A live Webinar hosted by starlings community
Our Communities Opportunity
to Heal a Families
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Science, Statistics, and Our Stories
It is widely recognized that the determinants of health (including income and social status, history of childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, and social supports) are often at the root of problematic substance use. Yet, the stigma of addictions continues to retraumatize families.
As first responders, healthcare professionals, and staff working in the Justice System, we are uniquely positioned to dismantle the stigma of addictions that currently exists. Most importantly, we have an incredible opportunity to mitigate an individual's risk associated with adverse childhood experiences and prevent the cycle of trauma found in many families who have been challenged by a loved ones substance use.
On May 6, we will discuss all of the above and invite you to consider:
together, how can we dismantle the stigma that currently exists in order to best support families to get through any current challenges, as well as increase their capacity to get through any future obstacles with a loved ones substance use? How we can meet families where they are at, and offer the hope individuals need in order to use their strength and resilience to move forward with healing.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
EMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AS THEY RELATE TO SUBSTANCE USE.
STORIES OF HOW STIGMA HAS IMPACTED THOSE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE OF ADDICTIONS, INCLUDING CHILDREN AND PARENTS.
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WE CAN
OFFER FAMILIES HOPE,
STRENGTHEN THEIR RESILIENCE,
AND SUPPORT THEIR HEALING.
About Starlings Community:
Starlings Community INC is a not-for-profit in Calgary, AB committed to co-creating a community that supports the mental wellness,
resilience, and healing, of children and families impacted by parental addiction and other adverse childhood experiences. Their mission is to meet children where they are at (physically and emotionally) in order to mitigate the risk associated with adverse childhood
experiences and disrupt the cycle of trauma found in families challenged by addictions. Learn more at www.starlings.ca
About the host:
Agnes Chen is the founder of Starlings Community, as well as a Registered Nurse, an active member on the Trauma-Informed Care Collective of Alberta, and most importantly, a mother to 4 beautiful babes. Her passion for increasing supports for families impacted by substance use comes from her own childhood experiences with parents who were challenged by their own past traumas, all of which was compounded by societies stigma of addictions. She believes in the incredible power we have in each other's lives, and as a relentless dreamer, is determined to ensure every child who is impacted by a loved ones addiction feels the support of their community.
About the presenters:
Kyle Young Pine
Kyle Young Pine is a father, a journeyman plumber, gas fitter, skateboarder of 23 years, and fancy feather dancer from the Kainai Blood
Indian Reserve in Alberta, on Treaty 7 Territory. Kyle was always taught that "dancing is to heal", which has been a gift in his own life and throughout his own personal healing journey. Today, Kyle uses his personal experiences with addictions, stigma, as well as his dancing and boarding to ensure others in his community are supported on their healing journey. On May 6, he will generously share his story and how he believes we can come together as a community to support the healing of families challenged by addictions.
It takes gusto to live your recovery out loud, but that is how Vanisha Breault has pledged to live her life—every day. Recognizing her
community as a chance to impact change on a local and national level, she is a crusader for social justice. She is a dedicated mother and grandmother, who has founded the Terminator Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping youth overcome addiction. Its motto, "The Truth is You Can Recover" drives the mission to revolutionize lives through the sport of triathlon. Vanisha's personal story of addiction is the motivating force behind her dream of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, all of which she will share with us on May 6 .
Guy Felicella grew up in a middle class home in Richmond but fell into addiction at a young age. Guy spent 30 years in the repeated cycle of gangs, addiction, treatment and jail. He spent nearly 20 years residing in the two block radius in the Downtown Eastside and using many resources, including harm reduction, to keep himself alive. Today, Guy has escaped the grips of the turmoil that kept him suffering and resides in Surrey with his wife and two young children with multiple years of recovery and sobriety under his belt.
Guy is passionate about advocating for the vulnerable people who still suffer in addiction and educating communities on harm reduction to eliminate the stigma that exists around it. Guy has started a career with Vancouver Coastal Health, BCCSU and Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction in addition to attending various school districts to educate students on addiction. Guy does public speaking at medical and addiction conferences and forums and is involved in various community groups aimed at helping the opioid crisis.
Pearl White Quills
Blessed with the name Aa koa miyanist tsi'nih kiaki (Sings Many Different Songs Woman), Pearl is a mother and grandmother as well as a professional beadwork artist from Siksika and Kainai Nations, whose mission is to empower First Nations through all forms of artistry, utilizing her spirituality as the foundation. Her passion for the drum allows her to facilitate the Buffalo Women’s Drum Circle through Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and Calgary Women's Remand Centre, a gift she will use on May 6 to empower each of us on our own healing journeys. Through the sharing of her
experiences with addictions, as well as with her healing, she will empower each of us in our ability to support another on their healing journey. As her own healing journey has been a lengthy one, she remains committed to her Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) way of life, which has given her a vision to plant seeds for all to develop their own journeys in finding their purpose.