Reaching Out to Seniors Conference

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This one-day conference will be held in Lac La Biche at the Bold Center on June 1, 2017. There is a registration fee of $20. The fee includes lunch, snacks, the conference and the resource fair. In order to register, please fill out the registration form (click here). It can be filled out electronically and emailed to lise.rouleau@laclabichecounty.com, or can be printed and mailed to:

Lise Rouleau
FCSS & Community Development
Lac La Biche County
Box 1679, Lac La Biche, AB  T0A 2C0

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.

For no additional cost, you can also sign up for the Blanket Exercise on May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This valuable interactive experience will give you a better understanding of what older Indigenous adults may have dealt with as children.

Click here to view the conference agenda.

Guest Speakers

The following guest speakers have been confirmed for the conference.

Dr. Sheree Kwong See, PhD
"Dr. Sheree Kwong See is considered a Canadian expert on the psychology of aging. Dr. Kwong See is currently a tenured professor of Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has conducted substantial research on cognitive aging, age steretyping, and ageism."

Click here for more information about Dr. Kwong See.

Donna Durand
Donna Durand is a recreation therapist and singer-songwriter currently employed as Executive Director of Alberta Council on aging. As a seniors’ advocate and educator, Donna is passionate about delivering the message aging can be victorious. Donna has had the privilege of sharing her workshops and presentations with thousands of community members and at major conferences. Donna has worked front line to administration in health care and housing and is sensitive to the issues around healthy aging, aging in community and dementia care best practice.

As a singer-songwriter Donna focuses on the same principles as in dementia care: feelings matter most. She has been honoured with Red Deer Mayor’s award for excellence in performing and fine arts, and has opened for Ian Tyson. Her CD The Road Back, capturing a prairie sentiment, is receiving worldwide airplay. In recognition of her efforts in seniors’ advocacy as well as success as a singer-songwriter, Donna’s name has been added to the Wall of Fame at the Camrose Composite High School.

Kelly Lyn Spafford
Kelly Lynn is the Manager of the Community Action for Healthy Relationships (CAHR) Network, which serves the communities of Athabasca, Barrhead and Westlock. She has been responsible for the coordination of the Network since July 2011 when it officially launched services. Healthy Families Healthy Futures oversees the Network.

Previous to that Kelly Lynn worked in Health Promotion and Community Development at a management level for over 15 years with Aspen Regional Health and then Alberta Health Services. Kelly Lynn has taken a variety of training courses and programs to increase her understanding of family violence, relationship and elder abuse. She is a member of the provincial Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council. As the CAHR Manager Kelly Lynn values working in community with a strength based approach.

On a personal note Kelly Lynn enjoys the outdoors, music and baking bread the old fashioned way. She is married with 2 children; one entering 4th year university in September and one recently graduated last month.  Kelly Lynn is pleased to be invited to speak at the “Reaching Out to Seniors Conference”! 

What is the Blanket Exercise?

The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations, which live on those lands to this day.

Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and a European (or two) work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada.

Click here to learn more.