2009 Training Forum

Predicting the Storm: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children in Good Times and Bad

November 19-20, 2009
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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On November 19-20, 2009, frontline anti-violence workers from across BC gathered for EVA BC’s annual training forum. This year’s theme prepared for events that put women and children at increased risk of violence—everything from the economic downturn and natural disasters to music festivals and the 2010 Olympic Games. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the best ways to mitigate the impact of these events and ensure uninterrupted service to women and children in their communities.

Keynote Speakers:

Mavis Erickson is a Barrister and Solicitor with the law firm of Wagstaffe, Gosh and Co in Prince George, British Columbia. She has a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of British Columbia. From 1997 to 2003 she served as the Elected Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.

Sandy Kirby is the Associate Vice-President (Research) and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a former Olympic athlete who participated in the Montreal Olympics as a member of the Canadian Rowing Team. As a researcher, Dr. Kirby is perhaps best known for her work in the area of sexual harassment and abuse in sport.

Lisa M Najavits, PhD, ABPP is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, a clinical psychologist at the National Center for PTSD of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, and a clinical associate at McLean Hospital.

Ellen Pence, PhD, has been a social activist working in the areas of housing, welfare reform, violence against women and child protection reform for 35 years. She received a PhD in Sociology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1996.


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