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Theo Fleury to speak to Winnipeg youth at Wellness Conference

The Winnipeg Police Service will host the Youth Matter Wellness Conference on Wednesday.
The Winnipeg Police Service will host the Youth Matter Wellness Conference on Wednesday. Jordan Pearn / Global News / File

Hundreds of junior-high students gathered Wednesday for the Youth Matter Wellness Conference here in Winnipeg.

The event, hosted by the Winnipeg Police Service, focused on wellness and safety in the community and online for young people.

Keynote speakers included Theo Fleury and Leah Parsons. Parsons’ daughter Rehtaeh took her own life following an alleged sexual assault and relentless bullying.

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Former NHL player Theo Fleury is an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. He was abused by his former hockey coach, Graham James.

The day long event was expected to have about 600 students from across the city and was held at Springs Church.

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