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Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre (Previously named Ramada Edmonton Hotel & Conference Centre)

11834 Kingsway Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5G 3J5


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Despite a societal shift toward the de-stigmatization of mental health, both our First Responder communities and our general communities at large are still experiencing the devastating effects of suicide, and mental illness. As we seek answers following a tragedy, we’re collectively left struggling to comprehend the actions of our loved ones or respected colleagues.

First Responders, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, Military personnel, Corrections Officers, 911 Dispatchers, and a host of other related industries are routinely exposed to both direct and vicarious (experienced through others) trauma. It is during a time of crisis that response workers are at their best, but what happens to the helpers when they are done helping?

On September 12, 2017 (In Edmonton), Legacy Place Society www.legacyplacesociety.com in collaboration with the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Alberta Health Services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local Military membership, will be co-hosting the "YEG First Responder/Military Personnel Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Conference" in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day.

This Conference is an opportunity for all first responders from police, fire, EMS, 9-1-1, military, corrections, peace officers, sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers, commercial vehicle enforcement, animal and bylaw officers, security personnel, and frontline medical workers and their families to come together in one place to remember the people we have lost to suicide, recognize many today are still suffering in silence, and identify what we can do as a collective to build resiliency and healthy workplaces through awareness and education.

First responders are key stakeholders for our safe and healthy communities, and often fail to recognize they too also require support and care to ensure their health for a long career as well as life after their service.

Please join us this year to learn more about the topic of suicide, the most common concerns around mental health and addictions, how to build resiliency in today's fast-paced world and be a part of the network that is promoting understanding and compassion to reduce stigma and foster hope.

When the “I” is taken out of illness and replacing it with “We”, together it contributes to empowering wellness for the individual and family.

Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht - "I strongly support the collaborative efforts with the First Responder and Military Personnel Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Conference on September 12th in Edmonton".

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Fire Chief Ken G. Block - "The challenges around the subject of suicide and mental health can be numbing. I welcome this event and encourage attendance."

Alberta Health Services Chief Paramedic Darren Sandbeck - "AHS EMS is working hard to address these complex issues and we cannot do it alone. Awareness is an important key in developing stigma reduction."

RCMP Chief Superintendent Southern Alberta District Tony Hamori - "There are too many risks in not speaking to mental health or suicide awareness. I welcome the collaboration and encourage participation."


*****RE-INTEGRATION AFTER OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING - EDMONTON POLICE SERVICE- Since 2009, the Edmonton Police Service has utilized a re-integration program to help members return to work after an officer involved shooting (OIS). The process uses a gradual exposure plan that helps officers with the psychological and physiological effects of lethal force encounters. The program now assists members who are striving to return to work after a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis or other psychological injury or illness by using peer-driven systematic desensitization.

*****PTSD, TRAUMA AND IMPACT ON FAMILIES... Stacey Ferland MA (Psych), RPC., Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling with the Canadian Professional Counsellor’s Association (CPCA) and Nationally Board Certified Traumatologist. As an experienced trauma specialist, working with a variety of skills and clinical experiences in mental health counselling and psychotherapy, Stacey specializes in short and long-term therapy, and more specifically, trauma focused psychotherapy for a full range of issues.

Treatments include a number of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, CBT/DBT,mindfulness, person-centered counselling, and creative expressive therapies.
Stacey has tremendous insight and experience with the First Responders and Military Personnel.
SYNOPSIS: This presentation will begin with a brief overview of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. We will explore the effects of trauma & PTSD on the families & develop a better understanding of the impacts that trauma can have on the family system. Through this presentation we will look at how family members can support their affected loved one while also taking care of themselves. We will also explore how children respond to a parent dealing with trauma & how the child can be supported.

*****MENTAL HEALTH FROM A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE AND CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE - Ed Mantler - A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed Mantler has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades. As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses.

By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way for change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Knowledge Exchange Centre and Prevention and Promotion activities. Ed is accustomed to wearing many different hats. He was CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Senior Operating Officer of the University of Alberta Hospital. As an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, he contributes to quality and safety in healthcare across Canada and internationally. Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.

***** FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT AND MOTIVATIONAL COMMENTS TO SET THE TONE IN A SOCIAL MEDIA DRIVEN SOCIETY - Dr. Don Melnychuk - Within a dynamic, interactive learning environment, Don offers participants a fast paced enjoyable program that provides them with new insights and skills to improve performance. Some of Don’s keynote sessions include taking control of managing work and personal stress, revitalizing yourself with building stamina and managing fatigue, best practices for fatigue risk management and staying motivated in a changing world.

Don holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta and a M.Ed. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Psychologist with over 21 years experience in the field. Don is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Federation for Professional Speakers.

*****THE IMPACT OF MENTAL HEALTH ON OUR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS - David Lewary - has published 3 novels about addiction/alcoholism and recovery including the “Channel of the Broken Gun” utilized by the University of Calgary about active addiction. David is a registered social worker,an addictions counselor, volunteers as a chaplain with the Calgary Police Service and has extensive special qualifications with suicide prevention and intervention, non-violent crisis intervention and a unique understanding with addictions.

David’s mediation with child welfare and families, working as a Protective Services Officer with Calgary Transit and his partnership activities with the Calgary Housing Society, Calgary Homeless Foundation and the United Way of Canada, has positioned him to share unique encounters and experiences with the vulnerable of society.

*****HOW INTENTIONAL AND DIRECT ASSSISTANCE BUILDS RESILIENCY - The Edmonton Police Service Employee and Family Assistance Section will be providing insight to a number of topics. This includes compelling and proven strategies that promotes personal wellness thru the provision of direct assistance to all members for organizational, operational and personal related stress. As well, they will discuss how the Employee Assistance Section offers programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to care and build resiliency within the challenging world of police work.


What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

Free ample parking is available but be aware of other conferences going on within the building.

September 12th 8:00am to 4:30pm YEG First Responder/Military Personnel Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Conference - registration opens at 7:15am - please be in your seats for 7:55am commencement of opening comments.

Registration Includes

Registration includes conference refreshments at morning and mid afternoon breaks, along with lunch. Guest speaker books and merchandise (if available) will be a seperate purchase at the conference and payment will be handled directly thru the seller.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


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Some places of work have firewall online purchase restrictions and your payment may not work and or the corporate credit card may not work. It that is the case, try making purchase from home, use a personal credit card and expense it or email info@legacyplacesociety.com with your full name, best phone #, # of tickets looking to purchase and the agency you work for. A representative will contact you to arrange a payment.

What is the targeted audience and are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is open to first responders, military, spouses/support persons, retired or serving, and all staff/volunteers of these organizations and health care professions. For any questions - contact event organizers as noted above. Yes, proof of affiliation will be required. Must be minimally 18 years old.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes or use the eventbrite app - please also have breakfast off site prior to the events. First coffee break is about 10am.


For our out of town guests the following hotel has been secured and is based on you making and paying for the booking directly with the hotel. Booking prices on line may vary depending on your personal discount affiliations:

Ramada Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway Ave Edmonton (mention Legacy Place Society).


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