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Respect Group/Workplace Fairness Institute Action Summit

Respect Group/Workplace Fairness Institute Action Summit

Is your organization at a loss as how to address psychological health and safety or challenged with Alberta’s new Occupation Health and Safety code?  We are bringing support.  Join us for the day to get insight into this complex issue and take away real tools you can immediately apply in your workplace.

Our upcoming Action Summit will examine the intersection of Psychological Health and Safety and Civility & Respect.  You won’t want to miss it so join us on January 29th, 2020.

Summit Developers

The Workplace Fairness Institute and Respect Group

 

As partners, the Workplace Fairness Institute and Workplace Fairness West believe that psychological health and safety is AS important as physical health and safety.  That is why we support organizations across Canada to create working environments in which employees can thrive. Whether that’s promoting civility and respect, addressing bullying/harassment, managing conflict, training employees, or coaching leaders we have the expertise and knowledge to partner with businesses to create strong and healthy employees.  When employees thrive, businesses succeed.

That’s also why we work closely with Respect Group and agreed to step up in Alberta to provide a learning opportunity for organizations and employees to address issues focused on psychological health and safety and civility and respect.

Who Should Attend?

Sessions will benefit:

  • Senior HR Professionals
  • Senior Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
  • Union Representatives
  • Municipalities
  • Business Leaders
  • Educational Institutions
  • Non profits

Why Should I Attend?

By attending you will:

  • Understand what your duty is as an employer to address the OHS issues and their impact on psychological health and safety.
  • Walk away with a road map of what your organization needs to do to create or improve upon a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Receive compliance and risk reduction ideas and solutions that can be easily implemented within your organization.
  • Be able to build a business case, determine your organizations return on investment and successfully position the importance and value within your organization
  • Hear from other leading organizations as they share their experiences regarding challenges and successes in creating psychologically healthy workplaces.

 

What’s my Investment?

Your investment will provide on-going value for yourself and your organization.  Ticket prices are deliberately kept low to ensure that we are able to support all participants.  Sales are limited so act soon.

Regular – $199

Early Bird – 20% off Until December 15th, 2019

Group Rate – 35% off regular price for groups of 4 or more

Purchase your tickets HERE

Where will the learning happen?

Join us in Calgary, Alberta on January 29, 2020 at the historic Grand Theater.  An appropriate setting to engage participants to be creative, join in the facilitated discussions of the day and experience new learning.

608 1st St. SW    Calgary Alberta

Conveniently located just off the C-Train Line
Available Parking – James Short Parkade 115 4th Ave SW, Indigo Parkade at Centre Street – North of 7th Ave SW

What does the Day Look Like?

For Detailed Session Information click here.

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Intro & Opening Remarks – Sheldon Kennedy – The Human Cost of Psychological Health and Safety

9:15-10:15 Fireside Chat – Psychological Health and Safety – Where are we now? 

10:15-10:30 Networking Break

10:30-12:00 Morning Breakout Sessions

  1. How can we position our people and organization’s culture to always place RESPECT first in everything we do?
  2. Developing a Roadmap to Create a Psychological Safe Workplace

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15  ROI and Building the Business Case – Sharing Resources

2:15-2:30 Networking Break

2:30-3:45 Afternoon Breakout Sessions – Sharing the Journey to Psychological Health & Safety

  • Non-Profit: Calgary Drop-In Centre
  • Municipality: City of Lethbridge
  • Union: TBD

3:45-4:00 Wrap-up

4:00-5:00 Join us in the Mezzanine for networking after conference

 

Who will be joining us?

For Speaker Bio’s click here.

Sheldon Kennedy – Internationally known Abuse Prevention Advocate

Dr. Pat Ferris – International Bullying/Harassment Expert, researcher and social worker focused on the treatment of bullying/harassment targets

Wayne McNeil – – Co-founder Respect Group and Canadian Red Cross Caring Award Recipient

Cameron Mitchell – President Kasa Consulting , Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) representative, Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and certified COR auditor

Blaine Donais – Present and Founder of the Workplace Fairness Institute, workplace conflict management specialist and author of Workplaces that Work, Engaging Unionized Employees and The Art & Science of Workplace Mediation.

