Victims Week 2022 - Virtual Events Agenda

May 16 to 20, 2022 – Presenter Biographies and Workshop Descriptions

Monday, May 16, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Official Launch and Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks

Moment of Reflection

Presentation of Excellence Awards and Student Video Competition Award

Keynote Address

Homicide – A Mother’s Journey & Survival

Karen Venables is a mother, a wife, and a grandmother currently living in suburban Calgary. A phone call on November 4, 2002, at 11:20 PM changed her life forever – her son Devin was left critically injured because of a split-second decision by another young man. In this keynote address, Karen will take you through those first agonizing hours and days and she will describe the insurmountable loss and the overwhelming journey her family endured while navigating the complex Canadian legal system. This address will share how Karen survived the endless days in court for the trial, the sentencing and eventually, parole hearings. It will describe what led Karen to consider restorative justice and what it felt like to sit across the table from the man who changed her life forever. Karen speaks openly and honestly about the effect of this crime on each family member and the difficult choices made by those she loves. Karen hopes that her story will provide valuable insight for front-line workers and support systems of the needs of a family experiencing such a traumatic loss.

Karen Venables

Karen Venables (she/her)
Founder of DEVIN Foundation and Co-Founder of the Calgary Homicide Support Society

Karen Venables is the founder of DEVIN Foundation (an acronym for Diligently Ending Violence in Neighborhoods). Karen has been an approved speaker for all schools boards in Alberta and has spoken at most high schools and junior high schools in Calgary and in rural Alberta. Karen also speaks to all new Calgary Police Recruits, educating them on the needs of the victims they will encounter in their careers. Karen has spoken nationally and internationally at many Victim Services Conferences and she is also the co-founder of the Calgary Homicide Support Society. At the Calgary Homicide Support Society, Karen and the rest of the Board worked hard for 16 long months, hiring a facilitator, and applying for grants. The group is open to all family members who have lost a loved one to homicide.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #1

Compassion Fatigue & Energy – Innovative Tools to Build Resiliency

Providing support to victims and survivors of crime involves exposure to a considerable amount of traumatic material. In bearing witness to the pain of others, it is not uncommon to experience stressful reactions and significant changes in cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning. Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout are constructs used to describe the psychological and emotional costs of aiding individuals who have experienced some form of crisis or trauma. This workshop will discuss the factors that contribute to compassion fatigue, as well as the signs and stages of compassion fatigue. It will provide a trauma-informed approach to compassion fatigue resiliency, and explain how to identify compassion fatigue through self-assessment. This workshop will also focus on energetic tools and mindful strategies to build resiliency. A five-minute wellness break is included in this workshop and this workshop is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits, if recognized by the participants’ organization.

Careen Condrotte

Careen Condrotte (she/her)
Holistic Practitioner and Social Worker
Future Vision Wellness Services

Careen Condrotte is a holistic practitioner with Future Vision Wellness Services in the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, Alberta. Prior to starting Future Vision Wellness Services, Careen worked with Alberta Health Services for over 20 years. Through her roles with Alberta Health Services, Careen led many crisis and disaster responses including the Peace River floods, Slave Lake Fire Disaster, Southern Alberta Flood Disaster, Fort McMurray Disaster, and the North Zone Fires. Careen has experience in all types of traumatic events and working with teams that respond to these events. Given Careen’s formal education, training, and background as a social worker, she has a diverse background of experience and expertise. Careen is an approved instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is one of two Alberta Peer Support Facilitators with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada Peer Support program.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #2

Working and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking and Exploitation

YWCA Halifax facilitates a province-wide, inter-sectoral partnership called TESS (Trafficking and Exploitation Services System) focussed on addressing systemic barriers that impact people who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Focusing on creating change at the system level helps all victims who access services to lead enriched and productive lives by increasing accessibility and reducing barriers to services. In addition to facilitating the partnership, YWCA Halifax has created many training modules specifically for service providers that address topics related to human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Additionally, YWCA Halifax has developed a program called CASE (Coordinated Access to Support Exit), which takes a collaborative approach to supporting victims and survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation who would like to exit the sex trade. This training will focus on how TESS’s collaborative model has enhanced the way that service providers are able to support victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking including police, education staff, non-profit service providers, justice system stakeholders, community leaders, elders and more. Service providers who attend this workshop will leave with insight into how they may better serve victims and survivors by taking a collaborative and coordinated approach. This training will identify barriers of leaving the sex trade; the importance of working with other service providers and the extension of trust; best practices when working with victims; taking a community of practice approach; common issues when dealing with other service providers and how to overcome them; and will highlight the findings of YWCA Halifax’s Hearing Them Survey.

