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Upcoming Conference Highlights Transform Practices to Improve Child Advocacy

Date posted:
Thursday, May 18, 2023

CACAC Conference

Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) and the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) are pleased to co-host a conference that will bring together more than 250 professionals from a variety of sectors across Alberta. 

Transforming Practices: Child Abuse and Trauma 2023 Conference
Wednesday, May 31
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Red Deer Polytechnic Arts Centre, Main Stage (view maps)

With a variety of concurrent sessions anchored by keynote addresses, conference speakers and participants will contribute their expertise to help better understand complex issues surrounding child abuse and trauma, identifying ways to positively impact the health and wellness of children and families.

Keynote speakers are: 

  • Dr. Michael Ungar, founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University, and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family, and Community Resilience.
    • Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am 
    • Topic: Nurturing the Resilience of Individuals and the Systems that Surround Them
  • Dr. Alina Turner, Co-Founder/Co-President of HelpSeeker Technologies, a social technology and innovation Alberta-based B-Corp, founded in 2018, supporting systems planning and integration.
    • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
    • Topic: Decoding the Aftermath: Harnessing Data and Tech to Revolutionize Post-COVID Child Abuse Prevention and Systems Integration
  • Sheldon Kennedy, who is a Member of the Order of Canada.
    • Time: 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
    • Topic: Fireside Chat. Sheldon Kennedy will be joined on-stage by Stuart Cullum, President of Red Deer      Polytechnic, to discuss his life and his devotion to preventing child abuse. Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the lives of children and families.

View more information about the 2023 Child Advocacy Conference

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For media inquiries, contact:    

drambow [at] centralalbertacac [dot] ca (Dylan Rambow)
Communications Coordinator
Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

brent [dot] forster [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (Brent Forster)    
Communications Strategist – Corporate    
Red Deer Polytechnic    


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