CEO Mary Ackenhusen with Dion Thevarge and Jennifer-Lee Koble

CEO deeply moved by foundational ICS Training

“Thank you for the very thought provoking session last night.  It was very meaningful to see and feel the 500 year history from your eyes.” Mary Ackenhusen, VCH CEO

In February, members of the senior executive team attended the Land Acknowledgement, History, and Self-reflection in-person training workshop at the Aboriginal Health office including Mary Ackenhusen, Dr. Rolando Barrios, Dr. James Lu, Karin Olson, Yasmin Jetha, Barb Lawrie, Shannon McCarthy and Darcia Pope.

Led by facilitators Dion Thevarge and Jennifer-Lee Koble, it was an important session to help our leadership team understand the history of Canada from an Indigenous perspective as well as make the connection to the health impacts of colonization on the Indigenous population across Canada and also in our own region.

“Never have I been so moved and educated in such a caring and open atmosphere. I am truly thankful for this experience and my time with the session leaders, said Alison Parker, Regional Clinical Planner. “The leaders presented it in such a way that made it relevant, appropriate and meaningful, yet emotionally safe.”

“It is a gift to be able to do that in such a short session. It is rare that I can say that my views were so radically changed as a result of just one session. I met with my clinical education team this morning and encouraged everyone to attend this session. I was deeply affected and know that it will have a beneficial effect on my teaching and patient care moving forward.”

Success of workshops

Over the past month, 64 staff members from programs across VCH completed the training including teams from Youth Substance Use and Prevention Services. To date, the number of staff who have completed this training is 722.

Future workshops

If you or your team would like to take the training, we have spaces on the following dates (see below) or you can request the training for your team by emailing icstraining

  • Friday April 13
  • Tuesday April 17
  • Tuesday, April 24
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