Grand Valley: * SOLD OUT * Training Active Bystanders

Date and Time

Starts:10/19/2022 8:30 AM

Ends:10/19/2022 10:30 AM

Registration Closes:10/17/2022 1:30 PM

Event Type: Webinar

2.0 CPD Hour(s)



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Additional Information

SOLD OUT! We have reached capacity for this event.

NOTE: This event has recently been switched from ON24 to ZOOM to ensure a more interactive attendee experience.

This webinar will not be recorded. Please ensure you attend this virtual event live at the date and time indicated above. If you are unable to attend, please email as soon as possible to open a space for someone waitlisted.

Event Sponsor

A bystander is a witness—someone who sees a harmful situation and has a choice to make: Do I do something? If so, what do I do?

Training Active Bystanders (TAB) helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyzes the situation in which they find themselves, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. The TAB curriculum heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. We emphasize that active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need, instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. TAB gives bystanders the competencies they need when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling. When people have the tools to create justice in the moment of need, it can transform those who take the training, the trainers, their workplace, and the community.

Learning Objectives:

At this session learner will be able to:

1. Understand the consequences of uninterrupted harm for the target, the harm doer, bystanders in your workplace and community.
2. Understand five inhibitors of active bystandership and four promoters of active bystandership.
3. Understand the evolution of helpful and harmful actions in the workplace and how to have moral courage to respond when harm is happening.


8:30 AM    Welcome and Housekeeping

8:35 AM    Speaker Presentation

10:30 AM   Event Concludes

Registration Closes:   SOLD OUT!  Please email to have your name added to the waitlist. 

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at

Speaker bio(s)
Rod Friesen, CHRP, CHRL, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator

Rod began working with Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario) (MCC) in 2017 and applies many of his past skills working in field of human resources management to his work restorative justice and abuse response and prevention. He has a passion to find creative ways to build healthy workplaces and peaceful communities through restorative justice and systems of good governance. For the past three decades Rod worked in program management or human resources positions within the human service sector. In his role with MCC, Rod oversees community based programs that support the safe and effective reintegration of individuals leaving prisons and restorative justice and peace education like Training Active Bystanders. Rod graduated from Conrad Grebel University College in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies Program in 2013. In addition to having education in non-profit and human resources management, conflict mediation, he is also a Certified Human Resources Leader.

Ibilola Olowookere, MA

Ibilola is highly valued for her work in Human Resource management. She joined MCC in the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, providing leadership in the DEI initiatives and supporting other human resource functions such as talent acquisition, onboarding, and training & development. Ibilola has over 10 years’ experience in human resource which spans across telecommunications, philanthropy, consulting and FMCG industries both locally and globally. With her diversity and leadership lens, she has a grit in enhancing employee value proposition for organizations. She is an author and she holds a Master’s degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Lagos. Ibilola is a certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer with the Maxwell Institute of Leadership (John Maxwell).