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Welcome to the Wisdom2Action Member Directory. Here you can find a complete list of the individuals and organizations who make up Wisdom2Action.

Shivani


I am pursuing PhD in psychology from Panjab University, India. i am studying Resilience and its associated factors among Kashmiri migrants who faced violence, terrorism and forced evacuation from their homeland during 1990 insurgency as part of ethnic cleansing in the Kashmir valley.I am working as a consultant psychologist with the Armed forces and also do voluntary work for the rehabilitation and alleviation of underprivileged children and women.

Pauline Gardiner Barber


Paul Bennett


Dr. Gira Bhat


Dr. Gira Bhatt is a researcher and an educator with a PhD in psychology from the Simon Fraser University, BC. Canada. Currently she is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC, Canada. She is the Principal Investigator and the Director of the federally funded (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project. The goal of this $1 million, 5-year long project is to address prevention of youth violence and gang involvement using strength-based approach and community engagement. This project has brought together a team of seven academic researchers, four academic institutions, and 11 community partner organizations (www.actingtogether.ca). As the project director, she oversees multiple research streams (three qualitative, three qualitative), training and education of youth, academics, and members of the larger community, and knowledge dissemination through academic and popular media. She writes regularly for local newspapers such as the Vancouver Sun, and has been featured on local and national radio shows such as CBC, CTV. Additionally, Dr. Bhatt supervises the practicum program of the applied degree in psychology whereby she connects undergraduate learners with potential employer hosts with whom they train for a career of their choice.

David Black


David Black’s current research interests focus on Canada’s role in Sub-Saharan Africa, with emphases on human security, development assistance, multilateral diplomacy and extractive industry investment, and on the politics of sport mega-events. He has also published on human rights in Canadian and South African foreign policies, on the role of post-apartheid South Africa in Africa, and on Sport and World Politics.

Terra Brockett


Valerie Campbell


Currently working as Research Project Manager for Dr. Kate Tilleczek’s Young Lives Research Lab, I am also a sessional lecturer for the Sociology and Anthropology department at the University of Prince Edward Island. I have a variety of teaching and research interests including: ethics in digital research; youth studies; gender; race and racism; cultural diversity and multiculturalism; and social change. I am in the process of completing my PhD in Educational Studies at UPEI.

Susan Chuang


Susan S. Chuang, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She received her baccalaureate in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto, Ontario. At the University of Rochester, New York, she received a Masters of Science in Elementary Education, and a Masters of Science and Doctorate in Human Development. She then received post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, Maryland. Her lines of research include parenting, fathering, parent-child relationships, child and adolescent development, and school readiness in various sociocultural contexts (e.g., cross-cultural work on immigrant Chinese Canadian and Mainland Chinese families). Her area of expertise also focuses on settlement and immigration issues. One of her major cross-cultural projects focuses on mothers’ and fathers’ involvement and parenting of young children in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan (SSHRC). This project is currently ongoing with the goals of completing the data collection by Summer 2014.

Patricia Cleave


Patricia L. Cleave, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University where she teaches courses on language impairments in preschool and school-aged children. Her research interests include language and literacy development and intervention for children with SLI and Down syndrome, including bilingual development.

Myriam Denov


Myriam Denov is a Professor in the School of Social Work. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of children and youth in adversity, and international child protection, with an emphasis on war and political violence, children in armed conflict, and gender-based violence. She has worked nationally and internationally with former child soldiers, survivors of sexual violence, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Her current research is exploring the militarization and reintegration experiences of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Colombia, as well as war-affected youth living in Canada. She has presented expert evidence in court on child soldiers and has served as an advisor to government and NGOs on children in armed conflict, and girls in fighting forces. She is the author several books including Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (Cambridge University Press) and Children’s Rights and International Development: Lessons and Challenges from the Field (Palgrave Macmillan Press). She currently leads a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research team on children and global adversity.

Ilse Derluyn


Ilse Derluyn obtained her PhD in Pedagogical Sciences at Ghent University with a dissertation on the emotional well-being of unaccompanied refugee minors. From 2000 until 2002, after obtaining her master in orthopedagogics (special education) at Ghent University, she worked as a music therapist in a psychiatric hospital. From 2002 until now, she is affiliated at the Department of Orthopedagogics – Ghent University as researcher, first as doctoral researcher, and now as post-doctoral researcher, both with grants from the Special Research Fund of Ghent University. Ilse has been involved in several research projects in the fields of (forced) migration, refugees and war-affected children and adolescents, such as studies on psychosocial well-being of unaccompanied refugee minors, trafficking of minors, drug use in migrant populations, child soldiers, emotional well-being of war-affected adolescents in Eastern Congo, therapeutic care for unaccompanied refugee minors,… Ilse also teaches different courses on migration, refugee health, transculturalisation and diversity at Ghent University (master in pedagogical sciences and master in social work) and at the Brussels School of the University of Kent, and has a large experience in training and supervision of social workers supporting migrant, refugee and war-affected populations.

Stephen Dooley


Stephen Dooley is The Director, Community Engagement at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Steve has worked on community based research projects for more than 15 years on studies ranging from the needs of street youth in Vancouver BC to an assessment of services for seniors in Kelowna BC. Along with his colleagues, Steve developed The Active Community Engagement Model, a methodological approach to community research designed to create authentic community based partnerships for addressing social issues. The model includes an active community based steering committee, hiring community members to participate in the research and community planning days to ground the ‘meaning’ of data to the community perspective. Steve has also conducted a number of school based program evaluations and enjoys facilitating workshops and other community events.

Carl J. Dunst


Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D. is Research Scientist, Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Morganton, NC. His research interests include the characteristics of capacity-building early childhood intervention practices and the manner in which parent involvement in early intervention positively influences parenting confidence and competence.

David Este


Dave Este is a professor and Associate Dean (Research and partnerships with the faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, His research and teaching interests include social work practice with immigrants and refugees, management of human service organizations, mental health, the health and well-being of people of African descent in Canada and qualitative research methods. Hi is a co-author of one book and co-editor of three volumes. Dave has published several peer reviewed, journal articles and peer reviewed monographs.

Alice Schmidt Hanbide


Carla Hilario


Jenny Horsman


Julie Hyde


I am a PhD Candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. My dissertation research is a narrative inquiry that will use arts-based methods to explore the educational experiences of Aboriginal children (age 8 to 12) attending Winnipeg schools that are designated members of the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI). I am originally from Toronto (Etobicoke North) and have completed an undergraduate degree in Peace Studies/Women’s Studies (at McMaster University) and a Masters in Peace Education (at the UN-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica).

