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Pamela Owen

Pamela Owen

Pamela Owen

Violence Prevention Specialist

Bottom Line Conference | February 24, 2015 | Vancouver

Violence Prevention Specialist

Pamela Owen has practiced as Recreation Therapist supporting marginalized populations for over 20 years. She has worked for the health authority as well as for profit and nonprofit organizations. She has sat on 15 + committees and focus groups. Pamela is presently working as a Violence Prevention Specialist.

Greatly affected by adolescent mental health and addictions, Pamela has been actively involved in advocating for changes within adolescent mental health and addiction services. She has spent many years educating and challenging her community to own the problem. As a result over 40 organizations have come together to begin working in collaboration with the goal of coming up with viable, sustainable solutions.

Pamela spent 9 years attached to a Geriatric Outreach Program working with complex, frail older adults in the community. While attached to the Geriatric Outreach Program Pamela gained an understanding of the many gaps which affected frail seniors on the North Shore. She was instrumental in creating and sustaining partnerships. Pamela also provided support and education to community organizations so that effective services could be put into place.

Pamela worked in Tertiary Mental Health providing education and opportunity for clients to participate and engage in wellness services and programs. While at work on March 12, 2012, Pamela was very violently assaulted. The incident led to a 9 month investigation by WorkSafe in which a 70 page report was produced; in a precedent-setting outcome the employer was fined and did not appeal. As a result, the employer has been forced to implement ongoing changes to create a safer work environment.

As a recreation therapist providing guidance and support to her client population, as a parent and caregiver to a child who struggles with mental health and addictions and now as a consumer with lived experience resulting from an extremely violent workplace incident, Pamela has a unique perspective and understanding about the cultural shift that needs to happen within mental health and addictions.

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