As a retired social work professor Carolyn is shifting her focus to citizenship based education and is particularly passionate about joining with other non-Indigenous people as they explore their roles and responsibilities for truth and reconciliation with Indigenous people. As part of this work she has facilitated the Blanket Exercise, an experiential exercise that illustrates Canada’s colonial history; co- organized a Questioning Canada 150 event; and designed and facilitated an eight hour course Stepping Up: Non-Indigenous Peoples Roles in Truth and Reconciliation.
As a Settler of British descent Carolyn is privileged to live as a guest on unceded Mi’kmaq territory outside of Woflville, where she swims, boats, reads, gardens, plays with clay, and welcomes visitors.
Sheri M McConnell, MSW, PhD, RSW
Sheri is white settler and a genderqueer lesbian feminist. She was born and raised in Regina, SK on Treaty 4 land, lived the next 20 years in Saskatoon, SK on Treaty 6 land, then moved to St John’s, NL, where she currently lives on the traditional lands of the Beothuk.
Sheri has worked and volunteered primarily with women, Indigenous people, and queer folk around their experiences with the criminal justice system, substance use, child sexual abuse, and other forms of personal and systemic oppression. She currently works as a social work educator, with a primary focus on field education, at the Memorial University School of Social Work.
Joan sits on CASW's Executive Committee as Treasurer, and wil be moderating this presentation. Joan is a graduate of Memorial University, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1979, and her Bachelor of Social Work in 1981. She completed her Master of Social Work in 1992.
Well known in the Social Work community, Joan has experience in clinical practice including Adult and Child Mental Health and Addictions, Family Violence, Oncology, Palliative Care, Dermatology, Medicine, Nephrology, Surgery, Emergency/ Trauma, Women's Health and Child, Youth and Family Services. She has worked in Quality and Risk and in Human Resources –Organizational Development.