Mini Conference: Inclusion in the Community – Oct 2016

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Inclusion in the Community: What does this truly mean to children, families and schools?

This mini-conference was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Leo Nickerson School in St. Albert. Three talented speakers (Shawn Reynolds, Sheila Chisholm and Rebecca Arthurs) provided information and insight into the concept of inclusion, as seen through the eyes of children, families and school staff.  The registration fees directly benefited initiatives of Plugged In Community Centre Organization.

About Shawn Reynolds: Shawn has been a registered psychologist for over 15 years, practicing in Alberta and Texas. Through his work at the Glenrose Hospital and in private practice, Shawn works closely with parents and families to help them learn how to assist their children to achieve their full potential in school. He has extensive experience in workshops and presentations, providing 20 or more per year in the areas of Autism education, parenting of vulnerable children, behavioral and learning challenges in school and psycho-educational assessment.

About Sheila Chisholm: Sheila is currently a family support coach and strategies consultant in the schools as well as the owner of Infinite Resources Inc. She founded Infinite Resources Inc. as a means to support families and children with special needs through programs that facilitate meaningful community inclusion. She has been honored with the St. Albert Baha’i International Women’s Day award for Exemplary Service in the Community, Infinite Resources Inc. was also the recipient of the 2016 Business Champion Award from Autism Edmonton.

About Rebecca Arthurs: Rebecca teaches part time with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She is currently pursuing an MEd through the University of Calgary and has recently completed a graduate certificate in Supporting and Enhancing Children’s Mental Health, with a goal to become a Registered Psychologist. Her passion is to promote mental wellness for individuals, families, schools and communities in the larger sense. She firmly believes in the power of a proactive approach and early intervention, and that everyone is on a mental wellness journey each day. In spring 2016, Rebecca was seconded to concentrate on wellness initiatives within the school.

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