Brad Blaisdell – Western Regional Director of the Respect in the Workplace Program at Respect Group

Danica Kelly – Eastern Regional Director of the Respect in the Workplace Program at Respect Group

Michelle Phaneuf – Partner Workplace Fairness West, certified Psychological Health and Safety Adviser and experienced workplace restoration expert.

Sandra Clarkson – Executive Director of the Calgary Drop-In Centre

Barb Neckich – Senior Human Resources Consultant, City of Lethbridge

Respect Group Congratulates Our Co-Founder, Sheldon Kennedy, on his performance in this Season’s Battle of the Blades

Respect Group Congratulates Our Co-Founder, Sheldon Kennedy, on his performance in this Season’s Battle of the Blades

 

15 years ago, ex-NHLer and internationally acclaimed child advocate, Sheldon Kennedy founded Respect Group. Since that time, he has been a source of courage, passion and inspiration for everyone on our team and thousands more across Canada in his relentless pursuit to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

 

For the past several weeks, Sheldon exchanged his hockey skates for figure skates, mastered the toe pick and competed in CBC’s Battle of the Blades with his skating partner, Kaitlyn Weaver, three-time World Ice Dance medalist.

Through their dance, they told us the story of pain, resilience, healing, hope and laughter. Together, they dazzled the viewers, impressed the judges and put their heart and soul into their performances in order to raise $100,000 for Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities; a charity dedicated to giving families in financial need and their children a chance to participate in organized sports.

Sheldon and Kaitlyn, thank you for reminding us that pushing beyond our comfort zones can bring about the change we wish to see!

Sheldon Kennedy, Kaitlyn Weaver triumph on CBC’s Battle of the Blades

Sheldon Kennedy, Kaitlyn Weaver triumph on CBC’s Battle of the Blades

Pair’s win raises $100K for charity that helps kids get involved in sports, physical activities

Ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver and retired NHLer Sheldon Kennedy have triumphed as the winning pair of CBC-TV’s Battle of the Blades.

Weaver and Kennedy were revealed as the winners of the revived competition series on Thursday’s season 5 finale, which aired live from Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre — historic site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens — in Toronto.

With their win, the duo has raised a total of $100,000 for their chosen charity: Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a national group that provides financial assistance to kids in need so they can access sports and physical activities.

“This is a surreal experience, I had no idea what to expect going in. I came here with an open heart and an open mind, and I leave so blessed to share this experience with Sheldon — all for an incredible cause,” Weaver said in a news release. “I feel changed, I feel like a better version of myself because of him, and I’m so grateful.”

The pair beat out Weaver’s longtime ice-dance partner Andrew Poje, who was teamed up with Team Canada women’s hockey star Natalie Spooner. Placing second, Poje and Spooner raised $17,500 for each of their chosen charities —Right to Play and Fast and Female, respectively.

“This was a journey; I remember the first day, Kaitlyn and I had a conversation about how we needed to show people hope, we needed to inspire people. If you’re in a dark place, you can come out of that, and that’s what I’m so grateful for,” Kennedy said in a news release.

“For a long time I never thought I could smile or do anything like this. We had to show people, and give them hope.”

Rounding out the finalists were Ekaterina Gordeeva and Bruno Gervais, who raised $15,000 each for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Gervais-Talbot Foundation, respectively.

Ahead of the series, Weaver and Kennedy had described their simple approach for the competition.

“Our strategy is as it is in life in general: take this one day at a time,” said Kennedy, who in his NHL career played for the Detroit Red Wings, the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames.

“Whether we’re figure skating or going to speak to a group of kids or going for a walk with our family, what are we going to do today to be the best we can?”