Dr. Tuhinul Islam


Dr. Tuhinul Islam is a Social Work practitioner, child rights activist, researcher and academic from Bangladesh. He obtained his PhD in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was awarded a Masters in International Child Welfare from the University of East Anglia, UK, has an MBA in Human Resource Management He has 18 years’ work experience in the areas of child welfare management; institutional childcare; education, social inequality, development and research in the development sector in Bangladesh, Malaysia and the UK. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Northern University Bangladesh, a child welfare consultant with ActionAid Bangladesh and Director, Education and Child Development of a national NGO in Bangladesh.

Dr. Jeff Karabanow


Dr. Jeff Karabanow is a professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Health Professions. He is also cross-appointed with International Development Studies, College of Sustainability and The School of Health and Human Performance. He has worked with homeless young people in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Guatemala. He has published numerous academic articles about housing stability, service delivery systems, street health, and homeless youth culture. He has completed a film documentary looking at the plight of street youth in Guatemala City and several animated shorts on Canadian street youth culture. His most recent works include: a HRSDC funded investigation concerning street youth and their engagement in formal and informal economies; a CMHC funded report on a young mothers’ supportive housing structure in Nova Scotia; a SSHRC funded longitudinal study of young people’s sense of identity, community and health once they are no longer homeless; a HRSDC study looking at rural-urban migration of Nova Scotian street youth, and a recently released book entitled Leaving the Streets: Stories of Canadian Youth published in 2010 by Fernwood Publishing.

Karen McCrae


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Vancouver BC Canada

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Karen McCrae is the Program Coordinator, Implementation and Partnerships at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use. Previously, she worked as the Manager of Communications and Development at the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT Alberta) for four years. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Justin Nolan


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213 Equestrian Dr Ottawa Canada

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I am a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with a lot of experience working with youth with intellectual disabilities, and have taught behavioural courses for a number of years. I have a great interest in assisting youth with mental health struggles and hope to turn such passion into a more focused aspect of my vocational work. I am considering returning to school with a focus in adolescent mental health and hope that learning from the CYCC will further support such a decision.

Jana Ray


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1 Concorde Gate, Suite 302 Toronto

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HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s sport and recreation, built on five Principles of healthy child development that research indicates are essential for quality programs. A Caring Adult Friends Play Mastery Participation HIGH FIVE consists of Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies/Procedures, and Awareness.

Karanvir Singh Thiara


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8388 128TH st Surrey BC Canada

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Karanvir Singh Thiara completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While completing his studies, he worked as a Commissioner for the Independent Electoral Commission at SFU, an officer for the Canada Border Services Agency, and as a Director for the Simon Fraser Student Society. Active in his community, Mr. Thiara is a Senator with Simon Fraser University, a Rotarian with the Surrey Newton Rotary, and a Member of the City of Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Thiara is also the founder of Sahara – Youth Mental Health Initiative, an organization that aims to remove the stigma attached to mental health and help youth access different services they need.

Shivani


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213 Equestrian Dr Ottawa Canada

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I am pursuing PhD in psychology from Panjab University, India. i am studying Resilience and its associated factors among Kashmiri migrants who faced violence, terrorism and forced evacuation from their homeland during 1990 insurgency as part of ethnic cleansing in the Kashmir valley.I am working as a consultant psychologist with the Armed forces and also do voluntary work for the rehabilitation and alleviation of underprivileged children and women.

Aisha Addo


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Our Vision is to empower and encourage girls to to create an environment that fosters growth and leadership Power To Girls Foundation achieves this by providing long term leadership and mentorship programs that build life long relationships and long term life skills.

Ahmad M. Ahmad


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An MD interested in the use of information technology as an intervention to KT.

Paul Bennett


Jenny Benson


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Halifax

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The Aninga Project is a non-profit educational initiative that supports and encourages the education of girls in Africa by paying for school fees and other related expenses. It is a person-to-person based project that is currently focused on sending girls to school in Uganda.

Dr. Gira Bhat


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Dept of Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey BC N3W 2M8 Canada

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Dr. Gira Bhatt is a researcher and an educator with a PhD in psychology from the Simon Fraser University, BC. Canada. Currently she is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC, Canada. She is the Principal Investigator and the Director of the federally funded (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project. The goal of this $1 million, 5-year long project is to address prevention of youth violence and gang involvement using strength-based approach and community engagement. This project has brought together a team of seven academic researchers, four academic institutions, and 11 community partner organizations (www.actingtogether.ca). As the project director, she oversees multiple research streams (three qualitative, three qualitative), training and education of youth, academics, and members of the larger community, and knowledge dissemination through academic and popular media. She writes regularly for local newspapers such as the Vancouver Sun, and has been featured on local and national radio shows such as CBC, CTV. Additionally, Dr. Bhatt supervises the practicum program of the applied degree in psychology whereby she connects undergraduate learners with potential employer hosts with whom they train for a career of their choice.

Melanie Black


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2-17 Caroline Ave Ottawa

Cynthia Bland


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9 Pritchard Drive Ottawa

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Founded in 2011, Voice Found is a Canadian non-profit organization that is committed to preventing Child Sexual Abuse and proactively supporting the healing and recovery of individuals and communities from the health, financial and emotional impacts of that abuse.

Jo Boyden


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3 Mansfield Road Oxford

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Young Lives is a unique longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the changing lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries – Ethiopia, India (in Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam – over 15 years, the timeframe set by the UN to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. We are collecting a wealth of information about the children’s materials and social circumstances as well as their views on their everyday lives, their hopes and aspirations, set against the environmental and social realities of their communities. We do this through a detailed and large-scale survey of all the children and their primary caregivers every 3 years, interspersed with more in-depth interviews and group activities with a sub-sample of the children, their parents, teachers and community representatives, to understand their opinions and perceptions. This longitudinal data is supplemented by a survey of the children’s schools and selected information about their younger siblings

Dorian Brown


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398 Fraser St Victoria

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The Rock Solid Foundation (RSF) is the charitable arm of the WITS Program. 15 years ago, RSF was created to support the WITS Anti-Victimization Program. RSF supports the implementation of this school-based program through training support, marketing and resource supply. Interested schools can access guidance and resources through contact with RSF: general program information, detailed implementation guidance, Training Program IT support and the purchase of low cost WITS Program supplies. In short, RSF exists to aid schools in the cost-efficient and straightforward implementation of the WITS Program.

