Alumni Expert Speaker Panel presents Addiction and its Impact on the Community

Addiction and its Impact on the Community

Drug addiction impacts individuals, families and the community. Join faculty host Brian Justin and guest panelists at an evening to bring together alumni, faculty and students to share their knowledge and learn from one another about the physiology of addiction, types of addictive behaviours and the management of addiction through pharmaceutical and other methods.

Wed, Mar 2
5:30pm to 7:00 pm
Aboriginal Gathering Hall, Room A1457, CEP Campus

About Brian Justin:
Brian Justin is an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. Brian received both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Human Kinetics from UBC. Brian has worked as a Kinesiologist for 7 years and as a fitness trainer for over 12 years. His areas of specialty are in low back pain exercise prescription, combatant sport conditioning, orthopedic post-rehabilitation, and functional training of the elderly. As part of his ongoing education Brian has completed courses through the CHEK Institute, Theraband Academy, Fitness Group, and Twist conditioning. Brian has also presented at many conferences on topics such as stability ball training, core conditioning, health issues and exercise, and functional training concepts.

About the panelists:

Sherry Mumford, BA’96: Sherry won UFV’s first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003 and was named one of UFV’s Top 40 Alumni in 2014. Sherry has a BA in Criminal Justice from UFV, a BA in Child and Youth Care from UVic, an MA in Criminology from SFU, and is a PhD candidate at SFU. Sherry works as the Director of Mental Health and Addictions at Fraser Health. Sherry has been awarded a Canadian Institute of Health Research Fellowship for work on Gender, Women and Addictions, and a Kaiser 2011 National Award for Excellence in Leadership in the substance use field. Sherry has been involved in authoring and co-authoring several publications in both the substance use field and the field of criminology and has been directly involved in the planning and implementation of withdrawal management services across Fraser Health.

Laura Elout, Cert ‘07: Laura completed her Social Services certificate at UFV. She is currently the Manager of the employment readiness program at Kinghaven Peardonville House Society. Previously, Laura worked as a Case Manager for Triangle Community Resources and an Addictions Healthcare Worker and Mental Health Worker at Fraser Health. Laura is a Registered Vocational Professional and a Certified Career Development Professional.

Dawn Taylor, BA ’00: Dawn Taylor is an advocate and voice for youth and adults who are seeking professional guidance and are in need of empathetic and understanding support. Dawn completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Social Services Certificate at UFV. She also holds a BA in Sociology from Brock University and an MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Dawn has 16 years of experience working with adolescents who struggle with concurrent disorders. Dawn has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing techniques. She currently works as an Addictions Counsellor at Alouette Addictions. Dawn also provides consultation and training on adolescent substance use, trends and treatment.  Dawn created and facilitates an educational and interactive forum for parents, community members and school district staff that describes the latest drug trends amongst adolescents as well as signs of usage and methods for parents to work with adolescents using substances.

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