Our Team

Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre Team 

Sheldon Kennedy, Lead Director

Bonnie Johnston, Chief Executive Officer                 bjohnston@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Jenny Ofrim, Evaluation Coordinator                       jofrim@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Jessica Campbell, Director of Communications        jcampbell@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Emily Synnott, Child Life Specialist                         esynott@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Amanda Washington, Executive Assistant               awashington@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Adelle Wiebe, Victim Support Coordinator               awiebe@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Jodi Egeborn, Victim Support Coordinator               jegeborn@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Kevin Murphy, Accountant                                     kmurphy@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Kim Campbell, Education Coordinator                      kcampbell@sheldonkennedycac.ca

Brenda Neis, Trauma Education Coordinator             Bneis@sheldonkennedycac.ca

 

Partners

Alberta Education

Learn more about Alberta Education by visiting their website.

education.alberta.ca

Alberta Health Services

It’s difficult to comprehend that there is a need for the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in the Calgary community. But unfortunately, as the health care teams at both the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Community Health service know, identifying those children at risk and providing care and treatment to children who are victims of abuse is an important part of the health services that we provide.

Since its inception in 1922, the Alberta Children’s Hospital has been providing excellence in caring for children and families in Calgary and area communities. To this day, the hospital excels in providing quality care to children and their families. The Community Health team has also been a long-standing service provided within the Alberta health system, and responds immediately to community concerns related to children who suffer from neglect or abuse. Both teams, as part of Alberta Health Services, excel in leading innovations and improvements in the delivery of health care services.

The CAC is one such way that we excel in innovative methods of health care delivery. It offers a new avenue for children and families dealing with abuse to better access the care and treatment available through AHS as well as the social, police and justice services they need in a more timely and cohesive manner, and all in one location. Bringing together six agencies, and the professionals who work in each of these organizations, will ensure families receive help to not only navigate the system, but to find hope and healing.

Alberta Health Services is committed to serving Alberta’s communities and, in particular, children in high-risk situations living within the Calgary Zone. AHS is excited about working together with partnering agencies in this new way to help improve the care provided to patients and families.

Margaret Fullerton, RN, BScN
Senior Operating Officer
Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Health Services

www.albertahealthservices.ca

Calgary Region, Child and Family Services

Calgary Region, Child and Family Services (CFS), is honoured to be an integral part of establishing the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. It is exciting to be a part of a community-driven initiative where all partners and stakeholders share the common goal to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by abuse.

Child abuse is a complex issue that has far-reaching and devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities. Calgary Region, Child and Family Services, through Alberta Human Services, knows the importance of providing effective collaborative services to help children and families impacted by abuse. We work with the Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, various community groups and agencies to support the children and families we serve in the community.

Calgary and surrounding areas are communities of endless possibilities and when community partners collaborate, it creates innovative and exciting opportunities. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is a powerful example of strong partnerships, willing hearts, and experts who will ensure abused children and their families receive the coordinated and comprehensive help they require.

 

We look forward to realizing the positive outcomes that will be achieved through this compassionate and collaborative model.

 

Jon Reeves, Regional Director

Calgary Region, Child and Family Services

Child and Family Services

Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office

It is said that a society is judged by how it protects its weakest and most vulnerable members. As a community in the first world, Calgary is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre in every sense of the word. Recently, Calgary has grown in another important way. It has taken a significant and extraordinary step towards fulfilling its obligations to its most vulnerable members by creating The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. The CAC is a strong partner in the fight against child abuse and the damage it causes to our society. The creation of this state-of-the-art facility will demonstrate the high value Calgarians and Albertans place upon our children, the future of our community. Child abuse is a devastating occurrence that penetrates deep into every aspect of the community. With the establishment of CAC, the children of these serious crimes and their families will be given an immediate and comprehensive response. They will experience professionalism and compassion of the highest quality. No one government agency or individual standing alone can completely address this serious societal concern.

