It's been awhile since I posted a picture of my granddaughter and grandson, they are growing so fast. They continue to bring me great joy and laughter.
I attended the CASP conference during the first week of October. I had a wonderful time and met some really great people. I had the honour of doing two pre-conference trainings, one day was the 4 hour Tattered Teddies: Suicide in Children Workshop and the other was the one day Straight Talk: Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop.
The next day, along with two of my colleagues, we presented a short one hour session on the River of Life: Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention On-line Course. The workshop took in the development of the one day workshop and then how it grew into a partnership with the Millbrook First Nation in their technology agency. My section was to talk about the "teaching Circle" and how it outlines the on-line course through the eight modules.
The other days I managed to take in three presentations. One was from Heather Fisk who talked about "Raising Hope in Canadian Communities". Such an excellent speaker.
The second was a group presentation from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) about their programs in First Nations Northern Ontario. I posted a picture below of these three awesome ladies, Corinne Fox, Jacki Alto and Shirley Salt. Great strength and commitment they have.
The last session I managed to hear was from Dr. Brenda Restoule, she spoke of her First Nation community and the effect suicide has on it but also the success a First Nations community can have in using the traditions and culture to heal. It was a wonderful presentation.
I did manage to do a bit of walking around the general area and I have posted some of those pictures as well.
Enjoy each day, they are gifts!
When I was at the CASP Conference this last week, I heard a speaker that talked about successes in a First Nations community. She spoke of bringing back traditions, rituals and ceremonies to help people deal with their loss experiences. These traditions give people a sense of belonging, support and hope. These are things that I have found to be important. She also mentioned a You Tube video called "The Art of Resilience". Have a look and let me know what you think!
I'm just back from a Training for Trainers that was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The training was delivered by myself and a fabulous trainer named Andrea. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other and working together. The Centre for Suicide Prevention from Calgary, Alberta was the organizer and, of course, holds the copyright for the "Tattered Teddies, A workshop about Suicide in Children" material. They did a superb job of organizing and Jennifer was there to make sure there were no major concerns that came up. I really needed her support!
Winnipeg, Manitoba was very nice, Andrea gave up a quick driving tour and I managed to capture a bit of the essence of the city. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
I enjoy my work in human services, I like traveling and meeting amazing people.