12:00pm - 12:30pm Implementing Suicide Prevention Education in British Columbia: A Focused Ethnography
In response to rising suicide rates in the province of British Columbia, the provincial Ministry of Health provided $3M to the Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division to implement suicide prevention gatekeeper training programs between 2015-2018. In this presentation, Patti highlights key findings from a focused ethnography conducted with Dr. Jennifer White (University of Victoria) that followed the implementation of this initiative across the province.
12:30pm - 1:00pm When Participatory Action Science Empowers Community and Agency in a Non-Profit Organization
Julie Chacra and Gilbert Émond
Over the past year, we have been working with BBBS of Greater Montreal (Big Brothers and Big Sisters) in a participative action science project. The goals are to make explicit the impacts of mentoring relationships in collaboration with the staff and administrators of the non-profit organization. One year in, we have been through ups and downs... and we are seeing their agency rise as they are empowered by discoveries, meaning-making, and pride in the work that we are doing together.