Kennedy is a spokesperson for victims of child abuse, after speaking out about his junior hockey coach, who was convicted of molesting Kennedy and other young players during the 1990s. Kennedy joined Battle of the Blades after a recent decision to take a step back from advocacy work to focus on his own well-being.

Accepting the challenge to become a Battle of the Blades competitor came “at a point in my life where I needed to have some fun,” he said.

“People [who] have been abused, sometimes they never believe that there’s a way that they can feel better, that they can smile again or that they can do things that they may dream of.

“The reality is, we can have fun. There is a way out and this is about hope.”

 

For one of Weaver and Kennedy’s two performances on the penultimate episode, they skated to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing, which he called a personal anthem. The duo earned a standing ovation from the live audience.

“It kind of sums up not only Battle of the Blades but my own journey,” Kennedy said. “I’m still standing. A real survivor.”

The series, which showcases figure skating pros and hockey stars competing in pairs, returned to the CBC-TV lineup this fall — a decade after the show first debuted on the public broadcaster. It was put on hiatus in 2014 amid budget cuts.

Physical, sexual violence common in Atlantic schools, national survey shows Social Sharing

Physical, sexual violence common in Atlantic schools, national survey shows Social Sharing

SOURCE: Karissa Donkin · CBC News · 

A lack of national data on violence and bullying prompted CBC News to ask young people about their experiences

More than one-quarter of young people surveyed in Atlantic Canada say others had shared sexual rumours or messages about them while they were in school.

Reflecting on their years in school, one in 10 of those surveyed also said a sexual act had been forced upon them.

The CBC News-commissioned survey asked more than 4,000 young people across Canada about their experiences with violence, bullying, racism and homophobia in school.

It was prompted by a months-long CBC News investigation that found a lack of national data on the amount of violence that happens in Canadian schools, along with a culture of underreporting.

The survey suggests peer-on-peer violence is common in Canadian schools, and in some cases, it starts as early as elementary school.

The findings were disappointing for Glen Canning, who has made it his life’s mission to share the story of his late daughter, 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons.

 

She died after a suicide attempt in 2013, following what her family has described as repeated bullying. Her parents have said it began after Parsons was sexually assaulted at a house party two years earlier and a photo of the incident was circulated online.

“Somewhere in your statistics is somebody whose life is on a thread,” Canning said.

‘A failure’

Canning has spent the last 6½ years sharing his daughter’s story in schools across Canada.

Hearing that so many students in the region have endured sexual violence and bullying “points to a failure” to address the root issues, he said.

He believes people need to learn about consent at a young age, and young men need to be involved in fixing the problem.

“Six and a half years after Rehtaeh Parsons died, we’re still dealing with much of the same kind of sexual objectifying of people and harassment and abuse,” Canning said.

The name Rehtaeh Parsons also came to mind when Paul Bennett saw the findings of the survey.

“It does surprise me … that after all of the discussion and all of the measures that were introduced after the Rehtaeh Parsons case, that we don’t seem to see much improvement in terms of student behaviour,” said Bennett, who is director of Schoolhouse Institute, an education research and consulting firm based in Halifax.

“And we don’t seem to have made a whole lot of success in putting an end to this abusive forum of cyberbullying.”

Physical violence, hateful comments

More than one-third, or 34 per cent, of Atlantic respondents in the survey also said they were physically assaulted (slapped, kicked or beaten) in elementary or middle school.

For students in high school, the number creeps up to 38 per cent, slightly higher than the national average.

More than one-quarter of young people surveyed said they faced being called hateful names or comments that are racist (29 per cent) or homophobic or transphobic (26 per cent) at least once while attending high school.

Bennett would like to see a reliable, national source of data on student behaviour. Across the country, the data is incomplete and there aren’t consistent definitions of behaviours.

“Since 2011, we have not had a national body that collected, organized and reported on data on students,” he said.

“That was called the Canadian Council on Learning. There’s a huge hole in the Canadian educational system in that we find it difficult to compare data from province to province or to discuss things in a way that’s similar from province to province.”

