Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs. Inspiring, funny, thought provoking and always down to earth, Silken opens her heart and leaves her audience ready to unlock their own potential and aspire to their own greatness. What prevails in Silken is the human spirit, the humor to keep learning through the failures, the courage to see opportunities within obstacles, and the tenacity to never stop trying to be better.
Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Her stunning 10-week recovery and her courage in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles endeared her in the hearts of Canadians. Silken was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, having won three Olympic medals and four World Championships. She is also the two-time winner of the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award and recipient of the Lou Marsh award in 1992, as Canada’s top athlete. Although her competitive rowing career ended in 1999, her ability to inspire continues.
Silken is authentic and honest about her life journey. In her memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered—and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving and successful life today.
Silken has learned to approach each day with energy and optimism while continuing to dream big. She has used her notoriety to raise money and awareness for variety of initiatives, including sitting on the boards of both Right To Play International, an organization that brings sport and play to the most disadvantaged children in the world and GoodLife Kids Foundation as their Kids Champion.
In 2015, Silken received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Children and Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Collaborative
Colleagues from the Interior making an impression at the Children and Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Collaborative in Kelowna. This is the beginning of the redevelopment of the Child and Youth mental health services in BC. We are honoured to be asked to participate in this very important project.
More information will be announced in early fall !
School counselling in Canada is thriving - be part of something great through membership in the CCPA School Counsellors Chapter.
Originating in 2000, the School Counsellors Chapter is a growing professional group of CCPA. The Chapter aims to provide elementary and secondary school counsellors in Canadian private and public schools with access to professional development, open discussion and networking, advocacy, and research opportunities.
The Chapter members come from all Canadian provinces and territories. Students and international members also belong to the Chapter. CCPA members who are school counsellors, or other CCPA members interested in the school counselling profession, may join the School Counsellors Chapter for a fee of $15 per year.
The majority of Chapter members have chosen to attain the “Canadian Certified Counsellor” (C.C.C.) designation.
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
As a group, the CAI represents a varied cross section of interest and experience. Our collective expertise stems from lived experience, research, advocacy, volunteer and work practice. Our members are drawn from community social services, business, labour, government, Aboriginal leadership agencies and representatives from the BC Alliance for Mental Health/Illness and Addiction.
Thanks to all those
who attended, presented, exhibited, sponsored the BCSCA Annual Conference.
Did you miss the one of the KEYNOTE presentations? We have posted the a digital recording of Dr. Shanker's and Dr. Mathison's presentations on the BCSCA YouTube channel
LOOKING for a copy from a powerpoint or handout from one of the sessions you attended this year? Become a member of this website, and download the information.
E.R.A.S.E stands for Expect Respect and a Safe Education.
The province’s 10-point ERASE Bullying Strategy, which includes the launch of the new ERASEBullying.ca web portal and the new ReportBullyingBC.ca online reporting tool. The new website provides vital information, links and tips for parents and students while the new online reporting tool provides students a secure and anonymous way to report instances of bullying, threats and other safety concerns.