Home Share Support Society BC

Dear Home Sharing Community Member,We hope you’re doing well. We wanted to remind you about our upcoming Mental Health and Wellness Webinar!If you haven’t signed up yet, now’s your chance! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear our amazing speakers!Presenters:Jessica grew up in a close-knit community nestled in the heart of Labrador. She is a proud granddaughter, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, friend, partner, and dog mom. Currently residing on Treaty 8 Territory in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Jessica works as a Community Wellness and Protection Advisor with the Canadian Red Cross.  Jessica comes from a background in Addiction Counselling with lived and learned experience, which contributes to her work in implementing initiatives that promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Jessica believes in the strength of grassroots movements and encourages tangible action plans to create meaningful changes. Beyond her professional endeavours, Jessica finds inspiration and fulfillment in the simple joys of life. Whether she is engaging in the gentle art of beading, a practice that allows her to connect with her cultural roots or sharing moments with her partner and fur baby in the great outdoors, Jessica embraces each day with openness and gratitude.   Michelle Skanes joined the Canadian Red Cross as a Registered Nurse/Public Health Advisor with the Indigenous Peoples Help Desk in 2021.  As a Mi’kmaq woman, and a proud member of the Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland, Michelle strives to support Indigenous communities across the nation through health promotion initiatives and in community clinical supports.   With a diverse background experience living and working in Indigenous communities, Michelle has been leading the Indigenous Opioid Harm Reduction team within the Canadian Red Cross, with a primary goal of enhancing the existing supports and services to further expand Indigenous cultural safety, relevance and knowledge within the product service line. Michelle comes from a nursing, education and business background, and this formal training combined with lived and learned experience has contributed to the development and direction of the Indigenous Opioid Harm Reduction team.  For the past few years Michelle has been involved in Opioid Harm Reduction and supports that work with training including Indigenous Cultural Safety, Trauma Informed Care, Psychological First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Indigenous Mental Health and Addictions summits, Canadian Nurses Association training in Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder, as well as Canadian Red Cross training in First Aid for Opioid Emergencies, Opioid Harm Reduction Champion and Opioid Harm Reduction Leadership Course. She firmly believes that even tiny, positive, strengths-based changes can have immense cumulative positive impacts and integrates advocacy for improvements in the lives of Indigenous peoples on a daily basis both within her work and life.  Collaboratively, one step at a time, we can reduce the impacts of opioids and reduce harm in Indigenous communities.    
Session Details: 
Date: May 23, 2024 Time: 10:00AM – 11:30 AM (PST) Location: Virtual session via Zoom *Once registered the link to the session will be sent out the day prior to the event.  Registration closes two days before the event at 4:00 PM. To ensure your participation, please register before this deadline.
To Register:
Visit our website at www.homesharingbc.ca, under the “Events” tab from the main menu, and click on the session link to sign up.
Can’t Attend Live? We’ve Got You Covered! 
We understand that some of you may have work commitments and might not be able to attend the session live. Don’t worry; The session will be recorded, and if you’ve registered for the session, you’ll receive access to the recording.  
Pre-Submit Your Questions 
For those attending in-person or may not be able to attend, we invite you to pre-submit your questions via this LINK. This will help us prepare information and/or resources in advance.  We answer pre-submitted questions first and time permitting live questions.
Connect with us on social media! Facebook Group Instagram  If you have any questions or need accommodations, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We are here to assist you.
We hope you can join us for this important session. Thank you for being an integral part of our community, and we look forward to seeing you!
Best regards,
Trina Plamondon Executive Director Home Sharing Support Society BC trina@homesharingbc.ca  Ph. 604.243.2430 Web: www.homesharingbc.ca  Home Sharing is Living Better Together   We acknowledge that HSSSBC office operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples-Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations. We respect the land and honour this tradition of land acknowledgment that dates back centuries for Indigenous people.   CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any accompanying documents contain confidential information intended for a specific individual purpose.  This message is private and protected by law.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying or distribution, or the taking of any action based on the contents of this information, is strictly prohibited. 
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