Bob Lenarduzzi joins adolescent health experts at annual youth conference



    VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW/ - Bob Lenarduzzi, President of Soccer
Operations for Vancouver Whitecaps gives morning address to delegates at
McCreary Youth Foundation's annual youth conference. This year's theme,
"Rethinking Risk" is designed to stimulate our thinking about the
opportunities and challenges associated with engaging in risky behaviours.
    Dr. David Wolfe, RBC Chair in Children's Mental Health at the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at
the University of Toronto and Director of the CAMH Centre for Prevention
Science will provide the keynote address to open McCreary Youth Foundation's
annual youth conference April 27-28th at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in
Vancouver. His speech, "Adolescent risk behaviours: why teens experiment and
strategies to keep them safe" will look at motivations behind adolescent risk
taking and will provide strategies to support young people through this
important developmental phase.
    Dr. Ian Manion, clinical professor in the School of Psychology and the
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, visiting Professor at
the University of Northumbria in the UK and the Executive Director, Operations
for the Provincial (Ontario) Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental
Health at CHEO, will provide keynote luncheon address to close the conference
on April 28th. His speech, "It's Everybody's Business - partnering with youth
to build a better mental health system" will look at effective and appropriate
ways to engage young people in the development of mental health programs and
policy.
    Each year the Foundation recognizes four individuals from BC who have
made significant contributions to our mission of furthering the youth agenda
and heightening awareness of youth issues. MYF's annual awards of distinction
will also be presented at April 28th lunch. This year's recipients are:
    Dr. Jean Shovellor, University of British Columbia Vancouver (Research),
Meagan Clarkson, Victoria Native Friendship Society (Youth Leadership), Ruth
Annis, Pacific Community Resources, Vancouver (Advocacy) and Shannon Isaac,
Safe Spaces, Nelson (Innovative Programs)





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