Keynote Speakers & Invited Sessions

Lost Prizes

Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne, born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, is an award-winning community organizer, public speaker and a proud member of Shamattawa First Nation. Michael believes we all have a gift and shows youth the path to discover their own. He is solution oriented and passionate about building system literacy, encouraging volunteerism, and engaging communities to be involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of any initiative that affects them. Michael believes in leading by example and now travels across Canada sharing his gift with others. Whether he is speaking to educators, youth, the business community or the not-for-profit sector his goal is the same, to help heal, shape and create a call to action for everyone. Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.


The Other 3 R’s: Relationships, Resilience, and Restorative Practices

Mark Freado

The Active Ingredient in all successful work with children and youth is in developmental relationships. A strong caring and healthy bond with a significant adult contributes to a young person’s sense of safety and sets the stage for learning to occur. Relationships provide support and guidance through stressful experiences of our students, identifying strengths and helping their innate resilience to emerge. On the foundation of safe relationships and developing strengths, children and adolescents are more willing to take the risks necessary to learn and grow. This helps prepare young people to accept responsibility and interact with others in restorative practices, not only building individual skills but also contributing to a safer and healthier community.


Seeing Across the Divide: Student Reality and Teacher Perception


Marc Kuly


The sharing of stories offers a unique opportunity to glimpse into the experiences, resilience, and hardships of others. When we listen and connect to their human, we are able to gain perspective and insight beyond our own implicit biases Based on emerging local research into the stories inner city students tell about their school experiences, this presentation will share insights into perceptual barriers and practical realities that teachers need to consider if our schools are going to deliver on the promise of public education: an educated, equitable, and inclusive public.


Resilience and Self-determination through Inclusion and Diversity

Lesley Eblie Trudel

The Manitoba Government’s Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education was recently tasked with reviewing and shaping Manitoba’s education system. The goal was to seek input on a number of topics in order to develop recommendations for the future of public education. This presentation will summarize a research partnership and collaboration with two separate educational leadership organizations in the province, in preparation for written submissions to the review commission. In particular, the presentation will focus on the advocacy for inclusion and diversity through the change process within school systems governance, in order to build resilience and empower self-determination for all students. 


Living Through the Arts

Romeo Suban & St. John’s Dance Team

This session will explore the importance of the arts, dance as a learning medium and the impact it can have on our students beyond the classroom. Featuring also our concept videos, live demonstrations and a performance by the dance team.

Leading this presentation is Romeo Suban who is a dance educator, choreographer, director, producer and adjudicator. He has had the honour of performing for her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Rainbow Stage, opening for the America’s Best Dance Crew Tours and We Day Manitoba. Today, he teaches the dance program at St. John’s High School in the Winnipeg School Division. Romeo and his students are grateful for this opportunity to share and express our stories.



Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network provides support, encouragement, and advocacy to young people in and from care in Manitoba. We come alongside youth while they are in care, as they transition to in(ter)dependence, and as they grow into adults pursuing their goals. We are youth-driven and youth-focused. 

We raise awareness of the challenges youth-in-care face, educating the public and working with child welfare professionals to create a better system of care in Manitoba. Improving living conditions for children and youth who find themselves in alternative care, such as foster homes, group homes, and independent living programs.

Lost Prizes welcomes representatives from Voices to share their stories and important work advocating for youth-in-care.