Together, however, we stand side by side in this community driven effort to make our society a better place for our youngest members. On behalf of Alberta Justice and the Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office, I am honoured to serve on the Board of Directors and the Senior Operational Committee for this exciting new Centre. Strong partnerships between Justice, Health, Law Enforcement, and Social Work professionals have created a bright new future for Calgary and area families.

I look forward to our continuing involvement in this important initiative and to creating better outcomes for children and their families.

 

Lloyd W. Robertson, Q.C., Chief Crown Prosecutor
Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office, Alberta Justice

Crown Prosecutor's Office Contact

Calgary Police Service

One of the most difficult calls for police officers to investigate is that of Child Abuse. For most of us, it’s hard to imagine the trauma children must feel when they suffer physical or sexual abuse, especially at the hands of someone they trust. Compounding this trauma is the confusion young victims experience when they are thrust into the adult world of investigation, prosecution and bureaucracy.

For far too long, victims of Child Abuse have had to navigate a world that has been primarily designed to facilitate the needs of the systems that are responsible for the successful prosecution of those who perpetuate this heinous offence. At times, this has created frustration and confusion for these victims and their families.

By merging four key agencies under one roof, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre will provide a better way to deal with this complex social issue. Police Officers, Social Workers, Health Workers and Prosecutors will now be able to provide a service that more effectively addresses the needs of the victim without jeopardizing the requirements of an effective investigation and prosecution. In doing so, families will be immersed in a secure and comforting environment which will better address their immediate and long term needs. The Calgary Police Service is proud to be working hand in hand with our partner agencies in the operation of this vital facility.

Chief Rick Hanson
Calgary Police Service

www.calgarypolice.ca

RCMP

There is strength in partnership, and we are very proud to be a part of the team at The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. By uniting our efforts and working with health and social services, Crown prosecutors, and other police services, we are able to lessen the impact an investigation can have on a child who has already suffered a great deal of trauma.

A police officer is frequently the first point of contact for a child experiencing physical or sexual abuse. Children are hurt and frightened, often confused by the abuse that they have suffered, and steps that begin once they have had the courage to come forward. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is a safe haven for victims, and a place where police and partner agencies can work together to assist victims throughout the legal process in a safe and supportive environment.

In a world where not all children live without fear, The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is a beacon of hope. While child abuse continues to infect and weaken our communities, we can work together to help victims, educate citizens and work towards a society where abuse – of any kind – will not be tolerated. The Alberta RCMP is looking forward to collaborating with all of our partners at the centre, and is extremely honoured to be a part of an initiative driven by compassion and understanding for those who have such a small voice, yet suffer such great trauma.

D/Commr. Marianne Ryan
Commanding Officer, Alberta RCMP

www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Board of Directors

John Dielwart

Mr. Dielwart is the Co-Chair of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer of ARC Resources Ltd., which owns and operates oil and gas properties in Western Canada. He has overseen the growth of ARC Resources Ltd. since inception in 1996 to current production of approximately 83,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (6:1). Prior to joining ARC in 1994, Mr. Dielwart spent 12 years with a major Calgary based oil and natural gas engineering consulting firm, as senior vice-president and a director where he gained extensive technical knowledge of oil and natural gas properties in western Canada. Mr. Dielwart has a Bachelor of Science with Distinction (Civil Engineering) degree from the University of Calgary (1977). He is a member of Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (“APEGGA”) and is a Past Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Debra Mauro

Debra Mauro is Co-Chair of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Co-Chair of Albi Homes Ltd. with husband, Tom. In 2012, ALBI celebrated its 30th Anniversary – an accomplishment both Debra and her husband Tom are extremely proud of. Debra’s passion for the community is demonstrated by her never-ending commitment to generously volunteering her time to numerous charities in the Calgary area. Most recently, she co-chaired the successful Big Boys and Their Toys – a fundraiser for HomeFront, a Calgary organization dedicated to reducing domestic violence and where Debra serves as a Director. Debra has been the proud recipient of Canada’s “Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs” distinction, as cited by Chatelaine and PROFIT Magazines for three years. She was also named one of the “Leading Entrepreneurs of the World” in 2002. In 2005 the Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence named Debra “Businesswoman of the Year.” In her spare time, Debra, an avid reader, loves to spend time with her granddaughters Grace Alessandra and Emilia Rose.

