BCAPOP SPRING CONFERENCE
May 9 & 10, 2023 | 8am - 4:30pm PT | Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
Join us for 2 full days of presentations, breakout sessions, exhibitors & networking! See below for each day's schedule, session topics and speaker bios. Or, click here for a copy of the BCAPOP Spring Conference Program.
BCAPOP members: $595 | non-members: $695
The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport has opened additional rooms at their best available rate. Please use the following link for a discount off the regular rate and select the correct hotel:
Please note with this link that the guest can only book three rooms at a time and this rate does fluctuate, as it is based on the best available rate at the time of booking.
Travel expenses and/or hotel accommodations are not included; and are the responsibility of the participant (not BCAPOP).
Exhibitor presentations are scheduled throughout the conference, so we can learn from these great organizations and improve our practice in caring for and supporting pregnant, postpartum and newly parenting people.
In addition, you'll have the chance to connect directly with the exhibitors at their exhibitor table. Be sure to get your exhibitor passport stamped by each exhibitor for a chance to win a prize!
DAY 1 | May 9, 2023 | 8am - 4:30pm PT
8:00am - 8:45am - Continental breakfast
Registration, Exhibitors Tables, and Networking.
9:00am - 9:20am
9:20am - 9:30am
SHONEENA LEE LOSS, Certified Holistic Practitioner, Traditional Healer, Indigenous Birth Doula, Indigenous Death Doula, Trauma Informed Woman's Yoga Practitioner, Conscious Breathwork Facilitator, Spiritual gangster and Bad Ass Mama Bear
Connecting with Spirit and the Energy of Mitakye Oyasin “we are all one” we can tap into the Natural Laws to Assist us on our Journey in walking between the 2 worlds.
About Shoneena Lee Loss
I, Shoneena Lee Loss of Cree decent and owner of Body Mind Soul Holistics , am an Indigenous Healer. A “Modern” Certified Holistic Practitioner and Indigenous Doula. I am so Blessed to call my home, home "off the Grid” in the Prestine Nahatlatch Valley where living with Nature and the Medicines of the land is a way of life. My two boys Cedar and River and myself, live a sustainable lifestyle, living off the land and land based teachings.
I chose to be a Certified Holistic Practitioner and Indigenous Doula because taking Responsibility for our OWN health is one of the most Empowering experiences in life and is our Birthright. Decolonizing Birth, Health and Wellness one Birth, One client at a Time, for the next 7 Generations.
As a Practitioner, I am registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada as well as the British Columbia Association of Aromatherapists as a Registered Aromatherapist.
As a Doula I am Registered with the Doula Services Association Of BC, also with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres as so am enrolled in the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program to help assist Aboriginal Families through a funded program.
I started my initial training at Birth, and continued at the Omega Institute of Holistic studies in Rhinebeck NY in 2004. Here I immersed myself in studies from around the world. I acquired my Buddhist Precepts with Noah Levine and Jack Kornfield, Shapeshifter Practitioner Apprenticeship with John Perkins, and had the Privilege and honour to sit alongside Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Don Miguel Ruiz and many other acclaimed amazing Conscious Humans. In 2005 I Graduated as a Certified Holistic Practitioner from the British Columbia Institute of Holistic Studies. I hold over 16 different Diplomas and Certificates in many Different Modalities and add to these Continually.
Since 2007 I have Trained and Mentored with my Spirit Brother Robin Clements of Breathwave, sharing the gifts of Conscious Connected Breathwork, inipi and Medicine Ceremonies. Since 2005 I have Owned and Operated Body Mind Soul Holistics along with a private practice at my Clinic in Boston Bar and have offered several Retreats, Workshops and Festivals in the Fraser Canyon and Beyond..
I also have the honour of Volunteering for School District 78, Indigenous Education as a Knowledge keeper and attend school groups humbly sharing cultural, Spiritual Knowledge and workshops. With this, I also do several contract offerings across the Coastal and Fraser Valley as a Traditional Healer, offering my services to over 17 different Indigenous Communities including First Nations Health Authority.
