Victims & Survivors of Crime Week Event 2024

Voices of Healing After Homicide Loss

May 15, 2024 from 11:00am until 1:15pm (PST) via Zoom

Join BCBH and our esteemed guests as we commemorate Victims & Survivors of Crime Week with “Voices of Healing After Homicide Loss.” This is an opportunity to honour those who have been lost to homicide and to witness the resilience and fortitude displayed through lived experiences.  We will have featured speakers and three breakout rooms, including one specifically for professionals who provide support to those impacted by homicide loss.

More information on our breakout rooms below.

We acknowledge and appreciate the financial contribution of the Department of Justice Canada.

May 15, 2024 from 11:00am until 1:15pm (PST) via Zoom

Join BCBH and our esteemed guests as we commemorate Victims & Survivors of Crime Week with “Voices of Healing After Homicide Loss.” This is an opportunity to honour those who have been lost to homicide and to witness the resilience and fortitude displayed through lived experiences.  We will have featured speakers and three breakout rooms, including one specifically for professionals who provide support to those impacted by homicide loss.

More information on our breakout rooms below.

We acknowledge and appreciate the financial contribution of the Department of Justice Canada.

Introducing Our Presenting Speaker:

BRENDA MACINTYRE

Picking Up the Pieces After a Traumatic Loss

Also known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, is a JUNO-winning artist, healer and keynote speaker based in London Ontario. Nominated for the 2021 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award, the mixed-blood Cree woman entrepreneur has appeared on CBC Radio & TV, Global, CTV, CityNews, Breakfast Television and a front page headline in the Toronto Star.

For over 20 years, Brenda has used her goosebump-giving voice, hand drumming, and unique Medicine Song Healing Technique to help women to find their voice. Through her signature Picking Up the Pieces 13 Moon Program, Brenda teaches women mindfulness embodiment practices for mental health. She helps women living with trauma, grief, and chronic pain to embody mindfulness, find their voice, and reclaim their identity and sense of belonging.

Brenda will share her story about the loss of her son, and sing healing songs in memory of him. We will do unique mindfulness activities set to Brenda’s live music. Participants will learn and experience ways to make space for grief and self-care after traumatic loss, from an accessible, inclusive Indigenous perspective.

Introducing Our Presenting Speaker:

BRENDA MACINTYRE

Picking Up the Pieces After a Traumatic Loss

Also known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, is a JUNO-winning artist, healer and keynote speaker based in London Ontario. Nominated for the 2021 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award, the mixed-blood Cree woman entrepreneur has appeared on CBC Radio & TV, Global, CTV, CityNews, Breakfast Television and a front page headline in the Toronto Star.

For over 20 years, Brenda has used her goosebump-giving voice, hand drumming, and unique Medicine Song Healing Technique to help women to find their voice. Through her signature Picking Up the Pieces 13 Moon Program, Brenda teaches women mindfulness embodiment practices for mental health. She helps women living with trauma, grief, and chronic pain to embody mindfulness, find their voice, and reclaim their identity and sense of belonging.

Brenda will share her story about the loss of her son, and sing healing songs in memory of him. We will do unique mindfulness activities set to Brenda’s live music. Participants will learn and experience ways to make space for grief and self-care after traumatic loss, from an accessible, inclusive Indigenous perspective.

Sarah Young

Speaker & Breakout Session Co-Host

Speaking Topic: Turning Pain into Purpose

She was born and raised in the Lower Mainland, BC, and still resides there today. She is the proud mother of two wonderful kids and a puppy. Tragically, in 2019, Sarah’s life changed forever when she lost her beloved mom and dad to homicide. Since then, she and her family have been navigating the challenges of coping with their loss. It is a journey they never expected to take, and it has been incredibly tough on all of them.  

During our event, Sarah will share more on “Turning Pain into Purpose.” She emphasizes, “Even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. It is important to remember that we are never alone and together, we can find strength in each other and in the resilience of the human spirit.”  With honesty and courage, Sarah will share insights on navigating grief, finding support in community, and discovering the transformative power of turning pain into purpose 

Jasmine Bhambra

Breakout Session Co-Host

Jasmine is a multi-faceted professional known for her roles as a real estate professional and a community builder with United Way. Beyond her professional pursuits, Jasmine is a public speaker, and she also serves as the Vice President of the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association. 

Her journey of advocacy and community engagement was profoundly influenced by a personal tragedy: the murder of her sister, Manjit Panghali, in 2006. This tragic event led her to pursue her yoga and meditation journey. Jasmine has been teaching at schools and yoga studios in Abbotsford as well as private one on one classes since 2015.  

Jasmine’s qualifications include a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Red Door Yoga (2015), Yoga for Kids certification from YogaKids International (2017), Yoga for Trauma and Resilience certification from Langara College (2017), and Grief Recovery Method Specialist certification from the Grief Recovery Institute (2023). 

Tricia Keith

Breakout Session Host

Tricia is the Arbor Care Coordinator at Valley View Funeral Home where she provides grief companioning, co-facilitates Traumatic Loss Grief Support Groups, as well as hosts a variety of seasonal expressive arts – grief support events.  Tricia is a member of End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada, EOLDAC, and Canadian Integrative Death Education Alternatives, CINDEA. Privately Tricia supports individuals and their families at the final arc of life. 

Breakout Rooms

Brenda MacIntyre

Breakout Topic: Finding Your Voice with Grief & Trauma

How does one find their voice after an unimaginable loss? During this breakout session, Brenda will provide an interactive short teaching and activity, guiding participants in ways to find their voice and use it help them grieve and heal. Through this activity, you will have a chance to practice sounding your voice along with the others in the group. This may be through breathing, voice, or whatever sound resonates with you.   

Jasmine & Sarah

Breakout Topic: Embracing Resilience: Grief Supports After Homicide Loss

During this breakout session, Jasmine and Sarah will courageously delve into their journeys of navigating through profound loss and finding paths toward healing. 

Through her vast range of education and knowledge, Jasmine will provide insights into her transformative 4-week action-oriented Grief Resilience workshop, a grief program rooted in evidence-based practices aimed at guiding individuals through their grief journeys with purpose and empowerment. 

Drawing from her own experience, Sarah will shed light on the profound impact of participating in an 8-week support group, supplemented by additional measures she took to navigate her grief. Her narrative will serve as a beacon of hope for those seeking solace in the face of similar losses, illustrating the boundless capacity of the human spirit for resilience and renewal. 

Professionals Group

Breakout Topic: Reflection & Reflexivity

This session, led by Tricia Keith, offers service and support providers a chance to engage in dialogue surrounding the challenges and rewards of their roles through “Reflection and Reflexivity.” Together, we’ll delve into the unique dynamics of providing support in the aftermath of homicide and how COVID has impacted your role and within the community. We’ll explore the shifts—both positive and negative—that have emerged for you and your clients amid the Covid era. Uncover the ways your personal experiences with grief have shaped your professional path. Additionally, we’ll address any biases you may hold and discuss strategies to foster balance.

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