Manitoba Association of School Social Workers

Learning From Our Own: Manitoba Leaders for Manitoba Youth

Learning From Our Own: Manitoba Leaders for Manitoba Youth

Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodiere Blvd
Plenty of free parking!

October 25, 2019 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:15 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker Dr. Sherry Fandrey
11:30 – 1:00 Networking Lunch (included)
1:00 – 3:15 Keynote Speaker Mr. Michael Redhead Champagne
3:15 – 3:30 Closing Remarks and Door Prizes
Prairie Sky Books will be on site from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.


Current Trends in Youth Substance Use

Dr. Sheri Fandrey

Dr. Sheri Fandrey has been working in the field of addictions and mental health for over 15 years, and is a specialist when it comes to communicating knowledge in a way that reduces stigma and fosters productive relationships. As the Knowledge Exchange Lead at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Dr. Fandrey was responsible for providing input into the strategic direction of the Manitoba Addictions Knowledge Exchange Centre, with the goal of enhancing the entire Manitoba Addictions system.
Dr. Fandrey provides professional education about substance use and addictions to educators, social workers, pharmacists, physicians and nurses and others in Manitoba. She currently has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and is on the Executive Committee of the Prairie Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse. Sheri is a member of the Advisory Council for the organization Drug Free Kids Canada.
Dr. Fandrey will provide current Manitoba data on youth substance use and will provide direction on best practices given local trends. Dr. Fandrey will respond to the questions and particular needs of school teams that support youth in our province.



Education, Relationships, and Community Support

Mr. Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne has spent over two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution-oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization.

In 2018, Michael received a Kids Help Phone Regional Volunteer Award & in 2017 was recognized with a Meritorious Service Decoration from the Governor General of Canada. 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba. He has been included as part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health movement in both 2018 & 2019.

As a founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), he is committed to a wide variety of community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Moons Harm Reduction & Fearless R2W. He is passionate about mentoring young people, encouraging all to share their gifts and build their system literacy. He has appeared in various media platforms including APTN’s First Contact & has served as co-host for CKUW’s Inner City Voices for the past 5 years. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and Marymound Inc. In 2016, he served on the Bank of Canada’s #BankNOTEable Advisory Committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. His recent system work includes the Manitoba Child Welfare Legislative Review Committee, the federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment & with Kids Help Phone, both the Texting Advisory Committee & Indigenous Advisory Council.

Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action. As a fellow Manitoban, Michael has connected with hundreds of students across our province. His message will leave you with hope and motivation in our advocacy with youth in Manitoba.

Registration and Fees

Register online here:

Conference Fee: $90.00
Student Rate (Full-time students only/Conference Fee only): $25.00
Membership Fee: $25.00
Membership + Conference Fee: $80.00
Other: Lunch Included