This webinar focuses on emerging community-wide social responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dr Alina Turner will discuss tools and training techniques to perform wellness checks, as well as provide an update on HelpSeeker’s support to mobilize civil society in different communities across Canada, such as emerging trends and learnings.
David Gabert (CMHA Lethbridge) and Diana Sim (Volunteer Lethbridge) will give an overview of the Wellness Checks program and training of volunteer Navigators in Lethbridge to help support vulnerable populations. Dena Kae Beno (City of Abbotsford) will present on their full-community response to address vulnerable population needs ranging from food, transportation, and shelter.
In this webinar, you will learn:
Dena Kae Beno
Housing and Homelessness Coordinator, City of Abbotsford
Dena Kae Beno currently oversees the Hub of the Fraser Valley Community Entity- Service Canada: Reaching Home Secretariat through a tri-partite relationship with Lu’ma Native Housing Society and Vancity Community Foundation. This work includes oversight of the City of Abbotsford’s Social Housing, Homelessness and Community Infrastructure Unit and Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System.
Dena Kae has 30 years of combined experience in engaging and working with private, government, non-profit and with First Nations and faith communities in Canada, U.S. and South America to foster sustainable cross-sectoral community, built, policy and systems level development to foster healthy and vibrant community outcomes. Dena Kae holds a M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology with a focus on sustainable community development and B.A. in Geography. Both degrees were awarded from Simon Fraser University.Read
Project Coordinator at Canadian Mental Health Association
Provide administrative support for projects undertaken by the organization, and actively work to develop resources to improve the structure and functionality of the organization.
Liases and maintains communication with outside agencies to ensure that Canadian Mental Health Association, ASR, is able to serve the diverse needs of our participants.Read
Executive Director at The Martha Retreat Centre SocietyRead
Dr. Alina Turner
Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.