October 24, 2018
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Paris Fairgrounds 139 Silver St, Paris, ON N3L 1V5
Dave Carroll, Former Volunteer Firefighter, Singer, Songwriter
Dave Carroll is an award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author and social media innovator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dave was a volunteer firefighter himself for 5 years In a world where broken promises are commonplace, when it counts most, there are people willing to help strangers because they gave their word that they would. Dave’s song and video ‘Everyday Heroes’ is about these individuals keeping their promise to respond, regardless of who is in need or the unknown risks that may await the First Responders.
First Eyes® Proactive Mental Health Program, Dan Bowers, Former Detective Sergeant, Ontario Provincial Police, Creator.
Dan Bowers, has been living with PTSD for over 25 years. For the greater part of those years, he went undiagnosed. From this, Dan learned that in addition to the impact to his own mental health, there was also a tremendous impact on those closest to him, especially his family unit. As a result, Dan created First Eyes® in the hope of saving relationships, families, friends and lives.
Building Peer Support Systems, Sylvio (Syd) Gravel, Former Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service.
He is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle, a post-shooting trauma team of peers, established in 1988. Syd is a more than twenty-nine-year PTSD survivor and has been a peer supporter since 1988. Since his retirement, he has devoted all his time and energy to speaking on developing resilience and resistance to trauma, trauma management and peer support systems.
Decompressing with Mindful Meditation: Reverend Dr. Bhante Saranapala, Urban Buddhist Monk.
The Reverend Dr. Bhante Saranapala, has been spreading dharma and mindfulness and Vipassana meditation across Canada/United States for over two decades. Dr. Saranapala has provided countless mindful meditation sessions to first responders and those working in high stress professions, to rave reviews. Back by popular demand, he will facilitate meditation exercises to help participants “silence the outside world and listen to themselves”.
Panel Discussion: Comprised of individuals who have been impacted by work-related PTSD and secondary trauma; family members; and representatives from Trauma and Treatment programs
Who Should Attend
- First Responders
- Medical Staff
- Correctional Officers
- Military Personnel
- Caseworkers for: Victim Services, Family & Children’s Services, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Addictions and Mental Health
- Crisis Workers
- Probation Officers
- Social Workers
– and all others working in positions where they may be exposed to trauma and violence, due to the nature of their work.
Cost: $70. per person, includes lunch and refreshment breaks.
All payments must be received before the date of the event.
Please note: Limited subsidies available if required, please call to inquire.
Registration deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018 REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
See attached symposium brochure for more details.