eight years as the Program Manager of Community Services Counselling Program and Court Program. Prior to working with CWES, Linette has experience working with women who have experienced trauma and addiction as well as working with high-risk children and youth.
Mandy Robinson: Response Base Practice with Victims of Family Violence and Abuse
Mandy Robinson has been at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter for four years as the Program Manager of Shelter Services. Prior to working with CWES, Mandy has experience with high risk youth in a group care setting, worked in an interdisciplinary team within the eating disorder program and leading a foster care program.
Lori Deets: Acknowledging your Privilege as a Service Provider
Lori has worked at the Transition house for 5 years now. I have overcame many obstacles to get to where I am in life. I have a unique life experiences that I have been able to turn into skills to help other women to come out on the other side of domestic violence addiction and poverty.
Leanne Sillers: In a Violent Home, Everyone is a Victim
Leanne Sillers is a registered social worker who is currently working at the Saskatchewan SPCA as Animal Safekeeping Coordinator. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for 10 years. She is looking at ways to reduce pet ownership as a barrier to flee violent relationships. Leanne has been presenting to professionals and the general public on animal abuse as a possible indicator of other types of violence going on in the home. Leanne has a 4-year-old golden retriever, Jack, who is a certified therapy dog. When she is not volunteering with Jack, Leanne enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Laura Budd: Safer Transitions
Laura Budd is an impassioned Human Rights advocate and ally who is driven to create a society where all people are celebrated and respected. She has worked with students (from pre-K to University), educators, health care professionals, women’s shelters and service groups to offer diversity training on gender and sexual diversity which includes her own lived experiences. With the unique ability of speaking from her scars, not her wounds, Laura also does motivational speaking to dispel the myths and stigmas of mental health challenges and suicide.
Janet Tzupa: Safer Transitions
Janet is the Director of Women’s Housing at the YWCA. She has been with the YWCA for 9 years. Janet began her work with the YWCA at My Aunt’s Place. While there, Janet took on several roles involved in housing, outreach, front-line work, and management. Janet became the director in 2015 and in that time has been engaged in helping her programs to become more trauma-informed.
Lynn Thera: Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Work
I have worked at the YWCA in many different roles over the last 5 years, including outreach worker, manager of My Aunt’s Place and Kikinaw Residence and Senior Director of Housing. I believe that it is essential for service providers to create safe, comfortable and accepting environments for women and their families. Consequently, I have completed a Masters in Social Work, with a focus on trauma, and Motivational Interviewing train the trainer. Motivational Interviewing is utilized by the YWCA Regina because it is a trauma-informed, strength-based practice that supports and encourages individuals that are considering change.
Krystal Nieckar: What is the Fear? LGBTQ2S Youth Housing
Krystal was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan before moving overseas to teach English as a second language. Upon her return, she got involved in the non-profit sector and has worked there for the past 12 years. Krystal is passionate about non-profit, particularly in working with at-risk youth. She is committed to working with the LBGTQ2S+ community to create authentic and safe spaces for individuals to feel welcome and comfortable and free to be their true selves. When Krystal isn’t busy working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and sharing her life with her partner and their two young children.
Lori Johb: Domestic Violence at Work- Practical Action to End Violence Against Women
I am Chair of our Women’s Committee and OH&S Committee and I am a trained facilitator. I have done several workshops on Domestic Violence at Work. Through the SFL and community partners, I have lobbied for better legislation and protections for survivors of domestic violence.
Andrea Howe: Domestic Violence at Work- Practical Action to End Violence Against Women
Andrea Howe is the Associate Director, Labour Partnerships at United Way of Saskatoon and Area, and has been employed as the labour staff for over 7 years. Prior to that, Andrea was employed for over 21 years as a Recreation Coordinator at Sherbrooke Community Centre. It was during that time when she became actively involved and engaged with the labour movement in various roles at her workplace; in her union (SEIU Local 333 and SEIU-West); and with the Saskatoon & District Labour Council. By virtue of her position, she remains on the SDLC Board as an ex-officio board member and continues to be a proud member of SEIU-West. Andrea and her husband Tom reside in Saskatoon and have a blended family of 5 children.
Janell Rempel: Kids Matter!
Janell Ranae Rempel was born and attended highschool in BC, lived in the Philippines for five years as a child, and has now lived for two decades in SK – mostly in Regina, but also six years in the small but bustling town of Oxbow, in the middle of the oil patch – all experiences that have enriched her life and perspectives in many (often unexpected) ways. Janell holds a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Art History from the University of Regina (UofR), has tutored and taught English as Another Language, and trained as an Intercultural Facilitator in February 2017, through a Canada 150 initiative of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS). Janell’s volunteer and work experience is varied, coming from growing up in church, to retail and customer service, through arts and culture organizations (art galleries, theatre, and museums), research and writing, public libraries, and starting this past fall, to being the Kids Matter Program Coordinator at STOPS to Violence. Janell loves to learn, to connect with people, to creatively connect ideas and actions to try to make life better for everyone, to write (especially poetry), to draw (though she hasn’t done much of this lately), and to sing (which might be related to the other things, but she’s not sure yet), and continues to be curious about how various forms of physical movement can be therapeutic ways of connecting heart, mind, and body. Janell is happy and honoured to be sharing what she is learning in her work with STOPS to Violence, here at the 2018 PATHS Conference.
Barbara Frazer: Creating Workplace Awareness: Cultural Protocols
Barb Frazer is an Indigenous Knowledge Systems researcher, cultural educator, botanist and writer. In her role and responsibility as an Elder’s helper, Barb lived and worked within Indigenous Knowledge (Kiskēýihtamowin) teachings and learned Traditional Medicines (Maskihkiya) ways. Barb holds a M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, a BA (Adv.) from the University of Manitoba, and Certficate in Environmental Assessment and Education from Continuing Education – University of Manitoba; and Certificate of Native Indian Creative Writing – En’owkin International School of Writing and Visual Arts, University of Victoria.
Nicole Prince: Shelwin House- Rural Outreach Program
I live in a rural community outside of Yorkton with my 3 young sons. I have worked the majority of my career with the school division and working with at risk youth. I have spent the last 3 years running and facilitating the Shelwin House Outreach Program in Yorkton.
Roz Kelsey: MC
Dr. Roz Kelsey is a tenured faculty member and accomplished curriculum writer in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. She has served the community as an educator at the post-secondary level for more than 15 years; teaching courses with a focus on social justice and critical theory. The focus of Roz’s doctoral research was a study of her role as a critical educator and challenging social norms around areas of gender, orientation, race, ability and socio-economic status.
In 2014, Dr. Kelsey founded the Man Up Against Violence™ movement. This internationally-recognized university based initiative challenges the social construction of masculinity and its relationship with violence in our community. For the past year, Dr. Kelsey has served as the Director of the Office of Gendered Violence Prevention for the University of Regina. She has been formally recognized for her service, mentorship and educational efforts by University of Regina and by the community at large.
Barb Byers: MC
Barb is a past president of SGEU and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and served as the primary spokesperson on labour and social justice issues in the province. Barb was Executive Vice-President at the Canadian Labour Congress and was responsible for the Women’s and Human Rights Department. Barb also represents Canada in the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.