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John Howard Society and Community Legal Assistance Sarnia Present

Nov 30, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Our second annual community conference features speakers from across the community who are working to do more than performative gestures and allyship in their own workplaces and organizations. Attendance at the conference is completely free of cost! Speakers will explore initiatives, policy changes, and events that go above and beyond 'checking the boxes' to creatively and intentionally foster inclusive spaces for their clients, customers, and employees. This conference will be an opportunity to learn from others in our community, as well as explore opportunities for growth for us all. 



Please note - we are hoping to host this event in a hybrid format with an in-person and online option for attendees. Our in-person location is Maawn Doosh Gumig. In-person space is limited to 50 attendees. Registration for in-person attendees will close November 18th to ensure accurate numbers for catering. Attendance in-person and online is free of cost. 


This conference will be hosted in accordance with public health measures. If this requires us to move to online delivery only, we will notify all attendees as soon as possible. 








In-person attendees must register by November 18th.

Wednesday, November


8:00 am to 8:30 am

Registration and refreshments

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Opening Speaker - Crystal Fach

Founder, DiversityED

9:30 am to 11:00 am

Panel 1

Mental Health and Addictions Sarnia Lambton

This panel will explore the different ways that service providers are, or hope to, incorporate inclusive practices into mental health and addictions support in Sarnia-lambton.

 Mark Moosberger - Manager, Mental Health Outpatient and Addictions Service, Bluewater Health

Nikki George - Indigenous Patient Navigator, Bluewater Health

Leah Willemse - Quality and Chronic Disease Team Lead, North Lambton Community Health Centre

Kristin Lichty - Hepatitis C Outreach Nurse, North Lambton Community Health Centre

Jennifer Gibbs - Public Health Nurse, Lambton Public Health

11:00 am to 11:20 am

Morning break

11:20 am to 12:50 pm

Panel 2

Welcoming and Welcome In

Our speakers will explore the different initiatives currently underway in

Sarnia-Lambton to welcome newcomers to our region.

Tarndeep Singh - Social Research/Project Assistant, Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership

Stephanie Ferrera - Project Coordinator, Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Partnership

Laura Greaves - Executive Director, Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board

Roxanne Machado - Supervisor of Newcomer and Settlement Services, YMCA

Cari Meloche - Economic Development Officer, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership


12:50 pm to 1:50 pm

Catered lunch

1:50 pm to 3:20 pm

Panel 3

Local Business and Big Ideas

Learn how local businesses in Sarnia-Lambton are incorporating inclusive practices into

their workplaces to benefit their employees and their customers.

It pays to go beyond checking the boxes!

Carrie McEachran - CEO, Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce

Susan Chamberlain - Owner, The Bookkeeper

Joanne Fearns - ISH Nutrition 

3:20 pm to 3:30 pm

Afternoon Break

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Panel 4

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Approaches

Many of our clients and employees come to us with historical and/or recent traumatic experiences. What can we do to prevent re-traumatization while providing much needed services and support?

Trish Vanoosterom - Public Education Coordinator, Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Andrea Dalziel - Acting Director, Children's Aid Society Sarnia Lambton

Victoria Miceli - Project Coordinator, Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (SHIW) Project

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A 1 day event bringing together community, people, and ideas for a better sarnia-lambton


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Questions, concerns, or suggestions? Get in touch!
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