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Substances and Stigma in the Helping Professions

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A National Nursing Week moderated panel presentation

Our expert panel will describe the Ottawa Police Service’s efforts to acknowledge substance use within its ranks and focus on the lessons that could be applied to nursing. Join this interactive panel discussion to understand the reality of substance use disorders, learn how the police use peer support as a recovery method, and identify how stigma is a barrier for the “helping professions” — such as police and nurses — to get help with substance use when they need it. This webinar will explore the implications of substance use on nursing practice and give you the tools you need to address structural, interpersonal and individual stigma.

Event date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 12-1 pm ET: Moderated panel presentation

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The panel participants and moderator for this presentation are:

Gord Garner
Gord Garner is the Executive Director of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association, and chair of Recovery Day Ottawa. He is a national public speaker and trainer on addressing stigma and Person First Language.


Angela Slobodian

Angela Slobodian is a Registered Nurse, and the acting Director of Wellness, Health and Safety at the Ottawa Police Service. Angela's portfolio includes the Health and Safety team and the Police Peer Support and Resiliency program. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Community Addiction Peer Support Association.


Rhowena Martin

Rhowena Martin provides strategic and operational leadership in implementing CCSA's mandate to address substance use and addiction. As a senior leader at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction for the past 12 years, she is committed to reducing barriers to care and supporting health professionals through sharing evidence, spreading best practices and forming connections.


Sarah Flogen

Sarah Flogen is a Registered Nurse who has earned a Nursing Diploma, BScN, M.Ed. and a PhD. Clinically, Sarah worked in neurology and mental health in practice and managerial roles. In 2019 Sarah joined the Canadian Nurses Association to lead the Substance Use and Addiction Program Cannabis project. She is also the President-Elect of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses, the CNA mental health specialty group.