J - It Starts with Me – Steps and Tools for Embracing Our Future Together

It starts with me! Join us for this interactive and engaging session that will honor the growing and diverse knowledge each participant brings. Creating a safe shared space for wise practices on the journey of providing culturally safe emergency management services. This is a call we heard from the 2018 Chapman Abbott report.

This session is a relevant topic for anyone in the emergency management world. We will be demonstrating  and sharing key tools proven to have high impact to support the systemic shift to provide more compassionate emergency management services. Experience how integrating cultural safety and humility practice into your circles of influence can provide a quadruple word score (social, emotional, physical, and psychological) in addressing the emerging needs in emergency management.


Friday 1020 to 1150 HRS

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  • Emergency Management BC
    Stephanie Papik

    Stephanie Papik is a public servant, social entrepreneur, artist, and parent. She was born in Akaitcho Territory, NWT and grew up in Lekwungen Territory. She is of Inuit and European ancestry. She is the mother of two children, now in their twenties. At the age of 24, Stephanie moved to Yellowknife, NWT, to learn more about her culture and strengthen family relations. She returned to Vancouver Island and for 15+ years, Stephanie has been in provincial government. Including six years as Lead for the Indigenous Youth Internship Program, which won the Public Sector BC Workplace Inclusion Award for Diverse and Inclusive Culture Champion. In 2017, Stephanie was appointed to the Priorities and Accountability Office in the Office of the Premier of BC to assist with the transition to a new government. She then moved on to and has been with Emergency Management BC since 2018 as the Director for Strategic Integration of Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Safety and Humility.

  • Emergency Management BC
    Malisa Fox

    Malisa Fox is Waashjejimonj Anishnaabe Ojibwe from Curve Lake First Nations on her mother's side and British on her father’s side.  

     Her background has included a career in business, the public sector and non-profit sector. She has been grateful to be in the position most recently as Partnership Coordinator and now Senior Advisor for EMBC’s Strategic Partnership team. She has worn a few different hats in the last couple years as Program Lead/Program Coordinator/Program Administrator for the B.C Public Service Agency (BCPSA) – Indigenous Youth Internship Program, Community Development team member for the NGO Women for Change (WFC) in Rural Zambia, Provincial Youth and Elder Coordinator for BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s and Policy Analyst (Aboriginal Youth Intern) for Ministry of Health (MOH) Aboriginal Health Directorate.

  • Emergency Management BC
    Ryan Wainwright

    Ryan Wainwright is a career emergency manager with an Applied Bachelor’s in Disaster and Emergency Studies. Before joining EMBC in 2019 as the Sr. Regional Manager for the Vancouver Island region, he worked in EOCs across the country with the federal government and spent almost 10 years as the Emergency Program Manager and EOC Director for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. After 20 years away, Ryan once again calls Victoria home, and when not at work you are most likely to find him outside enjoying what the Island has to offer. He also has an impossibly cute dog that you can follow on Instagram @thisisroke.

  • Strathcona Regional District
    Shaun Koopman
  • Pauquachin Nation
    Richard Elliot (PENEĆEṈ)
  • Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h First Nation
    Elizabeth Jack

    My name is Elizabeth Jack (nee Joe) Born and raised Orginally from the Cowichan Tribes territory. I have 5 children 2 boys, 3 girls, 3 beautiful Granddaughters.

    Married to my husband Matthew Jack for 11 years now and we are currently living in Kyuquot/Cheklese7th First nations territory with 4 of the kids, My husbands home territory. 

    Before i started working in this job position i was a fill in a bunch of positions for 7-8 years, Medical travel, social development, teacher assistant, Fair harbour campground and marina, receptionist, I applied for jobs even though i was not qualified, but always was told i am over qualified, due to lack of jobs and how isolated we are i struggling to find a full time job. Until 2019 i was asked by Director of community services to apply he thinks i would be good for the job position, So i did and on May 6 2019 I was hired on as the Emergency Preparedness coordinator. It has been quite the learning journey for me since i started, I am learning more as i go everyday.