Thank you for attending our 
15th Annual Conference!

We look forward to seeing you in January 2024 for our 
16th Annual Conference!

Keynote sessions

January 12


The Resilient Life: Manage Stress, Prevent Burnout and Strengthen Your Mental and Physical Health
Would you like to better manage stress, avoid or recover from burnout, and live with more resilience?

• Keys to recognizing, preventing and recovering from burnout
• How to connect or reconnect with their passions
• Simple yet powerful self-care strategies to improve mental and physical health and boost energy
• Secrets of a resilient brain
• Mind-body medicine tools that are quick, easy and proven to reduce stress
• Fundamental skills and perspectives for creating work-life balance

January 19


Workforce Development During Stressful Times: Cultivating Hope, Collaboration, and Change
A skills-based training that examines facilitated conversations using a five-step approach, developed by CWLA Senior Fellow Michael Schultz, as one way to foster the hope, collaboration, and change needed to assess and intervene when trauma and tragedy strike. Healthy families, organizations, and teams share common features. These characteristics are building blocks for healing, empowerment, and resilience during times of crisis and trauma. Effective and respectful facilitated conversations assume that as helping professionals and organizations enhance their capacity to rebound from immediate crisis and weather persistent stress, they also gain vital resources to deal more efficiently with future challenges. Thus, in fostering resilience among professionals, every learning moment is a preventive measure.

January 26


Healing Our Caring System by rebuilding Resilience, Risk and Reconnection
What we want most for children and families is what we first need to give the people who care for them.
EVERYTHING flows through them!
If we want families and children to feel this:

• Cared for
• Competent to make their own decisions and learning strategies
• Courageous enough to try new things, fall down and get back up
• Collaborative and safe to communicate their needs and their voice
• Creative enough to imagine outside their wildest expectations

then we need to also give this back to the people who work with and heal them every day.

In this high-impact, inspiring keynote participants:

• RECOGNIZE the barriers to feeling cared for, competent, courageous, collaborative and creative
• IDENTIFY methods for connecting their strengths to a practice that supports both the client's and the practitioner's physical, social and emotional needs.
• ILLUSTRATE how to improve staff health and wellness by taking care of people who care.

Come prepared to laugh, connect and reconnect to the strengths and gifts that get weighed down by uncertainty, overwhelm and the unpredictable.

"Brandi is our secret weapon for success; her background coupled with her passion and enthusiasm make her an absolute powerhouse when it comes to inspiring others"

Shelley Cardinal

Walking the Prevention Pathway
Over the past 30 years, the Canadian Red Cross has been working alongside Indigenous communities to support prevention and protection education that amplifies safe environments in communities. In partnership with Indigenous communities, we’ve worked to better understand what the community needs to move from the challenges of violence to a healthier place, rooted in Indigenous cultures and practices. The process of building safety systems in community is a multi-faceted process. In the Walking the prevention Pathway workshop we go through the steps to building a safer system.

Creating a cohesive team that wants to work together for safety, protection and prevention is a great place to begin in community. The next steps focus on education about understanding historical harm and understanding pathways to wellness. This workshop will cover content in moving away from the challenges that are rooted in historical harm, the risks that violence creates in community and the power of traditional teachings.

January 27


Interactive Presentation: Indigenous Dancers, Drummers & Singers
Mahegun Tails Inc. is proud to show you a demonstration of Indigenous Pow-wow dance styles, that are the highlights of our social dances, across Canada & USA.

With live Drummers/Singers, the performers will showcase their individual unique styles of dances, that are done, socially & competitively in Pow-wow country.


Resiliency Through Adversity

Join Tareq on an emotional journey from Syria to Canada with heartbreaking and perspective shaping stops along the way.

From sunny days in Syria where the scent of roses filled the air to the beginning of conflict and war.

Listen as Tareq shares the fear and confusion that came when violence and danger begin to slowly surround his family. Understand what it is really like to spend days hiding in your basement, praying for safety and food and medicine.

Learn how a family made the decision to leave everything behind in search of safety outside of their homeland only to find more uncertainty and desperation as refugees in Lebanon.

Witness the life changing impact of being granted a family ticket to Canada and watch as that country's Prime Minister singles out the Hadhad family and their community for its perseverance and kindness.

Resiliency Through Adversity is an emotional rollercoaster for any audience, one that leaves them feeling inspired and resolved to make their own impact on the world.
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