My intention is to collectively take back our power as Spiritual human beings and come back to the land, the natural laws of Nature, the original science, the teachings, the offerings and the ways of our Ancestors. For all Cultures, For all Races, For all Our Relations !
I Thank you and I Support you on your Journey of Wholeness!
10:45am - 10:55am
breakout session 1 | Child Protection Laws and Parents Legal Centre
SCARLET MIRZAIAN, Barrister/Solicitor
The presentation will provide a brief summary of the Child Protection Law in BC and the role of Parents Legal Centre.
About Scarlet Mirzaian
breakout session 2 | From "Free Birth" to "Too Posh to Push": How the patriarchy has influenced medical interventions in childbirth
About Dr. Sarah Lea and Dr. Alicia Power
Dr. Sarah Lea
Dr. Alicia Power
breakout session 3 | Self Awareness & Sacred TeachingsELDER JEAN WASEGIJIG
The Sacred Teachings encompass all of who we are and how we live our lives and it is up to the individual to know what they are. Many of us already know the Sacred Teachings intuitively, demonstrated in our actions and behaviour.
About Elder Jean Wasegijig
Elder Jean is Anishinaabe, Odawa First Nation, from the Wikwemikoong Reserve in northern Ontario. Elder Jean is of the Bear Clan and her traditional name is “Good Medicine Woman” a name that was given to her at a Sundance Ceremony in Montana. Elder Jean participates in ceremonies and cultural traditions. She is a mother and grandmother. Elder Jean graduated from Douglas College and majored in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, before pursuing Substance Abuse Counselling training at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Elder Jean is a drug and alcohol counsellor, Elder in residence and instructor at Vancouver Community College teaching Indigenous Perspectives to counselling students. She is an artist, writer, and published poet in anthologies. Her art has been displayed in Abbotsford and Mission art galleries.
breakout session 4 | Supporting Families’ Sleep during the Early Postpartum
About Dr. Wendy Hall
Wendy Hall is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Canadian Sleep Society. Her research has extended understanding about practice interventions to promote healthy sleep and effects of inadequate sleep duration and/or quality on infants and families. Wendy has spent over 20 years engaging with community groups to educate professionals and families about promoting children’s healthy sleep. She engages with the media regularly to enhance public education about how to promote healthy sleep. Wendy has also made herself available to assist families who have identified their infant as having a sleep problem. She has assisted well over 1000 families.
12:30pm - 1:30pm | wellness break, exhibitor tables, networking
1:30pm - 1:40pm
Exhibitor Presentation | Centre for Excellence for Women's Health
1:40pm - 1:50pm
Exhibitor Presentation | Representative for Children and Youth
keynote presentation | 1:50pm - 4:00pm
JESSY DAME, RN(c), MSN, Indigenous Gender and Sexual Health Lead
Jessy Dame is a very proud Two-Spirit, Métis, Certified Registered Nurse. Jessy’s family is from Treaty 1 and 2 territory, which is known today as Winnipeg and St Rose-du-lac. Jessy has worked within Neonatal/Postnatal health. He currently works casually within a queer sexual health clinic in downtown Vancouver. Jessy is the Indigenous Sex and Gender Leader within the Indigenous Wellness team and the Two-Spirit Program Manager with the Community Based Research Centre. Through these roles Jessy is able to work with and for the Two-Spirit community to create resources and advocate for services.
