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Below are just a few of our dynamic conference presenters.

Dr. Natalie Clark

Thompson Rivers University
Associate Professor
Survivor Coping Responses for Healing & Resisting Trauma
Supportive Practices for Vicarious Trauma and Burn Out

Natalie’s practice, teaching, activism and research over the last 25 years has focused on healing from violence and trauma with children, youth and their families and communities and the coping responses to trauma and violence. Her work is informed and mobilized through her interconnected identities including her Metis ancestry; as a parent of three Secwepemc children, and part of the Secwepemc community through kinship ties; an academic, activist and sexual abuse counsellor.

Dauna Ditson

Survivor / Author
Wide Open Conversation

Dauna’s first book Wide Open is a memoir about faith and loss of faith, about sexual assault and about the astounding human capacity to heal. Before it was published in May 2019, her memoir won the John V. Hicks prize, awarded by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. 


Praise for Wide Open

“This incredibly brave and powerful memoir is written in prose both luminous and stark. I read it in one gulp, in awe of the author’s willingness to surrender to her experience of trauma and of her generosity in sharing her journey with her readers. Wide Open will take you to the farthest reaches of what it means to be human.”  – Alison Pick, Man Booker nominated author of Strangers With The Same Dream and Far To Go.

Meet Dauna

Freda Ens

BC Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU)
Strategic Public Safety Initiatives | Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General
Senior Family Support Worker

Freda has over 28 years’ experience in the victim services, social justice, and criminal justice sectors leading, developing, and managing outreach and support initiatives for Aboriginal communities, vulnerable groups and individual victims of crime. 

She has provided ongoing support to family members of the Missing and Murdered Women cases throughout the Public Inquiry; continues to work together with RCMP E-PANA investigators to provide information, support, and follow up to family members.

Freda also provides victim supports at First Nations Courts in New Westminster and North Vancouver.  She has provided expertise, advice and ongoing support to provincial community-based initiatives including Healing the Circle aimed at identifying best practices for culturally competent service delivery and crime prevention initiatives.


Recipient of the Chief Joe Mathias Leadership Award 2018

Meet Freda

Rhiannon Wong

BC Society of Transition Houses
Technology Safety Project Coordinator
Tech Safety 101: How Secure is Your Technology?
Preserving Tech Evidence

Rhiannon joined BCSTH IN 2007, and for 8 years, was the Children and Youth Services Coordinator and worked alongside Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) or now PEACE Programs across British Columbia who support children and youth exposed to violence in the home.

Currently, Rhiannon is the Technology Safety Project Coordinator. In this role, she raises awareness about technology-facilitated violence and the intersections of empowerment, safety of women and children, confidentiality and privacy via research, resource development and training across Canada

Who will attend the conference?





What is the conference focus?


Service providers in the Kootenay region that work with women, children and families who are or who have been affected by domestic violence. This includes counselors, mental health clinicians, outreach workers, transition house workers, family support workers, social workers, doctors, teachers,educational assistants, victim service workers, police, criminal justice workers, advocates, and early childhood educators.



The conference speakers and presentations will address the challenges and complexities of working in the area of domestic violence. Together, service partners in the Kootenay region will be provided the opportunity to increase their professional capacity and working relationships in moving toward a more coordinated response to incidents of domestic violence.

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