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Monthly Member Meetings

One of the benefits of BCAPOP membership is the opportunity to access Monthly Member Meetings on a variety of topics.  These meetings are held via webinar and are included in your membership.


Day: 3rd Thursday of each month (see schedule for exceptions)

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM* (pacific time unless otherwise noted)

Location: Webinar.  Members will be emailed webinar login details one week prior to the meeting.

  • Guest Speakers: Subject knowledge experts will be presenting.
  • Topics: Scheduled every three months to ensure BCAPOP is providing timely and relevant content to our members.

2020 Meeting Schedule

*Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 11am - 12pm pacific time.



 January 16th  Rights and Responsibilities: Working with Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
Guest Speaker:
Jeane Riley
, MSW, RSW, Indigenous Healing and Wellness Lead, Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project
 February 20th  

Mothering and Opioids: Addressing Stigma and Acting Collaboratively
The new toolkit “Mothering and Opioids: Addressing Stigma and Acting Collaboratively”  invites people working in the substance use, child welfare, and related systems, to think about how we can continue to improve our work in partnership with women who engage with these services. The Toolkit includes 15 action-oriented tools, self-reflection guides, fact sheets and discussion starters and highlights culturally safe, trauma informed, harm reduction-oriented and participant-driven approaches. 
Guest Speaker: 
Rose SchmidtResearch Manager Centre of Excellence for Women's Health 

 *March 26th 

Future Bright- Supporting Your Children's Education
Learn to support children’s education through the program Future Bright, which helps parents  access free government grants for post-secondary education and open non-contribution RESPs.  Children can claim $3,200 worth of grants without any contributions!  Future Bright will walk you through every step of the way. 
Guest Speakers:  
Jasmine Johal and Geraldine Ricarse, Registration Facilitators for Future Bright at Elizabeth Fry Society

 April 16th

Certificate Training: Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC Training (Registration required)
Guest Speaker
Claire Humphreys, MSc, BA, Manager of Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC

 May 21st 

Referring your clients for FREE smoking cessation help. (Registration required)

Up to 60% of people who smoke would like to quit but most feel overwhelmed and don’t think they can do it. QuitNow offers free support and advice to clients who want to cut down or quit smoking.During this webinar I will discuss the QuitNow services, the BC smoking cessation program, ways for you to address smoking with your clients and I will show you how easy it is for you to refer your clients to our service.Guest Speaker:
Louise Mott, QuitNow BC

 June 18th

Paternal Involvement — In Pregnancy and Early Post-Partum

This webinar will discuss the positive effects of paternal involvement during pregnancy and early infancy. The presentation will involve a brief Power-Point presentation, and encourages interaction and questions regarding the experiences and learnings of the presenters regarding father support in the pre/post natal period.
Guest Speakers: Reg Unrau, Abby Dads Supervisor/Father Support Worker; and Jordan Platana, Abby Dads Father Support Worker

 July 16th 

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grants Program
The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) provides financial support for Indigenous families in BC to access prenatal, labour/birth and postpartum doula services and supports, with the goal of increasing healthy birth and post-partum outcomes for Indigenous babies and families. Doula care has been documented to lead to improved outcomes for birthers and their babies. For Indigenous families, this is especially important given the disparities that exist in healthcare services and outcomes for Indigenous people. Providing doula care is a way of promoting improved health for Indigenous people right from birth.Since 2013, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) has supported over 1,300 families through the DAFGP. The program continues to grow in order to meet the needs of Indigenous families. This discussion will provide an overview of the program and share information on newly implemented changes to the DAFGP.
Guest Speaker: Kassandra Woods, Health Policy Director - BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

 August  No meeting scheduled
 September 2nd 

An Overview of FASD in Canada
In preparation for FASD Awareness month in September, this webinar will cover an overview of current FASD initiatives across Canada, including two national campaigns dedicated to improving FASD prevention and awareness.  

Guest SpeakerVictoria Bailey, Communications Coordinator CanFASD

 October 6th  BCAPOP Virtual Conference
October 14th BCAPOP Annual General Meeting (virtual)

November 19th

Reclaiming our Sisters- Introduction to Metis Nation BC and Elevating and Celebrating the Diversity of Indigenous Identities in BC. 

BC is wealthy in diverse and distinct Indigenous Nations.  There are over 200 distinct First Nations in BC (over 630 across Canada), home to the third largest Metis population in Canada and 270,000 people self-identify as Indigenous in BC.  Discovering together opportunities for meaningful relationships and populations denied access to culture, social, material and political resources. 

Guest SpeakerSheila Lewis, MNBC Provincial Woman's Coordinator 

December No meeting scheduled
 January 21, 2021

SmartMom: Teaching Prenatal Education by Texting

SmartMom is a prenatal education program delivered by text messaging.  Women receive three text messages per week, linked to their gestational age to ensure that the messages are timely and relevant. Each message has a link to online or local information, including links to videos, quizzes and other interactive modalities.
Guest SpeakerPatricia Janssen, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

 February 2021 TBA: BCAPOP Virtual Conference! 

Meeting Topics

Our goal is to host presentations that are relevant to our members.  

Members are invited to submit suggestions for topics to ed@bcapop.ca

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