We are excited to welcome Judi Fairholm and Sarah Burke from the Canadian Red Cross to present their topic, ‘Helping Kids Be Safe within Their Relationships and the World of Emergencies.’
Building on Sustainable Development Goals, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Determinants of Health, International Protection Standards, and Jordan’s Principle, this session will look at how we create safe environments for children and youth within their relationships and in varying contexts. Throughout the session, participants will be tasked to incorporate both the bigger picture and the immediacy of the moment in defining safety and preventing violence. Active participation will be key to determining an action plan and next steps.
A bit about the presenters…
As Director, Judi Fairholm has spearheaded the growth of Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program from a grassroots initiative to a national/international award-winning program. With a menu of programs that promote respect and prevent violence, Judi has worked nationally and internationally with numerous governments, researchers, Indigenous communities, children and youth, organizations, NGO’s and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. She has incorporated violence prevention and psychosocial programs into disaster response and recovery. She has received numerous awards, including the International Florence Nightingale Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She has worked on projects in over 20 countries as educator, program developer, writer, consultant, disaster responder and program evaluator. She sits on the Steering Committee of IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre and is an International PS Master Trainer.
Sarah Burke is the Senior Manager of Program Response for Northern and Indigenous for Canadian Red Cross. Sarah has worked for the Canadian Red Cross for the past 25 years with a significant portion in Indigenous communities across Canada. She is also now leading the development of a national approach for social emergencies and indigenous emergency response for the Red Cross. One of the main areas of focus for Sarah is leading the Canadian Red Cross integrated programming response in Canada’s North – specifically a large portion of time in Nunavut. Sarah has worked in 23 of Nunavut’s 25 communities to date. Sarah has supported in some of Canada’s largest emergencies in the past few years including Fort McMurray, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Fires. Sarah brings her passion and commitment for prevention education and community engagement experience to her role. Her personal goal for the Red Cross is to ensure all children and youth in Canada within her geography grow up immersed in safety and rights-based education.