AFHTO 2022 Closing Plenary: The Power and Pitfalls of Resilience

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

The Power and Pitfalls of Resilience

What if we didn’t need to be so resilient? Bee Quammie takes a new approach to addressing resilience by outlining the ongoing need to do the work for each other so that there are fewer obstacles to face that require such perseverance.

While it’s meaningful to celebrate the resilience of individuals, we must also push for change in the systems and norms that have made resilience a necessity for many.

For those who face oppression in our society, the burden is not who we are – the burden is living under that oppression. Too often we internalize ideas of deficiency, because of who we are and what we’ve been through, leading to mental health issues and a stunting of societal change.  

With this critical lens on resilience, we can direct this energy outwards and be empowered by our ability to take action to change things for ourselves and the world at large.


Bee is smiling. She has an updo and is wearing hoop earrings, a blue and brown floral top with jeans and brown boots. She sits on a stool at an angle.

What can we learn when we really listen to each other? Bee’s presentations centre on the stories that often aren’t told, providing spaces where audiences can learn, be empowered, and find a relatable voice.  In addition to speaking, she’s a writer, award-winning digital content creator, health advocate, and media commentator.

She’s host of kultur’D | The Pop Culture & Diversity Show on Global News Radio am640, and has been blogging for over a decade, including her longest-running personal blog, ‘83 To Infinity.

Bee holds a degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and Post-Graduate Certificate studies in Health Promotion from George Brown College. Her work in healthcare has focused on mental health research, international health, and brain injury/dementia support and advocacy. Bee has worked with entities like the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, helping to lead provincial discussions in dementia and technology and with program promotion across the province, while also conducting work with the Ontario Provincial Police on awareness of community policing and dementia.

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