by David Hewson
Before I get to the profiles, a quick conference update:
1. We’ve set up the channel that we’ll be using to livestream the conference. Not much going on there just yet (‘cept occasionally some weird dude giving the double thumbs up), but please share the address with anyone who can’t make the conference.
2. To:
A) involve everyone who can’t make the event, and
B) create a conversation backchannel for everyone who can,
we’ll be using Twitter and tweeting with the #cssdp12 hash tag. There are things going on there already, so check it out, and see who’s getting ready for the event.
Now that that’s out of the way – attendee profiles! Today’s bunch includes a veteran board member, and two more conference first-timers. If you missed the profiles we’ve posted so far, here are Volumes One, Two and Three.
As always – if you haven’t already filled out our survey, please do! We’ll post your profiles on the blog, like we did with these ones.
Here’s the link:
Enjoy!
Lorraine Schembri
CSSDP chapter (or other organization you’re involved in) 
Simon Fraser University, CSSDP Board of Directors
Which CSSDP conferences have you attended? 
Vancouver 2009, Toronto 2010
Were there any tipping points, or “A-ha!!” moments that got you into drug policy reform?
How did they come about? 
Just a hunch I’ve always had that something was wrong. This feeling was then completely validated during a 3 hour War On Drugs (whats wrong with it) lecture in a Psychopharmacology class in 2008.
What do you want to accomplish at this conference? 
I’d like to be inspired with new chapter and board endeavours to move away from tough-on-drug-use mentality.
Anything else to add? 
Can’t wait to see old friends and meet new ones and move toward progress, not prisons!
Do you have some way for people to follow/get in touch with you before the conference? 
Yes. CSSDP SFU has a Facebook page.
Jess
CSSDP chapter (or other organization you’re involved in)
Y.E.A.H. Planned Parenthood
Which CSSDP conferences have you attended? 
First time!
Were there any tipping points, or “A-ha!!” moments that got you into drug policy reform?
How did they come about? 
Doing harm reduction from previous years, this interests me in taking a stronger approach to drug users, and also to get involved politicly.
What do you want to accomplish at this conference? 
Learning more about the drug policies that are in current affect, knowing what we can do now and in the future to benefit us, as well as people coming to us for help.
Anything else to add? 
I might have to bring my 5 1/2 month baby, I have some family in Calgary, but I know some are sick, I am sorry for the inconvience. I am single mom and dont have much choice.
 
Dan Werb
Twitter: @prfssrfeelings
CSSDP chapter (or other organization you’re involved in) 
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP.org)
Which CSSDP conferences have you attended? 
First time!
Were there any tipping points, or “A-ha!!” moments that got you into drug policy reform?
How did they come about? 
I worked as a Research Fellow for the Paris-based Senlis Council in 2005 (now the International Council on Security and Development).
What do you want to accomplish at this conference? 
Present materials that will hopefully allow interested drug policy advocates to duplicate our efforts in BC cannabis policy reform in other jurisdictions.
Anything else to add? 
Present materials that will hopefully allow interested drug policy advocates to duplicate our efforts in BC cannabis policy reform in other jurisdictions.
Do you have some way for people to follow/get in touch with you before the conference? 
Yes – Twitter.
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