Hope, Health & Healing Grief Symposium Presented by the Light Up Your Life Society
Keynote speaker bios:
Blair has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of not-for-profit settings with expertise in grief and loss, the areas of crisis intervention, addictions, domestic violence, prostitution and sexual abuse. Blair worked for 5 years as a grief counsellor with children and adolescents. Over the last ten years he has also focused on “care of the caregiver”, and to this end has facilitated dozens of full day workshops focusing on stress, burn-out, compassion fatigue and self care for those helping others in both professional and personal capacities. Blair presently enjoys working with people as a Provincial Marriage Commissioner in the Province of Alberta while maintaining a personal coaching practice along with the delivery of workshops and retreats.
Darrin has been serving in Spiritual Care for 25 years and has been active working with students in camp settings, youth sport coaching and officiating. He has been a Parish Minister, and prior to his current fulfilling work in Palliative End of Life Care and Bereavement Support, Darrin was a prison Chaplain; serving as Senior Chaplain for Corrections in Alberta. During that time he taught in a Law Enforcement Program for 6 years at Lethbridge College as well as leading a team into Humanitarian work in Africa.