Dr. Keith Seel is the Dean of the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning at Bow Valley College. He is responsible for all of the academic upgrading programs, covering the K-12 span, for adults looking to improve their skills. Keith is part of the leadership team working on an Indigenization strategy for the College. As well he has been engaged in the processes to improve Aboriginal Upgrading courses and to create relationships with Indigenous post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Formerly, he was the Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Studies and Mount Royal University, and worked in the nonprofit sector. Keith taught at the Calgary Young Offender Centre for four years and was a member of the Alberta Correctional Educators Association.
Kerry Sauve is a veteran Correctional Peace Officer with over 20 years of front line experience working with gang members. Part of his portfolio is providing gang prevention and intervention programs to the youth incarcerated in the facility where he works. A second service he provides is facilitating gang awareness training for community partners, law-enforcement and the public. Kerry has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on gangs and youth crime.
Darcy Pennock was certified as a Verbal Judo instructor by the University of North Florida in 1999. Darcy provided tactical communications training to staff and students at the University of Alberta for the following 6 years. In 2005, Darcy was appointed Director, Verbal Judo Canada. Today, Darcy also travels from coast to coast providing Verbal Judo courses to all levels of government, law enforcement, educators, and healthcare professionals. He also travels extensively across the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. Under Darcy’s direction, Verbal Judo Canada now has offices in Edmonton, Ontario, Atlantic Canada, and shortly Quebec.
Darcy received a Police Science diploma from MacEwan University in 1987 and then graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a B.A. (Criminology) degree. Darcy has worked as a Peace Officer for twenty years. He currently resides in Edmonton with his wife and three children (an a dog named Buddy).
Dr. Carolyn Eggleston & Dr. Thom Gehring
Professor Emeritus Carolyn Eggleston has a Ph.D. in Urban Education with an emphasis in Correctional Education. She worked as an academic diagnostician, principal, and statewide supervisor in prisons in Virginia. Dr. Eggleston coordinated a master’s degree for special educators working in prisons in New York and has been a faculty member at CSUSB since 1991. She, along with her husband, Dr. Thom Gehring, created the created the Centre for the Study of Correctional Education. Dr. Eggleston has authored and/or coauthored over 55 articles and book chapters. She co-authored 2 books on correctional education. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in re-entry work for returning prisoners. She administers parolee re-entry multi service centres called the Cal State Reentry Initiative.
Thom Gehring, Ph.D. (dissertation in correctional education), Professor Emeritus, began teaching in a New Jersey prison in 1972, and has worked continuously since then in several U.S. states and has served as consultant for other for other states and abroad. Thom has also served as a counselor, a school board assistant superintendent, researcher (93 articles, 5 books), and program evaluator. Along with his wife, Carolyn Eggleston Ph.D., he served as a founding director of the Centre for the Study of Correctional Education at California State University, San Bernardino, and has helped establish parolee schools around San Bernardino.
Both Dr. Eggleston and Dr. Gehring serve on the executive board for the Journal of Prison Education and Re-entry.
Roger Brown spent 36 years in the RCMP; he retired as the commanding officer for the province of New Brunswick. His career took him across Canada and abroad where he worked in a variety of disciplines; General Duty, Federal Enforcement, Drug Enforcement, Academics, Human Resources, and VIP protection
He was vested as an officer of the order of Merit, a recipient of the Michelle Comeau Award for Leadership in Federal Government and recently named as one of Canada’s 150 leading “Change Makers” in Mental Health
He and Deborah Ann spend their time between their retirement home in New Brunswick, their family home in Cape Cod, or aboard their 37 ft Lord Nelson Victory Tug.
Kelly Fagan has spent over 30 years in corrections and has worked with both adult and young offender populations. Kelly started his career in 1986 at the Edmonton Remand Centre as a Correctional Officer and has worked at the Edmonton Young Offender Centre, the New Edmonton Centre, and the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. In his 30 years he has worked in a variety of roles including Correctional Service Worker, Tactical Team Leader, Assistant Deputy Director, and his current role as Deputy Director of Operations. In 2013, Kelly, along wth Joe Burrows, saw the need for a program to help staff in their time of need. This was the catalyst for the Corrections Peer Support Program.
When she was six-years-old, Iman Gatti witnessed the tragic death of her mother.
This began a journey in which her childhood and culture were stripped away from her only to be replaced by a decade of abuse and neglect at the hands of those appointed to protect her. Yet in this darkness, Iman held on to the light within her. A light her mother taught her was far too bright to ever be extinguished.
In her memoir, Cracked Open – Never Broken, Iman takes readers on a journey through a childhood of loss, heartbreak, and isolation as she clings to the hope of a life she always dreamed of. Her memoir is for anyone who refuses to succumb to the role of the victim, and instead chooses to live with an unbreakable spirit and overflowing compassion. Through sheer determination, strength, and resilience Iman overcomes the unimaginable. She is proof that, when faced with extreme suffering, the power of the human spirit can endure and transcend.
Iman believes we all possess the power of forgiveness and that we can transform our trauma into triumph.