Pre- & Post-Conference Workshops

Extra workshops were available on Friday, November 2 and Sunday, November 4.

Learn more about each of the workshops below.


View the Program Guide for complete conference details.

     •  Pre-Conference Workshop: November 2

HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Childhood Development (PHCD) 

Fri, Nov 2   |   9:30 am — 5:30 pm

Presented by Alex Kincek, HIGH FIVE® Trainer

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Learn more about HIGH FIVE® at


West End Community Centre (Auditorium), 870 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

Providing direct leadership to youth in recreational settings can be a challenging experience. Join this 7.5 hour course to learn how to implement the five HIGH FIVE® guiding principles that contribute to a supportive and healthy experience for children. Although HIGH FIVE® was designed for people working with 6-12 year olds, the 5 principles apply to older youth as well. Learn ways to make positive child-centred interactions, and effective, age-appropriate ways to address behaviour challenges.

Consisting of training, resources and tools, the HIGH FIVE® system is based on years of research and consultation with experts, and is the only quality assurance standard in North America designed to specifically support the safety, well-being and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs. Learn best practices for healthy childhood development, and get certified. 

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presented by Alex Kincek, HIGH FIVE® Trainer

Alex Kincek is a Community Services Coordinator with the City of Surrey. Alex oversees the Early Years and Middle Years portfolios at the Fraser Heights Community Centre, and received her 20 year pin with the City of Surrey this year. Alex has been a HIGH FIVE® trainer since 2007, and was involved in the development of the Tips for Consideration for Arts pilot project with HIGH FIVE® National. Alex has travelled across the Province to over fourteen different communities to deliver PHCD and mentor new trainers.

    •  Post-Conference Workshop: November 4

safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Sun, Nov 4, 2018  |  9 am — 12:30 pm

presented by The Crisis Centre

Learn more about The Crisis Centre:

Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H4

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares participants to recognize suicide and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST. safeTALK is used in over 20 countries around the world and safeTALK-trained helpers
are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks. Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe

presented by The Crisis Centre

The Crisis Centre has been supporting people for almost 50 years, and are committed to empowering community members to support people who may be at risk of suicide. The safeTALK trainers are experienced, compassionate and bring both personal and professional wisdom to this session.