Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Keynote Presenter: Cicely Blain
Keynote Title: Unlearning Anti-Blackness
Time: 9:00-10:00am

Cicely Belle Blain is a diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Vancouver, one of CBC’s 150 Black Womxn Making Change in Canada and BC Business 30 Under 30 2019 and has served as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Cicely Belle runs Cicely Blain Consulting – a social-justice informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 50 clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia, their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist and a Black liberation activist. Cicely Belle is also an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and their first book debuts in 2020.


Keynote Presenter: Shelly Bonnah
Keynote Title: “The Fairies Lifted Me to the Ceiling”: Children as Social Actors in Response to Violence and Professional Practice
Time: 10:30-11:30am

Shelly Bonnah is a family therapist, clinical supervisor and organizational consultant from Kamloops, BC. As a therapist, Shelly works with children, youth and adults who have experienced violence and other forms of adversity, with a special interest in victims of institutionalized violence. Her doctoral research focused on children’s responses and resistance to violence – specifically understand their behavior in context, the nature of social interactions with young people, the connection between violence and mutualizing language, and the social responses that they receive. Prior to opening the Centre for the Centre for Response-Based Practice in the Interior of BC, Shelly was the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-service, non-profit organization. In this setting, Shelly applied the principles of Response-Based ideas to leadership and other organizational priorities such as policies and human relations challenges. Shelly was also a foster parent for just over 15 years and had over 30 children in her family over that time. Currently, Shelly works with other professionals who are interested in Response-Based Practice as a clinical supervisor and an organizational consultant. She also teaches in the Master of Counselling program through City University of Seattle and the Master of Education Program at Thompson Rivers University.


Keynote Presenter: Vikki Reynolds
Keynote Title: Strength in Solidarity: Doing Dignity and Respect with Each Other Amidst the Darkness of Our Work
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website:

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Keynote Presenter: Audace Garnett
Keynote Title: #REALationshipGoals: Teens and Tech Abuse
Time: 8:30-10:00am

Audace has over a decade of experience working with victims of crime. She began her career in 2004 as a disability advocate at Barrier Free Living, a non-profit organization providing support for domestic violence victims with disabilities. Audace then worked at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office where she served as the Teen Services Coordinator in the Victim Services Unit, advocating for survivors under the age of 24. After six years at the DA’s Office, she moved on to Day One, an intervention program where she trained adult professionals on the intersection of teen dating violence and domestic minor sex trafficking. She is currently a Technology Safety Specialist with Safety Net at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) where she focuses specifically on the intersection between domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and technology.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Sandrina de Finney
Keynote Title: “We Raise Our Hands” Re-kinning Our Trauma Work With Indigenous Families
Time: 8:30-9:30am

Dr. Sandrina de Finney is an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, and researcher with Sisters Rising: Recentering Indigenous body and land sovereignty (