Visionary Conversations

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Video of the whole conversation

Really enjoyed doing this, it was a very engaged discussion, and what an honour to be included with this distinguished panel of speakers.

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Join us as President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations—an evening for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us. Come learn, debate and discuss alongside experts and community leaders. Join the conversation.

 

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How can our community come together to combat the impacts of drug addiction?

Is there an approach that can balance treatment and enforcement, to make our communities healthy and safe?

Visionary Conversations brings people together to explore tough questions and foster conversations that provoke dialogue and debate among leading experts and the public. Join us for the last of three engaging discussions that comprise our 2019/2020 speaker series.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Doors open 6:00 PM

Program 7:00 PM

Reception to follow until 10:00 PM

Learn more at http://umanitoba.ca/community/visionaryconversations

Panellists:

Danny Smyth [BA/83, ExtEd/05]
Chief, Winnipeg Police Service

Dr. Ginette Poulin [BesSc/00, BSc(HNS)/03]
Director, Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program, University of Manitoba; Medical Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

Melanie MacKinnon [BN/96]
Executive Director, Ongomiizwin Health Services
Head, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Senior Health Advisor to the Grand Chief, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Rick Lees
Executive Director, Main Street Project

Dr. Erin Knight [BesSc/05, BSc(Hons)/09, MD/13]
Lecturer, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Medical Director, Addictions Unit, Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Bob Chrismas [MPAdm/09, PhD/17]
Staff Sargent, Winnipeg Police Service

Dr. Kathleen Buddle
Professor, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

Mitch Bourbonniere [BSW/87, MSW/95]
Community activist, affiliated with Mama Bear Clan Patrol, founding member of the original Bear Clan Patrol.

Mudbound

Excellent movie

Just watched MUDBOUND for the second (or third) time, and totally immersed in the tragic racial divide of the American deep south, the divide that has tentacles that reach the far corners of continent. I can’t imagine the gut wrenching racial and economic oppression that so many people in North America have lived with/through. This movie captures the pain of war, the brutality of racial divides, and the humanity, anguish, and dignity of living with impoverishment.
It makes me wonder what we could each be doing more to eliminate poverty and racial injustice, and move towards reconcilation.

The only constant in life is change.

“Every day is a new opportunity to begin again. Every day is your birthday” Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 3.42.31 PM(from The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Viking Press, 2016).
Both of these men lived through difficult times, and both are spiritual leaders with something to say about how to be happy in a changing and often difficult world. I sensed the love and compassion when I visited Tutu’s church in Cape Town, South Africa, and had the same feeling when I had the privilege of visiting the Dalai Lama’s home base in Dharamshala, India. I once stood in the cell that Nelson Mandela resided in for 27 years, at Robben Island Prison, South Africa- during Apartheid, and I visited Mahatma Gandhi’s home of many years in Mumbai, as well as the prison he was detained in for many years in South Africa- for his leadership in non-violent resistance that we’ve all learned so much from. Mandela and Gandhi remind us that principles are worth dying for, and they can guide us to rise above the challenges of everyday life.Continue Reading

Heart fueled from a sea of humanity

Absolutely humbled and inspired today, to speak with a graduating class of the Health Fitness Protection Program; 24 young ladies who have climbed out of a life of sex industry slavery and exploitation, forging new lives for themselves, and for each other. My sisters, dreaming new dreams, starting new lives and accepting a helping hand from many good-hearted people along the way. It is a good day.

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CBC News:   Want to get your workout clothes moving? Donations sought to help women who were exploited get fit

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My chapter– “The Meaning of Words: Qualitative Research to Address Social Challenges.”

Proud to be counted among these world-class researchers from the Mauro Institute, in this volume on narrative inquiry and qualitative approaches. Congrats to the editors and all the authors, all my colleagues in peace and conflict studies.

My chapter is in the powerful subjective meaning of words and what can be lost when we rely too much on numbers alone.

 

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Be present, let your worries go

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I was honoured and enjoyed making this series of videos for PROJECT 11, to help young kids (and adults), deal with stress through standing meditation/Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Terry Apostle and the whole gang were fun to work with on it. The Videos were released for teachers across Winnipeg to use in classrooms starting this fall.

Remember- we all have stress, but you do not have to react negatively to it; when things are bugging you, get in the moment, be present and let your worries go for a few minutes.

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Meaning of life

Reflecting today on the lessons that almost all of the greatest philosophers and spiritual leaders in human history have stressed on the importance of accumulating wealth.

Answer: NOTHING!

Its all about relationships, love, gratitude, compassion, and contributing something. 

COP-SHOP, a great event for the kids

Winnipeg Sun:   COP SHOP
Winnipeg Police
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And they’re off! 60 students partner with 60 officers for the 13th annual Copshop

It’s an excellent way to develop relationships with the young people in our community! I was so pleased to participate. 

 

Stand Together to End Gender-Based Violence

 

Screen Shot 2019-11-28 at 11.46.24 AM#16DaysofActivism. Day 4: Today we are highlighting Winnipeg Police Service: “The narrative at all levels must acknowledge that gender-based violence is everyone’s problem, never someone else’s. We need to all take responsibility and work together to solve serious social problems like rape; that is the path to significant change.” – Bob Chrismas. Bob is a Staff Sergeant for the Winnipeg Police Service and has his PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. To learn more about what he offers to the community, please visit www.bchrismas.com.
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We do it for the community

Hey, I just decided I’d like a higher wage for all the sacrifices I and all my brothers and sisters in arms have made for this community over the past 30 years of my service, perhaps starting with the benefits we gave up in the recent past, DURING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, in exchange for a good pension that we knew we were working for. I know that is what I was thinking about, that my family would be taken care of, when I was wiping that blood off my face (that a suspect spit in my mouth and eyes), during those high-speed pursuits, going into those burning buildings to look for survivors, running towards men with guns, knives, bombs, hostages (you name it) when others were running away, being investigated by three different agencies for doing my job with the highest integrity, missing all kinds of family events and living in a surreal reality in which we lose track of what day of the week it is. If we no longer need to adhere to the agreements that were negotiated on our behalf, and the pension can be changed mid-stream, then I think I’d like better wages and benefits- retroactively. This recent theatre and lack of support does not reduce my community commitment one bit, and I know my brothers and sisters in blue are the same; it just makes me question some people’s definition of loyalty; I know where mine lies.

Honoured today to provide a guest lecture for the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research, Robson Hall, Law School

Honoured to be a guest lecturer for the University of Manitoba Law School, Robson Hall, Centre for Human Rights Research, 2019 series on sexual violence and reproductive rights, on my research and policing perspectives into sex trafficking and exploitation in Canada. Thank-you Professor Busby for inviting me, and my colleagues in the Manitoba Child Advocacy for Youth Office for your kind words on my work.

Started a new course tonight

I was a little hesitant about committing to another term, but once I went there and met the folks, from all walks of life and many interested in starting new law enforcement careers – I’m happy I did. If they can give up every tuesday evening to further their education, the least I can do is accommodate that.