Trent Edwards

As Chief Operating Officer for Brookfield Residential, Trent is responsible for overseeing the company’s Alberta operations. He joined Brookfield in September 2001 as Corporate Controller, progressing through roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer in Australia. Trent earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994, followed by his Chartered Accountant designation. Having been in the residential real estate industry for 12 years, he is inspired and excited to be part of the Alberta’s energetic and growing communities. Sharing the same passion as Brookfield Residential in giving back to communities, Trent believes that a community can only be as strong as the bond of its people. He plays a key role in the company by leading collaborative relationships with all stakeholders, and inspiring his employees to participate in many avenues of philanthropic work. From twice shaving his head for cancer campaigns, to participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, to gutting basements for those impacted by the 2013 Alberta floods, Trent leads his team by walking the talk. Trent is humbled to be part of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. Raising his own four children, Trent believes that all children should have the opportunity to grow in a supportive and nurturing environment and is excited to be working with the Centre to create a better future for all children and their families.

Brian Evans

Brian Evans was born and raised in Edmonton.  He attended the University of Alberta where he received degrees in Arts and Law.  After articling and working as an associate with the Emery Jamieson law firm in Edmonton he moved with wife Debbie to Canmore and established Canmore’s first full time law office.  After 13 years of practice in Canmore he was elected the MLA for Banff-Cochrane in 1989 and served as MLA until he retired from government in 1997.  During his time in government Brian served as Minister of Environmental Protection and as Minister of Justice and Attorney General.  Upon retirement from government Brian joined the Miller Thomson law firm in the Calgary office.  In 2006 Brian left Miller Thomson and joined the Werklund Group family office as Executive Director, serving in that position until retiring from Werklund Group in 2010.  Brian is currently Executive Chair of TSO Energy Corporation and Executive Advisor of Tecskor Corporation as well as serving on a number of not for profit and for profit boards.  Brian is married to Debbie and they have 3 wonderful children and 2 amazing grandsons.

David Evans

David is the Canadian Managing Partner of KPMG’s Management Consulting Practice.  In this role, David is responsible for setting the strategic direction of KPMG’s Management Consulting business and for establishing the services that the firm provides into the Canadian marketplace across all sectors. David has over 20 years of international Management Consulting experience focused on Business Strategy, Large Scale Transformation, Operational Improvement, Technology and Change Management.  He has personally provided Consulting services to the Public, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Consumer, Chemicals, and Energy Sectors. David holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario and is graduate of the Masters Executive Leadership Program from Yale University in New Haven Connecticut.  David is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario) and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). David is an active volunteer.  He is a member of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Royal Patrons Circle, is a Board Member of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and is a passionate volunteer and advisor to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. 

Margaret Fullerton

Margaret Fullerton currently serves as the Senior Operating Officer, Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), where she is responsible for providing leadership to a diverse team in the development, design and implementation of the programs and services in a state-of-the-art family-centered pediatric facility. Margaret has had a long career in healthcare spanning 30 years. As a Registered Nurse, she began her career in a pediatric unit, moved on to a neonatal intensive care unit, post-anaesthetic care unit and worked extensively in the operating room. She obtained her BScN from the University of British Columba, and has held a wide range of leadership positions and private sector health care roles in Saskatoon, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. In the past 10 years, she has held a variety of progressively complex leadership positions in Calgary. Margaret is passionate about providing excellent care to patients and families, and she is dedicated to supporting health care professionals in continually improving access, quality and sustainability of models of care. She supports research, academics and education in the pursuit of best practice. Margaret is committed to the strong linkage between ACH and the Community.

