Conscious Connections

An evening to bring together those working the front line, to talk, listen, share, and connect. As members working the front line and supporters of these members, we have a unique thread that links us all together and there is a powerful strength that happens when we come together and build relationships with one another.

  • Are you a member of the front line? Are you a family member or close friend of someone on the front line? 

  • Are you looking to connect with others?

  • Looking to share your story and feel heard and supported?

  • Feeling alone and like nobody understands what you are going through?




What you can expect:

​You will hear from a different guest speaker each month who will share their stories and experiences.  As well, participants are encouraged to share and connect and build relationships and connections. It is a night with no expectations, just a safe space for us to connect.

Conscious Connections Meetup Edmonton Alberta
Front Line Meetup Edmonton Alberta
Front Line Support Alberta

Conscious Connections

Join us Wednesday June 8, 2022 

6:30-8:30 p.m.

In person at Caffiend Coffee 14132 28 Ave SW, Edmonton, AB T6W 3Y9

Guest Speakers: Dr. Helena Hawryluk and Jerris Popik

Dr. Helena Hawryluk is a Registered Social Worker and 

Co-Founder of Families First: Support for Occupational Stress Inc. and Director of Warrior Kids program with Wounded Warriors Canada. She has practiced as a social worker for over 15 years with families of the Canadian Armed Forces. She specializes in developing resilience of young people within first-responder and military families impacted by operational stress injuries. Helena completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Concordia University and a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Calgary. She continued with the Faculty of Social Work for her Masters degree, then followed by her PhD with the Faculty of Social Work. She was also awarded the Wounded Warriors Canada Doctoral Scholarship.  Helena is an instructor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and Grant MacEwan University, School of Social Work.



Jerris Popik has an applied psychology degree from Concordia University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Calgary. She is currently practicing as a registered social worker in Alberta. Jerris is honored to be a Clinical Advisor with Wounded Warriors Canada and the Co-Creator and Program Director of the successful national Warrior Kids Programs that in the past 2 years has provided support to over 300 children and youth from first responder and military families affected by parental operational stress injuries. Along with her twin sister Helena, she is the co-founder of Families First: Support for Occupational Stress Injuries Inc. focused on providing valued specialized support services for families and children of Canada’s military, veteran and Public Safety Personnel. With a decade of experience working directly with children, youth and families from the Canadian Armed Forces, Jerris values the opportunities to work alongside first responder families that are affected by Operational Stress Injuries. As the Warrior Wellness Twins, Jerris and Helena bring current evidence and insightful frontline knowledge into providing custom educational workshops, courses and resources to various first responder organizations including the National Police Federation and the Department Of National Defence.

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