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Adam's Mark Hotel / Buffalo, New York
October 29 - November 2, 2008
|Creating Community Through Active Citizenship|
The conference opens on Wednesday evening with a dinner, Welcome to Buffalo, NY and Keynote session. Each morning begins with a breakfast and keynote session. Daily luncheons provide an excellent opportunity for networking and connecting (time for "creating your community").
Thursday Welcome Session » 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Dan Fisher and Debbie Whittle of the National Empowerment Center (NEC), host
organization, will share how NEC has been inspired by the
concepts of active citizenship, and invite conference attendees to create an intentional learning community while here at the conference.
Dan Fisher has used his recovery experience as a driving force in his
work to unite consumer/survivors nationally and internationally
in finding and amplifying their voices and in actively influencing the policies and practices that affect their lives. In the process, people
step more fully into their own recovery. Dan has played an instrumental role in the c/s/x movement for the last 25 years and is a cofounder
and executive director of The National Empowerment Center.
Debbie Whittle is director of NEC’s Technical Assistance Center, providing capacity building through training, mentoring, and assistance to help build strong statewide consumer/survivor organizations. Debbie believes in the innate wisdom and state of wholeness within each individual and holds a vision of a transformed system of care based on wellness rather disease. Her wish is that we all find a place of belonging in the communities of our choosing.
Friday Keynote Session » 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
After reaching “recovery” by everybody else’s measure, Ann discovered that she was smothering in the safety of risk-free programs for “people like her.” She set out to find and claim a place in the community for an ordinary person, complete with challenges and gifts, and uncovered some ideas about how to enjoy the “risky” journey. Her address will share that journey and how she has turned its lessons into programs that help others claim that place in the community at large.
Ann Rider is a social worker and mediator by training, and a writer and gardener by avocation. Using her own experience recovering from psychiatric disability and addiction, Ann developed and implemented Peer Specialist training for two agencies and for the state of Arizona. She worked as the mental health advocate for Arizona’s Protection and Advocacy system, and has taught peer support and recovery classes in Arizona, Canada, and New Zealand. Ann is the CEO of Recovery Empowerment Network in Arizona, an advocate, and a faculty associate at Arizona State University.
Saturday Morning Plenary Session » 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday morning’s plenary session will highlight the multiple generations of the youth movement of the past 15 years and describe how young people in New York have united as active citizens to work for change, alternative options and the protection of their rights.
John Donnelly, Youth Advocate and Secretary of YP! Advisory Board
Stephanie Orlando, Director of YOUTH POWER! New York State (NYS)
Lauren Tenney, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY
Christina Felix, Youth Advocate and Treasurer of YP! Advisory Board NYS
Dally M. Sanchez, YOUTH POWER! Coordinator, NYS
Eva Dech, Director of Systems Advocacy The Empowerment Center, NYS