KEYNOTE | The Moth and the Stars: Culture, Identity, and Affirmation | Bee Quammie
Bee Quammie is a multi-passionate creative, writer and award-winning digital content creator who shares stories and connects with others on mental and brain health, resilience, diversity and pop culture. Bee's keynote will centre on the stories that often aren’t told, providing space where the audiences can learn, be empowered, and find a relatable voice. Based in Bee's personal journeys through childhood, motherhood, and work in healthcare and media, this talk will offer audiences new ways to recognize the importance of identity affirmation and cultural competence in social work and beyond.
Artistic Presentation: Randell Adjei
Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell is the founder of one of Toronto's largest youth led initiatives, Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful anthology released in 2018. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazine’s Local Hero in May 2017. In 2020, Randell opened for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada.
PANEL | Identities at the Forefront: How to Put Inclusion into Action in our Schools
Join us for an insightful panel discussion exploring practical tips and tools to support mental health among primary and secondary school students in Ontario. Panelists will discuss how to effectively support diverse student identities in culturally safe and responsive ways, while considering what this means in 2022 as students return to classrooms. Expert panelists will explore themes such as how to bring identity into the conversation; intersections between identity and perceived ‘behavioral challenges’ in the classroom; collaborations across settings (schools, hospitals and the community); and practices and tools that are appropriate and effective with diverse student identities.