Teaira Cain

Teaira Cain (she/her)
Trafficking and Exploitation Service System Coordinator
YWCA Halifax

Teaira Cain is the TESS (Trafficking and Exploitation Services System) coordinator at YWCA Halifax. Teaira has a Bachelor of Psychology and has worked within communities for years, working with a wide array of people. In her work at YWCA Halifax, she facilitates trainings on what trafficking is and how to apply best practices when working with survivors and victims. She also holds space for many meetings within the TESS partnership that allows service providers to come together, update, tackle trends, and network for the betterment of the people that YWCA Halifax serves.

Nora Richter

Nora Richter (she/her)
Coordinated Access to Support Exit Program Coordinator
YWCA Halifax

Nora Richter is the CASE (Coordinated Access to Support Exit) program coordinator at YWCA Halifax. In this role, Nora facilitates and coordinates service delivery, and connects survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking to resources and services that support their safety and wellbeing to reduce participant’s reliance on survival sex work. Nora has spent her career to date working in the context of gender-based violence prevention both in Ontario and Nova Scotia. She is currently working towards a Masters of Social Work. She loves exploring Nova Scotia’s beautiful beaches and finding delicious bakeries along the way.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #3

Liberation through Art and Restorative Justice (French workshop with simultaneous translation in English)

The aim of this workshop is to share the restorative justice approach and the use of art as a means of reparation for victims of crime. This workshop will first present restorative justice, the approach of the Centre for Services in Restorative Justice (CSRJ), as well as the use of art in its services, particularly in the context of the exhibition Crossroads of Life – My Life, My Story. In the second part, two people will talk about their restorative justice approach and their artistic approach, particularly in the context of their participation in the art exhibition Crossroads of Life – My Life, My Story. The artworks in this exhibition were created by victims of crime, and the exhibition took place online during Victims Week 2021 and at a pop-up event.

Dominique (she/her)
Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Dominique has participated in a restorative justice process with the CSRJ as well as an online art exhibition as an artist who has been a victim of crime. Inspired by her story, her artistic approach is to tell the story through images of the possible but long and difficult journey of survivors who try to restore the ties that bind them to life. The adventure proposed by the CSRJ represents, for her, the possibility of creating and crossing bridges to connect a painful past with a bright future, by meeting the other. It is hard to express something so personal. The experience of abuse, violence and surely, the encounter with the humanity of an inmate who has committed the irredeemable, is profoundly transforming, especially when this encounter takes place as part of a restorative justice process. All of her works speak of a journey of healing, of searching, of paths that unite a painful past with a bright future. They are therefore also about dialogue and inevitably, restorative justice.

Graziella Mossa

Graziella Mossa (she/her)
Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

As a victim, Graziella Mossa benefited from the services of the CSRJ in the context of a restorative justice process with a former inmate for a similar (unrelated) crime. In addition, she attended the TransfoLab workshop organized by the CSRJ (a workshop to implement restorative justice values in her life) in which she wrote a slam poem that she presented first at the CSRJ’s general assembly in September 2021 and then at an exhibition during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. This was her first slam and she was able to be heard in this artistic setting.

