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May 1, 2023

Families Matter Research Group Interactive Series: What I wish I had known – Reflections on family life after PSP service

Date and Time:

Thursday, May 25, 2023
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST


Leaving the public safety sector is a major life transition that impacts both the public safety personnel (PSP) and their families. There is growing awareness of the benefits of preparation and planning for this transition and the impacts it has on identity, mental health, routines, relationships and social connections.

Through a moderated panel discussion, Dr. Christina Harrington, PhD, RSW; Laura Kloosterman, Executive Director of Badge of Life Canada and Retired OPP Constable with 32 years of service; Dean Wilkinson, Retired Paramedic with 47 years of service; and Bill Turner, Retired Police Sergeant and Business Owner, Peer Supporter and Advocate, will share their reflections and strategies for navigating the impacts of life after service with their families.

While this is an open event and all are welcome, please note, registration is required. Information gathered from this event will play a vital role in growing a network that will serve and support PSP families across Canada. Following the event, attendees will be asked to complete a survey to inform the format, frequency, and themes of future PSP Families Network activities.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (Families Matter: A partnership of partners to study, serve, and support the families of military, veterans, and public safety personnel) with partners the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT), the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), and the Vanier Institute of the Family, along with Medavie Foundation.

This online event will be presented in English, with the option of simultaneous captioning in French translation.


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