Program at a Glance - Grey Matters 2016

Grey Matters 2016

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Monday, September 19

6:30 p.m.

Pre- Registration

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Grey Matters 2016 Cultural Evening

Delegates attending this inaugural pre-registration event will be treated to an evening of cultural entertainment.  The evening will start with an Aboriginal hand drummer, honour song, and opening prayer.  Then, experience the cultural diversity of the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie and region.  This will include Irish Youth Dancers; a Francophone art display and cultural presentation; Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers; and arts and crafts exhibits.

There will be a selection of gourmet sandwiches and an assortment of fancy cheeses.  A cash bar is available.


Tuesday, september 20                                                       

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Encore Employment

Rick Brick, MBA, CHRP, IPMA-CP, PMP, SPHR, HRMP, SHRM-SCP, Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)


Music Therapy -  CONNECT in Music

Kelsi McInnes, BMT, MTA, Songbird Melodies Music Therapy Services


More Than Just a Meal

Monica Morrison, Executive Director, Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre


Recreation for Older Adults - Building a Quality Framework

L.J. Bartle, Director HIGH FIVE National, Parks and Recreation Ontario

10:25 a.m.

Displays and refreshments

10:50 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Helping Professionals in the Community - Understanding and Recognizing Mental Health Disorders in Community-Dwelling Seniors

Bonnie Dobbs, PhD, Medically At Risk Driver Center (MARD), University of Alberta

Diane McNeil, PhD, Alberta Health Services


The Changing Faces of Canadian Seniors - How to Promote Social Inclusion and Improve Multicultural Seniors’ Utilization of Health and Wellness Programs and Activities

Haidong Liang, PhD, Project and Facility Manager, Westend Seniors Activity Centre

Janice Monfries, BA, Executive Director, Westend Seniors Activity Centre


“Putting on the Ritz” - LGBTQ Persons are Moving In!

Michael Phair, MA, MEd, SAGE

Eric Storey, B.Comm, BSW, RSW, SAGE


LEARN - A Successful Community Response to Elder Abuse

Rob Miyashiro, Executive Director; LSCO

Marlene Van Eden, Support Services Coordinator, LSCO

Dawn Vickers, FCSS Coordinator, City of Lethbridge

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Session


1:15 p.m.


Poster Sessions

A Partnership between Not for Profit and Public Transit - Meeting Seniors’ Transportation Needs in Grande Prairie

Disabled Transportation Society of Grande Prairie and City of Grande Prairie Public Transit

Addressing Seniors Oral Health in Long Term Care

Dental Hygiene Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

AMA & Alberta Health Services - Comprehensive Driving Evaluation Approach

AMA Seniors In-Vehicle Evaluation

Alberta Health Services, Alberta Motor Association (AMA)

Chemicals, Our Home and Our Health - Strategies to Protect Seniors’ Health

Environment Health Program, Health Canada, Government of Canada

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and North West Territories

Fraud Prevention

Wise Owl, Alberta Rural Crime Watch

Nordic Walking - The Wonder Drug That Does NOT Require A Prescription!

Urban Poling Inc.

Power It Up! - Make the Nights a Blue Light Night for Dementia Awareness

Early Onset Dementia Alberta

Strengths-Based Community Development - Transitioning from Facilitated Older Adult Group to Independence


The Wainwright and District Handivan Society - Making Alternative Transportation for Seniors and Persons With Disabilities (PWA) Sustainable

The Wainwright and District Handivan Society

1:30 p.m.

Keynote Address - Margaret Trudeau

Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.

Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services.

She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

End of Life Options - Striking a Balance

Eric Wasylenko MD, CCFP, BSc, MHSc (bioethics), Alberta Health Services

Jamie Tycholiz, BScN, RN, End of Life Consultant, Policy Capacity Strategic Policy Branch

4:30 p.m. 4

Closing remarks

4:30 p.m. -

8:00 p.m.

