AGM & Conference 2013

Overview of Provincial Youth Justice AGM
November 8 & 9, 2013
Capital Hotel – St. John’s, NL

To download the 2013 AGM Agenda please click HERE.

Friday, November 8, 2013
Donna Elliott, Chair of the NL Coalition of Youth Justice Committees, welcomed all delegates at Friday’s Reception and Cyndy Stead, Secretary, gave a brief overview of the new website – www.youthjusticenl.com. Paul Dillon reviewed travel claim forms for reimbursement of conference cost.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Deputy Mayor, Ron Ellsworth, brought greetings and words of welcome to the delegates on behalf of the city of St. John’s followed by Staff Sergeant Sean Ennis from the RNC who gave a moving and humorous keynote address to start the day on the right note.

Concurrent sessions were offered and included useful and interesting information from:

  • Judy Morgan – Rowan Centre – Treating Youth Addictions
  • Gerald White – Memorial University – Cyber Bullying and
  • Laura Winters – University of NB – Teenage Sexual Exploitation and the Sex Trade.

Regional Meetings were conducted during the afternoon followed by a Collaborative Session by Community Youth Division of the Department of Community Youth & Family Services.

An evening banquet wrapped up another very successful conference with Entertainment by St. Pat’s Dancers and Music by Grant Brown.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Gerald J. White
Gerald J. White is a PhD candidate in the Division of Community Health and Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. He has completed courses in School Violence, Leadership and Policy Implications, Health Inequalities, Epidemiology and Advanced Statistics.

Gerald has provided statistical consultation on Rhoda Mulrooney’s internship report entitled: A study into the need for a bullying/harassment program at St. Stephen’s High School, Stephenville, Newfoundland, Reginald Durdle’s thesis entitled: Middle School Students and bullying behaviour and more recently Michleen Power-Elliot and Gregory Harris’s article entitled: Guidance counsellor strategies for handling bullying. He has also worked on Dr. Wayne Nesbit’s book on bullying entitled: Black eyes and bruised souls: A portrait of bullying.

He has presented some of his research findings on school bullying in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, at the Edge 2010 Conference in St, John’s and more recently in 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at Dawson College during the conference Youth and Violence: The role of education, inspiring solutions, and recently at the Edge 2013 Conference: Creating Direction for Peace and Justice in St. John’s.

Gerald is currently setting up a Research Exchange Group on Bullying and Health through the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research. This group will bring both researchers and practitioners together to discuss bullying, not just in schools, but also in the workplace. This group will involve researchers, practitioners, and knowledge users from various fields who would like to share information, collaborate, and discuss ongoing research in the area of bullying.

Judy Morgan
Judy Morgan is a social worker, working with the Rowan Centre, Adolescent Addiction Services, Eastern Health. Throughout her career she has worked with the Mental Health Crisis Centre, Child Youth and Family Services, Opioid Treatment Centre, Adult Addiction Services and Youth Corrections. She is also an active member of CASEY (Coalition against the sexual exploitation of Youth) and in that role has offered presentations and trainings on the issue of Youth Sexual Exploitation.

Laura Winters
Laura Winters is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of New Brunswick, with a specialization in culture, sexuality, and gender, and a specific research focus on sex work in her home city of St. John’s. She has conducted extensive interviews with adults who work in the sex industry in Newfoundland, and has also been a member of the coalition against the sexual exploitation of youth (CASEY) for the past six years.

She is part of a team that developed day-long training sessions on the sexual exploitation of youth in Newfoundland, and she has co-delivered that training in both St. John’s and Grand Falls; she has also made numerous CASEY presentations to interested community, governmental, and academic groups.
As well, Laura has spoken about her own work at numerous academic conferences, including a presentation on a signature panel on sex work at the national congress of social sciences and humanities in 2011.

Laura is also a proud member of the “Street Reach” volunteer team; she is currently working towards completing her thesis, and is employed as a research assistant on a national, CIHR-funded study on understanding sex work.

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Watch the St. Pat’s Dancers at this years AGM!

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St. John’s Host Committee
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Labrador Conference Participants
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