The Wetaskiwin Early Years Coalition hosted the screenings of Paper Tigers and Resilience in 2019 to encourage parents, caregivers and professionals to engage with the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and the effects of toxic stress.
Engaging with new partners to guide the planning and process and a generous in-kind donation, the two evenings started important community conversations around trauma and healing. We had a panel of speakers included a variety of people from different professions and expertise including a guest speaker from the Edmonton Family Centre, an art therapy psychologist, an elementary school counsellor in Maskwacis, an energy medicine healer and Elder from Maskwacis, and a FASD educator. We used the free phone app “Slido” so individuals could anonymously enter their ACE score in a poll in order to see as a group their ACE score. This app was also useful for individuals to ask questions they might otherwise feel uncomfortable asking out loud. We found it successful!
Keeping in mind sustainability, we hope to donate the DVDs to the Wetaskiwin Library for individuals to check out at their convenience once we have completed our screenings. Overall, we felt that these screenings started conversations in our community regarding the importance of healthy growth and development of children, the issues of lack of services and the need for mental health supports.