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Stonebridge Hotel Grande Prairie

12102 100 Street

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5P1

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Grande Prairie Crime Prevention in partnership with AHS Addictions and Mental Health, Grande Prairie Family Education Society, Odyssey House and the RCMP, present…

A Path Forward: Building Resiliency in Youth

This engaging and inspiring Friday evening community presentation and full day conference on Saturday will provide a unique lens into the importance of focusing on resiliency in how we raise up our children and youth. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, service provider, coach, teacher…no matter what your role is with children and youth, we all have a responsibility in fostering their ability to be resilient.

Conference keynote speaker is award winning author, international speaker and sought-after consultant: Monique Gray Smith

Breakout sessions feature local service experts who will address issues of Bullying, Mental Health, Co-Parenting, and Addictions


Community Presentation - Friday March 16 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Fostering Resiliency with Children and Youth

This engaging and inspiring talk will provide a unique lens into the importance of focusing on resiliency in how we raise up our children and youth. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, service provider, coach, teacher…no matter what your role is with children and youth, we all have a responsibility in fostering their ability to be resilient. In over 25 years of working with youth and families, Monique has come to learn there are some key ways to support their resilience, and our own resilience. She calls them the Four Blankets of Resilience: Strong sense of self; family; community; culture, language and connection to the land. This talk will focus on the Four Blankets and how to weave them into everyday experiences to build upon the gifts of resilience within children and youth.


Building Resiliency in Youth Conference - Saturday March 17 | 8:30 - 4:00 PM

8:30 - 9:00 AM | Registration

9:00 - 9:15 AM | Welcome

9:15 - 10:15 | Breakout Sessions 1 & 2

Session 1: Mental Health - Jody Walker, Mental Health Promotion Facilitator

Jody Walker works as the Mental Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services in Grande Prairie. With over 22 years of experience working in the addiction & mental health field, Jody’s passion is supporting individuals, their families, workplaces and communities to create, cultivate and maintain positive mental health and wellness.

Join Jody in identifying what is mental health, what is mental illness and how to reduce stigma in order to promote and support mental wellness in yourself and your family.

Session 2: Co-Parenting - JoAnne Gipman

JoAnne Gipman, first and foremost, is a wife and mother of three healthy, happy, productive adult children, and very, very proud grandmother of one! She wears a few different hats in the community; currently she is the team Lead, and a Liaison worker for Catholic Family Services. She facilitates the Marriage Preparation Course and has been employed through Catholic Family Services for fifteen years. Another passion of hers is that she owns and operates her own company: “Foundations for Families”, this is a program in which she goes into peoples’ homes and supports them with parenting strategies and the application of those strategies. She looks forward to speaking to those interested in the topic of “co-parenting” and the challenges that this creates in todays society.

10:15 - 10:30 | Break

10:30 - 11:30 | Breakout Sessions 3 & 4

Session 3: Addictions - Greg Paterson, Addictions Prevention Counsellor

Greg Paterson is an Addictions Prevention Counsellor for AHS Addiction and Mental Health Services in Grande Prairie. He provides support, consultation, training, and direct program delivery to both school and general communities while working with at risk children from our overall population. He has a combined seven years of career experience within addiction services from the Northern Addiction Center, Adult Outpatient Services, and his current involvement with the Prevention and Promotion team. Aside from his counselling endeavors, Greg is also an educator and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Applied Psychology.

This session will provide you with an understanding of what addiction is while delivering accurate information on common drugs, how they work, and current local trends as they pertain to youth. Adolescent development, risk and protective factors, and effective strategies for communicating with youth will also be addressed. Lastly, we will explore parental strategies that promote healthy relationship development, life skills and resiliency.

Session 4: Bullying - Angel McArthur and Tanis Jones, Family Education Society

From trouble with friends to issues of the cyber nature this workshop will redefine and help you to better understand what bullying is. The “bullying” that happens within peer relationships (relational aggression) will be examined. We will look at levels of aggression, as well as offer strategies and preventative measures for use in supporting your child to navigate their social world.

Angel McArthur has been Early Childhood Educator holding a Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 13 years, supporting children ages 1-12 and their families. Recently joined team parenthood and is currently on maternity leave from the position as Day Care Coordinator at Stepping Stones Day Care Society. Tanis Jones holds a diploma in Early Childhood Development, 30 plus years of experience coordinating and supervising Early Childhood Programs, supporting children and their families. Facilitator of the Love and Logic Parenting and Circle of Security Parenting Program’s for several years. Currently the Team Lead at the Family Education Society

11:30 - 1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 PM | Keynote Speaker

Discovering the Stories within Us

Everyone has a story – this is a dynamic workshop to get your creative juices flowing and a way for self-exploration and discovery. For generations upon generations, it has been our artists who have been the catalysts for healing and wellness. This storytelling/writing workshop will begin with ceremony. This is an integral aspect of honouring and being grateful for the stories that are within us and the ones that will be revealed. The presenter will share her journey of having her first novel, Tilly published and how it went on to win the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. We will then move into working with various prompts that can start the writing to flow. There will be time spent focusing on character creation, environment description and effective use of dialogue. The activities are designed to foster creative expression and a sense pride and confidence in writing.

3:00 - 3:15 PM | Break

3:15 - 4:00 PM | Panel Discussion with all presenters


Please register individually for each day, if you wish to utilize our free childcare programming, please register the number of children. We will connect with you via email to confirm their ages.


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Stonebridge Hotel Grande Prairie

12102 100 Street

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5P1

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