The 7th Annual Alberta GSA Conference will be held on Saturday November 17th, 2018, at Jasper Place High School on Treaty 6 land in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton) Alberta. Doors open at 9:00am and the conference ends at 4:10pm. Bring a digital (phone) or physical printed copy of your ticket with the QR code visible to make registration go faster!

Make sure you sign-up for the workshop types that fit who you are! Workshops are divided by different grades, and whether they are for just students, just teachers, or both. Check the workshop audience in the description when you sign up! There will also be a French workshop available each block, thanks to our partners at Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta! Workshop attendees who have registered for workshops will be given priority if the workshop is full.

Almost all workshops in Block 1 will repeat again in Block 2. Block 3 will be activity & arts-based!
BLOCK 1: 11:10am - 12:20pm
BLOCK 2: 1:35pm - 2:45pm
BLOCK 3: 3:00pm - 4:10pm

The Chill Zone will be a quiet drop-in room available to hangout, do crafts, get tarot readings, and/or speak with a counselor if needed. Located in the STAR Program room (next to Room 183) the Chill Zone will be available during Block 1, 2, and 3.

The Smudge Space will be a drop-in gathering space and/or sharing circle where folks will be able to smudge and come together in community. Located in Room 128, the Smudge Space will be available during Block 1 and 2.

The entire conference takes place on the 1st floor with the exception of the cafeteria which is down a flight of stairs next to an elevator.
Washrooms will be all-gender with stalls and are wheelchair accessible.
An ASL Interpreter will be available for the keynote presentation as well as other workshops as needed.
There may be smudging in certain workshops, if you have severe allergies to smoke please inform the Workshop Ambassador so that a dry smudge can be performed instead.

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Samantha Shandal

Hunting Hills High School
Educational Assistant
Sylvan Lake, Alberta
I identify as an LGBTQ2+ member as well as a long time supporter in my personal life. This is my second year as an EA at Hunting Hills, and my first year as a staff mentor for our school's QSA. I'm brand new to the group, and want to do the best job possible providing an encouraging, safe, accepting, and enjoyable place to be themselves, express their concerns, be supported and just be happy and secure. I'm interested in taking a more active role in LGBTQ2+ activism and rights recognition and want to help create a culture of awarness and acceptance throughout our school and community. About Me: I'm a mom of a 2 year old girl and a 5 year old boy who has just started kindergarten this year; I consider myself to be a liberalist and I support individuality, personal freedoms, choice, and I personally appreciate and encourage uniqueness and courage whenever I see it; I love to do anything artistic and creative, but chose not to do this for a career as I feel pulled to work that directly involves serving people and making lives better - I think that is why i love my job as an educational assistant so much; I like to bake, garden, knit, read, draw, paint, do pottery, write prose, spend quality time with people, drink coffee, bowl (badly), and spend time in nature hiking, camping, or just going for walks rain or shine.