Margo Talbot is a professional climber, author, and speaker. She has worked with Outward Bound’s Youth at Risk and Women of Courage programs, run climbing clinics for Enviros, as well as taught ice and rock climbing clinics all over North America for more than ten years. Her first book, “All that Glitters: A Climbers Journey through Addiction and Depression” was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in 2012.
Margo Talbot shares her compelling story of healing and self-discovery amid the frozen landscapes of the planet. Rescued from the depths of drug addiction and crime by the lure of climbing frozen waterfalls, Margo rises from the brink of suicidal depression in a jail cell to being envied by a client in Antarctica for having a “dream life”.
Dr. Allen Donsky
Dr. Allen Donsky is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal University.
He had a full time clinical practice for 17 years and has been consulting Psychiatrist with the Healthy Minds/Healthy Children program in Calgary for the last decade.
With a view to offering his work to more students, educators and other professionals, he currently spends his time working in Mental Health Classrooms teaching Mindfulness. Mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that fits in well with the theme of “ Finding Balance”. It leads to greater insight about the human condition and enhances the ability to navigate the human experience. This ultimately leads to better mental health and well-being.
Dr. Keith Courtney
Dr. Courtney is the Facilities Medical Director for the Alberta Health Services Correctional Health division. For the past 20 years, Dr. Courtney has worked in jail and prison systems as well as with the police and corrections officers in learning how to work with mentally disabled individuals. Before moving to Alberta, Dr. Courtney was Chief Psychiatrist for the Clark Country Detention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. His other posts include Corporate Chief Psychiatrist for NaphCare Inc, Director for Outpatient Behavioural Health Services for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and Clinical Director of the Long Creek Youth Development Centre in Portland, Maine.
Jack Jervis is a Leadership Consultant with Alberta Government Human Services. He facilitates a “Leading Well” course that he developed as well as “Respect Works” and “Crucial Conversations” courses at various conferences and events. He has, for the past several years, acted as the work-life balance expert for the Ministry of Human Services. As such, Jack is a seasoned and sought after speaker and facilitator.
Kathleen Henderson is a veteran instructor with NorQuest College. She works at the Edmonton Remand Centre, where she teaches Anger Management, Prevention of Family Violence, and Parenting. Kathleen uses mindfulness practices both in her classes and in her life outside of work as a way to increase focus, decrease stress, and recharge after a long day in the classroom. A Registered Provisional Psychologist, she has both researched the mental health benefits of mindfulness and trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.