We hope you enjoyed the
VCOSS CONGRESS 2011
COMMUNITY SECTOR LEADERS’ DINNER The lead-in event to this year’s Congress – Thursday, 4 August, 2011
Guest Speaker Dr Cindy Blackstock Executive Director First Nations Child and Family Society of Canada Dr Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. A member of the Gitksan Nation, Cindy has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years. Cindy is a dynamic social change leader, a clear innovator in action who is much sought after internationally for her bold and innovative views on key social challenges. An author of over 50 publications, Cindy’s key interests include exploring and addressing the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal children and families by promoting equitable and culturally based interventions. The First Nations child welfare case, currently before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, has become one of the most watched legal cases in Canadian history.
Dinner MC: Dr Helen Szoke Commissioner Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Helen Szoke is the Commissioner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and has worked with the Commission since December 2004. She previously held positions relating to management, community development, organizational development and regulation in the education and health sectors. Helen is currently a board member of Multicultural Arts Victoria. She has held various other statutory and directors positions including the Adult Migrant Education Services, National Health and Medical Research Licensing Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Key Centre for Women’s Health, Women’s Health Victoria and various community agencies.
Thanks to our Community Sector Leaders’ Dinner Sponsor
Program for the VCOSS Congress 2011 event, State of the State.