Lynda Brown


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230 McArthur Avenue Ottawa

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Our Mandate: Our mandate to serve Inuit children and youth from birth to 138 years of age and their families. Our Vision: Strong culture, strong families, strong community Our Mission: In partnership with parents and the community the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre fosters strong and proud Inuit children, youth and families. Our Goals and Objectives: The objectives of the OICC are: 1) to provide Inuit children and youth with a learning environment that will enhance their overall development; 2) to foster positive parenting through support and education; and 3) to promote the retention of the Inuit culture and language.

Maria Cain


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HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development is a values-based organization that strives to create transformational experiences. We use an appreciative approach, founded on core principles of youth engagement that include relationship building and asset-based community development. At the heart of our work is creating amazing experiences for young people so they feel valued, they recognize their own assets and build new skills, and they positively engage in the systems and communities that affect them, whether these are organizational, geographical, or institutional. HeartWood’s work is based on our provincially and nationally researched approach and framework. Our Framework for Community Youth Development was developed to help support community groups and individuals with their own youth engagement efforts. It was created by youth for youth and is easily adapted to different community contexts and organizational frameworks. The Framework was re-named the Circle of Awesomeness by youth who were using it as an assessment tool. HeartWood’s vision “is that all youth are active and valued members in their communities and, together with adults, take action to create vibrant and caring communities.” Our mission “is youth engagement for positive community change. We work with youth to develop their skills and confidence as community leaders. We also train and coach adults to meaningfully engage youth.” HeartWood is a non-profit, registered charity that has been serving the province of Nova Scotia since 1988. We also have affiliations and partnerships nationally, and have delivered programs across the country. We are the only province-wide youth organization in Nova Scotia that delivers direct youth programming, provides capacity-building services to others working with youth, and supports transformational changes in the systems that affect youth. Our direct work with young people keeps us relevant and connected to issues and approaches critical to youth, while our capacity-building and consulting work increases the ability of organizations and government to engage and reach a diversity of young people.

Amy Candido


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101-255 West 1st Street North Vancouver

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The Jessie’s Legacy program at Family Services of the North Shore is the Provincial leader for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW) launched annually in February, with various initiatives taking place year round. Our vision is to end all eating disorders in the Province of B.C. Our mission is to provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in the Province of B.C. The primary purpose of the PEDAW is to provide leadership to a wide collective effort of volunteers, eating disorder professionals, nutritionists, health care providers, counselors, educators, social workers and individuals committed to raising awareness around the prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders. This includes awareness of risk and protective factors such as resiliency, self-esteem, media literacy, and body image, all of which can be associated with disordered eating.

Carolyn Carson


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2222 Brunswick Street Halifax

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Saint George’s YouthNet was founded in 1998 to serve the at-risk youth of Halifax’s north end. The material poverty and social struggles that many of the youth in the area experience combined with a shortage of stimulating and inspiring activities for them to do after school and in the summer was a motivating factor in the creation of YouthNet. The mission of YouthNet is to ‘make friends, discover talents, and inspire dreams’. This mission, grounded in the principle that friendship is foundational to human growth, provides the context for all YouthNet programs which are supported in large part by the intensive involvement of volunteers. The principle means of achieving this mission is the creation of a youth-net, or a network of support for youth within their community. Throughout the year, YouthNet seeks to fulfill this mission by offering free lunchtime, after-school, summer, and winter programs.

David Cottrill


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1510 Fanshawe Pk Rd E London ON

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The Life Resource Centre is a faith based agency caring holistically for the people of Northeast London. We serve many newcomers and refugee youth and families as well as Canadians dealing with physical and mental disabilities.

Geneviève Coulombe


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1004, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest Montréal

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Engagement jeunesse est un projet financé dans le cadre de la Stratégie d’action jeunesse du gouvernement du Québec. Ce projet a été déployé dans tout le Québec en tenant compte des diverses réalités régionales. Il s’appuie sur un comité interministériel national, un comité de coordination national et un comité directeur dans chacune des régions. Le gouvernement du Québec souhaite que les services destinés aux jeunes soient conçus, adaptés et offerts de manière à mieux répondre aux besoins de chacun d’eux. Cet engagement envers la jeunesse s’est traduit par une entente interministérielle impliquant les quatre principaux ministères offrant des services aux jeunes soit le ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), le ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS), le ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) auxquels s’ajoute le ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMROT). Ces ministères se sont engagés formellement dans le cadre du projet Engagement jeunesse à tout mettre en œuvre en vue d’améliorer la continuité, la complémentarité et la cohérence des services offerts aux jeunes de 16 à 24 ans.

Meghann Crawford


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1233 Barrington Street

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“The YWCA Halifax is a progressive not-for-profit organization dedicated to to building economic security, promoting wellness and creating opportunities for women, girls and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services. YWCA Halifax is the only multi-service organization for women and girls in the Halifax area and the largest in the Maritimes. Our four focus areas are: -Promoting the leadership, health and wellness of women and girls -Advancing women’s economic and housing security -Delivering quality, accessible, developmental early learning and child care -Working to end violence against women”

Timothy Crooks


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6035 Coburg Road Halifax Canada

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Timothy is a graduate of the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University and prior to his years in this field, has a background in teaching having graduated from Acadia University.

In addition to his work with Phoenix, he has served on a variety of boards and steering committees within the extended community and continues to be active with several provincial and federal initiatives. He has been involved with the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University as a sessional instructor teaching on issues relating to counselling and youth at risk. Timothy has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Child and Youth Study at Mount St. Vincent University. During his career, Timothy has been honored to receive recognition for his efforts in his field of practice:

  • The Canadian Society of Association Executives – Community/Association Leadership Award.
  • Gordon Foundation – recognition of his impact on the field of Child and Youth Care work.
  • Acadia University identified Timothy as an Outstanding Alumnus.
  • Business Person of the Year- Silver Award – Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
  • Honorable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – recognizing his work on social justice issues within the extended community.

