Skip to main content

Public Proceedings

Webcast Post-Incident Communications and Support

June 28, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Grafton Street entrance

We will update this page and our calendar as more details become available.

Register here to attend proceedings in-person.

To listen to live audio from the proceedings, call 1-877-385-4099 (toll-free) and enter code 1742076, followed by the # sign.



  • Roundtable: Needs of Family and Community After Mass Casualty Incidents
This roundtable will address the following core themes: 
  • The immediate, short-term, and long-term needs of those impacted by a mass casualty with particular attention of the needs of the families of the victims and members of communities closely connected to a mass casualty;
  • Best practices for addressing those needs; and
  • Existing models that support grief, promote healing and foster resiliency.

Roundtable Members

  • Facilitator: Dr. Emma Cunliffe, Research and Policy Director
  • Dr. Grete Dyb, Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo; Co-Author of Expert Report: Survivors and the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attack on Utøya Island, Norway. Grete Dyb is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and Head of research at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Oslo, Norway. She has been Principal Investigator of numerous studies on childhood trauma and PTSD in children and adolescents and is past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. After the terror attack in Norway in 2011, she initiated the Utøya Study, a longitudinal interview study of youth survivors of the terror attack and their parents.
  • Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Oswego; Author of Expert Report: Supporting Survivors and Communities after Mass Shootings. Dr. Schildkraut holds a PhD in criminal justice from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. A national expert on mass shootings, Dr. Schildkraut’s research has been featured by local, national, and international media.  
  • Levent Altan, Executive Director of Victim Support in Europe. Mr. Altan has grown the organization into an international network of victim support organizations which carries out advocacy, policy and capacity building for all victims of crime.
  • Mary Fetchet, President and Executive Director of Voices Center for Resilience, an organization she founded following the death of her 24 year-old son on 9/11. A graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, her 29 years of experience as a clinical social worker influenced VOICES innovative approach to providing long-term support for victims’ families, responders and survivors, and commemorating the lives lost in a meaningful way.
  • Serena Lewis, former Northern Zone Grief Coordinator and Provincial Grief Consultant. Ms. Lewis is a registered social worker and holds both a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work. Since she completed her term, she has continued doing consulting work with teams and groups supporting death and grief literacy as well as psychological safety. She lives and works on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, calling Great Village her home.
  • Dr. Megan McElheran, CEO of Wayfound Mental Health Group and Clinical Psychologist. Dr. McElheran's work focuses exclusively on work with military members and public safety personnel, including members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, municipal police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, medical personnel, and others who are directly or vicariously impacted by traumatic events.
  • Dr. Terry Mitchell, Clinical and Community Psychologist. Dr. Mitchell was the principal investigator of a study on the impact on volunteer first responders and local communities following the Swiss Flight 111 disaster in 1998. She is Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University and now is working as a clinical psychologist in private practice, PEI.


  • Foundational Documents will be posted to our website as they are entered into evidence during the proceedings.
  • The Commission will work to have source material posted within two business days of marking it as an exhibit during proceedings although in rare instances there may be further delays.
  • If links within the Foundational Document are taking you to a page that states “Page not found or document unavailable,” it means they are not yet posted to the website.
  • All timing, agendas, format and schedules are subject to change and will be updated here as required.


View Transcript

Content Warning: The following video contains scenes including the discharging of firearms causing death. There is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website if you need it, and Wellness Supports are also listed.

Some of the information within this website may be disturbing or upsetting for some visitors. This website deals with information about events that include gun and other violence, including gender-based violence and intimate partner violence. If you need to leave at any point, there is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website. This website also includes some suggested resources, should you be in need of support.

This website uses cookies
We use cookies to help improve your experience while using this website. By continuing to use this site you are agreeing to this use of cookies. Read more about cookies and other information in our Privacy Policy.