Suzanne Kendall

Ms. Kendall is currently the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Calgary with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, managing an office of approximately 80 Crown prosecutors and the staff who assist them. In that role, Ms. Kendall also sits on the Boards of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Homefront. Prior to that position, Ms. Kendall was the Director of Policy for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. She provided advice about criminal law reform to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and to the Deputy Minister. She also provided advice to Crown Prosecutors across Alberta through development of policies and the Crown Prosecutor Manual. Ms. Kendall joined the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in 2004 and has held a variety of positions with them including prosecuting in Special Prosecutions (Organized Crime), Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor, and Education Counsel. Prior to joining Alberta Justice, Ms. Kendall worked for the Federal Department of Justice, first as a prosecutor in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and then as Deputy Director of the Calgary Office. Ms. Kendall started her career in London, Ontario where she worked as defence counsel at the firm of Libis and Kendall.

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world. Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the US Senate. Sheldon is the Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, the first-of-its-kind in Canada, offering full wrap-around services for victims of child abuse. He is also the Co-Founder of Respect Group Inc., which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace. Sheldon’s awareness contributions are many: - He in-line skated across Canada in 1998 to highlight the issue of child abuse and donated 100% of the proceeds ($1.2M) towards abuse prevention programs. During this skate he was presented with the keys to the cities of Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg. - His life story was made into an Award Winning TV movie. - In 2006 he published “Why I Didn’t Say Anything”; a riveting account of the many psychological impacts of abuse. - He has shared his story through countless media appearances including Oprah, ABC’s Nightline, W-5, The Fifth Estate, and was named Canada’s newsmaker of the year in 1997. Sheldon has received several awards for his tireless work including: - Member of The Order of Canada, 2015 - Member of The Order of Manitoba, 2015 - Honourary Doctorate of Laws, University of Calgary, 2015 - Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leader Award, University of Guelph, 2015 - The David Foster Foundation Humanitarian Award, 2014 - Calgary Citizen of the Year 2013 - Honourary Doctorate of Laws, University of the Fraser Valley, 2012 - Scotiabank Humanitarian Award, 2012 - Canadian Red Cross Caring Award, 2007

Tom Mauro

Tom Mauro is the Founder & Chairman of Albi Homes Ltd. Born in Albi, Italy, Tom’s personal and business philosophy is about Old World craftsmanship; a commitment to excellence, a deep commitment to the Community, and a steadfast belief in education. Tom has been in the housing industry his entire career starting as a journeyman carpenter graduating from SAIT. In 1982 he founded Albi Homes Ltd., a niche builder with a stellar reputation for quality construction and service. He served as a Director of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program from 1988–1994 and as Director of the Calgary Home Builder’s Association from 1988–1994. In 2007 Tom was inducted into the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Hall of Fame. He is presently serving on the SAIT Promising Futures Campaign raising funds for the new Trade and Technology Complex. Tom is an avid golfer and loves to travel to his homeland of Italy with his wife Debra.

M. Ann McCaig

Ann McCaig is one of Canada’s most prominent leaders in the not-for-profit sector, a well-known advocate for youth, education and health and an accomplished fundraiser. She is passionate about developing strong healthy communities and works tirelessly to ensure the highest possible quality of life for future generations. In the last 20 years Ann has lead numerous successful, large goal capital campaigns for major institutions in Calgary including the Alberta Children’s Hospital campaign raising more than $52 million to help build a state-of-the-art pediatric facility in Calgary. She chairs the boards of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and is a long-time supporter of the City of Calgary’s Police Interpretive Centre. Ann is Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Chair of the Calgary Health Trust, Honourary Chair of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, a Trustee of the $400 million Killam Estate and a Director of the Gairdner Foundation. Ann’s outstanding and exemplary community contributions have been recognized at local, provincial and national levels.