Presently, Timothy sits on an advisory committee for the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education within his home province. In addition, he co-chairs a Ministerial working group focused on building more positive connections between service providers and the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

Tamara Daniel


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2333 Dundas Street West, Suite 501 Toronto

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The Family Outreach and Response program (FOR) offers community based support services to young people experiencing mental health distress as well as families who have a relative that is recovering from serious mental health issues. Our purpose is to build on the strengths and resilience of individuals and families to enhance their wellbeing and to optimize recovery outcomes.

Leslie Dunning


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170 Metcalfe Street Ottawa

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Leslie Dunning is the Canadian Red Cross Director General for Violence and Abuse Prevention. She began her career at the Canadian Red Cross as a youth volunteer for water safety and blood donor recruitment. She held her first staff position in 1978 followed by progressively senior management roles across Western Canada. In 1997, she was appointed Director General of the Canadian Red Cross, Western Canada, a position she held until 2010.

Her international experience includes a mission to the former Soviet Union and as Canada’s representative on the World Health Organization’s study tour of the Navaho Reserve to review its’ successful injury prevention initiatives. She also remains an active alumnus with the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, where she was a delegate on the Newfoundland-Labrador Study Tour in 1991.

Her volunteer efforts have focused on working with youth, particularly in youth music and golf programs. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (Golf Canada) and is a Past President of the Alberta Golf Association.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Waterloo, Leslie studied management at the University of Regina and through the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). She holds an MBA from the Queen’s School of Business and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) registered in Alberta.

Stephen Dooley


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12666-72 Ave Surrey BC Canada

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Stephen Dooley is The Director, Community Engagement at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Steve has worked on community based research projects for more than 15 years on studies ranging from the needs of street youth in Vancouver BC to an assessment of services for seniors in Kelowna BC. Along with his colleagues, Steve developed The Active Community Engagement Model, a methodological approach to community research designed to create authentic community based partnerships for addressing social issues. The model includes an active community based steering committee, hiring community members to participate in the research and community planning days to ground the ‘meaning’ of data to the community perspective. Steve has also conducted a number of school based program evaluations and enjoys facilitating workshops and other community events.

Carl J. Dunst


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128 South Sterling St. Morganton North Carolina 28644

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Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D. is Research Scientist, Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Morganton, NC. His research interests include the characteristics of capacity-building early childhood intervention practices and the manner in which parent involvement in early intervention positively influences parenting confidence and competence.

Darlene Kordich Hall


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20 Budgell Terrace, #6 Toronto

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Darlene Kordich Hall, RN, PhD, is a researcher, clinician and educator. For more than 30 years Darlene has developed and evaluated early intervention and health promotion programs for young children and their families. She has been on the faculty at universities in Canada and the US and is published in the areas of child abuse, trauma and resilience. She was a member of the provincial evaluation team for Healthy Babies – Healthy Children in Ontario. Since 2002, she has coordinated Reaching IN…Reaching OUT, a resiliency promotion program that develops evidence-based resiliency skills training programs for parents, service providers and young children and supports organizations and communities in creating “cultures of resilience.”

Alice Schmidt Hanbide


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240 Westmount Road North Waterloo Ontario N2L 3G4 Canada

Linda Liebenberg


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Halifax NS Canada

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Linda Liebenberg, PhD, is a methodologist, whose research examines the use of both image-based methods and mixed method research designs. She also considers how these facilitate an understanding of young people in marginalized contexts, as well as how these data inform instrument development. She has published and presented internationally on resilience related themes relevant to the understanding of youth across cultures and contexts. Her publications include the co-edited volumes (with Michael Ungar, Ph.D.) Researching Resilience and Resilience in Action.

Sandra McIntyre


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Activity Agreements are a first step opportunity for those 16-19 year olds who, without additional support, would be unlikely to make a successful transition into employment, further learning or training. Participants are likely to have disengaged early from school, have little or no educational qualifications and may suffer the consequences of social problems.

Julie Moore


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6 Triton Drive Auckland New Zealand

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The Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) is a not-for-profit national charity that operates via twelve regional trusts from Northland to Stewart Island. We deliver empirically proven and monitored life skills programmes: Kiwi Can (operating in primary schools), Stars, Career Navigator and Project K (operating in secondary schools). Additionally, FYD operates an intensive social work programme for young offenders (MYND) in the Auckland region. After developing an interest in evaluation and youth well-being during her time at the University of Auckland, Julie Moore is now the Research and Evaluation Manager for the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD). She is involved in the development of several evaluation projects designed to examine outcomes for participants in child and youth development programmes. In 2003 Julie worked with the University of Auckland and the Ministry of Youth Development to develop an evaluation of the Project K programme. From this she has developed a particular interest in research and sharing of evidenced-based knowledge to support the delivery of effective programmes. She is currently working collaboratively with university researchers on several projects with a focus on Positive Youth Development and youth mentoring.

Rebeccah Nelems


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2928 Blackwood Street Victoria BC Canada

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I am a Senior Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and have been conducting child/youth-centred evaluations with them for the past five years. For example, I am currently evaluating a youth gang prevention program in the greater Victoria area. I also support youth-serving agencies in strengthening youth engagement, through delivering training and coaching support. I am a certified trainer of the Youth Work Methods, by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in the US. Additionally, I am pursuing my PhD with a focus on the Sociology of Education and intend to conduct youth-centred participatory research with youth in Canada.

Susan Redmond


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Galway Ireland

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Susan is the manager of a Best Practice Unit (BPU) within Foróige. Here she has led the development of resources for young people aged 10-18 years. Programmes developed within to unit include a Youth Leadership programme, Youth Citizenship programme, Youth Entrepreneurship programme (NFTE), Relationships and Sexuality programme (REAL U), Youth Offending Behaviour programme (A Life of Choices), and a Health and Well-being programme (Be Healthy, Be Happy), as well as carrying out needs assessment, outcomes focused planning and evaluation. She works closely with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre in evaluating the programmes of the BPU. She has a PhD from the School of Political Science and Sociology on the connection between youth leadership, resilience and social support.

Mónica Ruiz-Casares


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7085 Hutchison, Office 204.2.14 Montreal Quebec H3N 1Y9 Canada

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Mónica Ruiz-Casares, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and at the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University. She is also a Scientific Advisor at the Centre de Santé et des Services Sociaux de la Montagne in Montreal, where she evaluates health and social programs with ethno-culturally diverse families. Her published works focus on children’s rights, protection, and wellbeing cross-culturally; and ethical and methodological issues involved in research with children. She leads mixed-methods studies related to child protection and wellbeing, mainly in contexts of parent-child separation such as children home alone in Canada and children in alternative care in low- and middle-income countries such as Namibia, Laos, and Liberia.

