Alberta Mind Biotech (AMB) in collaboration with The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) organized and co-hosted this year's mindfulness conference that is funded by the government of Alberta. This free event occurred on June 24th, along with two additional days of workshop on June 23 and June 25. With people mainly interacting through online means due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our conference this year was through Zoom. The central theme this year is “Building Our Strengths Through Mindfulness”.
The year 2020 and 2021 have been life-changing with our lives drastically altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has created its own set issues such as financial tolls, online transitions of work, family/child-rearing practices and various other facets of life. While this has been a long and difficult road for many, it still remains to be seen if these changes are permanent. While these times have provided their own set of problems, it has also proved to create many opportunities for growth and self-reflection. Due to increased quarantine periods, many of us have struggled to reconnect with our fellow peers and with the rest world. With increased apprehension, changes in the global economy and clashing viewpoints, it is imperative that we are reminded of how connected we really are.
Mindfulness has proved to be useful in times of adversity, showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, increase wellbeing, assist in treatments of addiction, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain etc. It is a sound method to help both mental and physiological problems with long term practice. Mindfulness can be transitioned and administered through online means and telehealth, proving useful and efficient despite the ongoing pandemic. People can use mindfulness as a tool depending on their level of stress and fear. Mindfulness is not the be all end all solution to many mental and physical illnesses but it can be extremely helpful for advanced and beginner practitioners alike.
Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Sciences at Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His work focuses on depression and its prevention and treatment. In particular, his research examines how mindf
Rose Mina Munjee (RP, MBCT, MBSR, MSC, MBA, BMath, CYT, CST, AMM-Mind) is a Registered Psychotherapist, certified mindfulness facilitator, teacher trainer, and mentor, corporate mindfulness trainer, craniosacral therapist, and therapeutic, trauma-informed yoga teacher. She teaches at The Center for Mindfulne
Tom Heah has a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. He has taught MBSR, MBCT and other mindfulness programs at Vancouver Coastal Health since 2006. He is a mentor for mindfulness teacher trainees at the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program, and at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Tom is passionate about teaching
Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCP(C), is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and practices inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. She has 15 years of outpatient psycho-oncology experience. Since 2006, she has fac
Gwen Morgan, MA., MSW., RSW., is a Professional trainer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto and the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. For over 20 years, Gwen has facilitated MBSR, MBCT and
Dr. Andrew Szeto is currently the Director of the Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary responsible for guiding the implementation of the 28 recommendations within the University of Calgary Campus Mental Health Strategy. He is also a Principal Investigator at the Mental Health
Rosanna D'Agnillo, B.A., M.A., is the founder and lead facilitator of Calgary Mindfulness. She is a long-time community and wellness advocate in the Calgary area, and offers meditation training to children from pre-K to 12, as well as professional and amateur athletes, musicians, teachers, caregivers, front
Noriko Morita-Harth is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor and the Managing Director of UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Noriko trained in MBSR under the direction of Beth Mulligan, Susan Woods, Char Wilkins, Patricia Rockman and Allan Goldstein, an
Tom Heah has a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. He has taught MBSR, MBCT and other mindfulness programs at Vancouver Coastal Health since 2006. He is a mentor for mindfulness teacher trainees at the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program, and at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Tom is passionate about teaching mindfulness, and strongly
Rosanna D'Agnillo, B.A., M.A., is the founder and lead facilitator of Calgary Mindfulness. She is a long-time community and wellness advocate in the Calgary area, and offers meditation training to children from pre-K to 12, as well as professional and amateur athletes, musicians, teachers, ca