Manon Mazenod

Manon Mazenod (she/her)
Project Lead of the online exhibition of art created by people or groups who have been victims
Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Manon recently joined the CSRJ team as a Community Services Development Officer in February 2022 to support and develop restorative justice projects. She completed a Master’s Degree in International Studies at Université Laval and has a wealth of professional experience as a project lead, particularly in humanitarian work with migrants and refugees, in entrepreneurship and in sustainable development. Therefore, she hopes to apply her expertise and interpersonal skills to the CSRJ’s mission. Manon wishes to work for a better world and to contribute to the creation of a more peaceful and harmonious world, both on an individual and collective level. The spaces for dialogue, humanity and inclusiveness offered by the CSRJ contribute to this mission.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #4

Advancing Gender Equity for Black Women who Experience Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (DV) is a pervasive social issue that cuts across all racial, social, economic, cultural, political, and religious spectrums. While there is a dearth of disaggregated data examining DV for Black women, existing research reveals that both severe and lethal forms of violence are prevalent in Black families. Black women’s experiences of DV are compounded by multiple and overlapping forms of oppression including race, class, gender, histories of exclusion and disadvantage, poverty, unemployment, and immigration statuses. These factors often elevate the frequency and severity of violence for Black women and lead to adverse health outcomes. They are susceptible to poor health outcomes due to economic and social disadvantages and are at high risk of experiencing mental health issues, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal ideation. Despite these risk factors they are less likely to have their victimization acknowledged which increases their reluctance to seek external supports and use social services. There is also limited Canadian data that exists on Black women’s experiences of DV; consequently, their experiences are often homogenized with the experiences of other women. Drawing on existing national and international research and evidence-based approaches in DV interventions with Black women who have experienced DV, this workshop aims to underscore the complexities and cumulative effects of violence in Black women’s lives.

Through the lens of critical race, intersectionality, and a trauma- and violence-informed framework, this workshop will address the myriad ways in which Black women’s experiences of DV are unique and are often interrelated with their victimization, and subsequent criminalization by examining the relationship between gender-based violence, structural challenges, and systemic racism.

Dr. Patrina Duhaney, PhD

Dr. Patrina Duhaney, PhD (she/her)
Assistant Professor
University of Calgary

Dr. Patrina Duhaney is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Her research grapples with issues related to race, racism, victimization and criminalization and is informed by critical race theory, critical race feminism and anti-racism. Dr. Duhaney has over 14 years of experience working as a social worker, counsellor and front-line worker with diverse populations including women victims and survivors of domestic violence. In an effort to center Black experiences and perspectives and confront anti-Black racism, Dr. Duhaney is actively involved in various initiatives within the university and across communities.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #5

Elder Abuse – A Closer Look at Vulnerable Victims of Crime

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) is mandated by the Ontario Government, through the Ministry for Seniors & Accessibility, to support the implementation of Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. Some of the key priorities include delivering tailored cross-sectoral training to build capacity among service professionals, to recognize and effectively support vulnerable seniors experiencing or at risk of abuse.

This workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of the complex needs of older adult victims of elder abuse and the skills needed to effectively intervene, and support them using a trauma-informed approach. Through interactive discussions and videos, participants will understand the importance of cross-sectoral collaborations and partnerships in supporting older adult victims and survivors of crime in the community. As part of this workshop, EAPO will feature animated videos dealing with ageism, dispelling the myths of senior victimization, and the importance of collaboration, which were made possible through the 2021 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Grant Award.

Raeann Rideout

Raeann Rideout (she/her)
Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Raeann Rideout currently serves as the Director of Provincial Partnerships and Outreach for Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO). For the past 19 years, Raeann has been actively engaged in working with community stakeholders, seniors, caregivers, and service providers to address issues related to elder abuse prevention, intervention, and response.

Raeann has over 26 years of experience working in the field of aging and elder abuse. She has comprehensive training skills, presenting to front-line service providers across all sectors, delivering public education sessions and facilitating collaborative initiatives between community organizations to build capacity for response and interventions where older adults are at-risk or experiencing abuse. Raeann has been an instructor for the Foundations of Elder Abuse and Prevention at Trent University, and has co-authored and published various research articles on the complexities of elder abuse. Raeann served as the co-chair of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and was the Director on that Board for over eight years.

