Association of Teachers of Young Adolescents


It Takes a Village


Friday, October 26, 2018
Riverside Education Centre, Milford Station, N.S.



Conference Agenda:  

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Smudging - Manson Gloade
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote - Deanna Mohamed
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Workshop #A
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Lunch - Roast Turkey Dinner
1:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Workshop #B
2:30 p.m. Distribution of receipts and AGM

Please note:  This location is a scent free site.

Note:  In an effort to be more ‘green’ and decrease our carbon footprint, the Conference will NOT be providing bottled water this year.  Please take your own reusable water container.

Bottled Water Facts

  • Toronto consumes an estimated 100 million plastic bottles a year, of which 35% are not recycled. Many plastic bottles still end up in landfills, or worse, as litter in forests, lakes and oceans. (source: CBC News)
  • Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting. (source:
  • It is estimated that one tenth of all plastic that is created every year eventually ends up in one of our oceans, including millions of plastic water bottles. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a huge swath of plastic and other discarded materials in the Pacific Ocean, and has been estimated to be as large, or larger than, the land mass of Canada. (source: The Independent Online)

How to Get There:

From Halifax

  • Drive from NS-102 to East Hants. Take exit 9 from NS-102
  • Follow NS-14 E and NS-2 S to Riverside Dr
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto NS-14 E
  • Turn right onto NS-2 S
  • Turn right onto Riverside Dr

From Truro

  • Follow NS-102 S to East Hants. Take exit 9 from NS-102 S
  • Take NS-14 E and NS-2 S to Riverside Dr
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto NS-14 E
  • At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on NS-14 E
  • Turn right onto NS-2 S
  • Turn right onto Riverside Dr 

Click here to view a map and access additional directions

Registration Information

Registration is ONLINE ONLY
Registrar:  Dawn Chapman

Regular Conference fee:  $90.00 (includes lunch and membership)
Substitutes / Students / Retirees Conference fee:  $45.00 (includes lunch)

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.


Deanna Mohamed

Deanna was born and raised in New Glasgow. She has been married to her husband Salem (originally from Libya) for 24 years.  They have one 19-year-old son, the joy of their life, named Ahmed. Deanna began her career in education in 2003 as a Student Support Worker at New Glasgow Junior High School and at North Nova Education Centre. In 2008 she became employed at the Nova Scotia Community College as the Northern Region Coordinator of African Canadian Student Services. Deanna currently works at NSCC Pictou Campus as the Student Services Advisor & African Canadian Supports for all students in Programs in the School of Business and the School of Health and Human Services.

Deanna has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Comparative Religion from Acadia University. In 2008, she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with her Masters of Education in Lifelong Learning, with a focus on Africentric Leadership. In 2011, she also graduated with her Community College Education Diploma; and in 2015, Deanna became a Certified Diversity Facilitator and Trainer for NSCC.

In 2012, Deanna was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for providing mentorship and inspiration to young adults, in particular within the African Canadian community and for helping build a more inclusive and understanding society.  In 2017, the Town of New Glasgow presented her with the Award of Merit Recognizing Contributions Towards the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In addition, this past winter Deanna was recognized by the students of North Nova Education Centre with the Making a Difference Award in recognition of African Heritage Month celebrations at the school. 

Deanna works holistically and passionately in the area of diversity and inclusion and believes that diversity, equity and inclusion equals progress. She has been a sought after presenter on numerous topics across Nova Scotia at several NSCC campuses, churches, community agencies and organizations.

Group Smudging

Manson Gloade

Manson is a Mi’kmaq originally from the Millbrook First Nation in Truro, NS.  In March of 2016, he retired from the federal department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) after 36 years of service.  Manson worked with First Nation communities and organizations to help promote their aspirations while working within federal program guidelines.  In addition to First Nation communities, he worked with private industry, provincial and municipal governments as the relationship with First Nations evolved.  Manson brought his personal experience to his time at INAC and was able to communicate to his colleagues a unique perspective that assisted both INAC and First Nations move forward. Manson has also spoken to several groups on First Nation issues from his perspective and has been able to generate discussions that helped some of the complex issues facing First Nations today.


