Webinars & E-Symposia

AMSSA E-Symposium – Cultural Safety: A Person Centred Approach to Communication and Interaction
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 10AM to 12PM

Cultural Safety ensures that we become respectful of all aspects of culture, including history, values, gender, and socioeconomic status. It’s important to acknowledge that our own cultural beliefs and attitudes have the potential, consciously or unconsciously, to influence the power balance with clients and each other. Cultural Safety on a continuum comes after cultural competence and proficiency, but it is not about a checklist or memorizing different norms based on ethnicity. It is about understanding the person in front of you, creating trust and working together with the person so that your interactions do no harm to the individual. The major constructs to consider are historical oppressions and power in relationships.

While this e-symposium is designed for service providers, anyone can benefit from learning about these inclusive practices.

What: E-Symposium on Cultural Safety
When: December 10, 2015, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (PST)
Where: Online or at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre (in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre) – 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 per online connection or $20 in person attendance. Click here to register.
Special price for Safe Harbour members: $10 per online connection or $15 in person attendance. If you are a Safe Harbour member, please email safeharbour@amssa.org for a registration link.

*Please note the registration deadlines: November 25 for in-person participation and December 8 for online connection.


Dr. Balbir Gurm, RN, EdD (Leadership & Policy, UBC), BScN, MA
University Instructor

Balbir is a registered nurse with a doctorate in Education from the University of British Columbia. Today, she is a member of the Faculty of Health at KPU and teaches a fourth year course on social and organizational change and a course on nursing research. She has been honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the NISODS Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. Balbir is the founding editor-in-chief of Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, which aims to improve teaching and learning in post-secondary education. She is also the facilitator for the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships, a community action group. She continues to speak up for equity in all spheres. A passionate educator and change agent, Balbir believes our actions are influenced by history as well as context, that educational experiences need to be grounded in reality, and that educators need to translate academic knowledge into community actions. Balbir also facilitated diversity training for Safe Harbour in the Fraser Valley region.

Jas Cheema, MA
Diversity/Community Engagement Consultant

Jas Cheema is a recognized leader in the fields of inter-cultural communication, diversity, and community engagement. As an immigrant woman herself, Jas Cheema has also personally experienced the integration challenges faced by many immigrants. She writes about these challenges and works to foster a cross cultural understanding through her writing, consulting work, academia and volunteer work. She has been recognized for her work through numerous awards throughout the years such as:  Surrey- North Delta Leader of the Year; Diversity Award; Woman of Distinction; Griffin Award for making a difference through the art of writing.