Building Resiliency: Mitigating the Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

The Correctional Services of Canada and The University of the Fraser Valley warmly invite you to attend
a public outreach forum on January 30, 2015 from 12:45PM to 4:30 PM at UFV, Rm B101.
Building Resiliency: Mitigating the Effects of Trauma on Mental Health
People who are traumatized by crime deserve the support and assistance of their communities. The care
they receive, both from professionals and lay-supporters like family, friends and neighbours, can help
them build resiliency. People affected by mental health concerns are disproportionately affected by
trauma, both as victims and as people who cause harm. Trauma can adversely affect their mental health
as well, which can be a barrier to a productive and happy life. Effects include medical and social
struggles in both the short and long term.
Matsqui Institution, Fraser Valley Institution, CSC Victim Services and UFV invite you to engage with us in
this riveting conversation. Join us while we explore how lay-supporters can help crime victims, both in
the short and long term, build resiliency.
About the Forum:
The forum will take place in Room B101, Abbotsford Campus, University of the Fraser Valley. Paid
parking is available on campus.
Registration will begin at 12:45pm; doors will open at 1:00pm.
Planned Itinerary:
1:00 – Welcome
1:15 – Facilitated Conversation with Meredith Egan
1:45 – Keynote Address with Wilma Derksen
2:15 – Break and Networking
3:00 – Panel Discussion – the four expert panelists will contribute their expertise on how to support
resilience with people who have experienced trauma and/or victimisation
4:00 – Questions and Answers – the five presenters will answer questions from the audience
4:30 – Conclusion of forum
Wilma Derksen
Since the abduction and murder of daughter Candace in 1984, Wilma Derksen has
influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She’s also had
an impact by facilitating support group of survivors of homicide, organizing dialogues
between victims and inmates in prison, conducting trainings, giving lectures,
participating in panel discussions, presenting her insights to the justice system, and
addressing victims’ needs at restorative justice conferences throughout Canada and
the United States.
Wilma is the author of Have you seen Candace?, Confronting the Horror: the aftermath of violence, Path
of the Heart, Echo of the Soul and most recently, The Mortal Coil.
Facilitated Conversation: What wisdom do we, as participants, community members and experts, bring
to this question: How can we help build resiliency?
Meredith Egan
Dr. Meredith Egan helps people and organizations build their ideal future through
powerful engagement and bold performance. At Wild Goat Executive Coaching,
Meredith’s extensive experience in conflict management, and group facilitation and
training, serves clients creating and managing profound change.
With decades of experience working in various sectors, Meredith’s diverse
background is foundational in helping clients and organizations succeed. Her work in health
care, justice and academic fields equips her to offer facilitated solutions in challenging situations, and
team-based approaches to development and training.
Meredith completed her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University in
Victoria, B.C. and is an Associate Certified Coach. She holds a PharmD from the University of Alberta,
and has extensive training and experience in mediation, and trauma & resiliency. Meredith is a member
of the International Coach Federation, and abides by their high ethics and standards of competency and
Today, Meredith will lead us in a short facilitated conversation about how we, as community members,
working alongside professionals, can help people who experience trauma to increase resiliency and
support for our neighbours.
Panel Discussion: Hear from the wisdom of those in the field. Panelists will address how lay-people can
help mitigate the effects of trauma, and then all speakers will return for a Question and Answer period.
Panelists include the following:
Marie-France Lapierre
Marie-France Lapierre has worked as a psychologist in high school and hospital settings, as well as in a
mental health clinic prior to joining CSC. She has extensive experience working with at-risk school-aged
children, and individuals who received services through social services and private clients. Prior to
working with CSC, Marie-France had no experience working with offenders, but her background had
prepared her well for this role. She had worked with them as youth, she had worked with their partners
and children, and she had worked with crime victims.
Since 1994, Marie-France has offered counselling and assessment to offenders. She has worked in the
Atlantic and Pacific regions, at all levels of security. Currently, she works at Matsqui Institution, and
became the Chief of the Mental Health Department in 2009. The department has the privilege to work
with a wide range of expertise, including psychology, psychiatric nursing, and clinical social work. For the
past 25 years Marie-France has presented at conferences and forums on a number of subjects, from
parenting to suicide intervention.
Alison Granger-Brown
Alison Granger-Brown PhD. has worked with federally and provincially sentenced women for fourteen
years in a restorative capacity, and is now mainly involved in research and writing in the area of women
offenders and recently delivered training for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vietnam.
Her educational career began with Nursing in UK, becoming a Recreation Therapist in 1999 and gaining
an MA in Training and Leadership in 2007. Having completed an MA in Human Development in 2012 she
completed a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems in 2014. The combination of this education and
experience is the basis of her ongoing interest in issues relating to incarcerated women as well as
organizational culture, wellness, and leadership. She approaches all of these areas through an
appreciative and solutions focused lens with a particular interest in the learning barriers and needs of
women with prison and addiction history. Her dissertation explored what the “done button” looks like
for those women who have lived in the cycle of addiction and crime, who seem to spontaneously decide
to live a different life. It found theories of hope, complex childhood trauma and transformational
learning to be important particularly when contextualized within the systems that recovering individuals
must negotiate and navigate: it identified a connected interactive approach to the rehabilitation
Tara George
Tara began working in the field of corrections in 1994. She started her career working for non-profit
agencies in the community and eventually accepted a position in the federal government with the
Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). She has worked in the areas of child and youth care, volunteers,
community parole supervision, sex offender relapse prevention facilitation, victim issues, restorative
justice, and incident investigations. Within CSC she has worked out of the Vancouver Parole Office,
Pacific Regional Headquarters in Abbotsford, B.C., and National Headquarters in Ottawa, O.N. Her
educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in
British Columbia and a Master of Arts in European Criminology from Katholiek University Leuven in
Belgium. Tara has held the position of Regional Victim Services Manager, Pacific Region since its
creation in September 2007.
Joanne Jefferson
Joanne is a Sto:lo member. She has resided on the Skowkale Reserve for most of her life. She has been
married for 29 years and has 4 children. She is a hereditary carrier of her family. She carries the
Halq’eméylem name Síqwamíya.
Joanne has worked for Stó:lõ Nation for 13 years. She is the Qwi:qwelstóm Manager. (Justice Manger)
Qwi:qwelstóm is the Halq’emeylem word that best describes “justice” according to the Sto:lo
worldview. It reflects a “way of life” that incorporates balance and harmony, it is a way of helping one
another to survive and to care and share amongst all people; it is a form of justice that focuses on
relationships and the interconnectedness of all living life. Qwi:qwelstóm is supported as an Aboriginal
Justice Program that provides a means by which the Sto:lo people are achieving self-determination and
self-governance as protected by section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.
Registration Form
I identify myself as (check all that apply):
Victim-services provider
Victim of crime or other trauma
Mental Health Worker
Self-Advocate with Mental Health concerns
Family or Supporter of crime victim
Family or Supporter of person with Mental Health concerns
CSC Volunteer
Community Volunteer
NGO/Non-Profit Organizations
Faith Organization
CSC Staff
Please add my contact information to the CSC Outreach Network Group
Please print off, fill out and scan the completed registration form to
[email protected] by January 16, 2015.