County of Grande Prairie Bus Tour/ Networking Reception at Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

4:30 p.m. - Bus Tour leaves Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, Grande Prairie

5:30 p.m. - Networking Reception - Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley Alberta

Delegates may take the bus tour. The bus tour will engage delegates in a journey to explore noteworthy landmarks in the area. This tour will highlight historical/cultural landmarks and buildings which play a significant role in the development of the area.

The bus tour will end at the newly opened Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum for the Networking Reception.

Note:  The bus tour is optional.  Delegates may take their own transportation to the Networking Reception.  Buses will return to Grande Prairie at 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016


7:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Welcome Address

8:45 a.m.

Keynote Address - Maria Campbell

Author | Researcher |Elder

Her first book was the memoir Halfbreed (1973), which continues to be taught in schools across Canada, and which continues to inspire generations of indigenous women and men.

Maria is retired from the University of Saskatchewan, Departments of Native Studies and English where she taught Native Studies, Creative Writing and Drama. She is currently the Elder in Virtual Residence at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research, Athabasca University and the Cultural Advisor at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. She holds four honorary doctorate degrees and has served as writer and playwright in residence at numerous universities, public libraries, and theatres.

She has worked as a researcher, meeting with elders to gather and record oral historical evidence of many aspects of aboriginal traditional knowledge, including medical and dietary as well as spiritual, social, and general cultural practices.

10:00 a.m.

Displays and Refreshments

10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Age-Friendly Cities and Communities - Three Alberta Experiences

Carol Ching, Senior Policy Coordinator, Seniors and Housing, Lead, Age-Friendly, Alberta Representative, Pan Canadian Age-Friendly Reference Group
Sheila Hallet, BA, Executive Director, Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC)
Raynell McDonough, MSW, RSW, City of Calgary
Doneka Simmons, BA, BSW, RSW, Strathcona County FCSS


Accessibility to the End-of-Life Services in Northern Alberta - The Strengths of Rural Communities

Teresa Evans, RN, MN, Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society


Keep It, Protect It, Pass It On - Making Money Work For You and Your Heirs!

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Kenneth O’Shea, CFP, EPC, Investors Group
Kim Drever, BComm, CPA, MNP Tax Partner
Lincoln Mar, BSc, LLB, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee


Engaging Seniors to Build a Healthy Francophone Community - Bilingual presentation

Michelle Margarit, BEC, Executive Director, Association Canadienne-Francaise de L’Alberta, Grande Prairie Chapter (ACFA-GP)

11:30 a.m.

Lunch and displays

12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Your Future Matters - Be Prepared

Ray Biggs, BA, BSW, Alberta Health Services;

Lincoln Mar, BSc, LLB, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee;

Teresa Overgaard, MA Sociology, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee


He Can Fancy Dance with Reflections of Our Past

Jo-Ann Bellerose, B.Ed, Alberta Health Liaison


Seniors are Engaging on Social Media With or Without You - Become Part of the Conversation!

Brian Yanish, Founder, Marketing Hits


Meaningful Older Adult Engagement in Learning and Service - Wisdom from Carya’s Program ‘Elder Service Corps’

Jamie Berlie, BScH, CARYA

Stephen Yates ; Community Member

Mick Mulloy, Community Member

1:45 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Understanding Provincial Financial Support for Seniors

Stakeholder Engagement Advisors, Alberta Seniors and Housing


In the Grey Zone - Considering the Patient Experience

Jody-Lee Farrah, MSW, RSW, Director, Office of the Alberta Health Advocates

Deborah E. Prowse, QC, Alberta Health Advocate and Interim Seniors’ Advocate


Social Inclusion of People Living with Dementia

Donna Durand, Therapeutic Recreation-Leisure Services, Executive Director Alberta Council on Aging


Aging in the Community of Choice - Creating Caring Communities to Support Seniors

Rev. Daranne Harris, Vice President & Chief Mission Officer, Bethany Care Society

Nancy Hughes, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Bethany Care Society

3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Door Prizes