Eight passionate child and youth advocates have teamed up and are working hard to make sure that the SEA conference is successful in bringing awareness to the massive issue of sexual exploitation.
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Raemie Brown – My name is Raemie Brown. My passion and interests are in the realm of working with youth at risk, especially working with those that are challenged with mental health and addiction. I have only become interested in the issue of sexual exploitation of youth recently, as I have learned more on this topic through my education and through my work experience in the field. My involvement with this conference is important to me because I am incredibly passionate about helping people learn about the topic and to better advocate for those effected by sexual exploitation.
Reyanne Fulkerson – Hello! Thanks for taking the time to explore, learn, and advocate with us! For as long as I can remember I have been extremely passionate about children, youth, and families. Over the course of this degree I have found myself falling in love with working with vulnerable children and youth. I have worked with PSECA youth for 1 year now and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I have found my purpose – to be an advocate for children and youth. I am extremely thrilled to be a part of this conference and resource fair and I’m looking forward to staring this conversation!
Meagan Jennings – Hi, my name is Meagan Jennings. I chose the Child Studies degree program because I hope to make a positive difference in children and youths’ lives. My passion and what I hope to do in the future is to work with children and youth who have been sexually exploited. I hope to incorporate my love of brain development and how trauma effects development into my work.
Maree Dearin- Hello, and thank you for taking the time to learn about our team and this project we have been working on. I have always been interested in helping children who are struggling with bereavement, addiction and mental health issues, and that is what brought me to the child studies program. My studies at Mount Royal have enlightened me about many things, including the issue of sexual exploitation which has recently become another passion of mine. I hope to one day make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Dr. Marlene Kingsmith– Dr. Marlene Kingsmith, Associate Professor, will be retiring in June after 30 years of teaching at Mount Royal in the Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma and Child Studies Degree programs. This conference is definitely one of the highlights of her career and she is excited to work with the students to share this extremely important message. She is looking forward to lots of golf, curling, travelling and spending time with family in the future.
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Bree Tole– I am an advocate for change and hungry for movement. I have been tirelessly invested in bringing awareness to sexual exploitation and believe that we can make a difference allowing resource provision, community awareness and professional development to influence the long term impact of the SEA Conference 2016. I am creative, compassionate, determined and excited to be a part of such an influential event that will make the invisible visible.
Lauren Clark– My name is Lauren and I am thrilled to be a part of the team putting on this conference and resource fair. My passion is working with children and youth, specifically in the areas of special needs and mental heath. In the future i hope to be working with these vulnerable populations first hand, but in the meantime I am advocating for another group i have more recently become passionate about:children and youth who are being sexually exploited.
Courtney Barrett – As long as I can remember I have always loved children and wanted to be around them, which is what started me into this degree. Since moving through and exploring various aspects of children’s development I have discovered a passion for mental health and creating awareness for children/youth mental health issues. This capstone project has helped fuel this passion and given me a sense of purpose for my professional career. I hope to continue to advocate for children/youth mental health and work to create a better future for vulnerable children and youth in Calgary. I would love to give back to the community where I grew up and so I hope to make an impact for children, youth and families in Bowness.
Dominique von Getz- Throughout my time at Mount Royal University the protection of children from all forms of abuse has been a focal point in my education. The long-term impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and early intervention strategies are key areas of interest as I move forward in my education and professional practice. I am really looking forward to the Sexual Exploitation Awareness Conference and Resource Fair as a means to further educate our community and raise the much needed awareness surrounding the issue of sexual exploitation of children and teens.