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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 — 7:00 PM EST

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February 15, 2022, 7-8:30pm

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can take many different forms, and is found in nearly all segments of society. This conversation, moderated by Jessica St. Peter, Public Education Manager for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, will discuss the ways in which our community can play a support role for survivors. How can we support someone after a disclosure, how do personal circumstances change the support that a survivor seeks and/or receives, and how has the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we look at IPV – these are just a few of the questions we’ll discuss in this panel.

Note: the subject matter of this panel discussion is sensitive and may not be appropriate for all, please use your own discretion when choosing to attend.

Moderator:

Jessica St. Peter, Public Education Manager, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Waterloo Region

Jessica St. Peter is the Manager of Public Education at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. Jessica is pleased to have the pleasure of working with an incredible team of violence prevention educators.

As an educator, activist and advocate for violence prevention, Jessica values the importance of an intersectional feminist approach. Her appreciation for life-long learning, self-reflection and accountability help her to connect, cultivate and appreciate the work of change makers of the past, present and future.

Her Bachelor of Arts in Gender Equality and Social Justice was the ignition of her passion for intersectional feminism, trauma informed supports and education, survivor focused programming and community-based organizing. After completing her Bachelor of Education, Jessica was inspired to utilize different educational strategies to engage in empowering and reflective conversations, activities and campaigns with diverse audiences focused on ending gender-based violence and oppression. Jessica values the knowledge and insight she has been gifted by many incredible survivors, participants, mentors, and advocates throughout her life and looks forward to the lessons and change ahead.

Panelists:

Malissa Veroni, BA, MSW, DCA (Alberta), RSW, Renison Alum (’06)

Malissa Veroni has been a foot solider in the field of social work for the past 15 years in various domains serving clients and students alike. Malissa is known as a specialist in the field of Narcissistic Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence, the LGBTQ2s Community, and in Sex Therapy. She is a Designated Capacity Assessor and a mentor to several social workers worldwide. To achieve her goals she obtained an Honours B.A in Social Development Studies through Renison at the University of Waterloo, holds a number of different certificates, and obtained an Honours Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor to name a few.

As a true serving leader and world citizen, Malissa understands the importance of community, prevention, and positive action. She volunteers her time serving on Grande Prairie’s John Howard Society board, the Council of Social Work Education (USA), and had previously served a full term for the Alberta Clinician Professional Practice Council for Alberta Health Services. Malissa is utilizing her position as the inaugural Ms. Italy World Universal 2021-2022 to help represent and empower women of all abilities, identities and diversities to advocate against gender violence for all women and promoting equal rights for all!

Veen Wong, MSW, Renison Alum (’20)

Veen Wong is a registered social worker and has worked for over a decade in a variety of roles within the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) sector. A Renison University College alumna, Veen obtained her Master of Social Work in 2020. Veen is currently a PhD student in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction and Health Lab, and her research explores utilizing technology and digital games to prevent GBV.

Wisam Osman, Coordinator of Toward Violence Free Homes, Coalition of Muslim Women

Wisam Osman is the coordinator of Toward Violence Free Homes, one of CMW programs. Wisam has been a member of the Coalition of Muslim Women for more than 9 years. She served in many roles and as a board member for 4 years before becoming a staff member in 2020. Wisam holds a master’s degree in statistics. She arrived in Canada 14 years ago, soon after arriving to Canada, Wisam became very active and involved in the community, Wisam is always passionate about supporting women in any way.

Chelsea Elizabeth Bromley, Renison Alum (’21)

Chelsea Bromley recently graduated from the University of Waterloo in October with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Social Development Studies. She developed a research proposal examining outsiders’ perceptions of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence based on a variety of factors.

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