Join us for a day of learning and networking by purchasing a ticket to attend our conference sessions. This year, you may choose to join either in-person at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Saskatoon, or you may choose to join virtually! Please review the ticket options carefully to make sure you select the right ticket(s) for how you'd prefer to participate.
Inclusion Saskatchewan's annual conference is a time for Self-Advocates, families, educators, and service providers from all over the province to deepen their knowledge and commitment to people with intellectual disabilities and inclusion.
Included with all Conference Sessions tickets, both in-person & virtual 9:30 - 10:00 am: Opening Remarks, Reflection & Blessing 10:00 - 10:45 am: Modelling Diversity - Bean Gill Benveet “Bean” Gill is an example of unwavering strength and resilience. Heavily bullied as a child, her sudden disability was a catalyst that forced her to face trauma head on. Bean took her health into her own hands, got the answers and help she needed, and bravely embraced an ‘attitude of gratitude’. By confronting adversity and sharing her story, Bean breaks down barriers and is changing stigmas surrounding people with disabilities. In 2017 she founded ReYu Paralysis Recovery Center, a wellness center that inspires, motivates, and promotes recovery with increased function for individuals with spinal cord injuries and associated neurological disorders. Gill’s work has earned her local and national recognition, including Top 40 Under 40, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award, and Global’s Woman of Vision Award. Bean is the reigning Miss Wheelchair Canada and was recognized by Mattel as one of Canada's top 60 inspiring women as part of Barbie's 60th Anniversary. 11:00 - 12:00 pm: Trauma-Informed Support - Erin Beckwell When we don't understand and consider the impact of trauma, this can get in the way of our ability to provide safe, caring, and supportive environments for the people we care for - and parents and caregivers. Presented by social worker and educator Erin Beckwell, this session will explore how we define trauma, how historical and ongoing trauma impact how we function and interact with others, and ways we can prioritize safety, choice, and control in our relationships and environments. 1:00 - 1:30 pm: Alternatives to Guardianship - Shandrea Verboom Inclusion Saskatchewan receives many inquiries about guardianship. While guardianship may be a fit for some, it may not be a fit for others. However, it is still common for family members or supporters to be told that guardianship is the only option to support an adult with an intellectual disability. Inclusion Saskatchewan believes that everyone has the right to self-determination and to be supported in the least restrictive ways possible. This presentation will help to provide clarity and ideas on how to navigate various systems without guardianship. 1:30 - 2:15 pm: Supported Decision Making - Self-Advocates Each of us has a right to make decisions for ourselves and sometimes we need support to make a decision that feels right for us. Supported Decision Making is a process of supporting someone to make decisions (big or small) that fit for them. The process is individualized and tailored to the person’s needs including who they would like involved, and what decisions they want support with. This session includes the valuable, firsthand knowledge of Self-Advocates with lived experience. 2:30 - 3:15 pm: Creating Inclusive Classrooms - Deb Cooke Deb Cooke is passionate about building inclusive environments for all of us with diverse abilities and has over thirty years of teaching experience in elementary and secondary classrooms. She is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and teaches education students how to include and accommodate students with exceptional needs in today’s classrooms. Come hear from Deb about what meaningful inclusion looks like in the classroom, the role and responsibilities of participants in the Inclusion and Intervention Plan, current directions in education, and resources and strategies to support inclusive environments for all students. 3:15 - 4:15 pm: Practical Self-Care Strategies - Cara Taylor Self-care profoundly affects our mental health and well-being, but it can be hard to practice or know where to start with all the responsibilities we juggle. This session will cover myths about self-care, compassion fatigue and burnout, identifying stressors in your life, and practical ways to incorporate self-care into your busy life. Cara Taylor is a therapist and founder of Oaks Mental Health, Cara also has lived experience of mental illness and suicide loss. Both her personal and professional experiences have profoundly shaped her knowledge of mental health. For her, education is a powerful way of encouraging compassion and kindness in response to mental health struggles. 4:15 - 4:20 pm: Closing Remarks EVENING SCHEDULE Included with Dinner & Dance ticket - in-person only 6:00 - 6:30 pm: Reception 6:30 - 11:00 pm: Dinner, Dance, and Awards