The 39th Annual BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) Conference is sold out and will take place from May 29-31, 2016 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, B.C. This is the largest two-day conference of its kind for the continuing care sector west of Toronto! Over 450 delegates have registered to attend from across Canada.
Global National anchor Dawna Friesen will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2016 Conference.
Friesen is an award-winner journalist who has worked as an anchor and executive editor for Global National since September 2010. Before joining Global, Friesen worked as NBC’s foreign correspondent and anchor in London for 11 years. Appearing on NBC News, Today and MSNBC, she traveled extensively covering international news stories, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Friesen has also covered a variety of seniors issues in the past including Global National‘s series on living with Dementia and how Canadians are adapting to the disease. Friesen experienced the challenges of caring for people with dementia first hand as both of her parents were afflicted, which she shared in her piece called “Dementia Will Affect You“. She most recently wrote a piece called “Diagnosis of dementia isn’t the end. It’s the beginning.”
“It is an honour to have Dawna Friesen as our opening keynote speaker for the 2016 Conference,” says BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine. “Her work on Global National sharing the personal challenges her family faced when caring for someone living with dementia was extremely moving. Countless numbers of people are affected by dementia in some way and having an individual with her public profile open up about the experience is hugely beneficial to the discussion we should be having in this country.”…Read more.
“Dementia will affect you”: Dawna Friesen shares her family’s struggle
CEO and founder of Dementia Care Matters and the creator of the Butterfly care concept Dr. David Sheard will be presenting as a Keynote Speaker. Dr. Sheard, who is from the UK, will be joined by Nicole Gaudet, Vice President for Choices in Community Living in Edmonton, for the workshop segment.
Sheard’s Butterfly approach is a holistic, person-centred approach to enhancing culture of care by improving the ‘lived experience’ of people with dementia. Sheard defines ‘lived experience’ as the the minute-by-minute experience of the person with dementia in the reality they presently live in. Sheard has developed a network of over 100 Butterfly Care Home projects in the UK, Ireland, Canada, United States and Australia. For the Butterfly approach to be successful, there needs to be a focus on giving leaders strategies for implementing and sustaining person-centred care in large, institutional settings. There also needs to be a focus on the understanding of the meaning behind behaviours and why the training of staff to connect with their own emotions leads to more successful outcomes for people with dementia.
“This will be a great opportunity for BC’s continuing care sector to hear first-hand from Dr. Sheard regarding his innovative Butterfly care model for people living with dementia,” says BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine. “We felt that given the great distance between British Columbia and his home base in England, inviting him to be our keynote was a great way for delegates to have immediate access to his expertise.”…Read more.
Feelings Matter Most: An Introduction by David Sheard
Attendees not participating in the golf tournament on Sunday will have a fun opportunity to participate in the brand new BCCPA Policy Cafe (berets optional!). The Policy Cafe will be a series of four policy discussions between participants. Topics include:
SafeCare BC is inviting front-line staff, managers, engineers, students and others to participate in a competition for long-term care staff and stakeholders to design innovative new safety ideas that will either improve senior care, promote safe resident handling and/or reduce workplace injuries.
Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSIs) related to resident handling are the number one cause of staff injuries in B.C.’s long-term care sector.
SafeCare BC is inviting you to collaborate on ideas for new safety devices, tools, tactics and/or strategies to improve resident handling. Finalists will compete for the following cash prizes:
SafeCare BC’s innovation competition will culminate with finalists pitching their ideas to expert judges from the continuing care sector at a ‘Safety Den’ presentation in front of delegates at the BC Care Providers Association Annual Conference May 29, 2016. The ‘Safety Den’ format is based on the popular Dragon’s Den television series.
Delegates attending the Conference are asked to be on the look out for a possible Elvis sighting! That’s because on Monday evening the main ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be magically transformed into our one-of-a-kind Caresino – brought to you by Haddon.
Join us for an evening of glamour and glitz! Whether you consider yourself an expert gambler or simply like playing the slots, Caresino will be “the place to be” in Whistler on Monday, May 30th. Guests will be offered on-site lessons where novice players can learn the ins and outs of blackjack and other popular casino games…Read more.
Visit our Exhibitor Marketplace on Monday to collect as many ‘Caresino’ poker chips as you can from the participating exhibitors [see below]. For every 25 chips you collect you can cash them in for a ballot to win one of three fantastic door prizes. They include:
One lucky person will also win an additional $150 gift card for playing in our Caresino. All they have to do is be the person holding the most “funny money” at 10:45 pm! Good luck!
NOTE: Winner of the door prizes must be in the room when announcement is made. You will have up to 5 minutes to claim your prize. If no one claims the prize, we will pick another number and repeat the process over again.
If you are a speaker for BCCPA’s Annual Conference 2016. To ensure that your session and/or panel runs smoothly, we have provided some general guidelines here.
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MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 8.5 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.