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2017 COYO Conference Feb 22-24, 2017


Wednesday February 22, 2017- registration opens at 12 p.m.

School Resource Officers & Educators/Youth Workers - "Promising Practices”
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

This will be an afternoon of information and strategy sharing for professionals who work  with youth. New for this year we will be hosting four forty-five minute sessions, with a thirty minute break in between. All delegates will have the opportunity to connect with others who share similar challenges within their respective positions.  Following these sessions, there will be a welcome reception for further liaising opportunities. 

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday February 23, 2017- registration & refreshments 7:45-8:25 a.m

PLENARY SESSION: Breaking Free Through Conversation-Theo Fleury and Kim Barthel- begins at 8:30 a.m.

Witness and participate in an intimate conversation about compassionate healing with Kim and Theo. The process will blend Theo's personal life experience of recovery and Kim's theory and understanding of trauma and the healing process.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS- choose two on registration form

1:00–2:30 PM; repeating at 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Wine and Cheese 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Debunking the Stranger Danger Myth, Keeping Kids Safe in the Real and Virtual World-Pearl Rimer

This workshop is for everyone who is interested in learning the concepts of helping to keep children and youth safe from harm, both offline and online. Participants will be updated on: the current trends in prevention; the assumptions that have been made about children and safety; the mixed messages children have received in the past; appropriate messages for children and youth, from a developmental perspective;practical safety tips; and how to talk to children and youth about personal safety.

LGBTQ Challenges-Jen Sugar

LGBTQ youth face unique challenges. This high energy, interactive session
Help anyone working with young people understand the issues faced by LGBTQ youth.  Give you the chance to ask all the questions you have about LGBTQ issues (even the politically incorrect ones!).  Provide practical advice and concrete suggestions on how to provide both personal and institutional support.  Examine what LGBTQ friendly places look like and how those spaces can engage young people in positive ways

Youth Gangs-Detective Shane Stoughaire & Constable Scott Turnbull Ottawa Police Service 

This presentation will examine the current trends in youth gangs from an Ottawa perspective. It will be delivered by officers who have served in the Ottawa Guns and Gangs Unit featuring their personal experiences. 

School Police Protocol-Ontario Association of Chief's of Police Youth Committee Presentation- Jeff Corey and Dane Lowry

A member of the OACP Youth Committe will give their position on the school police protocal specifically as it relates to immediate threats in the school community.

Overdose Prevention-Christine Padaric and Kathy McKenna

Christine lost her 17 year old son to a preventable opiate overdose. Had the people around her son intervened earlier the outcome would have been different. Christine along with Kathy McKenna, a Public Health nurse, deliver overdose response training to grade 9 and 12 students at her son's school. 

Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation-Leslie Raymond and Samantha Ward

This presentation will help you to differentiate between human trafficking and human smuggling; show you how a trafficker grooms their victims into the sex trade and why the victims present as "active participants" in their own victimization to police. Further you will become cognizant of the elements of human trafficking occurrences that present and are investigated as so many other types of crimes.

Friday Februay 24, 2017
Buffet breakfast- 7:00-8:45 a.m.
Conference begins at 9:00 a.m.
Conference ends at 12:00 p.m.

PLENARY SESSIONRestorative Practise and the Brain-Dr Jean Clinton

This session will look at the social neuroscience of connection and our need to connect and suggest mechanisms for the success of the intervention.Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein.

PLENARY SESSION: Programs don't change people;relationships change people-Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael is the founder of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, a youth movement that has been breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities. He was featured in TIME Magazine international as part of the Next Generation Leaders series. An award-winning community activist and a published author, MC is ready to encourage whole communities to work together and lead by example to craft shared solutions. His message will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.



  • School Resource Officers & Educators/Youth Workers - “Communities of Practice"
  • Theo Fleury and Kim Barthel-Breaking Free Through Conversation
  • Pearl Rimer-Debunking the Stranger Danger Myth
  • Jen Sugar-LGBTQ Challenges
  • Shane Stoughaire and Scott Turnbull-Youth Gangs
  • Ontario Association Chiefs of Police Presentation- Jeff Corey and Dane Lowry-School Police Protocol
  • Christine Padaric and Kathy McKenna-Overdose Prevention 
  • Leslie Raymond and Samantha Ward-Human Trafficking
  • Dr Jean Clinton-Restorative Practise and the Brain
  • Michael Redhead Champagne-Relationships Change People