Maximum participants per session – 20 (unless stated otherwise)

Full Day Workshops

FD1   Painting
(Helen Boucher)
Come and spend both the morning and the afternoon sessions laughing and creating as you encourage each other through the steps to creating a completed 16x20" painting. Artist Helen Boucher will lead you through a simple step-by-step painting which is sure to become a family heirloom. Aprons, paint, brushes, blank canvasses and a joy filled, relaxing day await you.

Sessions offered AM ONLY

A14 - A Day in the Life
(Manson Gloade)
In keeping with the theme, It Takes a Village, this presentation will look at a day in the life of an Aboriginal person.  The day will cover issues from the early days as a young person to an older individual facing decisions that were made by the federal government and the local band council.  Topics will cover education, housing, employment, outside community relationships and First Nation aspirations.  Participants in this session are encouraged to ask questions and engage in the discussion.

A15 - Therapy Dogs in the Classroom and Beyond: Benefits and Realities!
(Mark Tye, Avon View High School)
This interactive session will explore the introduction of a therapy into a school and community setting. Discussion topics will include the necessary steps and approval process, observations on the impact for students and staff (Stress levels and anxiety), and general guidelines around animals and human interaction. Come and hear all about this powerful and complex initiative - not to mention a chance to meet Piper!

A16 - L'apprentissage en intéraction!
(Lindsay Crossman Wheaton, French Mentor and Kirk Rioux, VP EB Chandler)
This presentation will be delivered in French.  Looking for ways to build community within your classroom? We will share some ideas to implement activities and strategies that will be helpful in fostering relationships.  Bring your participation and excitement to our workshop.  

Sessions offered AM and PM

A1/B1 - Yoga in Schools
(Debbie Matheson, Teacher, Hants East Rural High)
Nova Scotia has become a leader in the quest to bring Yoga into the school system.  In this session participants will get an insight to the many areas of “wellness” which are being achieved by “yoga in the schools”.  This will include a brief presentation of some of the materials and projects which meet the provincial outcomes.  More importantly, you will be shown some of the concepts which will build a stronger physical, mental and spiritual understanding for students of all ages.  Following this introduction you will have an opportunity to experience a 45-60 minute physical yoga practice (suitable for all levels”).  So, come prepared.  Mats will be available

A2/B2 - Elder Story Telling
(Doreen Richard, retired teacher)
Doreen will be doing some wonderful PD in the way of teaching the history of where we are and how we got here. It will be in story telling form. She will bring stories and advice on how to infuse Indigenous culture into classrooms, as well as things to be aware of and hopefully teaching tools. 

A3/B3 - Early Psychosis in Schools
(Doreen Coady Shadbolt- R. Psych, Child and Youth Behavior Consultant, Aberdeen Mental Health Services)
With the advent of legalized cannabis in Canada, there has been much discussion about the risk involved for the teenage brain and the possibility of First Episode psychosis increasing in the population. This workshop will provide information on psychosis and what it can look like in the school. Hopefully, it will provide information on how teachers can understand and facilitate early identification of a brewing psychotic disorder and help the youth and family access services.

A4/B4 - Building Resilience: Understanding Challenges, Learning Strategies and Accepting Change
(Tracey Dominey-Comeau, Clinical Manager, Human Solutions, NSTU)

Research shows that individuals can improve how well they adapt to challenges and adversity. This session will help break negative thought patterns and offer healthier ways of thinking and behaving. Participants will be introduced to a variety of effective, practical tools to improve physical health, respect mental/emotional health, and cultivate strong social support network.

A5/B5 - Essential Oils
(Kim Currie, Teacher, Riverside Education Centre)
Kim has always been interested in natural, holistic healing and finding new and powerful wellness alternatives.  Please join her for an informative session on what essential oils are, and how they can be used to help you experience their life-enhancing benefits. The session will be hands-on, allowing you to smell and test various essential oils and hopefully see how you may benefit from them. ​
Disclaimer although the oils are 100% pure, and not synthetic in nature, the smells may bother some people.  

