Just over 160 burn survivors, family members, fire fighters and burn unit staff were in attendance. Attendees came from across the country, as well as the United States and one person came all the way from England.
Our opening reception featured the music of the Winnipeg group “Flosoul” and traditional Winnipeg Social food (including garlic sausage, rye bread, and perogies).
Charlene Pell led a session on “What to Do when People Stare” and Elmer Schultz shared his story of how “I survived 7000 Volts”. There were breakout sessions on such topics as “Skin Care for the Burn Patient”, “The Impact of a Burn Injury on Families”, “Compassion Fatigue”, and “People Healing People”. There were sharing circles that allowed each and every conference attendee to participate in sharing with a group of others who had been through a similar experience, and “Open Mic” times when all were welcome to speak and share in front of the entire group.
The conference ended with a banquet dinner and dance as the next conference hosts were introduced and a banner was passed on to them. We look forward to seeing everyone in Calgary in 2012!
Thanks to all who attended in making this conference an event of healing: “People Healing People”!