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2012 Training Forum

Emerging Issues in Anti-Violence: Working to Achieve Safety, Justice and Healing for Women and Children

March 1-2, 2012 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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Side by Side by Sheila Norgate

Download complete program (pdf) Frontline and anti-violence workers from across BC gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond on March 1 & 2, 2012 for EVA BC’s Annual Training Forum. The training provided participants with a focus on topical, emerging issues that were identified by frontline anti-violence workers and some introductory basics for newer workers.

Keynote Speakers

Kamaljit Lehal is a lawyer with her own practice in Delta. She was called to the bar in 1990. She practices immigration law, administrative and personal injury law. In the area of immigration law she has represented women successfully on gender persecution grounds. She has been a Director on the board for OPTIONS Surrey Community Services since 1996, a community service organization that operates local battered women’s shelters. In addition, Kamaljit has been involved with the Indo-Canadian Women’s Organization an is an alternative chair for the BC Review Board.

Dr. Janice Ristock is Associate Vice-President (Research and International) and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba. She has been active in the feminist anti-violence movement for over 25 years. She engages in feminist community-based research to address LGBTQ relationship violence, as well as health and mental health issues facing gender and sexual minorities.

Terry Swan is a Cree Salteaux woman of the Fish Clan originating from Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta. She brings over 20 years experience in the area of family violence prevention, education and healing initiatives within Aboriginal communities.

Brenda Wilson is of Gitskan/Wetsuweten descent. Her father is the late Thomas Wilson of Hagwilget (Tsay Kva) and her mother is Matilda M. Wilson of Gitanmaxx (Hazelton). Brenda graduated from the Human Service Worker program in 1991, studied Early Childhood Development and received a Diploma in 2009, and is presently studying Child and Youth Care to acquire a Bachelors Degree. Brenda’s goal in life is to ensure answers are found in the unsolved murder cases in Northern BC.

Sujata Warrier is the Director of the New York City Program of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. She has trained extensively at the local, state, national and international levels on the issue of cultural competency for various professionals and has delivered numerous keynotes on the issue of culture, competency, relativism, domestic violence and violence against women. She has written and published numerous articles on violence against women in the international context.

For more videos, visit the 2012 keynote speeches playlist on our YouTube page