Shweta Verma


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H 706, Swarn Residency, Plot 132 B, GT Road Sahibabad 201006 India

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I am a social work professional working with the framework of mental health, human rights and inclusive development in India. At present, I am associated with Department of Social Work, University of Delhi as Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc). Since 2002, I have been involved in capacity building, program review and design, service delivery, advocacy and research. During the course of my work at Saarthak (a volunatry organization focussing on mental health in India), I have worked in the following areas: mental health, disability rights, psychosocial support in disaster response, gender and child rights. At present , I continue to be assocated with Saarthak as a Volunteer. I am also a PhD scholar with Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. My research focuses on studying resilience among women widowed due to conflict in Kashmir.

As part of an evaluation team, I have recently completed Mid Term Evaluation of the project- ‘Reintegration of Street Children, India’. It is a project implemented by Railway Children and its partners in five states of India. I was also involved in an Evaluation study of the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) Pilot Project, Delhi (as co-evaluator). In 2012, I was also involved in a research project (as Research Associate):“Runaway Children restored with families- A study of their current status”, supported by Chetna-Plan India. Further information is available at: in.linkedin.com/pub/shweta-verma/13/824/217

Krista Connell


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1660 Hollis Street Halifax Nova Scotia Canada

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Krista is responsible for providing the leadership and professional guidance necessary for the NSHRF to attain its mandate of improving the health of Nova Scotians through health research.

Krista works collaboratively with the NSHRF Board of Directors and its many stakeholders to support increased research activity and capacity in Nova Scotia. She acts as a knowledge broker in facilitating the use of health research results in health-system decision making and is the NSHRF key spokesperson with many audiences including the media. She leads and is responsible for outreach to the research community and users of health research in the broadest sense.

In addition to working within Nova Scotia, Krista also champions health research initiatives nationally and internationally. Krista regularly serves on external review committees for other health research-related organizations and is a member of various boards and working groups including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) President’s Advisory Board for Patient-Orientated Research and Trials, CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research’s Institute Advisory Board, and the Canadian Cochrane Network Centre Advisory Board. Krista is also a founding member of the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations and served as a co-chair from 2004 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2009.

Due to her extensive experience working in the many facets of health, Krista is regularly called upon to speak at national and international events regarding the role of health research in supporting evidence-informed decision making and the many benefits of health research.

Before progressing to her current role as CEO, Krista held various positions in the health sector evolving from a practicing Physiotherapist in a clinical setting in Alberta and Nova Scotia to a program manager responsible for administering health care benefits at the Workers’ Compensation Board in Nova Scotia. Krista has also taught at the university level and currently enjoys an Adjunct Appointment in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University.

Krista holds a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. She has also completed the Province of Nova Scotia’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

In her spare time, Krista enjoys spending time with her family, working with her hands as a potter and supporting Bide Awhile Animal Shelter.

Jaswant Guzder


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4335 Cote St Catherine Rd Montreal Quebec Canada

Biography

Currently Associate Professor McGill Dept of Psychiatry and Assoc of McGill Dept of Social Work, working at the Jewish General Hospital as Head of Child Psychiatry, Director of Childhood Disorders Day Hospital, Senior consultant ( former founding director) of Cultural Consultation Service, Psychiatry Training Director of JGH Family Therapy Training. Active in McGill Transcultural Psychiatry and Child Divisions and currently engaged in training and research internationally with special links to India , Nepal, Jamaica, Turkey on projects.

Dr. Tuhinul Islam


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Northern University Bangladesh, Banani Dhaka 1213 Bangladesh

Biography

Dr. Tuhinul Islam is a Social Work practitioner, child rights activist, researcher and academic from Bangladesh. He obtained his PhD in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was awarded a Masters in International Child Welfare from the University of East Anglia, UK, has an MBA in Human Resource Management He has 18 years’ work experience in the areas of child welfare management; institutional childcare; education, social inequality, development and research in the development sector in Bangladesh, Malaysia and the UK. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Northern University Bangladesh, a child welfare consultant with ActionAid Bangladesh and Director, Education and Child Development of a national NGO in Bangladesh.

Michelle Kinney


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25 Ikajuktauvik Road

Jacob Mamu


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Monrovia Liberia

Sandra McIntyre


Biography

Activity Agreements are a first step opportunity for those 16-19 year olds who, without additional support, would be unlikely to make a successful transition into employment, further learning or training. Participants are likely to have disengaged early from school, have little or no educational qualifications and may suffer the consequences of social problems.

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Karanvir Singh Thiara


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8388 128TH st Surrey BC Canada

Biography

Karanvir Singh Thiara completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While completing his studies, he worked as a Commissioner for the Independent Electoral Commission at SFU, an officer for the Canada Border Services Agency, and as a Director for the Simon Fraser Student Society. Active in his community, Mr. Thiara is a Senator with Simon Fraser University, a Rotarian with the Surrey Newton Rotary, and a Member of the City of Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Thiara is also the founder of Sahara – Youth Mental Health Initiative, an organization that aims to remove the stigma attached to mental health and help youth access different services they need.

Shivani


Biography

I am pursuing PhD in psychology from Panjab University, India. i am studying Resilience and its associated factors among Kashmiri migrants who faced violence, terrorism and forced evacuation from their homeland during 1990 insurgency as part of ethnic cleansing in the Kashmir valley.I am working as a consultant psychologist with the Armed forces and also do voluntary work for the rehabilitation and alleviation of underprivileged children and women.

Catherine Baillie Abidi


Biography

I am a PhD Candidate in Educational Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. My research and practice are in the area of peace and conflict education, youth engagement, and migration.

Ahmad M. Ahmad


Biography

An MD interested in the use of information technology as an intervention to KT.

Terra Brockett


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508 Waterstone Run Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia B4B 1X6 Canada

Valerie Campbell


School

Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue Charlottetown PEI C1A 4P3

Biography

Currently working as Research Project Manager for Dr. Kate Tilleczek’s Young Lives Research Lab, I am also a sessional lecturer for the Sociology and Anthropology department at the University of Prince Edward Island. I have a variety of teaching and research interests including: ethics in digital research; youth studies; gender; race and racism; cultural diversity and multiculturalism; and social change. I am in the process of completing my PhD in Educational Studies at UPEI.

