01 August, 2017

Dr. Clarence H. Labun Lecture Series 2017

On Tuesday, October 3rd, Eden Health Care Services will be offering a full day workshop on ‘Nurturing and Sustaining Safe Communities’. This workshop will address the question: “How do we create safe nurturing communities in an increasingly complex and polarizing world?” Come and learn how individual and corporate action is the key to creating lasting change. You will see that your singular action can become the catalyst to creating and maintaining the communities we all desire. Everyone has a part to play and when communities unite, there are no limits.

This one day workshop will be of interest to individuals working directly in the area of mental health, community leaders, faith leaders, community members and anyone interested in peace and justice.

Registration for this insightful and informative day is open. On-line registration links are found at the bottom of this page. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Mennonite Church, 1350 Pembina Ave. in Winkler. Your $40 registration fee will cover coffee breaks and lunch. Arrive by 8 a.m. to check in, receive your information packet, pick up a cup of coffee, meet fellow attendees then settle in for some compelling presenters.  The sessions will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.

Four leading professionals, Devon Clunis, Dr. Marc Teillet, Jordan Friesen and Paul Isaacs will offer keynote presentations.


Devon Clunis
Retired Winnipeg Police Chief

Devon believes one person can make a difference and that together, we can change the world. Devon was the 17th Chief of Police in Winnipeg and the first black Chief of Police in Canadian history. He ventured into the policing arena to set an example for minority youth and throughout his 29 year career, was fortunate to help lead immense change in Winnipeg, both in terms of crime reduction, but more importantly, cultural and socio-economic inclusion. Devon believes effective policing is foundational to a just and civil society and that transformational leadership can help a society achieve our human potential; creating communities were “everyone” is safe and healthy.

Devon was president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police, is a member of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Police Knowledge Network and a member of the Poverty Reduction Council of Winnipeg. He is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Inter-religious Understanding in 2017 and continues to work to advance community safety in Winnipeg, and across Canada. Devon and his wife Pearlene co-authored the children’s book, ‘The Little Boy from Jamaica: A Canadian History Story’, which illustrates the hope and potential that Canada holds for each child.


Dr. Marc Teillet
Psychiatrist at Eden Mental Health Centre

Marc is a psychiatrist working with the Southern Regional Health Authority, consulting to Community Mental Health Clinics and Intensive Case Management Programs. He has worked for over 25 years in areas of acute psychiatric care, psychosocial rehabilitation programs for treatment refractory schizophrenia, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and has worked as the Medical Director with the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.
He’s been a cross country ski coach and is an avid fan of winter weather. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, two children, and a very friendly dog.


Jordan Friesen
Executive Director – Canadian Mental Health Association

Jordan is a young, energetic leader with a knack for affecting and managing organizational change. He enjoys a challenge and finding solutions to complex problems – part of what fuels his desire to see mental health services grow and evolve. Jordan currently works with the Canadian Mental Health Association to develop new and innovative mental health services. He is a registered occupational therapist, and a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. Jordan understands that the best way to make long-term, sustainable change – both personally and as an organization – is to think strategically and focus on your strengths.


Paul Isaacs
Former Winnipeg Police Chaplain, Wellness Officer

Paul Isaak brings over 30 years of a unique blend of policing experience that has included more than a decade working in the area of Forensic Investigations and another seven years working as the Winnipeg Police Service Critical Incident Program Coordinator. Paul has seen first hand the impact critical events have on the mental health and overall well-being of those who are connected personally to an event as well as those who are impacted through their professional role. Paul’s personal story only adds to the perspective that he brings to the topic ‘How to Lead When Things Go Bad’. Paul has recently authored a book titled ‘Through the Storm’ a practical guide to understanding trauma that is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017.


The workshop/lecture will be held at:
Grace Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 1350 Pembina Ave., Winkler, MB.


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