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.
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Registration and refreshments
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Opening Speaker - Crystal Fach
9:30 am to 11:00 am
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
11:20 am to 12:50 pm
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
1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
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
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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
A 1 day event bringing together community, people, and ideas for a better sarnia-lambton