A6/B6 - Education, Ethics and the Co-operative Movement
(Tim MacEachern, Financial Services, Teachers Plus Credit Union)
One of the most important responsibilities we have as a society is to help our youth to discover their social, ethical and moral compass. Globally, we have seen our youth step to the forefront with the success of “We Day”, the involvement of young people in the “1%” movement after the 2008 economic downturn and more recently in the student-led “March for Our Lives” in the United States.
Within the context of these recent youth-led social movements, our presentation looks back to the beginning of the co-operative movement in Nova Scotia, focusing on the “Antigonish movement” founded by Moses Coady and Jimmy Tompkins. The movement had 3 pillars; mass meetings, study clubs, and education for leaders. We will then look at the modern-day credit union system and its importance as an ethically-focused option for people when choosing a financial institution.

A7/B7 - Wellness: A Balancing Act
(Dr. Allison Bernardi, DC BSc Kin.)
The word "wellness" is often considered synonymous with physical well-being, when in reality, wellness is actually a balance of many different aspects of life. Dr. Allison Bernardi will be presenting on the seven different types of wellness. We will discuss techniques on how to improve your overall wellness, as well as how to avoid or cope with negative stressors that may compromise our wellness.

A8/B8 - LGBTT* Youth and How to Support Them
(Chris Weeks, Guidance, River Hebert District School)
This session will focus on first hand experiences and discussions on how to best be supportive of students in Junior/Senior High School that identify as LGBTT*. This includes but is not limited to the coming out process, parents, gender identity, what it's like to be LGBTT*.  General terms will be giving and discussed. Resources that youth and educators have found useful will be showcased. Then finishing with a Q&A session.

A9/B9 - Neighbors, Friends and Family
(Lydia Quinn, RCMP)
Lydia is the RCMP/Police Domestic Violence Case Coordinator for North East Nova, and provides operational support and education for police when dealing with high risk domestic violence. She will be giving an overview of domestic violence, what is it is and how we can work together to help victims of domestic violence, most often women and children.  "", Friends and Families is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help.  It also represents a significant shift in our approach to ending woman abuse.  It engages the power of everyday relationships to help keep women and their children safe. You don't have to be a hero or fix the situation. Caring about the people around us, paying attention to them when there are signs of trouble, and responding appropriately, can make a big difference. Little things count!

A10/B10 - Nutrition in the Classroom
(Erica Reynolds, Youth Health Center Coordinator - Avon View High School)
Come learn about school food environments, how nutrition impacts student's learning, and tools and resources that can help you integrate food and nutrition into your classrooms!

A11/B11 - Bell Let’s Talk
(Dawn Boylan | Senior Manager, Community Investment, Bell Aliant)
Since its launch in 2010, Bell Let's Talk has invited Canadians to join in fighting the stigma around mental illness as we work to drive awareness and action in mental health. People throughout the country and around the world have embraced the cause, raising their voices and driving Bell funding, and making a real difference in the lives of countless Canadians.  We continue the conversation by sharing the Bell Let's Talk story and its impact to encourage more organizations to be involved in ending the stigma.

A12/B12 - Mental Health Experience
(Tim Daley, Nova Scotia Family Court Judge)
Mental health challenges for professionals are common but rarely discussed.  That must change.  In this session, Judge Timothy Daley of the Nova Scotia Family Court will reflect on his own mental health struggles and offer insight, information and concrete suggestion on how professionals can become more aware of their own mental health status.  Known for his humour and speaking skills, Judge Daley’s sessions on mental health for lawyers have been described as among the best continuing professional development offerings in Canada.

A13/B13 - The Trauma Informed Classroom
(Jen Sims, Guidance Counsellor and Rebecca Smith, Behaviour Support Specialist, Celtic Family)
​In this session we will discuss the pervasiveness of complex trauma in children; and explore practical classroom activities that address some of the key brain pathways affected by complex trauma in children.  This session is based on trauma informed practices, research and neuroscience.

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