Our Conference 2020 on Refugee and Newcomer Women’s Emotional Wellness brought together newcomers, researchers, agencies, and community leaders to share their stories and address barriers to emotional health.
On January 29 + 30, more than 200 participants gathered at the new Central Public Library for the Conference 2020. The event was organized by The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) in collaboration with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing, and funded by a Status of Women Alberta Community Grant.
Upon arrival in Canada, newcomers are typically preoccupied with immediate concerns such as language, employment and housing. As a result, their emotional wellness is often overlooked. This can be particularly impactful for women, many of whom are caregivers for their families, and may have difficulty accessing available services. The Conference 2020 took a closer look at the challenges faced by newcomer women, and offered a chance to share ideas and develop solutions.
Participants heard from a diverse lineup of speakers, including international researchers, leaders of immigrant-serving agencies, and local politicians. Sessions covered a variety of related topics: newcomer stories, music therapy, human trafficking, language literacy, and family dynamics to name a few! Click here to see the full program.
Thank you to all the speakers, participants, exhibitors and volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute to the Conference 2020. This event would not have been possible without you! We would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our plenary speakers, including:
- Keynote Speakers, Dr. Georgia Spiliopoulos, Dr. Odessa Gonzales Benson, Dr. Suzanne Goopy, & Anila Lee Yuen
- Town Hall Speakers, Anila Lee Yuen, Bruce Randall, Fariborz Birjandian, Hyder Hassan, Laureen MacNeil & Sarosh Rizvi
- Leadership Panel, Minister Leela Aheer, Minister Jason Copping, Associate Minister Jason Luan, & Cllr. George Chahal
- Newcomer Stories Panelists, Tripat Kaur, Noha El Tanahi, Faith Okolie, & Yolanda Awel Deng
CBC News published a story about Conference 2020, which you can read here.