Half of students didn’t report

Nationally, the survey found that nearly half (45 per cent) of students who experienced violence in high school didn’t report any of the incidents.

A smaller proportion, 35 per cent, reported some incidents to school officials, while only 17 per cent said they reported all of the incidents to school officials.

The survey was carried out for CBC by Mission Research. The findings were derived from 4,065 online surveys completed by Canadians aged 14 to 21 between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6. In a probability sample of this size, the results would be considered accurate within 1.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

When Canning speaks to students, he always tells them to tell someone what’s happened to them until someone listens.

He believes teachers need to create an environment where young people feel they can speak up and they’ll be believed.

“In all your statistics out there, there’s a Rehtaeh Parsons,” Canning said.

“There’s someone’s child out there who has been assaulted, who’s been bullied, who’s been put down and pushed around. Somewhere out there is some kid thinking, why doesn’t anybody care?”

What should be done?

For respondents who had experienced violence and bullying and who weren’t satisfied with the school’s response, the survey asked why that was the case. Most respondents said no action had been taken by the schools in response to their complaint.

One said, “Nothing ever seemed to be done. Everything just seemed to come back to the same routine of hate after about a week.”

“They told me they couldn’t regulate what happened online, and since the girl had a bad home life they didn’t want to punish her,” said another.

The survey also asked what more should be done to make students feel safe.

Some respondents made suggestions like having strictly enforced zero-tolerance policies, instituting new training for students around sexual health, race, ethnicity and LGBTQ issues. Others suggested more teachers or security staff are  needed.

“Physical and sexual assaults should be handled by the police, not the schools,”said one. “Why is it OK to commit crimes, at school, and not anywhere else?

“The rights of bullies to an education should not trump the rights of all the other students to a safe [learning environment].”

“I wish I knew,” replied another.

Kids Help phone counsellors are available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868, on social media at @KidsHelpPhone or by texting CONNECT to 686868 for youth who need support.  

Psychological safety part of amended occupational health act

Psychological safety part of amended occupational health act

SOURCE: Kevin Yarr · CBC News · 

 

Government is giving employers time to prepare for the new rules

 

The P.E.I. government is rolling out a public education campaign over the next several months on new workplace harassment regulations and an Act to Amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The changes include a definition of harassment, set out the responsibilities of workers and employers and require employers to have a policy on workplace harassment.

“Employers will have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the workers. And this will include not just physical safety, but their psychological safety as well,” said Danny Miller, director of occupational health and safety.

“It’s our hope that these regulations will go a long way to improve awareness, education and the prevention of workplace harassment.”

The new regulations were prompted by a 2013 incident, in which the Workers Compensation Board found workplace bullying and the related stress was likely the cause of the death of an Island man.

 

The regulations include information on how to make a harassment complaint and how that complaint should be investigated. They will come into effect in July.

Miller said the delay in bringing in the changes will allow employers and workers a reasonable amount of time to understand the legislation and prepare for it.

A guide to the new rules has been developed. In advance of implementation there will be public education sessions as well as workshops for employers.

 

 

Respect Group and Workplace Fairness Action Summit: The Intersection of Psychological Health & Safety and Civility & Respect

Respect Group and Workplace Fairness Action Summit: The Intersection of Psychological Health & Safety and Civility & Respect

 

 

 

Is your organization at a loss as how to address psychological health and safety or challenged with Alberta’s new Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) code?  We are bringing support.  Join us for the day to get insight into this complex issue and take away real tools you can immediately apply in your workplace.   This Action Summit will examine the intersection of Psychological Health and Safety and Civility & Respect.

Sessions will benefit Senior HR Professionals, Senior Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, and those leading Municipalities, Businesses, Unions, Educational Institutions and Non profits.

By attending you will:

  • Understand what your duty is as an employer to address the OHS issues and their impact on psychological health and safety.
  • Walk away with a road map of what your organization needs to do to create or improve upon a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Receive compliance and risk reduction ideas and solutions that can be easily implemented within your organization.
  • Be able to build a business case, determine your organizations return on investment and successfully position the importance and value within your organization
  • Hear from other leading organizations as they share their experiences regarding challenges and successes in creating psychologically health workplaces.