4:00pm - 4:10pm
4:10pm - 4:30pm
8:00am - 8:45am - Continental breakfast
Exhibitors Tables and Networking
9:00am - 9:15am
BCAPOP Welcoming Remarks | Heather Cameron, RN, BCAPOP Executive Director
Elders' Opening Remarks | Elder Glida Morgan and Elder Jean Wasegijig
9:15am - 9:25am
Exhibitor Presentation | She Found Motherhood
9:25am - 9:35am
Exhibitor Presentation | SmartMom
breakout session 1 | Helping Partners and Support People to be the Best Birth Support They Can Be
Erin Fulton, RN, BScN, IBCLC, MSN
A supportive childbirth companion has been found to improve the whole birth experience. Birthing people who receive good emotional and physical support during labour tend to have shorter labours, improved pain control and less need for medical interventions. This session focuses on the emotional support, reassurance and respect that you can help partners and support persons to provide to birthing people during their birth experience. You will be provided with tools to teach and encourage partners and support people to take on these roles in the best way they can. At the end of the session, you will understand how to help partners and support people to provide empathy, respect, encouragement as well as hands on techniques and tools to support and care for people throughout their labour and birth.
About Erin Fulton
Erin Fulton, RN, BScN, IBCLC, MSN, is a Kamloops public health nurse with 22 years experience supporting families through their journey of pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. I have been a certified childbirth educator for 20 years and am very passionate about creating a safe, healthy space for families and health care providers to support woman through the beautiful journey of mothering. I have 3 children of my own and one granddaughter. My passion for perinatal nursing and educating came from my personal birth experiences. My current position is in a specialized program that supports young vulnerable woman and their children, to be happy, healthy, safe and successful in reaching their heart’s desire.
breakout session 2 | The Next Generation of CPNP
The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2025. CPNP improves maternal and child health outcomes. A generation’s worth of reports, anecdotes, lived experiences and testimonials shows that.
And yet, CPNP is not well-known amongst the broader Canadian population and the public health conversation often focuses on improving the medical system or the education system. Funding levels have remained the same for almost as long as the program has existed and it can be difficult to gain and retain the attention and willingness of leadership to make real change.
We know what the problems are and what to do about them, but how do we do it? We also know that problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them. These complex problems persist because CPNP is still funded, implemented and evaluated as a program. But CPNP is actually a system of programs and relationships.
This session looks at CPNP as a grassroots system that is innovative and adaptive – world class. We will discuss:
About Nicole Anthony
Nicole Anthony recently joined the Public Health Agency of Canada, as a Senior Program Officer delivering maternal and children’s health programs in the Western Region. She has 10 years of experience working in federal government departments including Indigenous Services Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Finance Canada and Employment and Social Services Canada.
Nicole has a multicultural background and ancestry. Her great grandfather was Igbo from West Africa and great grandmother was Kalinago from the Orinoco. She grew up on the tropical island of Antigua in the Caribbean. For post-secondary education, she moved to her birth city of Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
She is now located in the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (also known as Vancouver, BC). In her spare time, Nicole loves performing Afro-Caribbean traditional dance, spoken word, nature photography, and reading historical fiction.
breakout session 3 | The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing For Direct Health Care Providers
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a strengths-based approach to conversations that helps draw out people’s own motivation and commitment to change in an atmosphere of compassion, acceptance, and partnership. The approach involves guiding and supporting a person through the process of sorting through mixed feelings about change. This foundational Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills training focuses on building an understanding of the spirit of MI and developing core skills, including using OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), responding to the way people talk about change, and giving information and advice in a way that is in keeping with the spirit of MI. This session is an excellent introduction to MI, or an excellent refresher and for those who have some prior knowledge and experience with MI.
About Stacey Boon
Stacey Boon is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and Organizational Coach, with 20 years of experience working in healthcare and human services. Her experience includes working with a range of issues and populations across different settings in community and health care. Her leadership experience includes leading clinical, technical, and education development teams, as well as providing education and psychological health and safety leadership for provincial projects and programs. She is a certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer and MINT member, and has been using MI in her work for about 20 years.
breakout session 4 | Supporting Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research shows that parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience more stress than other parents. This presentation gives a brief background on what autism is, the stressors that parents often experience an how we as professionals can provide support to parents of children with ASD.
