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Be the Change: Changing Attitudes | Seeking Solutions | Taking Action

Friday, March 16 at 8:30 am - Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 pm


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Stenberg College is hosting Be the Change, a free conference aimed at Changing Attitudes, Seeking Solutions, Taking Action. Over two days, our lineup of renowned and experienced speakers will discuss: Truth and Reconciliation, Homelessness, The Opioid Crisis and Resistance, Resilience & Recovery. This conference aims to promote solutions-based dialogue and provide the tools to make a positive difference in the lives of people who struggle with mental health and addictions challenges. The time to act is now – educate and empower yourself and others. Be the change and make the world a better place.

Speakers include Hon. Judy Darcy (MLA, Minister for Mental Health and Addictions); Dina Lambright (Aboriginal Health Lead, Fraser Health); Duane Howard (Spiritual Advisor, Cultural Healer & Actor); Chief Ernie Crey (Cheam First Nation); Judy Graves (Housing & Homelessness Advocate); Stefania Seccia (Journalist/Managing Editor, Megaphone Magazine); David Wells (Chair of Aboriginal Homeless Steering Committee); Shayne Williams (Executive Director, Lookout Housing & Health Society); Michelle Jansen (Founder, Brandon Jansen Foundation); Darwin Fisher (Program Coordinator, Insite, PHS Community Services Society); Dr. Christy Sutherland (MD CCFP dABAM, Medical Director, PHS Community Services Society); Dr. Evan Wood (MD, PhD, ABIM, FRCPC, ABAM Diplomat, BC Centre on Substance Use); Hon. Melanie Mark (MLA, Minister for Advanced Education, Skills and Training); Dr. Vikki Reynolds (PhD, RCC); and Bif Naked (Rock Star, Writer, Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker).

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Friday, March 16, 2018
SESSION 1: Reconciliation SESSION 2: Homelessness
9:00 am: First Nations Drumming & Welcome 1:00 pm: The Real Causes of Homelessness
JUDY GRAVES, Housing & Homelessness Advocate
9:15 am: Introductory Remarks
HON. JUDY DARCY, MLA, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
1:15 pm: Causes and Solutions to Homelessness
STEFANIA SECCIA, Journalist & Managing Editor, Megaphone Magazine
9:30 am: Canada 150 & First Nations People: A Brief History
DINA LAMBRIGHT, Aboriginal Health Lead, Fraser Health
2:15 pm: 2017 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count
DAVID WELLS, Dean, Vancouver Community College & Chair of Aboriginal Steering Committee
10:15 am: A Day in Residential School; Walking in my Shoes
DUANE HOWARD, Spiritual Advisor, Cultural Healer & Actor (The Revenant)
3:15 pm: Looking Out for the Homeless: One Agency’s Response
SHAYNE WILLIAMS, Executive Director, Lookout Housing & Health Society
11:15 am: Reconciliation: One Heart, One Mind, Moving Forward
CHIEF ERNIE CREY, Cheam First Nation
4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
NOON LUNCH & Resource Tables (outdoor Soup Kitchen provided by Lookout)
Saturday, March 17, 2018
SESSION 3: The Opioid Crisis SESSION 4: Resistance, Resilience & Recovery
9:00 am: A Mother’s Plea
MICHELLE JANSEN, Founder, Brandon Jansen Foundation
1:00 pm: The Resilience of Youth
HON. MELANIE MARK, MLA, Minister for Advanced Education, Skills and Training
9:15 am: Bringing Harm Reduction to Life
DARWIN FISHER, Program Coordinator, Insite, PHS Community Services Society
2:00 pm: Resisting Vicarious Trauma with Collective Care & Justice-Doing
10:15 am: Treating Opioid Use Disorder
3:00 pm: How I Came to Love Myself Today
BIF NAKED, Rock Star, Writer, Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker
11:15 am: What More Needs to be Done in BC’s Overdose Response?
DR. EVAN WOOD, BC Centre on Substance Use
4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
NOON LUNCH & Resource Tables (outdoor Soup Kitchen provided by Lookout)


Friday, March 16 at 8:30 am
Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 pm
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