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October 18, 2017 | Conference Day 1
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Relationship Matters: Harnessing the Power of Attachment
Description: When we think of parenting, we typically focus on what skills need to be learned to effectively raise our young. Science has affirmed however, that the secret to this ancient dance lies in the relationship between the child and the care-giver. Although the implications of this pivotal principle are profound, we have unfortunately lost the cultural traditions that support this basic truth. Dr. Neufeld will elaborate on how we can foster right relationship between parents and their children, thus rendering parents more intuitive and effective in their caring as well as children more receptive to their care.  

October 19, 2017 | Conference Day 2

Morning Sessions
8:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Making Your Doula Practice Yours
Description: We are well aware that some aspects to starting your business can feel daunting! As seasoned doulas we are asked all the time about how our partnership works, what type of training that we completed, how do we attract clients and how do we build relationships with doctors and midwives.  In our fun, light and educational 3-hour workshop you will learn all of this and more. We will also share our tried, tested and true tips and tricks and we will leave you with handouts that include sample essays, client reviews and every day forms that we use in our own business. 

Speaker(s): Marlo Muscutt, Bunky Bambino Holistic Doula Agency and Raquel Feswick, Down to Earth Birth Care 

Marlo and Raquel are Dynamic Birth Doulas that work in a partnership and own and operate successful and well known practices in Vancouver.  Combined they have attended 400+ births and served more than 100 families throughout the postpartum period over the span of 15 years. They are dedicated to supporting, caring for and educating women and their families throughout the childbearing year. They are active in the Vancouver birth community and serve as Birth Doulas, Doula Mentors and are members of the Doula Team Board of Directors at South Community Birth Program (SCBP). They are looking forward to getting you excited about building your practice in a fulfilling way

Hands-on Ways to Engage Clients about Fun Ways to Eat, Gather Food, & Take Charge of their Nutrition
Description: Join the Cowichan Valley Healthies Babies Possible team to learn and to share best practices and holistic approaches to best serve complex needs groups.  This interactive session will provide practitioners with hands-on opportunities to learn about different tools and strategies that can be implemented into their own settings.  Topics covered will include iron deficiency, food insecurity, large group dynamics, and successful ways to retain program participants.

Speaker(s): Laura Sjolie, Program Coordinator and Carrie Rae, Registered Dietitian, Healthiest Babies Possible and Early Years, Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society

Laura Sjolie is the Program Coordinator for Healthiest Babies Possible and Early Years which provides postnatal support services for Aboriginal women during baby's first year at the Hiiye'yu Lelum Society in Duncan, BC.  Her early work was in the co-operative and community development and participatory research and the impact of the co-operative economy among First Nations.  Laura has also worked as a doula and breastfeeding educator with programs and individuals throughout the Lower Mainland and in the Cowichan Valley.  Laura is passionate about women's maternal health and client driven approaches to accessing care and services.  In her spare time, Laura is busy raising three active kids and loves to run, hike, go to non-competivie cross-fit, and is very food motivated.

Heart-Mind Well-being and Self Care
Description: The Heart-Mind Well-Being Professional Development Wellness Workshop promotes social emotional learning, personal wellness, and adult self-care through the lens of DLC’s Heart-Mind Well-Being Framework. This Framework was developed in partnership with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC and is grounded in latest SEL research and best practice models in the field.

Workshop Objectives include:
1) Provide a practical and meaningful experience for professionals to engage in their own social and emotional learning and deepen their understanding of evidence informed ways to strengthen their own heart mind well-being and that of the adults, youth and children in their lives.

2). Through the exploration of self-care strategies that include breathing exercises, mindfulness practice, and stress management techniques, participants will have an opportunity for self reflection and to identify ways of integrating HMWB in their lives.   

Speaker(s): Angela Low, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education
Angela Low is a specialist in emotional intelligence and child development who is committed to bringing social and emotional learning to the forefront of communities that support children, youth and their families. Angela has been developing resources and facilitating workshops on emotional intelligence for 12 years in China and Canada. She is also a researcher with the Social Emotional Education and Development (SEED) lab at the University of British Columbia. Angela has worked with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education as a Heart-Mind consultant and workshop facilitator for a number of years.

Afternoon Sessions
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

CPR/AED Level C [session runs from 12:30 PM - 5:45 PM]
Description:  The Lifesaving Society CPR program follows the 2010 ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) guidelines and includes AED training. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) trains rescuers in the skills and knowledge needed to assess and provide basic life support to patients with airway, breathing, or circulatory emergencies as well an awareness of the risk factors that contribute to heart disease. 

You will learn:

  • Principles of first aid
  • Use of barrier devices and how to call EMS
  • Adult, child and infant CPR skills and AED use
  • 2 rescuer CPR and AED procedures
  • Adult, child and infant conscious and unconscious choking procedures
  • Circulatory emergencies to include recognition and treatment of a heart attack, angina, stroke and TIA

Instructor(s): Safe Beginnings First Aid
Holly Choi is a First Aid Instructor affiliated with the Lifesaving Society BC/Yukon Branch, as well as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) certified through the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). Her background includes electronic medical record implementation and technical service management. Holly is also a mom to her sweet little daughter, born August 2015.

Engaging the Canadian Dad, eh?
Description: With the single father household becoming the strongest growing demographic in Canadian society, how do we perceive and engage with the dads we work with? In the often female dominated setting of drop-in’s, parenting groups, and child-care services, interactions with dads can be challenging, confusing, and less productive than we may like. What are some of the keys to providing an inclusive and welcoming response to the other parent of the children we work with?

