Alberta's Nightlife Harm Reduction - A panel on harm reduction services currently offered within Alberta's electronic music scene featuring a keynote address from Kristin Karas, the Director of Operations at the international nightlife harm reduction organization, DanceSafe.
• Kristin Karas, Director of Operations at DanceSafe. DanceSafe was established in 1998 and currently operates as a registered charity in the USA although they support chapters around the world. Today, there are DanceSafe chapters in the USA, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. DanceSafe is known for pioneering drug checking within the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs. Denver, Colorado, USA.
• Mirical Em, President of Calgary PartySafe. Calgary RaveSafe operated from 1999-2004 and rebranded as Calgary PartySafe in 2012. Calgary PartySafe provides harm reduction information, supplies and support through outreach booths set up at electronic dance music concerts, raves, festivals, nightclubs, and other related venues. Calgary PartySafe is a chapter of the International Nightlife Harm Reduction organization, DanceSafe, and community partner of the Alberta Health Services Harm Reduction program, Safeworks.
• Shelby Young is a Licensed Practical Nurse and founder of Indigo Harm Reduction Services. Indigo Harm Reduction Services is a newly organized Edmonton based harm reduction organization presence for events, shows, venues or festivals. Indigo Harm Reduction Services is part of the Alberta Take Home Naloxone Program with Alberta Health Services. Edmonton, AB.
• Tarzie McLean is a trainer, therapist, facilitator and program coordinator. For many years, she has been a trainer for harm reduction services at transformational festivals, mentoring people about psychedelic peer support. She offers counselling through her private practice, Soul Compass Integration Therapy - www.soulcompass.info. She is also the co-lead for the Psychedelic Medicine Society of Calgary. Calgary, AB.
• Veronica Lawrence is the founder of the Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces (SASS). SASS is a community partner of the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. In less than two years, SASS has worked with nearly a dozen organizations across Calgary to create safer, more inclusive spaces and has helped push the public conversation about consent to the forefront of Calgary’s music community. Calgary, AB
• Emily Ophus is the Community Programs Manager at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The Calgary Sexual Health Centre aims to normalize sexual health in Alberta by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services. Emily Ophus has worked with SASS to provide safer space training to many nightlife venues across Calgary. Calgary, AB.
Paul Joseph Brooks is a passionate harm reduction advocate and communication specialist who works at Beat Drop, The Hifi Club and Bass Coast Music Festival. Paul also hosts the radio program ‘Instant Gratification: Revoked!’ on CJSW 90.9FM.