A local counselling centre is hosting a healing conference to raise awareness for sexual abuse of children in Manitoba Thursday night.

Former NHL player Theo Fleury will join other survivors and counselors for the conference.

The Aulneau Renewal Centre is hosting the conference that focuses on healing after child sexual abuse.

The centre is also hosting a fundraising dinner. All funds raised from the dinner will go to counseling children who have suffered abuse.

Earlier this year, Fleury's former junior hockey coach was sentenced to jail time for abuse against him and another player.

It's estimated that about 1,000 children in Manitoba will be sexually abused by an adult in a position of responsibility this year.

Aulneau Centre says one-third of girls and one-sixth of boys in Canada will be sexually abused as children.