Wednesday March 17, 2021
7:00-8:15 p.m. Online via zoom
THEN THIS EVENING IS FOR YOU
Join us this month via Zoom
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
To reserve your seat through Eventbrite, please click here.
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.
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?
GUEST SPEAKER: Paul Wagman
Paul Wagman is the founder and President of Wayfinders Wellness Society. A peer driven, non-profit, serving first responders, military, and their families suffering from an OSI or trauma.
Paul has suffered PTSD stemming from a work-related injury. He is a 21-year member of the Calgary Police Service in the rank of Detective. In 2008, he responded to a mass homicide, as a Constable. There were kids involved. At the time of the homicide, his first child was nearly a year old, and that was the age of the only living survivor he took out of the homicide scene. He did not process his trauma in a healthy way, or in any way.
Two weeks later he transitioned to working in major crimes, sex crimes, and child abuse homicide as a Detective. The way he processed trauma included putting everything in a bag until sleep issues, anger, frustration and many more symptoms of PTSD started to seep to the surface and bubble over.
So, he did the most important thing in his life – He got professional help and followed his psychologist’s advice. This type of support was major! However, there was way, way more that he needed to do to truly be well and to heal that he didn’t know even existed. The secret for him became lots of little things focused on wellness, rather than one big solution. It was a real dedication to overall wellness that helped the big issue of his mental health and building resiliency.
In 2013 Paul won the Western Legacy award from the Calgary Stampede for founding and creating the charity Camp Carmangay. This honor reflected many years of creating a place and a program to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth have a space to heal and experience programs of growth and impact, while still enjoying being a kid.
Since he has been injured with PTSD, his rule in life has changed so much. Self-care is so important. He has chosen to share his experiences and difficult journey in order to pave the path and make it easier for others. He used to think he knew what work-life balance meant, now he truly does. It must be noted that there is no magic potion and the journey to recovery and healing post-trauma, certainly with PTSD, can be one of the most difficult things anyone can