2015 Public Education Symposium 2

Two Locations: 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Metro Vancouver
Maple Ridge Fire Department - Hall #1
22708 Brown Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC 

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Okanagan
Kelowna Fire Department - Station #1
2255 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, BC


Confirm attendance with:  Connie Hol, FPOABC Administrative Assistant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (There is no cost for this symposium)

Please see attached poster for information the 2015 Public Education Symposium - Public Education Symposium 2015


November 25 & 26

Ryan D. Betts Manager (Acting) - Public Safety Education, Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services

Ryan has been with the Office of the Fire Marshal for 20 years in the field of education, including Instructor and Academic Manager at the Ontario Fire College. He currently holds the position of Manager of the Public Safety Education section of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

Ryan’s presentations will focus on:

  • Identifying your community’s fire problem
  • Targeting public education programs to identified risks
  • An overview of programming/resources available from ON

Kimberley Evans & Bill Ferguson   iGuardFire — Innovators of Fire Prevention Solutions

iGuardStove is a new product launched this past summer. This is new technology for preventing stove fires which has CSA and UL listing. Proudly Canadian, it is manufactured in Calgary AB with a head office in Kelowna BC. Kimberley and Bill will give an overview and demonstration of this new product and its extensive potential through Wi-Fi connection.

Multicultural Community - Reaching Newcomers and Understanding ESL Needs

Many of our communities have increasing numbers of new immigrants with little or no English language skills. Fortunately there are organizations that assist newcomers and as educa- tors we need to connect with them and collaboratively provide fire and life safety education.


November 25 -  Maple Ridge

Lisa Herrera - Immigrant Services Society of BC Lead Instructional Coordinator— LINC Program

Lisa has taught English to immigrants in the LINC/ELSA program for 15 years. She is a Canadi- an Language Benchmarks Lead Trainer, and a Re- gional Coach for the national implementation of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) in LINC. She has a Master of Educational Administra- tion and Leadership degree from UBC.

Claire Pinkett - Immigrant Services Society of BC Instructional Coordinator — LINC Program

Claire has 25+ years of experience in teaching and administration in LINC, ELSA, EAL and TEFL. One of her key responsibilities is guiding and sup- porting instructors in creating skill-building Cana- dian Language Benchmark lessons. Claire is also involved in curriculum development and teacher training.


November 26 - Kelowna

Graham Specht - Kamloops Immigrant Services Coordinator - Diversity & Outreach Program

Graham does (social/cultural) Diversity classes in public schools, and workshops with local and regional business and community agencies. He sits on the Diversity Advisory Committee for the City of Kamloops, and teaches ESL classes in the summers at Thompson Rivers University. He taught EFL overseas in the private and public sectors from 2003~2014. 

Autism - Public Education and First Response

In Public Education it is crucial that we are able to reach as wide an audience as possible. For those with Autism we need to adjust our presentation style to help them understand. First responders may need to present themselves differently to autistic patients or victims in an emergency situation in order to reach a successful conclusion.

Our speakers will carry on from the introduction to Autism at last year’s symposium.


November 25 -  Maple Ridge

Scott Jackson - RMACL - Behaviour Consultant with Ridge Meadows  Association for Community Living

Trained at the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis, Scott brings 15 years of experience working with RMACL specializing in different modes of Autism.

Rosie Keating  M Ed - RMACL - Educational Consultant with Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living

Rosie is a well-respected, retired support teacher from School District 42 who worked with students having a variety of needs requiring special support. Rosie now provides educational consulting as part of a multidisciplinary team focussing on Autism.


November 26 - Kelowna

Vicki Cairns - Spectrum Consulting

Vicki is a retired special education teacher. She now has a private consulting and counselling practice in Kelowna where she specializes in working with youth and young adults with Autism and other “different abilities”.

She offers behavioural consultation, counselling, social thinking, family sup- port, education and training services to individual clients and their families as well as to private schools and other organizations in the Central Okanagan.