Why X Matters #4: Empathy & Compassion Fatigue

Why X Matters is a four-part, limited series podcast that explores civic engagement by unpacking The Winnipeg Foundation’s Vital Signs® 2022. Join us each Thursday in September to hear from experts on the topics of Trust in Institutions, Sense of Belonging, The Environment, and The Empathy Deficit.

Welcome to Episode 4 of Why X Matters. Over the past three episodes, we have discussed topics that can be divisive due to different perspectives and levels of understanding: Trust in Institutions, Sense of Belonging and The Environment. In our final episode of this limited series, we discuss Empathy and Compassion Fatigue, engaging our panel on the elements necessary to having safe and constructive conversations. Our panel for this episode includes:

Daniel Lussier is a proud franco-Manitoban and CEO of Réseau Compassion Network which is responsible for several health and human service agencies here in Manitoba that were founded by the Grey Nuns and other women religious in Manitoba.  Daniel is also active in our community and sits on the board of The Winnipeg Foundation and the Forks North Portage Partnership.   

Grace Schedler was born in Norway House and raised in God’s Lake Cree community. Grace is a facilitator trainer and presenter at Circles for Reconcilition, a non-profit, which works to establish trusting and meaningful relationships between First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Non-Indigenous Peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Actions. Grace remains committed to sharing her language through teaching community language programs, the development of language resources and working with many community programs in Winnipeg and Selkirk promoting Indigenous culture and language.  

Jamil Mahmood is the Executive Director at Main Street Project and formerly the Executive Director at the Spence Neighbourhood Association. For the last eight years, Jamil has been the Chair of the Gang Action Interagency Network where he was instrumental in developing a gang strategy for the City of Winnipeg and five years ago, Jamil began working as an outreach worker doing harm reduction outreach on the streets of Winnipeg. Jamil strongly believes in community led development, social justice, harm reduction and empowerment.

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