Laura Proctor

Laura Proctor (she/her)
Prevention Consultant and Communications Lead
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Laura Proctor is currently a Prevention Consultant and the Communications Lead for Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario. With over two decades of experience specializing in the field of elder abuse and Victim Services, Laura has also led front-line crisis intervention in collaboration with police services. Laura is well versed in providing trauma-informed responses to all victims of crime, support, and referral, along with strong advocacy efforts. She has utilized her front-line expertise in providing compassionate, senior leadership within the non-profit sector. Laura currently delivers provincial elder abuse training to service professionals across all sectors, as well as public awareness and educational forums, collaborating with key stakeholders to enhance their responses. As part of Laura’s daily engagement, she continues to support ongoing consultations around complex elder abuse cases. Laura strongly believes in and promotes the rights of all, regardless of age, to ensure we can stop abuse and restore respect in all our communities.

Friday, May 20, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Workshop #6

Promising Practices – An Account and Analysis of a Horror Story with a Happy Ending (French workshop with simultaneous translation in English)

This workshop is presented by two women, Marie-Ève and Lyne, a direct victim and a collateral victim, respectively, of sexual exploitation. Their experience is unique and enriching from a human, pedagogical and clinical point of view, as it is a kind of model for the overall recovery of victims of sexual exploitation. Their testimony is inspiring for anyone who has had similar experiences, but also for those who work with victims of sexual exploitation. Their testimony highlights protective factors, approaches and solutions that are not usually combined in comparable situations but which have undoubtedly helped make Marie-Ève a survivor of sexual exploitation who gives much hope to her peers. Moreover, in addition to having acquired personal experience related to sexual exploitation, both women have professional experience in helping and supporting victims of this crime. They also have a great deal of theoretical knowledge concerning the helping relationship, sexual exploitation, the legal process, and the consequences of this crime on the women who are its victims.

Marie-Ève Cool

Marie-Ève Cool (she/her)
La Sortie

Marie-Ève Cool is a young survivor of sexual exploitation who now works as a Peer Counselor at La Sortie. She is highly curious and articulate, with great strength of character. She easily wins the trust of women and clearly expresses her ideas and analyses, but also challenges herself when necessary. She is aware of the luck and opportunities that she has had, and wishes to help those who have not had her opportunities and to contribute to the fight against sexual exploitation.

Lyne Collette

Lyne Collette (she/her)
La Sortie

Lyne Collette is the mother of Marie-Ève. She was already working with survivors of sexual exploitation when she learned that her daughter was a victim. Despite her shock and many questions, she was able to make use of this ordeal to become a better mother and better counselor. Having supported many women since 2018, Lyne considers her work to be the best educational institution there is, but is nevertheless constantly learning and has an impressive academic background.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Plenary session

Healing Haven – Creating Trauma-Informed Survivor-Centered Spaces & Services

Candace House is a non-profit organization working to provide comfort, refuge and support for victims, survivors and loved ones impacted by violent crime. Following the disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen and a thirty-year journey through the justice system, Candace House, a first-of-its-kind place of refuge and comfort, was envisioned. Candace House became a reality in November 2018 and has since walked with over 500 people navigating the court process following the criminal death of a loved one. In close collaboration with diverse community and government partners, the ground-breaking, trauma-informed and survivor-orientated space and services fill a gap, provide care and nourishment, promote resilience, and increase access to justice. This workshop will share about Candace House’s inspiring impact and create conversations that advance replication across our country. 

Cecilly Hildebrand

Cecilly Hildebrand (she/her)
Founding Executive Director
Candace House

Cecilly Hildebrand is the founding Executive Director of Candace House and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Treaty 1 territory. She has worked in the social services field for the past 15 years in various roles, including as a Crisis Clinician and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is also completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Manitoba, where she has focused her research on trauma and complicated grief. In her spare time, she loves to explore the outdoors and spend time with her family, friends, and two pups, Asher and Olive.

Taylor Kerelluke

Taylor Kerelluke (she/her)
Director of Operations
Candace House

Taylor Kerelluke is the Director of Operations at Candace House. Every day she helps families feel at home during their time at Candace House by joining families in court, answering questions, preparing meals and snacks, and offering emotional support. Taylor has a background in mental health policy and she has worked with the Government of Manitoba on their new Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. She also recently completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, hoarding candles, drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, and spending time with her friends and family.

Closing Ceremonies

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