Wayne McNeil

Wayne McNeil served as Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Rocky View School Division, volunteer President of the Sheldon Kennedy Foundation, which raised over $ 1 Million during the 1998 Cross-Canada Skate to raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse, and was volunteer Chairman of the Alberta Gymnastics Federation for six years. These volunteer experiences and his social consciousness towards the issue of abuse prevention lead Wayne to co-found Respect Group Inc.; Canada’s first, on-line, abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment prevention training program for community/sport organizations, schools and corporations. Wayne has a seasoned, professional background in Information Technology and Project Management that he developed through key global positions with Bell Canada, 3Com Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). This strong IT expertise enabled Wayne to create a solid team and technology approach for Respect Group Inc. Wayne was instrumental in forging an exclusive partnership with the Canadian Red Cross to combine Canada’s best abuse, bullying and harassment prevention curriculum (RespectED) with Respect Group Inc.’s world-class, on-line training technology.

Melinda Park

Melinda Park is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a national Canadian law firm. She practices in Securities and Capital Markets Group in the Calgary office. She is currently a member of BLG's National Council, which is the BLG's governing body, as well as a member of various other internal committees within BLG. Melinda has practiced securities and corporate law for 20 years, with a focus on securities, corporate finance and commercial transactions. She primarily represents corporate clients on securities and corporate matters, including mergers & acquisitions, going public in Canada, and financings by way of prospectus and private placement offerings. She represents companies, both private and public, and works closely with the board of directors, and board committees – such as audit committees, in assessing best practices and corporate governance. Melinda has experience acting as independent counsel for special committees created for specific purposes within a board of directors. She has also been involved in "going-public transactions" and subsequent corporate governance and continuous disclosure for numerous companies listed on both the TSX Venture Exchange and the TSX. Melinda participates in numerous industry-related events and is often a speaker at events related to her area of expertise. Melinda graduated from the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan and the Faculty of Laws at the University of Toronto. She has been a board member or corporate secretary of several public companies and has also worked with various not-for-profit companies/associations, including Calgary Minor Soccer Association where she has worked on specific projects relating to bylaws and governance matters. Melinda is married with two teenage boys who are very active athletes.

Anita Poscente

Anita is a leader in the private company services group at Deloitte & Touche. She brings experience in addressing the tax requirements of numerous private enterprises in various industries. Anita has extensive experience in advising private corporations on issues such as tax compliance, corporate structuring, compensation and employee retention, succession planning and merger and acquisitions. She also provides personal taxation services to many private company clients. Anita has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary (1993), her Chartered Accountant’s designation (1996) and her Tax In-Depth specialization (1998). She has also taught for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as presented to various industry groups and organizations.

Jon Reeves

Jon Reeves has dedicated his career to serving and improving the lives of vulnerable children and families. He has spent 25 years in the social work field as a child welfare worker, moving to become the Chief Executive Officer for two Child and Family Services Authorities in Alberta. In mid-2013, he became the Regional Director for Calgary Region, Child and Family Services. Jon is committed to improving the lives of children, youth and families. He is focussed on improving practices in the field, and supports practice improvement projects. Jon believes services and supports for children and families can be enhanced through collaborative and innovative approaches.

Murray Stooke

Joining the Calgary Police Service in November 1978, Deputy Chief Murray Stooke is a 34 year member of the Service, and presently holds the rank of Deputy Chief in charge of the Bureau of Specialized Investigations. Deputy Chief Stooke’s career with the Calgary Police Service began as a front line Patrol Constable, a position he served in until his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1990. Since that time, he has held increasingly more senior positions in the Chief Crowfoot Learning Centre, the Family, Youth and Violent Crime Section, the Criminal Investigation Division, the Organized Crime Control Section and finally, as Commander responsible for District 3, prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2004. Deputy Chief Stooke is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1986 and a Bachelor of Law Degree, in 1993. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1994. Deputy Chief Stooke has served in the capacity of legal counsel to the Calgary Police Service, and in 2004, he received a Chief’s Award of Excellence. Over the years, Deputy Chief Stooke has been active in a variety of national and provincial policing committees including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Law Amendments Committee and the Alberta Standing Committee on Prosecutions and Enforcement. He has also served as a police representative to the Heads of Prosecution Sub-Committees on Miscarriages of Justice and Disclosure and has acted as a presiding/presenting officer under the Alberta Police Act. Deputy Chief Stooke has been married for 34 years and has two adult children.

