Creating a Culture of Prevention

Help Create a Culture of Prevention in VancouverThe City of Vancouver’s Drug Policy Program (DPP) invites you to set aside March 25th for a day-long event focusing on prevention of harm from substance use.

The DPP is working with a broad-based coalition to initiate a movement towards creating a culture of prevention in Vancouver. The group is planning a day-long launch of this process on March 25th.

The event will provide a platform to profile current prevention work in the community, facilitate discussion on current critical issues in prevention and offer a forum for dissemination of recent research and findings. The aim is to build public awareness and support for prevention in Vancouver.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will open the March 25 event, followed by presentations from various leaders in the field of prevention. Confirmed presenters include:

    • Dr. Anthony Hutchinson, CEO of the Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre in Ontario
    • Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia
    • Chris Kelly, Superintendent, Vancouver Board of Education
    • Chelsea, a youth presenter
    • Dr. Gabor Maté, staff physician at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The event will be held at the Segal Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Current partners in this initiative include the Centre for Addictions Research BC, the City of Vancouver’s Social Policy department and Drug Policy Program, the School Aged Children and Youth Substance Use Prevention Program (SACY), the University of British Columbia, the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Vancouver Coastal Health, the Vancouver Police Department, the Vancouver Board of Education and Watari Research Association.

For more information, please contact Zarina Mulla, Drug Policy Program, 604-871-6481, e-mail zarina.mulla@vancouver.ca.

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