SARC Spring Conference

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SARC Spring Conference 2018 Agenda

Monday, May 28, 2018

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Registration

10:30 am - 11:00 am: Opening Remarks

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Opening Plenary Session

Fallen: A Musical Journey of Trauma and Recovery - Kara Stanley, Simon Paradis, and Joe Stanton

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions

*There will be a refreshment break from 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions

*There will be a refreshment break from 10:30 am - 10:45 am

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions

2:30pm - 2:45 pm: Refreshment Break

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm: Closing Keynote Presentation

"Poco Hor" ... Why 50 Years Matters - Dave Hingsburger

About Kara Stanley: A graduate of UBC’s MFA program in creative writing, Kara Stanley lives, works, and plays on the Sunshine Coast with her musician husband, Simon Paradis. Her writing has been published in Fugue, HipMama and Paste and she is a contributing songwriter to the 2013 Stanton Paradis CD “Good Road Home” and the 2015 Simon Paradis CD “Mouthful of Stars.” Fallen: A Trauma, a Marriage, and the Transformative Power of Music, which was included in CBC’s list of Best Books of 2015 and was long-listed for the prestigious BC National Award for Non-Fiction, is her non-fiction account of her husband’s life-altering accident that resulted in a severe brain and spinal cord injury and the role music plays in his ongoing recovery.

About Simon Paradis: A graduate of Concordia University’s Integrative Music Arts program, Simon has been playing in blues, rock, country, and roots bands across Canada for 30 years. He has appeared on numerous recordings as a session guitar player and producer. Simon began developing his skills as a songwriter eight years ago in the wake of a life-altering accident. In 2014, his duet project, Stanton Paradis, released “Good Road Home”, a CD of original acoustic material. Most recently, Simon has recorded “Mouthful of Stars”, a debut full-band CD of original music written by Simon and his wife, Kara Stanley.


About Joe Stanton: A singer/songwriter and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Joe has performed in the U.S. National finger picking championships and was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk songwriting contest. Joe’s acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his songwriting has resulted in four solo CDs, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Australia, earning him two BCCMA award nominations. Over the years Joe has performed all over Canada, the U.S., and Europe.


About Darren Lang: Over the past 21 years, Darren has worked with several different companies designing and conducting training sessions. Over the past eight years, Darren and his wife, Darci, have operated their own corporate speaking and training company, XL Enterprises. Darren has lived his talk. Having gone through a major rut in his own life, everything he talks about are the tried and true tools he used to pick himself up and get back to feeling great.

Throughout his career, Darren has shared his stress busting tools with thousands, helping them to think and feel their very best. He is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) for over 10 years and is also past President of the Saskatchewan chapter of CAPS. In addition, Darren has been a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Human Resources Professionals  (SAHRP) for over eight years.


About John Lagimodiere: John is the President of Aboriginal Consulting Services (ACS) and the Publisher/Editor of Eagle Feather News. ACS provides Aboriginal awareness seminars to clients including Nutrien, the Saskatoon Police Service, the City of Saskatoon, the City of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan. The company also offers communication services. Eagle Feather News is Saskatchewan’s largest independent Indigenous media outlet with a monthly newspaper and daily news website. John is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was honoured with a Living in Harmony Award from the City of Saskatoon in 2006. ACS also received the Aboriginal Business ABEX Award in 2009.


About Sean McEwen: Sean lives and works in Southern Alberta – Treaty Seven Traditional Territory. His Blackfoot name is Oktohksoipiiksi (Bluebird). Sean is the Director of Employment Services at Calgary Alternative Support Services. For the past 20 years, Sean has been working in employment inclusion service delivery and design. As a Senior Consultant at RealEyes Capacity Consultants, Sean engages with service providers and businesses to help them build their capacity in workplace diversity and inclusion. An avid proponent of social innovation, Sean has helped develop social media campaigns and regional, provincial, and national networks dedicated to the Employment Inclusion of people with disabilities. He has also developed and facilitated curriculum in Employment Inclusion Supports and Career Counselor Training (in collaboration with some esteemed partners).


About Dave Hingsburger: Dave Hingsburger, M.Ed., is a well-known author and lecturer and a sexuality counselor for people experiencing  developmental disabilities. He has provided direct care to people experiencing intellectual disabilities throughout his career. From working in a group home, to providing individual counseling, or group training, he continues to have personal contact with people who experience disabilities. Dave also provides consultation and training for parents, agencies, schools, and churches regarding support for people experiencing intellectual disability. He has been a sessional lecturer in the departments of psychology and education in Bishop’s University in Québec. His published works are extensive, including Finger Tips (2000), Do? Be? Do? (1998), Behaviour Self! (1996), Hand Made Love (1995), and Just Say Know! (1995), all from Diverse City Press. Dave is also a member of the national advisory council of the Sexual Information and Education Council of Canada and is a contributing/reviewing editor for the Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities. As a volunteer, Dave is a self-advocacy mentor for people experiencing disability and is a regular writer for Mouth magazine. He lives in Eastman, Québec, where he and Joe Jobes are Coordinators of Diverse City Press.


