The CRPO has clearly mandated all Registrants to continue developing our cultural competencies. But what does that actually mean in practice?
Round-table presenters:Shanique Victoria Edwards, B.Sc., M.Div.(cand) completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience and Psychology and will be graduating with a Masters from Tyndale University in Clinical Counselling in May 2023. She works as a psychotherapy intern with the Salvation Army Oshawa working with diverse clients who struggle with various mental health and substance abuse disorders. She is a member of Black Mental Health Canada’s Circle of Leaders and Founder and CEO of the Eden Legacy Foundation, works as knowledge translation coordinator for the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her areas of research focus on race-based traumatic stress injuries, post-traumatic growth and resilience in BIPOC individuals as well as addressing the impact of systemic and institutional racism to foster organizational change and equity for all persons of colour.
With over a decade of professional experience in healthcare, Shanique has held diverse administrative, operational and clinical roles in both primary and mental health care. She is very passionate and loves working with young adults and underserved, vulnerable populations. She is Founder and CEO of the Eden Legacy Foundation focused on leadership development, skills building and mentorship of youth and young adults. Shanique consistently volunteers her time in various capacities that empower and edify both young men and women. She has helped organize and host national and global conferences and workshops for individuals, organizations and professionals. Through all her various endeavors, Shanique consistently strives to inspire individuals to push through their limitations, live in the realm of their full potential, and actualize their dreams. She is an avid reader, writer and loves to travel.