Participants in this workshop will explore practical strategies to assist them in their environments. They will be encouraged to
share tools that have worked well and discuss the wide range of effective strategies, practical ideas, and resources related to
trauma-informed practice. Specific topics include foundational principles of trauma-informed practice, the examination of
challenging behaviour through a trauma-informed lens, and strategies for staying well.
Janice works with the Nanaimo/Ladysmith School District on Vancouver Island. She retired as BCTF Staff in the Professional and Social Issues Division in 2017. Prior to that she worked in BC Public Schools since the late 70s. She has a Masters of Education Degree from U. Vic and is a certified Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught primary, intermediate, high school, special education, and ELL. She has worked in University Teacher Education programs as well as internationally. She is a BCTF Workshop Facilitator and a BCTF Peer Support Consultant. She is the current TTOC chair in her local.
Ashley grew up in Chilliwack, graduating in 2001 from Sardis Secondary. She received her BA from UFV and her BEd from SFU. Ashley followed her partner, Lorn, up north with a teaching job in Fort Nelson in 2013. The following year, she received a continuing contract in SD91, where Lorn followed. For the first few years of teaching, Ashley was active in her local as the Social Justice Rep. They have been teaching in SD91 since 2014/2015 and now have 2 children. Currently, Ashley is a BCTF Workshop Facilitator and works as a Kindergarten teacher in Vanderhoof. Ashley plans to return as a student to UFV to take the Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning program which she will later ladder into her masters.