Sharing Stories of Resiliency and Hope: Catholic Parent Engagement Committee to host free speakers series

May 5, 2022

The Board’s Catholic Parent Engagement Committee is excited to host a free speakers series for all families in a hybrid format (in-person or virtual) under the themes “Sharing Stories of Resiliency and Hope,” “Relationships, Connection & Well-being,” and “Everyday Resiliency in Ever-changing Times.”

    • When:  Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 6 p.m.
    • Where:  In-Person at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (1355 Lansdowne St. W) in Peterborough or Virtually
    • Register Now: This is a free event. Register to attend by clicking here:  

Our keynote speaker, Kevin Chief will present “Sharing Stories of Resiliency and Hope” in person at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough. His address will also be broadcast through zoom for those choosing the virtual format.  

The second session of the evening will offer a choice of one of two other renowned speakers: 

  • Dr. Jean Clinton – “Relationships, Connection & Well-being” – virtual
  • Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe – “Everyday Resiliency in Ever-changing Times” – virtual

Both speakers will deliver their presentations in a virtual format. Participants at home will join them by zoom and those at the venue will view the presentation projected to the audience at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School.


Kevin Chief – “Sharing Stories of Resiliency and Hope”

As a sought after speaker, Kevin Chief draws on his humble beginnings as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s North End to working alongside business, community, and government leaders. Through sharing personal stories of resiliency, possibility, and hope, he is able to engage diverse crowds into inclusive and healthy conversations about reconciliation. Kevin Chief is Principal of Chief Partnerships Manitoba Incorporated. He is currently the chairperson for the Centre of AboriginalHuman Resource Development Inc. and Senior Advisor at True North Sports and Entertainment. Kevin brings a commitment to community and leadership development through his dedication to education, training, and employment.



Dr. Jean Clinton – “Relationships, Connection & Well-being” 

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sick Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jean Clinton’s presentation is entitled “Relationships, Connection and Well-being”.  In her words, “The knowledge we now have about the brain and it’s development is profound. It’s knowledge that will change the way you think and even more importantly the way you feel and act. What we know is that love builds brains.”


Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe – “Everyday Resiliency in Ever-changing Times”

Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness.  With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s message is both inspirational and practical. She introduces her theory “Everyday Resiliency: The 5 Pillars” and shares strategies to help foster each pillar within ourselves and others through research-informed, accessible storytelling and real-world applications.