Virtual Conversation Cafe
Virtual Conversation Cafe
What is it All About?
The purpose of the Conversation Café is to promote capacity building for community based service providers and volunteers around addressing the issue of violence in Labrador Communities.

We will provide brief learning opportunities for service providers to increase knowledge on a variety of topics related to violence among vulnerable populations.

The idea is an expert or leader in a specific field will provoke thought and discussion among the participants on the call around a specific topic and leave participants to discuss local issues and local solutions, and hopefully some potential actions to move forward.
How it Works!
The online component of the Conversation Café will last between 1 and 1.5hr. The rest of the morning is left to network, have conversation about the topic as it relates to you, whether that is personal, professional, in a volunteer capacity, or all of the above... and enjoy a cup of coffee of course!

Interested in being a Host? Check out the Guidelines for Hosting.
Six Principles for Good Conversation!
The organisation in the US has produced a set of process guidelines and agreements to encourage good practice for Conversation Cafe's. These include six principles for good conversation:

Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.
Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.
Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.
Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.
Sincerity: Speak what has personal heart and meaning.
Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don't go on and on.
2014/2015- Prevention Gender Based Violence
November 2014~ "Bringing in the Bystander"

Innovative bystander intervention program for the Preventing Violence against Women at St. Francis Xavier University Project. While the program, Bringing In The Bystander, is focused on addressing these issues on post- secondary campuses, the model of community responsibility is one that can be adapted for all communities and can be effective in engaging new community members to the issues. The model can also be used as a framework in which collaboration is not only fostered, but acknowledged as important and necessary in violence prevention work.

Learn More here:
2014 Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Focus on planning for the future, and will look at wills, power of attorney, and advance healthcare directives. These three documents have unique and specific legal requirements which will be covered in the presentation, along with practical information for drafting these planning documents. With financial abuse being the most prevalent form of elder abuse, this presentation is fitting for WEAAD; the information provided can help arm people with the correct knowledge to draft these documents in a way to best protect their interests.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Elizabeth Seigel and Lorraine Best (Elder Abuse Network NL, Seniors Resource Center) will present on June 20th- 10am Lab time

Focus on Elder Abuse
Elder Abuse
Signs and Examples
Where? Why? Who?
Where Do I Go for Help?
Building Capacity
L'Anse Au Loup- Town Center - 10:30am NL time
Labrador Straits Poster

Nain- Nunatsiavut Government Board Room - 10:00am Labrador Time
Nain Poster

Rigolet- Dept. of Health and Social Development Bldg - 10:00am Lab Time

HVGB- Mokami Status of Women Center- 10:00am Lab Time
HVGB Poster

Hopedale After School Building - 10:0am Lab Time time
Hopedale Poster
International Day Against Homophobia
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. I have speakers available for both and booked.

Costa Kasimo/ (NL Sexual Health Center/Planned Parenthood) will present on May 24th- 10am Lab time

Focus on Homophobia

With the rise in the use of social media, smartphones, and other personal communication devices, cyberbullying is increasingly becoming part of youths' lives and can have devastating consequences. Costa Kasimos, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood, will explore the emerging issue of cyberbullying, and how social media can be used as a tool to offer support to youth. In the context of Camp Eclipse, a four day LBGTQ youth leadership retreat, Costa will describe how Planned Parenthood has been able to connect with LBGTQ youth and offer support beyond the four days at Camp. He will offer tips on how to use social media to create a safe virtual space where youth can find the supports that they need and also help youth express their leadership potentials.
Safe Spaces!
Speaker Bio

Bill Ryan is a professor of Social Work at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of sexuality, sexual education, homophobia, health and gay men's health. He has conducted research in all these areas, published scientific articles, chapters and edited books. He has spoken at conferences internationally and consulted and trained with many international organizations.[1]He is one of the leaders in the international gay men's health movement and has been a driving force behind the transformation of Action Séro-Zéro in Montréal into a full fledged gay men's health organization, now named RÉZO. He is the founder of the Canadian Safe Spaces movement, which, beginning with four sites (Halifax, Moncton, Montréal, Kamloops), has grown into a movement with dozens of supportive services for youth questionning their sexual orientation. He was founding co-chair of the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition. In 2006, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, granted funding to a pan-Canadian team, SVR (Sexuality, Vulnerability and Resilience), of which he is co-chair, to study the impacts of homophobia on the health of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and two-spirit Canadians. He has an active psychotherapy practice in Montréal. In 2001 he was named a Hero of the AIDS Crisis by the Farha Foundation. In 2009 he was named Person of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Council of Québec. In 2010 he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for Montréal as well as being named one of the «Top Ten» researchers by the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For the Conversation Cafe

In 2009 he cofounded the Institute for Sexual Minority Health which offers a series of workshops on the areas of sexuality, sexual orientation, homophobia, transgenderism and gender.

One of these programs is Creating Safe Spaces: A focus on the important elements which contribute to creating safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay and bisexual (lgb) individuals, couples and families in schools, health and social service agencies, community organizations, and other relevant settings.

During the Cafe he will be discussing issues related to sexuality, homophobia, creating safe spaces for learning and interacting in youth agencies and schools as well as addressing issues of importance to the participants related to these questions.
October 6th, 2011


Rigolet: DHSD Building

Nain: Nunatsiavut Government Building Board Room

Download Nain Poster

Makkovik: Makkovik Markland Building
Download Makkovik Poster

Labrador Straits: E M Taylor Resource Building
Download Labrador Straits Poster

Happy Valley Goose Bay: Labrador Friendship Center
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