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2nd Annual Peer Recovery & Resiliency Symposium

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The Malcolm Hotel

321 Spring Creek Drive

Canmore, AB T1W 0K3

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Post-traumatic growth is more than recovery and resiliency, it's about reconfiguring yourself into something bigger and better than you were before. Last year our first annual PR&R event was sold out, and six of our peers from across North America came and shared their experiences of recovery, resiliency and post-traumatic growth. This year our speakers include a dispatcher from Las Vegas, a retired officer that worked both the 9/11 terrorist attack and the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, and the first in medic at the Humboldt bus accident that killed 16 people. All our speakers will be presenting on post traumatic growth and recovery.

Funds raised will be donated to OSI-CAN. OSI-CAN provides many programs for people in need such as peer support groups, equine psychotherapy, and service dog acquisition. http://www.osi-can.ca

This year we'll be in Canmore, Alberta at The Malcolm Hotel in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just like last year, we're keeping this event cozy, so limited tickets are available. Here's our Society webpage for more information www.peerrrsociety.com

Here's the lineup:

October 6th, 17:00 - 23:00

Come network with your peers and hear presentations from mental health initiatives currently available in Southern Alberta. If you're not from this part of the world, then take what you've learned back to your own area and start a similar program for your service.

October 7th, 08:00 - 17:00

Speakers:

Daniel Sundahl - DanSun - Paramedic/Firefighter/Artist

Daniel Sundahl is a published artist and writer and has two art books produced of his works. Articles of his work are featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, Fire Rescue Magazine, EMS One, EMS World Magazine and The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing. His art is recognized worldwide, and he travels internationally speaking on his art and personal experiences with occupational stress injuries and post-traumatic growth. He is the president and founder of the Peer Recovery and Resiliency Society and supports emergency workers from around the world. Daniel is also an advanced care paramedic, firefighter, pre-hospital educator, and photographer.

The majority of Daniel’s work involves emergency services photography. It involves an emotional connection to the artist as most of his pieces are based on actual emergency calls he has attended as a paramedic and firefighter. He is passionate about reducing the stigma of PTSD for his fellow first responders, and he uses his art to raise awareness of occupational stress injuries worldwide. Daniel has exhibited and spoken on mental health for first responders across North America as well as England, Poland and Guatemala, Australia and Finland. Daniel continues to use his images to promote mental health awareness and lower negative stigma for all first responders worldwide.



Allan Dignard - Paramedic/Firefighter

Allan began his EMS career in 1998. He’s an advanced care paramedic, senior firefighter and a certified personal trainer and Health, Wellness & Life Coach. For many years Allan suffered from depression, anxiety, emotional eating and alcohol abuse, he now uses fitness, nutrition and personal development to maintain his healthy mind and body. As the founder of Third Alarm Coaching, Allan now shares his mental health successes with others around the world and helps them on their own path to post-traumatic growth.


David Ferris - US Veteran and Retired Police Lieutenant/EMT

A youth officer during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, David helped three families cope with the loss of parents who went to work one day in 2001 and never came home. A responding officer after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, David said he and his team rewrote the book on critical incident management, responding to a tragedy that none of their training could have prepared them for.

“I’ve been retired almost four years now and those people, the people that I helped and the people that I saw that were deceased, they still pop into my mind, they’re going to be with me my whole life.”

David was also assigned to the Special Response Team (SWAT) as Team Leader, holding former positions in the team as executive officer, sniper team leader, and sniper. During his time as a sniper, he represented the department in national and international sniper training and competition matches. Amid the tragedy and the trauma, David excelled. He became one of the most sought-after weapons experts for training in the New York area and spent time on the SWAT team for his department.

David has a Masters Degree from the University of New Haven in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticutin Law and Society and an Associate’s Degree from Norwalk Community College in Criminal Justice Administration. He was an adjunct instructor at the University of New Haven teaching criminal justice courses.


Leah Neudorf - Paramedic

Leah Neudorf started working rural EMS in April 2016 at the age of 19. Being a paramedic has been a dream of hers since she was 12. Leah had overcome many barriers in making her dream a reality.
On April 6, 2018 Leah and her partner were the first paramedics on scene at the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. An accident that has impacted so many. Having to overcome the daily challenges at work, at home and with family and friend relationships. A month following the incident Leah and her fiancé Matthew planned to marry. Shortly after their marriage she was hired with Parkland Ambulance in Prince Albert. Leah and her husband Matthew currently reside in Prince Albert. Leah will share her story of recovery and hopes her experience can help others.


Michelle McKeaveney - Corrections Officer

Michelle's blunt, honest, and heartfelt delivery combined with her highly energetic motivational approach leaves you feeling empowered and offers you the necessary tools to "let go and live free," to remind you that life does not end with barriers or obstacles. Her identity and beloved career in Corrections ended abruptly with a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD/OSI). Compounded with a diagnosis of Grave’s Disease as well as Thyroid Eye Disease. Her life’s direction resulted in numerous painful surgeries in Canada and at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US. Through her varied experiences, she has committed her life’s work to service and charity. Michelle has been a Social Worker and Correctional Officer since Convocating with her Bachelor’s Degree in 1993. She has worked as a Mental Health Therapist, and Counsellor on First Nations communities for over 20 years. She's a wife of a Veteran who is also a Correctional Officer and Mother of 3 adult children.


Charlotte Gentry - Dispatcher/EMT/Quality Improvement Coordinator

Charlotte Gentry is the Quality Improvement Coordinator for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Combined Communications Center. She is also a Priority Dispatch Software Instructor. She has been in EMS for over 20 years. She spent most of her career in Georgia, where she worked on the ambulance in one of the busiest cities, Atlanta. During this time she also worked in dispatch. In 2014 she moved to Las Vegas, which she now calls home. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management. She was attending the Route 91 Harvest Music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.


Brian Willis - CEO Winning Mind Training / Police Officer Ret.

Brian is an acclaimed thought leader, training innovation specialist, a catalyst for change in the law enforcement profession, speaker, author and trainer. Brian is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada, a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the law enforcement profession and in 2011 Brian was named as the Law Officer Trainer of the Year. Brian began his law enforcement career with the Calgary Police Service in 1979, and over the next 25 years, he worked as a patrol officer, tactical officer, patrol supervisor and trainer. From 1995 to 2004 he was the head use of force trainer for the Calgary Police Service (an agency of 1950 officers). In that role he was responsible for researching, developing, instructing and overseeing the Officer Safety, Subject Control Tactics, Crowd Management, Incident Command and Emergency Vehicle Operations programs. Brian also served on the Crowd Control Unit for 19 years as a constable, supervisor in charge of training and development, Platoon Commander and Deputy Commander. He served in integral roles during the World Petroleum Congress and G8 Summit in Calgary. Brian is committed to leading the fight against mediocrity and helping law enforcement officers, trainers and leaders create a Legacy of Excellence through Life’s Most Powerful Question – What’s Important Now? (W.I.N.)

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