Angela Daley


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6214 University Avenue

Biography

Angela Daley is a PhD Candidate in Economics at Dalhousie University. She is an applied economist in the areas of labour, health, poverty and inequality. Angela’s research focuses on the well-being of Canadian children and their families, with special consideration of the Aboriginal population and those living in the Circumpolar North. She is particularly interested in the role of social policy in addressing inequality of well-being.

Olivia Heffernan


Biography

Olivia Heffernan is a dedicated youth mental health advocate who found her passion through years of her personal struggles with mental health issues and an addiction. She has used this strength to become a vocal mental health advocate as well works as a Child and Youth Worker and a Youth Engagement Coordinator.

Carla Hilario


Julie Hyde


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1201-11 Evergreen Place Winnipeg Manitoba R3L2T9 Canada

Biography

I am a PhD Candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. My dissertation research is a narrative inquiry that will use arts-based methods to explore the educational experiences of Aboriginal children (age 8 to 12) attending Winnipeg schools that are designated members of the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI). I am originally from Toronto (Etobicoke North) and have completed an undergraduate degree in Peace Studies/Women’s Studies (at McMaster University) and a Masters in Peace Education (at the UN-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica).

Lucie Langford


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3445 Ridgewood Ave Montreal Quebec H3V1B7 Canada

Karanvir Singh Thiara


Biography

Robert Louis is a Candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Applied Human Sciences, at the University of Montreal. Currently, he is a faculty member in the department of Social Work at Laurentian University, ON, and the coordinator of York Centre in Hawkesbury, ON, Canada. His lines of research include parenting, parent-child relationships, child and adolescent development. His area of expertise also focuses on the positive development of children, including suicide prevention and resilience factors in children and youth living in challenging contexts. Robert Louis is a member of the prestigious CYCC Network (children and youth in challenging contexts).

Speaker at the World Congress on Suicide in Montreal, QC, 2013, He has been invited a few times on CBC Radio Canada to comment on resilience among young people, as well as innovations in intervention and suicide prevention. Robert Louis was one of the speakers at the annual conference of the Supervised Visitation Network (Toronto, 2013). He also presented a series of conferences for health professionals, which were broadcasted live from the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa by the National Health Consortium – (University of Ottawa) as part of its program of professional excellence in collaboration with the University of Moncton (2012-2014). https://www.facebook.com/edmond.louis.336

Tatiana Murkin


Biography

My doctoral training in Clinical Psychology and Health Sciences has prepared me for working with individuals experiencing crisis, providing individual and group psychotherapy, and facilitating personal, professional and academic development. Having completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as all pre-dissertation requirements for a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, I began a Ph.D in Health Promotion at Western University, where I am currently studying resilience within individuals exposed to trauma. I am registered as a Psychological Associate in supervised practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Guided by insight-oriented therapy, cognitive behavioural principles, and mindfulness practice, I work with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, grief, anger, irritability and impulsivity. I am also interested in working with individuals focusing on stress management/burnout prevention, academic success, self-esteem enhancement, interpersonal effectiveness and mindful living. I am experienced in conducting group psychotherapy for anxiety, stress, performance enhancement, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. I also offer psycho-educational seminars on a variety of topics related to mental health and personal success. I believe that physical and mental health are interconnected and therefore take a holistic approach to helping people access health-promoting resources within themselves, their families, their work environments and their communities. In both individual and group contexts, I support my clients while they navigate a path toward health.

Rebeccah Nelems


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2928 Blackwood Street Victoria BC Canada

Biography

I am a Senior Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and have been conducting child/youth-centred evaluations with them for the past five years. For example, I am currently evaluating a youth gang prevention program in the greater Victoria area. I also support youth-serving agencies in strengthening youth engagement, through delivering training and coaching support. I am a certified trainer of the Youth Work Methods, by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in the US. Additionally, I am pursuing my PhD with a focus on the Sociology of Education and intend to conduct youth-centred participatory research with youth in Canada

Gregor Nielsen


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15 Riverview Lane Halifax NS Canada

Biography

I am a mature Social Work student at Dalhousie. I have 25 years experience in volunteer work and ministry with children and youth.

Justin Nolan


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213 Equestrian Dr Ottawa Canada

Biography

I am a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with a lot of experience working with youth with intellectual disabilities, and have taught behavioural courses for a number of years. I have a great interest in assisting youth with mental health struggles and hope to turn such passion into a more focused aspect of my vocational work. I am considering returning to school with a focus in adolescent mental health and hope that learning from the CYCC will further support such a decision.

Jilian Nugent


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11 Red Oake Place Conception Bay South

Jane Robson


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50 Stone Rd. E Guelph Ontario Canada

Biography

I am a doctoral student in the Family Relations and Human Development department at the University of Guelph. Over the past few years I have been fortunate to work as a project manager for the Institute of Community Engaged Scholarship, which has majorly influenced my research. My research revolves around mobilizing knowledge to support families with lived experiences parenting children with mental health differences. I am also training as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and am currently a clinical intern at a non-profit counselling centre providing services to families identified as at risk.

Christa Sato


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1083 Evanston Drive NW Calgary Alberta T3P 0K4 Canada

Karanvir Singh Thiara


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8388 128TH st Surrey BC Canada

Biography

Karanvir Singh Thiara completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While completing his studies, he worked as a Commissioner for the Independent Electoral Commission at SFU, an officer for the Canada Border Services Agency, and as a Director for the Simon Fraser Student Society. Active in his community, Mr. Thiara is a Senator with Simon Fraser University, a Rotarian with the Surrey Newton Rotary, and a Member of the City of Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Thiara is also the founder of Sahara – Youth Mental Health Initiative, an organization that aims to remove the stigma attached to mental health and help youth access different services they need.

Shweta Verma


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H 706, Swarn Residency, Plot 132 B, GT Road Sahibabad 201006 India

Biography

I am a social work professional working with the framework of mental health, human rights and inclusive development in India. At present, I am associated with Department of Social Work, University of Delhi as Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc). Since 2002, I have been involved in capacity building, program review and design, service delivery, advocacy and research. During the course of my work at Saarthak (a volunatry organization focussing on mental health in India), I have worked in the following areas: mental health, disability rights, psychosocial support in disaster response, gender and child rights. At present , I continue to be assocated with Saarthak as a Volunteer. I am also a PhD scholar with Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. My research focuses on studying resilience among women widowed due to conflict in Kashmir.

