2023 Advancing Post-Traumatic Growth Event


The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Badge of Life Canada is proud to announce that the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be delivering the opening remarks of this year’s event at the Horseshoe Resort in Ontario. We hope that you are able to attend to listen to this “Storyteller-in-Chief”.

Her Honour has set out to engage with Ontarians through a variety of community events, encouraging people to listen to each other and to engage in meaningful dialogue, including mental wellness and Public Safety Personnel.

The Lieutenant Governor plays a key role in supporting organizations making outstanding contributions to civil society. To this end, the Lieutenant Governor from time to time grants her viceregal patronage to community, charitable, military, and cultural associations, as well as public service organizations, lending them support and recognition.

Our second annual “Advancing Post-Traumatic Growth Event” will be held at the Horseshoe Resort in Oro-Medonte (Ontario)
from October 10-12, 2023, featuring an expert line up of presenters.
Registration will be on the 10th of October and the Event begins on the 11th.
There will be two separate streams featured during the Event. Further information is provided below, as well as a registration link.
Details about the various presenters can be seen by clicking HERE.
The registration includes workshops and meals.
Payments will be accepted via the Stripe payment system.
We ask that you pay for the event registration yourself and then claim back from your service (if they are going to reimburse you). 

Se the the daily Event Agenda.

2023 Event Flyer
Event's Two Streams

Stream 1

"On-Duty Growth"

The On Duty Growth stream is geared towards First Responders and will include topics such as:

  • Staying resilient in toxic work environments
  • Recoveringfrom cumulative stress and trauma
  • Peer support for first responders

Stream 2

"Growth Beyond The Shift"

The Growth Beyond The Shift stream is intended to help PSPs and their families remain strong outside the job and will include topics such as:

  • Keeping a first responder’s marriage strong
  • The dynamics of first responder families
  • Kids and couples
  • Safeguarding yourself and others when children are on-scene
  • Using self-talk to stay healthy and well
Presenters and their Workshops

The various presenters and their workshops can be seen by clicking HERE or on the picture below.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For our 2023 Event, there are sponsorship opportunities available. You can support by making monetary gifts or providing relevant marketing materials that will be given to our participants.
For more information on this opportunity, please click HERE to download our sponsorship package or contact Laura directly at Laura@badgeoflifecanada.org.
Please forward this information to anybody you know that may be willing to sponsor our Event.


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.