Session 9: Responding to Violence Against Women
Speaker Profile: Helga Edwards has been married to her husband Bob since 1988. She has been a Therapist and Public Speaker since 1996. She has Bachelor's degrees in Religious Education and Social Development Studies, as well as a Master's degree in Social Work. In 2013, she received the Delta Epsilon Chi Award for Intellectual Achievement, Christian Character and Leadership Ability, from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Her hope is to use the gifts and training that God has given her to help people experience freedom and wholeness in their lives. Feel free to visit her website at www.awakedeborah.com.
Session 10: Proclaiming Justice to the Nations
Speaker profile: Kallie Wood is Nakota Cree from Carry the Kettle First Nation on Treaty Four Territory. She is a mother of 4 and a Kokum that has her feet firmly planted on Mother Earth. Kallie has a Bachelor of Business and Marketing (Athabasca University), a Masters in Leadership and Management (Briercrest Seminary), and is currently working on her PhD in International Development (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), focusing on our human capacity to create safety, nurture honesty and vulnerability, and be patient enough to listen and rise from the integrity of our beings. As a result, breaking down barriers and improving relationships and increased opportunities that will change the future for our children and grandchildren.
Kallie is the CEO and owner of the global company Converging Pathways, which bridges the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people that promotes education, motivation, inspiration and relational action. Kallie has an extensive background in leadership and management; developed core strategy research in education with a circle of influence compiled of key leaders internationally on Indigenous issues in government, academics, First Nation communities, education, health care, legal, justice, finance and theology organizations and has led multiple curriculum initiatives in Indigenous education. Having experienced the atrocities of our history and trained in the truth and reconciliation process, Kallie is a keynote speaker and Indigenous advisor on Indigenous issues and is recognized as an advocate, researcher and change advisor who transforms Indigenous leadership and methodologies. Kallie is driven by harnessing the intrinsic value of every voice that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation in many contexts globally on principles and best practices, at various colleges, seminaries, elementary and high schools, universities and organizations. Kallie has a palpable ability to inspire and ignite a brighter future through Indigenous histories, stories, ways of knowing and being. She is currently the Executive Lead of Indigenization at the University of Regina.