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The Victims of Homicide Western Canadian Conference

April 28 - 30, 2019

Edmonton, Alberta

We are excited to announce our

Keynote Speakers

Francoise Mathieu – Founder Compassion Fatigue Solutions and Co-executive Director of the TEND Academy in Kingston Ontario.

We are pleased to announce and welcome back our opening keynote speaker Françoise Mathieu. Françoise is a sought-after speaker and educator in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. With over 20 years of work in the field of mental health, she brings with her extensive experience as a crisis counselor, and nearly a decade of working with Health Canada’s CFMAP (Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program). Françoise is now Co-Executive Director of TEND, a joint venture with Dr. Pat Fisher and divides her time between public speaking engagements and working with organizations looking to train their teams about burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, high stress workplaces, self care and helper wellness.

Françoise is one of the leaders of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in North America. Since 2001, she has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and self care across the country to tens of thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice sector, social and human services, emergency response, armed forces, education, addiction treatment and the Immigration and Refugee Board.

She is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook, which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as the author of several feature articles.

Heidi Illingworth Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime:

Heidi Illingworth was the full-time Executive Director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime and was employed at the Centre since 1999. Heidi holds a B.A. Honours in Law with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Carleton University. She has assisted many victims and survivors at various stages of the criminal justice system, met with Federal Ministers on issues of importance to crime victims and made presentations before numerous Parliamentary committees. She was involved with curriculum development for the Victimology Graduate Certificate Program at Algonquin College, taught as a Part-Time Professor in the program and sat on the Program Advisory Committee. Heidi has also developed training materials for victim services staff and volunteers in Ontario. In 2012, Heidi was privileged to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of her work for victims of crime.

Audette Shepard United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere (UMOVE) and Board Member,

Audette Shephard’s only child Justin Garth Shephard was born on February 21, 1982 and was murdered on June 23, 2001, at the age of 19. Justin had been one of Canada’s most promising upcoming basketball players and he dreamed of joining his half-brother Jamaal Magloire in the NBA.

Out of much sorrow came much resolve for Ms. Shephard, as she developed a strong passion towards helping youth and finding solutions to end youth violence. Ms. Shephard co-founded UMOVE (United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere) shortly after Justin’s murder. UMOVE is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization comprised of a group of mothers who have lost children to senseless acts of violence and other supportive members from the community

Ms. Shephard has received numerous awards, most notably the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians who make a difference in our city and country (2012), the Scotiabank Global Transaction Banking’s “Woman of Distinction” award (2008), the “Global Citizen Award” (2008), the African Canadian Achievement Award (2008), the Maja Award for “Woman of Courage” (2006), and the Bob Marley Award for promoting peace in communities (2002). Ms. Shephard was also a member of former Toronto Mayor David Miller’s Advisory Committee for Community Safety.

She is currently a Manager, Trade Finance, Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank. Ms. Shephard continues to be a strong advocate for justice, for support for victims of crime, and for community safety. She also volunteers with the Seventh Day Adventist Church Prison Ministry.

Bare n’ Von Hair aka Matt Day

Graduating from Concordia University College of Alberta with a BA in Music in 1990, and adding a diploma in piano performance from Macewan University in 1992, Matt Day had set himself up for a successful career as a popular pianist in Edmonton. But when his 12-year contract with Fairmont as a jazz-trio pianist ended, Matt boldly expanded his musical services into the comedy, motivational speaking, and Emceeing arena — a move that is transforming the way corporations hire for entertainment.

Matt’s cohesive vision that encompasses all branches of his entertainment solutions is inspiring and connecting audiences, not only to himself but with each other. Whether it be a speaking engagement, customized comedy, or a duelling piano show, Matt aims to engage, intrigue, and partner with his audience for an unforgettable event.

Matt’s vision for connecting and inspiring extends past the corporate entertainment industry as he gives back to the community. When volunteering with Alzeihmers patients, Matt enjoys witnessing the power of music in memory care to positively engage with very special audiences. In addition to volunteering with memory care, Matt has designed an interactive music program called “Audio Canvas” which he utilizes in his music care role at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. Audio Canvas inspires patients to create an original work of music to authentically express their unique identity and journey through health difficulties.

Matt’s positive influence on the entertainment industry is undeniable, and through his rich experience and partnership with other local musicians, he is a sure fit for any event.

Our host hotel is:

DoubleTree by Hilton West


16615-109th Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8

Monthly Meeting


April 24 2019

Please join us at the Central Lions Seniors Centre (11113 - 113 Street NW Edmonton) on the last Wednesday of every month. We meet at 7 pm.

Contact us for more information.