Educational Event- Multi-Faith Prison Chaplaincy


Day of Learning & Sharing

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Cres. East, Toronto

The Role of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in the Rehabilitation of
Inmates and their Re-integration in the Community

Panel Discussion (10:15 am to 11:15 am)
Chair: Roshi Taigen Henderson, Abbot, Toronto Zen Centre,
Buddhist Chaplain, Beaver Creek Correctional Facility
Panelists: Capt (Padre) John E. Funelas, Canadian Armed Forces,
Former Full-time Chaplain at Warkworth Institution
Ms. Paula Osmok, Regional Director, John Howard Society of Ontario

Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Inmates and Ex-inmates

Workshop (11:30 am to 1:00 pm)
Facilitators: Ms. Linda Hochstetler, Social Worker & Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW
Roshi Taigen Henderson, Buddhist Prison Chaplain

Spiritual Care in Prison:
What is needed, what works and what doesn’t?

Roundtable (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)
Chair: Orev Reena Katz haKohenet, Multi-Faith Mental Health Chaplain for
Bath & Millhaven Regional Treatment Centres, Jewish Chaplain
for Beaver Creek, Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions

**Invited guests speaking at the roundtable will include
staff & volunteer prison chaplains and ex-inmates**

Tickets: $30 (includes lunch and refreshments)

For inquiry or ticket purchase:
Email or Call 416-910-4858

Presented by:
The U of T Buddhist Contemplative Care Society




Sponsored by:
Emmanuel College Student Society

About our speakers:

Paula Osmok is the Executive Director of John Howard Society of Ontario, a position she has held since 2002. In 2003, the Centre for Research, Policy and Program Development was established at JHSO and the growing team of professional research, policy and evaluation staff engage in leading edge research and policy, making significant contributions to social and criminal justice literature and program development in Ontario.

Prior to that, she held the position of Executive Director for the John Howard Society of (then) Victoria Haliburton Simcoe & Muskoka, a local John Howard office in central Ontario. In that role, she developed and implemented a range of community-based services and housing, including programming for both provincial and federal prisoners.

She was elected for four successive terms as a public school board trustee in her local community serving as Chair of the Board and of many major committees.

She has presented as numerous conferences and training sessions on a range of criminal and social justice issues as well as operational and governance issues in the charitable sector.

Paula holds a MSc. in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Leicester in the UK where she conducted research and produced her dissertation on The DNA Identification Act: Privacy Implications for Canadians.

Padre (Captain) John Funelas has been a priest in the Christian tradition for 22 years and has travelled to almost 40 countries, mostly in the exercise of his ministry. In 2011, he joined the chaplaincy team of the Correctional Service Canada as a full-time chaplain at Warkworth Institution in Ontario. His educational background is in philosophy, pastoral theology, anthropology, and national security. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain in 2016. He is currently the Faith Community Coordinator (Protestant) and a Unit Chaplain at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.

Roshi Taigen Henderson is the Abbot of Toronto Zen Centre under the Direction of Roshi Sunyana Graef, the Abbot of the Vermont Zen Centre and a Dharma Heir of Roshi Kapleau. He was ordained by her as a priest in 2004 and sanctioned as Roshi Graef’s first Dharma Heir in June of 2005. He was installed as the abbot of the Toronto Zen Centre at that time.

Roshi Taigen’s interest in prison work began in 2004 by writing to Calvin Malone an American inmate and author of “Prison Wire Dharma”. Later this developed into volunteer prison work in provincial prisons with “Freeing the Human Spirit” in or around 2008 and was later hired by the first “contractor” for chaplaincy, Kairos Pneuma. When Bridges of Canada won the contract he was hired as a Buddhist Chaplain in Warkworth and Beavercreek Institutions.

Linda Hochstetler been studying and practicing a variety of meditation practices (mindfulness, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhism) for more than 30 years. She is a meditation teacher in the lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche, and considers Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat her primary gurus. She is a Co-Founder of the Awaken in Toronto Sangha, and is their Senior Teacher. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2-month silent retreat in 2009. She is also a clinical social worker who specializes in dealing with illness, death, & dying issues. She has a trauma-informed practice and offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy and other body-based practices to deal with traumas of all kinds. She has a private practice in the Roncesvalles village and sees individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues.

Chaplain Orev Reena Katz haKohenet practices spiritual care with people who are incarcerated in the federal prisons of Southern Ontario, the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mohawk, Odawa and Mississauga of New Credit in Williams, Treaty 57 and 13 territories.

Orev is the Jewish Chaplain at Collins Bay, Joyceville and Beaver Creek Institutions, where she provides progressive, social justice-based Jewish education, and one-on-one counselling to people incarcerated in minimum, medium and max security prisons. Orev is also one of two specialized Spiritual Care Providers at the Regional Treatment Centres of Millhaven and Bath Institutions. Chaplain Orev’s work as a Multi-Faith Mental Health Chaplain in these clinical settings involves journeying with maximum security inmates, diagnosed with a range of mental health, addiction and aging issues. Like all incarcerated people, Orev’s RTC clients struggle with grief, addiction, suicidality, and inter-generational trauma.

Chaplain Orev trained in forensics at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Stillwater Institution, a maximum security men’s prison in Minnesota. She is the Chair of the Correctional Chaplaincy Community of Practice with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and coordinates the Art to Power Resiliency Initiative at the Prisoner AIDS/HIV Support and Action Network, where she works with formerly incarcerated people living with HIV and HepC. Chaplain Orev is honoured to serve these diverse and courageous incarcerated communities.

Event organizer: U of T Buddhist Contemplative Care Society
Event sponsors: Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada and Emmanuel College Student Society.

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