About Lori Gauthier
Lori Gauthier (she/her) is a Lhts’umusyoo (Beaver clan) member of the Nak’azdli Whut’en nation, near what is known as Fort St James. BC. She is a dedicated and proud mother of four sons who have a variety of support needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lori has had the privilege for working with young children and their families throughout the province in various roles Including working as a Maternal Child Health Worker for Carrier Sekani Family Services, and an Early Childhood Development Worker for the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (Keremeos). Currently she is the Recreation Supervisor for Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation. She is currently the North Region Parent Representative on MCFD’s Minister’s Advisory Council for Children and Youth with Support Needs and a member of Autism BC’s Board of Directors. Lori is passionate about advocating for children with unique needs and the caregivers that love and care for them.
11:00am - 11:15am | wellness break, exhibitor tables, networking
11:15am - 11:25am
Exhibitor Presentation | QuitNow
featured presentation | 11:25am - 12:25pm
I See You - Relationship First Advocacy
Toni Winterhoff, Specialist, Healthy Children Mental Health and Wellness, First Nations Health Authority
This one hour presentation will address the power of relationship based frontline perinatal assistance and advocacy. We will examine contradictions and complimentary policies to this approach and how to work in a way that is relationship focused in the current healthcare system. This conversation will include small practical ways to engage in relationship during care and how to honour and uphold relationships while maintaining our professional standards.
About Toni Winterhoff
Toni Winterhoff (Ey Cla:ney) gratefully resides and works in traditional Stó:lō territory and is a member of Xa’xtsa , a Stl’atl’Imx community.
Toni has three energetic children who keep her busy remind her to stop and enjoy life and to keep her curiosity.
Her role with FNHA is Healthy Children Specialist. She is the innovator of the indigenized PCAP program: Family Empowerment Team model as well as the Two Worlds Indigenous Parenting Program, and “Indigenous Healthy Sexuality” Program. Toni finds calling in Etuaptamumk and integrating it into small and large scale work.
12:25pm - 12:35pm
Exhibitor Presentation | BC Centre on Substance Use
12:35pm - 12:45pm
Exhibitor Presentation | The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation Society
featured presentation | 1:45pm - 2:45pm
About Dr. Nancy Poole and Lindsay Wolfson
Lindsay Wolfson, MPH, is the Manager at the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and a researcher with the CanFASD Research Network. She holds a Master of Public Health, Social Inequities and Health, from Simon Fraser University. Lindsay is responsible for research and collaboration on projects relating to the operationalization of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention, and the integration of gender-,trauma-, culture- and equity-informed approaches into policy and research.
featured presentation | 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Elders Leading the Way in Perinatal Care
Led by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (PHSA), the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Program was developed in response to the need for specialized supports for pregnant and parenting people using substances against the backdrop of a unregulated and toxic drug poisoning crisis. The Program has been providing centralized leadership to transform perinatal substance use services to improve the experiences of women and people affected by substance use across the province, as well as the experiences of their families. The Program has been on an Indigenous Cultural Safety Journey that recognizes the pervasiveness and impacts of systemic racism, past and current gendered colonial violence and intergenerational trauma related to birth, mothering and negative health care experiences on Indigenous women, children and families. Elders have been central to this journey with their wisdom, teachings and ceremony guiding the Program and the development of an Elders Visioning Toolkit for Perinatal Substance Use. The Elders Visioning Toolkit describes how to engage and support Elders in a culturally safe way and highlights teachings from twelve Elders across the province.
About Pamela Joshi, Akash Sidhu, Dr. Elder Roberta Price and Elder Glida Morgan
Pamela Joshi is the Program Director for the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Program at BC Women’s Hospital, PHSA. Pamela brings expertise in strategic planning, project management, program evaluation and stakeholder engagement to this work. She has worked in health care for over 20 years with more than half of her career working specifically in mental health and substance use, with a focus on network development and complex systems transformation projects. She holds a masters in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario.
4:15pm - 4:30pm