Helgi is a lawyer who has done pro bono work relating to conflicts involving potentially traumatic issues such as mental health issues and sexual assault. She also has personal experience utilizing victims services resources after traumatic events. She believes that access to justice can be improved by considering how all legal system stakeholders (lawyers and other legal professionals, judges, victims services professionals, first responders, victims, accused persons and offenders) are affected by trauma. She is working to develop a universal framework for trauma-informed legal practice for use as a support for both clients and lawyers for conflicts involving trauma. She believes that justice that retraumatizes isn't truly justice at all and is interested in cultivating supports for wellbeing within the justice system.
Steve is a trauma-informed counsellor, restorative practices trainer/facilitator and a certified HeartMath provider in Australia. As a counsellor and former first responder, and medical scientist, Steve has a wealth of expertise relating to trauma. He is interested in restorative justice and non-adversarial justice. He has a passion for collaboration among organisations and individuals seeking to "do justice better" be it in legal practice, schools, organisational culture, and even within families and communities.
Margot Van Sluytman
Margot is an award-winning therapeutic writing mentor, poet and justice activist who teaches Global Citizenship at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario. Her life’s work began at age sixteen when her Dad was murdered in an armed-robbery in Toronto in 1978. Since that time, she has been committed to working with others to support them in their harrowing grief and loss. Her passion for affecting change in justice policy which includes writing, publishing, giving talks and workshops, across Canada and internationally, on resilience and empowerment, is intricately linked to the promise she made to her father Theodore, that his death would not be in vain. Margot is the Executive Director of http://theodoresplace.org a virtual healing home offering much-needed resources to crime survivors. She is working with community and colleagues to build a bricks-and-mortar healing home. In the year 2000, she was gifted with the spirit name, Raven Speaks.