Duane Bowers, LPC, CCHT     

Duane is a licensed Professional Counselor and Educator.  As a therapist, his specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  In September 2001, Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing direct support to rescue and recovery workers.

Currently, Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss in the US and Canada. In Canada, Duane works through the Regina Palliative Care & Bereavement Centre providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, and first responder trauma. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an Educator, Duane teaches seminars nationally, internationally and regionally on dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss.


Philip Carverhill, Ph.D.   

Dr. Phil Carverhill is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist based in Saskatoon. As a founder of Prairie Hospice; the Saskatoon Association for Loss & Grief Education and Support; and the Saskatchewan Provincial Bereavement Network, Phil is an innovative and passionate advocate for bereaved, grieving, and traumatized people in this province.

In counselling and group work Phil journeys with those living with many forms of loss, stress, trauma, PTSD, terminal illness, as well as complicated, traumatic and disenfranchised grief. He teaches in the College of Medicine at the U. of S. and also in the Psychotherapy & Spirituality graduate program, University of Alberta. Phil has extensive experience in working with police, first responders, fire fighters, healthcare professionals, funeral service personnel, clergy, veterans, and the military.

Recognized by his peers as a leader in the field, Phil was elected Chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG), and has been part of the complicated grief, resiliency, and sociology sections of IWG. He was awarded the Richard Kalish prize by the Association for Death Education & Counseling in the U.S.A. as well as the first Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award.  


Ralph Ozmun   

Born and raised in a small rural town in North Central Kansas, Ralph Ozmun attended Fort Hays State before enlisting in the Navy during the Vietnam War where he spent four years in antisubmarine warfare.

Ralph joined Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice as a Community Educator in 2010, and later served as their Corporate Director of Volunteer Programs until retiring in May 2017.

Since 2014, Ralph has been an Ambassador with Opus Peace, a non-profit that provides educational programs on Soul Injury. Soul injuries often penetrate behind the mind and heart to become stored in the soul where they can subtly and not-so-subtly sabotage our lives.  Bringing emotional pain out of the dark into the light is an important, often neglected, step in healing that has been overlooked for too long. Ralph will share with us guidelines to help spur change and bring this important silent wound to the forefront, encouraging individuals to share their stories and the losses they have sustained.


David Kessler    

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

David is the author of five bestselling books, including the newly released You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death with Louise Hay. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. David’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, and Dr Oz. David is a contributing writer for, Dr. Oz’s, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post.

David will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on Spirituality and Rituals with us.


Gerald Kiesman   

In 2010, Gerald Kiesman started a business “Restoring Balance Consulting”. Gerald is well known and respected for his work with community workers and members through western and central Canada. He has facilitated over 350 workshops to train community workers and has also provided health and wellness workshops. In addition, Gerald has facilitated at a number of conferences and seminars.

After being a victim to sexual abuse as a child, Gerald’s own work and personal life experience of healing has been shared in many media broadcasts over the years.

With 15+ years of research on trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and healing exercises, Gerald has developed a healing guide that provides a basic understanding of these topics. Gerald will provide attendees with an understanding of how historical traumatic events have impacted Aboriginal people, inter-generational trauma and provide insight into Aboriginal healing ceremonies and exercises.


Denise Séguin Horth 

Denise is a Death Doula and Spiritual Health Practitioner. She volunteers at Regina Wascana Grace Hospice, is a Board Member for both the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association, and Community Deathcare Canada.

Denise feels that death is the bookend to birth, and believes (and has seen) that death can also be beautiful. As a Death Doula she offers holistic and compassionate support to those who are dying, and those who are grieving.

Leah Parsons   

In this presentation Leah will share her experience of walking with her grief, facing her pain and moving through all the emotions that follow the death of a child. Finding her sense of “center” and feeling grounded became as essential as breathing during the days, months and years following her daughter Rehtaeh’s death.  Leah’s philosophy is that we have to first show ourselves kindness every single day when the unthinkable happens and all else evolves from this place of love.

Leah is an award winning change maker, compassionate global steward and powerful keynote presenter who speaks from the heart. Her love for her daughter and determination to make things right gave her the courage and tenacity to go public with Rehtaeh’s story, and advocate for her daughter and ensure systemic changes were made. Leah has appeared in news articles all over the world, been featured in countless media segments, documentaries, appeared on the Dr Phil show, and has had personal meetings with heads of state. She continues to honour her daughter’s life by educating and keeping the conversation moving forward.

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