About Rebecca Rackow: Rebecca has a B.A. Honours in Psychology and is also a Registered Social Worker with a strong interest in collaborative research. For over 20 years, she has worked as a caregiver with seniors, youth in care, children in a daycare setting, provided respite for foster parents, and spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom for her own five children. More recently, she has developed a mental wellness program for caregivers through the Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division (CMHA-SK) called the Caregiver Affected Recovery Education (C.A.R.E.) program.


About Jennifer Sanford: Jennifer Sanford is a coach, communicator, and crisis manager. As an independent consultant, she focuses on developing leaders, teams and organizational cultures through a people-first approach to business. With a results-based coaching method and dynamic facilitation skills, Jennifer supports organizations to develop a people-first approach to their business. In sickness and in health, in good times and in bad. As WestJet’s former media spokesperson, Jennifer has significant experience managing public trust and confidence and delivering on an award winning brand reputation. Jennifer’s clients include nonprofit organizations, boutique firms, politicians, and many organizations who provide critical services to the public. She is a certified Communications Management Professional from the International Association of Business Communicators and holds a Masters of Communications from John Hopkins University. She is one of Canada’s few board-certified leadership coaches, a certified business continuity consultant and an extroverted facilitator. She holds an active membership with the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Professional Speechwriters Association, and is a proud member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.


About Jamie Pope: Jamie works with the Trauma-Informed Services Department at Hull Services in Calgary. She is a Registered Psychologist and has been working with Hull Services for nine years as a Clinician and Family Therapist. In her current role as a Trauma-Informed Care Clinician, Jamie works with campus and community-based programs supporting the implementation of the Neurosequential Model. She is responsible for providing training, program development, clinical consultation, and individual assessment. Jamie is most engaged when seeking to find more compassionate, dignified, and effective means of understanding and responding to the concerns of people who have experienced trauma.

About Angela Irvine: Dr. Angela Irvine is a Registered Provisional Psychologist from Medicine Hat whose practice focuses on counseling individuals and their families as they as they develop the skills needed to reach their personal goals and gain access to essential community supports. She is a graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Alberta, in the area of Educational Psychology, and has a strong publication history of eight peer-reviewed academic journal articles and one book focused on the lived experiences of persons with developmental disabilities.Over the past two decades, Angela has advocated alongside individuals experiencing disabilities as they strive for meaningful community inclusion and has garnered experience working with diverse populations and various age groups. As a consultant, Angela has collaborated with numerous nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and communities across the province and continues to do so.


About Sheila Reynolds: Sheila has worked in this sector for 10 years. She started out as a support worker for two years in Regina. Sheila then pursued a career in the dental field. Her passion to support people in human services brought her back to the disability services sector. Sheila returned to a group home support worker position with Mallard Diversified Services Inc. (MDSI). While working for MDSI, she completed distance education classes and moved into the day program supervisor position, then a group home supervisor and Mandt Facilitator. She is currently the Program Coordinator at SaskAbilities, Yorkton Branch.

About Wanda Sweatman: Wanda has worked in this sector for 27 years. She has two years of Social Work education and has completed the Disability Support Worker Certificate Program. Wanda has held many positions in the time she has been in the disability services sector. She owned and operated a personal care home, held a position on the Board of Directors, was a group home support worker, supervisor, educational assistant, and Mandt Facilitator. For the past 15 years, she has been the Program Coordinator for Mallard Diversified Services Inc. in Wadena.

The SARC Spring Conference 2018 - Regina Travelodge Hotel


The SARC Spring Conference will take place at the Regina Travelodge Hotel, at 4177 Albert Street, in Regina.

We recommend booking accommodations for the conference early, as there are only a limited number of blocked rooms available.

Please call 306-586-3443, and quote block code CGSSC8 to ensure that you retain a guest room, and at the preferred rate. Alternately, you can email your reservation request to

The block code is available until April 28, 2018.

Interested in Sponsoring the Spring Conference?

By supporting the SARC Spring Conference, you will demonstrate your organization’s own commitment to workplace safety and showcase your support to nonprofit organizations to connect and engage, building stronger and safer organizations and communities. Our Members continue to express their appreciation for SARC’s delivery of a top-notch event with quality speakers, and it would not be possible without the support of our event sponsors.   

Benefits of sponsorship vary depending on the level of sponsorship, but all sponsors receive an exhibitor table on Day One of the conference.

Click here to access the Sponsorship package. 


Interested in Exhibitor Space?

Exhibitors interested in attending the SARC Spring Conference to market their organization or business can purchase booth space in the networking area of the conference for Day One of the event.

All Exhibitor booths include:

  • One skirted table and chairs
  • One complimentary lunch on Day One
  • Access to all conference sessions on Day One
  • An opportunity to network with approximately 150-250 delegates during our extended networking breaks and lunch on Day One of the conference

Click here to download the Exhibitor Booth registration form.

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