Gary Strother

Gary Strother assumed his role as chief superintendent of the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) in March of 2012. Prior to his current role, Mr. Strother served as a superintendent with Calgary Catholic, providing services to CCSD’s Area D schools in addition to overseeing the information technology department. Mr. Strother has been employed with CCSD since 1983 and has served in a number of capacities, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, vice principal and principal. Mr. Strother has been involved at the provincial level with the College of Alberta School Superintendents, recently serving as first vice president. He has played key roles locally, provincially and nationally in facilitating workshops both internally and externally to the district. Mr. Strother is well known throughout the educational sector, providing exemplary leadership in every role he has filled. Mr. Strother is married to Kathie, who is a teacher with CCSD, and is the father of two grown sons, both graduates of Calgary Catholic.

Grand Chief Charles Weasel Head

Taatsiikiipoyii ­ Blood Tribe (Kainai)

Treaty 7 Grand Chief

Taatsiikiipoyii, Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles Weasel Head Jr. was born on the Blood Indian Reserve in 1949. One of eight siblings, he has been a champion for the health and well-being of his Nation¹s Elders, Children and Families. A renowned athlete and passionate horseman, Chief Charles’ leadership abilities have transformed his work on the ground and in the political arena. Since the early 1980’s, Chief Weaselhead has been diligent in advancing many health and wellness initiatives as Director of the Napi Lodge and Poundmaker's Lodge treatment centres; as Director of the Blood Indian Hospital in the early 90’s; and as Chief Executive Officer for the Blood Tribe Department of Health - a post he held until his successful run as Head Chief of the Blood Tribe in 2004.

Chief Weaselhead was appointed Treaty 7 Grand Chief by his associate Chiefs and presides on numerous Boards and Committees such as the Aboriginal Healing Foundation Board of Directors; as Committee Chairman for the Blood Tribe¹s Community Violence Prevention; the national First Nations Information Governance Centre; the AFN’s Chiefs Committee on Health; and the Alberta Health Co-Management Committee. As Grand Chief, Weaselhead continues his work to protect and promote Children and Families, Health, Education, Economic Development and revenue sharing through advocacy and asserting our treaty and inherent rights. Chief Charles is signatory to the Alberta Protocol Agreement on Government-to-Government Relations (2008) and theMemorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education (2010).

As Chief of Canada’s largest Indian Reserve, Taatsiikiipoyii takes great pride in his Blackfoot language, culture and traditions; and remains committed to his vision for healthy children, families, and communities. His priorities include: building nation-to-nation relationships; long term socio-economic initiatives; implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; advancing respect and reconciliation of Treaty and Inherent rights; meaningful consultations and accommodation; and exploring new and innovative partnerships. Treaties unite our First Nations, and we're allied as tribes with the Crown to affirm and reflect on the mutual respect and understanding of our Treaties and to the nation to nation relationship we have with the Crown. With the guidance of our Elders and our collective input, support and direction, we can ensure deeper understanding and safeguard our languages, cultures and institutions.

Bonnie Johnston

Bonnie Johnston has dedicated her career to serving children and families. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, a position she has held since November 2012. Bonnie began her career as a nurse in an Aboriginal community in northern Alberta and later had a variety of increasingly responsible roles in the health care field in Edmonton and Calgary, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health for the Calgary Health Region. In that role, she was responsible for pediatric inpatient and critical care health services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and pediatric inpatient services at the Peter Lougheed Centre. She most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for Calgary & Area Child and Family Services from 2002 to 2012, responsible for programs including Child Protection Services, Family Support for Children with Disabilities and Child Care Licensing and Subsidy. During 2012, Bonnie also served in the role as Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Child and Family Service Delivery Division, Ministry of Human Services. Bonnie holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Calgary. Her focus is on continuous improvement of outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families through collaboration, innovation and best practice.