 

More details on the day including a full agenda can be found here: https://workplacefairnesswest.ca/detailed-session-information/

 

 

Saskatchewan Leading The Way With Safe Sport Campaign

Saskatchewan Leading The Way With Safe Sport Campaign

Released on October 7, 2019

The Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport Inc., have teamed up to launch a joint marketing campaign to increase awareness on the tools and resources available to assist coaches, athletes and parents on bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.

“Ensuring a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all participants in amateur sport across our province is a priority,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Thanks to the dedication of Sask Sport and the provincial sport organizations, coaches, parents and athletes, this campaign compliments the hard work already underway.”

The marketing campaign will increase awareness and use of important resources, contacts and training available online, such as the Respect Resource Line. Expert staff provide information, bilingual support, resources and referrals pertaining to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport by phone, text or email.

This confidential and anonymous resource is intended to assist coaches, athletes and parents in determining the most appropriate course of action. This campaign would not be possible without Sask Sport and their members, considered leaders across Canada with their dispute resolution policies, services and tools. Sask Sport includes the Respect Resource Line and the Respect in Sport online training programs for coaches and activity leaders.

“Sask Sport thanks the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, our member organizations and the many partners who have actively worked with us over the past 20 years to provide good governance practices and policies that reduce the risk of conflicts and disputes in sport,” Sask Sport Inc. volunteer Board Chair Kenric Exner said. “This effort has created a strong foundation for helping to prevent, identify and effectively deal with bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, and we are eager to share the important resources and information in order to continue to help keep sport safe, healthy and fun in Saskatchewan.”

“We are so proud of our partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport,” Respect Group Co-Founder Sheldon Kennedy said. “Training programs are only successful when organizations make them a priority. Kudos to Sask Sport and the sport leaders they serve.”

In addition, the campaign supports Sask Sport and their members in the promotion of resources to ensure more coaches are trained in current safe sport best practices.

For more information on the various sport resources, contacts and training, visit http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/safesport/.

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For more information, contact:

Jamie Toth
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3506
Email: jamie.toth@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-8152

Leah Laxdal
Sask Sport Inc.
Saskatoon
Phone: 306-975-0871
Email: llaxdal@sasksport.sk.ca

CBC Battle of the Blades: Meet the Skaters

CBC Battle of the Blades: Meet the Skaters

Meet the hockey players and figure skaters paired up for a new season on Battle of the Blades



New season, new pairings! Starting September 19 on CBC, seven pairs of skaters, each consisting of one hockey player and one figure skater, will pair up to perform on Battle of the Blades in the hopes of winning the Season 5 championship, and a $100,000 donation to the charities of their choice.

 

Here are the teams:

(CBC)

Amanda Kessel and Eric Radford

(CBC)

Brian McGrattan and Vanessa James

(CBC)

Bruno Gervais and Ekaterina Gordeeva

(CBC)

Colton Orr and Amanda Evora

(CBC)

Natalie Spooner and Andrew Poje

(CBC)

Sheldon Kennedy and Kaitlyn Weaver

(CBC)

Violetta Afanasieva

(CBC)

P.J. Stock will be joining Violetta after Colby (below) was injured

(CBC)

Colby Armstrong will not be competing due to injury.

Respect Group: Canada’s Leading Safe Sport Solution

Respect Group: Canada’s Leading Safe Sport Solution

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Our Activity Leader and Parent Programs are Canada’s leading Safe Sport Solution!

 

Over 1.2 Million Canadians have Joined the Movement with Respect Group to create #SafeSport, Safer Workplaces, and Safer Schools!

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Our brand new Activity Leader program will give your coaches, activity leaders and volunteers the tools they need to keep sport and activity safe and fun for everyone. Learn more or inquire at: www.respectinsport.com

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