Self-Advocate Conference 2016 - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Self-Advocate Conference 2016

June 1, 2 and 3, 2016
Self-Advocacy Standing Strong
Sheraton Hotel
Red Deer AB

What to Know

If you have more than one staff assisting you on different days please put all their names on the one registration form.

Support people must fill out a registration form and make the full payment. If two support people are sharing a registration form only one t-shirt and registration package will be given.

Registration and check in is at Conference Desk (not the hotel front desk) from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (no early birds please)

Check out by 11:00 a.m. at Conference Desk (not the hotel front desk) please not the hotel front desk!

All meals are served in the Tuscany room.

Please Note

  • Please have an agency contact person prepare a list of roommates from the advocates they will be supporting at the conference as they would know best as to what will work.
  • Adjoining rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms are limited and will be assigned on a First Registered and As Needed basis. Please remember that the beds do not accommodate a Hoyer lift. We cannot guarantee that you will receive either but will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Rooms may have 4 people per room; cots are available at your own cost, you are responsible for making these arrangements at the Sheraton front desk. (Usually we assign two people per room)
  • We will do our best to accommodate your roommate requests but please remember it may not be possible due to reasons beyond our control.
  • Supper will not be provided Wednesday night so it will be your own responsibility – the hotel has a lounge and restaurant neither is for low cost.
  • Swimming pool is open and will have a lifeguard on duty at select times otherwise swimming will be at your own risk.

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June 1, 2016

Registration: Located at the Conference Desk between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Icebreaker and Meet & Greet 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Photo Booth 7:00 to 8:00 and 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Magician 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Social Mingle 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

June 2, 2016

Breakfast (Tuscany Room)
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Welcoming & Opening Ceremonies
9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
Speakers: MLA’S, Mayor, PDD and Chair Persons

Keynote Speakers
Nuts for Nutrition (Jennifer Sundberg, Registered Dietitian)
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Keys to a Meaningful Life (Doug Edey)
11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Lunch (Tuscany Room)
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Supper (Tuscany Room)
5:00 to 6:30 pm

Dance (DJ Ron Titas)
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

June 3, 2016

Breakfast (Tuscany Room)
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

What is Health & Wellness (Chris Rowley)
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Clean Rooms and Check Out at Conference Registration Table
10:30 to 11.00 a.m.

ZUMBA (Nicole Schultz)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Session Bio’s and Information

Special Olympics: Karen grew up in the United States and became a grade 1 and 2 teacher. After she married, she relocated to Alberta. She taught kindergarten, worked for Alberta Government and worked at Horizon School for people with disabilities. Karen has been busy as the Chairmen of Special Olympics for Olds and District since 2004. She organizes 13 sports and coaches many. Karen received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal and Female Coach of the year with Special Olympics Alberta. She was a torch bearer for Rick Hansen’s 25th Anniversary.

Post Secondary Education: Billie Jack is the Provincial Director of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education with Inclusion Alberta. I work with a team of Regional Coordinators to mentor and support the coordination of twelve Post- Secondary initiatives across the province. I have a deep abiding commitment to serve families and people with intellectual disabilities. I believe my own life experience drives my passion to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities. In September 2000 I decided to go to college, after taking two years off from high school, to study and learn about working with people with intellectual disabilities. I began my career working privately for three families who had adult children with intellectual disabilities and part-time at Grant MacEwan College/University as an educational assistant. In 2003 I began working full-time for Inclusive Post- Secondary Education and in 2006 I was asked to provincially coordinate the Inclusive Post-Secondary Team and this is where I continue to work ten years later.

Stand Up For Your Rights: Learn about your rights; that you should be making choices and that you have responsibilities when you have rights and make choices.

Anti Bullying & Free Birds: Ian will give a speech on Anti Bullying and Cosmos will do a presentation on Freebirds.

Improving Relationships with Yourself and Others: Kirk completed a successful 27 year career with the Calgary Police Service working in a variety of areas from patrol to specialty units. The last 6 years were committed to teaching new recruits in various areas of law and patrol duties as well as creating and implementing a Field Trading Officer Program. Subsequently, Kirk became an instructor with the Police Society for Problem Based Learning and introduced, implemented and managed the Police Training Officer program within Calgary Police Services. Kirk recognized the impact of 2 key elements within PTP program being Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness and continued to pursue these concepts into his post retirement endeavors. Kirk then completed the Newfield certified coaching program to enhance his passion for coaching individuals and working within organizations interested in initiating change.

Sensory Fun: Amber and Shannon are behavior consultants for Parkland Class. Their session is about exploring your senses and experimenting with different activities. It will provide the participants with various sensory activities they can use at home to help self regulate.

Functional Movement & Nutrition: Brandon has been coaching individuals with a variety of injuries or considerations for the past 5 years. He also coaches his colleagues that he manages to help even more people. During the presentation participants will learn proper warm up, cool down and functional movements that can be performed at home with ease. He will also talk about the fundamentals of nutrition to help promote a better healthy lifestyle.

Safety in the Community: CST Letal has been a member of the RCMP since 2001. She has been posted all over Alberta and brings with her a vast policing knowledge. CST Fern (Dog) has been with her since Dec 2013 when she was just 3 months old. They work together in the schools and the community of Sylvan Lake.

Meditation: Suzanne is registered as a yoga therapist, teacher, coach, fitness leader and martial arts instructor. Her passion is bringing helpful life skills to all people. She teaches at the Kinesiology Department at RDC, working with seniors, youths, athletes, individuals and groups with special needs and health conditions. She also trains, teaches and certifies new yoga teachers. This session will teach you breathing meditation to help you learn to relax your body and mind. You will learn to distress and find your inner peacefulness.

Zumba: Nicole is a Zumba instructor for various fitness facilities for five years. She has taught “Specialty” fitness for 10 years to specific groups as RDC TVP Program, EPSS and the Relax Crew.

Keys to a Meaningful Life Presentation: Doug Edey

What is Health and Wellness Presentation: Chris Rowley

Nuts for Nutrition: Jennifer is a registered dietitian; she has been working in this field for 23 years. She loves spending time with her family, dogs and anything Disney. Learn interesting facts about food and nutrition and pick up some tips to improve your eating habits.

Modified: 2016-02-26
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