Please join us for an interactive workshop with both male and female facilitators that engage regularly and effectively with the ever growing population of dads coming through our doors. Focusing on communication and retention of dads in both pregnancy and early years programming, this session will equip you to connect and engage fathers more effectively. Facilitators will share insights gleaned  from years of working with a focus on dads, and plenty of time will be provided for Q & A.

Speaker: Reg Unrau, Abbotsford Community Services
For the last five years, Reg has worked with dads, moms, and kids at Abbotsford Community Services within Abby Dads, The Family Center, New Beginnings Young Parent Program, and at the Youth Resource Center. Previous to, and during the early part of his ACS involvement, he worked with multiple agencies, supporting adults and youth living with the concurrent disorders of mental health and addictions.

His passion is to empower both clients and staff in developing the community and relationships that make life that much more doable and rewarding. Insatiable curiosity, and the drive to build strong relationships, allows him to maintain the teacher/learner role that keeps his work fresh and invigorating. 

Breastfeeding Support and Infant Nutrition

Clear Communication: Fostering Awareness, Understanding and Trust
Description: As a coordinator or supervisor, everyday you are engaging in conversations that matter with colleagues and clients. Every interaction with another person is an opportunity to develop trust and contribute in meaningful ways. At the core of communicating clearly is our ability to understand our own experience, understand someone else's experience, and know the difference. In this interactive session, you will learn and practice a simple yet powerful tool for increasing self awareness and improving interpersonal communication, enabling you to be connected yet separate with others - at work, at home, everywhere. The result is the ability to own your own experience, differentiate yourself from others, speak clearly particularly in high-emotion conversations and establish language that can be used in any environment. 

Speaker: Rochelle Davidson
A wife, mom to two rambunctious rescued dogs, obsessed cyclist, not-so-bendy yogi, adventure traveler and passionate Leadership Development practitioner, Rochelle is at her best when supporting others to be at their best and achieve results that matter.

Rochelle's life was rocked when, in 2005, she heard the words “You’ve got cancer.” Being confronted with her own mortality, she fully experienced that life is precious and much too short to be spent merely ‘surviving’, which she had witnessed in many workplaces. Rochelle's personal experience further fuelled her mission to see people and organizations thrive; working every day to support her clients in creating environments where their people are inspired, connected to each other in meaningful ways, and use their strengths to contribute to something bigger than themselves, leaving at the end of the day taking their best selves to their families, friends and communities.

In addition to her private coaching and consulting business, Rochelle is also Practicum Lead for UBC's Certificate in Organizational Coaching. A professional certified coach through International Coach Federation with nearly two decades of experience, Rochelle is a go-to practitioner to elevate organizations through her expertise in organizational culture, leadership development program design and delivery, team coaching and development, individual coaching and facilitation. Rochelle has worked with such organizations as lululemon athletica, Hootsuite Media, Crystal Decisions, ICBC and Vancouver Airport Authority. She is also a pro bono coach for non-profit executives and has contributed on the Boards of International Coach Federation and Habitat for Humanity.

October 19, 2017 | Conference Day 3
8:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Safe Sleep Tool Kit
Description: Unsafe sleep practices are identified in sleep related deaths of infants between one month and one year of age. Although the cause of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI) is often unknown, infant deaths can be reduced when the known risk factors are modified. The BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Panels have recommended improved targeting of safer sleep messaging, including increased attention to the risks of unsafe sleep environments, bedsharing, parental incapacitation due to fatigue or substance use. Prenatal education to support parents and caregivers to create a safer sleep environment before the baby is born is a critical preventive measure to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant death.

PSBC in partnership with the Ministry and regional health authorities have developed a practice support tool for health care providers. The BC Ministry of Health has also developed a complementary parent resource “Safe Sleep For My Baby ”.  These tools are designed to engage parents and caregivers in conversations around safer infant sleep. Both tools were launched in September 2017 and will be presented during this session.

Speaker(s): Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN; Provincial Lead, Aboriginal Health, Perinatal Services BC; Perinatal Specialist, First Nation Health Authority and Natasha Burnham, BSc, RN, MScA

Lucy Barney is at the forefront of developing innovative and successful programming with Aboriginal people. She works on strategies to assist existing programs and to develop new programs for maternal/child health that will enable Aboriginal people to access culturally appropriate services. Lucy’s own life experience as a First Nation woman, mother, and traditional dancer brings enormous commitment, dedication, and creativity to her work. She is a model of strong, innovative leadership in the Aboriginal community. She was awarded the Award of Distinction from the University of British Columbia: ACCOLAIDS Award for Innovative Programming and Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service. Lucy completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She was program manager of Chee Mamuk, an Aboriginal HIV/AIDS education program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, for nine years and is currently working part time with Perinatal Services BC and the First Nations Health Authority Maternal and Child Health.

Natasha Burnham was born and raised in Vancouver until she moved to Montreal to complete her Master’s in nursing. She started her career as a nurse on a high-risk obstetrics unit at the Jewish General Hospital where she helped hundreds of families welcome their little ones into the world. Unable to resist the calls of Vancouver’s mountains and beaches, Natasha returned to the West Coast in 2014. Today, she continues to work in maternal, infant and early childhood health, splitting her time between leading projects and best practice initiatives, and delivering care on the front line. When Natasha is not running baby groups, immunization clinics, or visiting new parents in those exciting (and stressful!) first days home with a newborn as a public health nurse with Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working for the Provincial Health Services Authority with Perinatal Services BC as the Coordinator of Public Health and Health Promotion,  developing and implementing clinical guidelines and practice support tools to support healthy pregnancies and healthy babies across BC. 

Cultural Birth Practices & Regional Networking
Speaker(s): Panel Members

Closing Remarks & Door Prize

Conference Program

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