As part of an evaluation team, I have recently completed Mid Term Evaluation of the project- ‘Reintegration of Street Children, India’. It is a project implemented by Railway Children and its partners in five states of India. I was also involved in an Evaluation study of the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) Pilot Project, Delhi (as co-evaluator). In 2012, I was also involved in a research project (as Research Associate):“Runaway Children restored with families- A study of their current status”, supported by Chetna-Plan India. Further information is available at: in.linkedin.com/pub/shweta-verma/13/824/217

Dr. Gira Bhat


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Dept of Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey BC N3W 2M8 Canada

Biography

Dr. Gira Bhatt is a researcher and an educator with a PhD in psychology from the Simon Fraser University, BC. Canada. Currently she is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC, Canada. She is the Principal Investigator and the Director of the federally funded (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project. The goal of this $1 million, 5-year long project is to address prevention of youth violence and gang involvement using strength-based approach and community engagement. This project has brought together a team of seven academic researchers, four academic institutions, and 11 community partner organizations (www.actingtogether.ca). As the project director, she oversees multiple research streams (three qualitative, three qualitative), training and education of youth, academics, and members of the larger community, and knowledge dissemination through academic and popular media. She writes regularly for local newspapers such as the Vancouver Sun, and has been featured on local and national radio shows such as CBC, CTV. Additionally, Dr. Bhatt supervises the practicum program of the applied degree in psychology whereby she connects undergraduate learners with potential employer hosts with whom they train for a career of their choice.

Cynthia Bland


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9 Pritchard Drive Ottawa

Biography

Founded in 2011, Voice Found is a Canadian non-profit organization that is committed to preventing Child Sexual Abuse and proactively supporting the healing and recovery of individuals and communities from the health, financial and emotional impacts of that abuse.

Maria Luisa Contursi


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London ON

Biography

Maria Luisa Contursi, OATR is the Program Director and Co Founder of mindyourmind, a program of Family Service Thames Valley. Maria Luisa is a Registered Art Therapist with over twenty years experience working directly with youth and young adults in various settings including inpatient/outpatient, community and school based settings. Her interest is in stakeholder engagement and exploring the benefits of youth/adult partnerships.

Stephen Dooley


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12666-72 Ave Surrey BC Canada

Biography

Stephen Dooley is The Director, Community Engagement at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Steve has worked on community based research projects for more than 15 years on studies ranging from the needs of street youth in Vancouver BC to an assessment of services for seniors in Kelowna BC. Along with his colleagues, Steve developed The Active Community Engagement Model, a methodological approach to community research designed to create authentic community based partnerships for addressing social issues. The model includes an active community based steering committee, hiring community members to participate in the research and community planning days to ground the ‘meaning’ of data to the community perspective. Steve has also conducted a number of school based program evaluations and enjoys facilitating workshops and other community events.

Judy Elliot


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33 Specticle Lake Dr Dartmouth

Robert Eves


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75 Albert St. Ottawa

Biography

Robert Eves has worked in the field of substance abuse for more than 15 years. Currently, he is the Director of the Strategic Partnership and Knowledge Mobilization Division for the Canadian Centre. The mandate of the SPKM Division is to facilitate, lead, and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward shared goals.

Vibhor Garg


Biography

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a federal not-for-profit that provides Indigenous based leadership, learning and reconciliation experiences to youth. Central to CRE programming is the need to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation. We are involved in 3 main activities: youth exchange programs, workshops and conferences. Our program model is such that youth are actively engaged in all aspects of the organization. Youth are required to comprise a minimum of 50% of all representation at the board, staff and participant level is by youth (under 30 years of age) and we strive to have an even split between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons at all levels.

Christine Head


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11 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa

Biography

Motivate Canada develops and delivers, in partnership with other like-minded organizations, innovative, youth-driven initiatives that enable youth to develop confidence, competence, character and a sense of caring so that they can take control of and make improvements in their own lives, and build the connections and networks that enable them to use sport to drive positive social change in their communities.

Jenny Horsman


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35 Parkway Avenue Toronto Ontario M6R 1T6 Canada

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jenny@jennyhorsman.com

Rommel Lanceta


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Calgary

Biography

Assistant to Executive Director for Ambulatory Care, Alberta Children’s Hospital October 2012 to present Reports directly to the Executive Director; maintaining the calendar, scheduling appointments, prioritizing meetings. Preparing meeting packages ensuring background related material is available. Arranging all activities related to committee meetings including the preparation and sending out of meeting invitations, agenda and document packages: ACH Child Health Quality Council, ACH Facilities Management Committee, and ACH Site Leadership Council. Reviewing, tracking and organizing incoming/outgoing correspondence to identify priority items. At the request of the Executive Director, participating in special projects, e.g. setting up templates for improving tracking of memos and correspondence, assisting with the organization of meetings or conferences.

Isabelle LeVert- Chiasson


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5516 Spring Garden Road Halifax NS

Biography

It began in 2008, when HeartWood was contacted by the LDO Office to support the creation of a South Shore Youth Guide, Through Our Eyes (HeartWood, 2008), to better connect youth from Lunenburg and Queens County to services available to them in the area. HeartWood suggested training youth connected to the LDO in diverse data collection methods and supporting them in creating this youth guide and distributing it across both counties. During a 4-day program, youth participants were able to gather all the information needed for this youth guide. They decided to focus on three themes: education, finances and health. They also wanted to make this document youth-friendly so they added their own personal drawings, quotes and fun facts and guided the desktop and editing process. The youth were given the responsibility of distributing the South Shore Youth Guide across the counties, and did so by facilitating presentations to all guidance counsellors in the area, youth service providers and LDO staff.

From this youth guide, the LDO contracted HeartWood to explore how they could better serve youth, with a particular focus on youth strength-based assessments. Using participatory action research methods, HeartWood trained LDO youth clients to facilitate focus groups for other youth and LDO staff. Recommendations and best practices were identified by both youth connected to the LDO and staff. From these, two main themes emerged: the importance of building positive relationships between youth and staff and the importance of meeting in comfortable spaces.

A second research project titled “We’re Being Heard!”(Dumond & Braganza, 2010) went deeper in exploring how to create youth-friendly spaces and build empowering relationships. It re-enforced the point that “the impact of empowering relationships between youth and workers is significant. Trusting relationships can result in youth getting the resources they need in times of crisis, and in accessing services that help them build an independent and fulfilling life. Empowering relationships can make work more meaningful for workers, and create leverage for systemic change” (p. 5). It also made the case for the importance of youth-friendly spaces, as this “can increase young people’s sense of control, autonomy, connectedness and emotional and physical safety” (p. 17). As an outcome of this research, the LDO has created a youth room within its office space with the advice and support of youth connected to the LDO. Youth have selected the colours, furniture and finishes for the room and have participated in painting and decorating it. This “Youth Room” is to be used for meetings between LDO staff and youth. LDO staff members working directly with youth are also encouraged to meet in other public spaces identified by the youth whenever possible.

In 2011, professional development sessions on youth engagement were offered to supervisors and staff working at the residential youth facility, Empire House. Some supervisors acknowledged the importance of this training and suggested that all LDO staff should participate in these sessions in order to have a shared understanding of the LDO’s approach to youth engagement. This consequently initiated the biggest research project yet, a series of mapping sessions conducted with every staff team of the LDO. This includes close to 70 staff, from clerical to child welfare services. The objectives of these mapping sessions were twofold: to offer a professional development opportunity on youth engagement to staff, and to gather information on promising practices, barriers and opportunities for youth engagement in the LDO. Using an appreciative approach, staff members were able to share stories of when they were able to connect with youth and identify opportunities that already exist for them to get engaged in a positive way with the LDO. In contrast, barriers and potential future opportunities were also highlighted to outline recommendations for the LDO. This process led to the creation of a framework of practice on how the LDO works with youth, inspired by HeartWood’s Framework on Community Youth Development.

In addition to these past research projects, youth were further engaged in a video project including both youth connected to the LDO and staff, alongside with other community partners. The objective of this video project was to promote sustainability in the town of Bridgewater while recording and connecting with local citizens during the Sustainability Festival being held during the summer of 2011. This video project was a service learning opportunity where both LDO staff and youth could take action together and build relationships in an informal way while contributing to the community.

The same year, young people living at the residential youth facility run by the LDO, Empire House, supported re-writing the guidelines and rules to living in this supportive safe home. Instead of a simple text document, the young people transformed this into a colourful Empire House Guide using youth-friendly language, pictures, anecdotes and quotes. Even though some rules are non-negotiable, it empowered youth to better
understand why they exist and how they can be shared more easily with new youth arriving at Empire House.

Suzette Llacer


Biography

I am recent graduate of the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Guelph, and have worked in clinical/health promotion research and other non-profit organizations. I currently volunteer as a Program Coordinator at the new mental health non-profit organization, Canadian BFRB Support Network, and I also volunteer as a Community Correspondent with the Partners for Mental Health. My areas of interest include: health promotion, health communication, health research and health policy within the realms of child/youth mental health, health equity and knowledge translation. Having grown up in one of the more stigmatized areas of Toronto, i.e. Jane-Sheppard/Jane-Finch, I have always been interested and concerned with the issues these urban communities face, especially youth.

Ian Manion


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695 Industrial Avenue Ottawa

Biography

Ian Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families presenting with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioural problems. He is a clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria (UK).

He is the Executive Director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre). He is the Inaugural Chair of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium, Co-Chair of the Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC), and the Principal Lead for the National School-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Consortium.

He is actively involved in research in the areas of parent/child interactions, community mental health promotion, youth depression and youth suicide. He is a committed advocate for child and youth mental health sitting on a number of local, provincial, national and international boards and committees. Dr. Manion is co-founder of Youth Net/ Réseau Ado, a bilingual community-based mental health promotion program with satellites across Canada and in Europe. This program strives to understand the mental health issues facing youth, and to better address these issues with sensitivity to gender, age, culture, and geography.

Rebeccah Nelems


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2928 Blackwood Street Victoria BC Canada

Biography

I am a Senior Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and have been conducting child/youth-centred evaluations with them for the past five years. For example, I am currently evaluating a youth gang prevention program in the greater Victoria area. I also support youth-serving agencies in strengthening youth engagement, through delivering training and coaching support. I am a certified trainer of the Youth Work Methods, by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in the US. Additionally, I am pursuing my PhD with a focus on the Sociology of Education and intend to conduct youth-centred participatory research with youth in Canada.

Erica Noordermeer


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207-145 Spruce Street Ottawa

Biography

Peacebuild, formerly the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee (CPCC), is a member-based network of Canadian non-governmental organizations and individuals actively involved in peacebuilding practice and policy development. Our goal is to engender greater coherence and effectiveness in building peace through fostering collaboration and coordination among diverse stakeholders in Canada and with partners overseas.


Specifically, Peacebuild aims to:


1. Increase interaction among and between civil society actors and government stakeholders involved in peacebuilding activities;


2. Contribute to knowledge generation and sharing within Canada and globally;


3. Increase cooperation in joint programming at all levels; and


4. Increase overall effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions.

Jilian Nugent


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11 Red Oake Place Conception Bay South

Region of Peel


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10 Peel Centre Drive Brampton Ontario Canada

Biography

The Region of Peel serves 1.3 million residents and approximately 88,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Kathilee Porter


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732 Vine St. Cambridge ON

Shweta Verma


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H 706, Swarn Residency, Plot 132 B, GT Road Sahibabad 201006 India

Biography

I am a social work professional working with the framework of mental health, human rights and inclusive development in India. At present, I am associated with Department of Social Work, University of Delhi as Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc). Since 2002, I have been involved in capacity building, program review and design, service delivery, advocacy and research. During the course of my work at Saarthak (a volunatry organization focussing on mental health in India), I have worked in the following areas: mental health, disability rights, psychosocial support in disaster response, gender and child rights. At present , I continue to be assocated with Saarthak as a Volunteer. I am also a PhD scholar with Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. My research focuses on studying resilience among women widowed due to conflict in Kashmir.

As part of an evaluation team, I have recently completed Mid Term Evaluation of the project- ‘Reintegration of Street Children, India’. It is a project implemented by Railway Children and its partners in five states of India. I was also involved in an Evaluation study of the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) Pilot Project, Delhi (as co-evaluator). In 2012, I was also involved in a research project (as Research Associate):“Runaway Children restored with families- A study of their current status”, supported by Chetna-Plan India. Further information is available at: in.linkedin.com/pub/shweta-verma/13/824/217

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