2-Mar-2018 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1B6



 BC Lower Mainland Chapter presents:
Care to Chat: Suffering in Silence-Solving Seniors Isolation in B.C.

Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Lunch will be provided

Place: Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings St

Featured Speakers: Moderator:
Kristine Theurer
Founder/President of Java Group Programs
Dr. Andrew Wister
Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University
Grace Balbutin
Director of Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL), Seniors First BC
Barb Maclean
Executive Director, BC Family Caregivers Network
Charmaine de Silva
Senior Reporter for Global News on 980 CKNW

Event Fees:

CCHL and BC Care Provider Members
Student Member/EHL Members
Annual Pass Holders

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Registration deadline extended to Tuesday, February 27th


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Speaker Biographies:

Kristine Theurer is a researcher who pioneered the use of standardized peer support programs in senior living. She is a published author of several research articles, the most recent called “The Need for a Social Revolution in Residential Care” in the Journal of Aging Studies.

Kristine leads training workshops for staff working in health care in Canada and the US, and presents regularly at international conferences.

She has received numerous research awards including grants from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the UBC Public Scholars Initiative, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Andrew Wister an internationally recognized expert on aging research, issues, policies and training. He is currently Chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada.

His extensive research career has produced over 150 publications—over 75 highly cited peer-reviewed articles, 12 books, text-books, monographs, reports and conference presentations.

Andrew is currently the lead on the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) SFU Data Collection Site at Surrey Campus, and the CLSA SFU Computer Assisted Telephone Interview site at Vancouver Campus. He is also collaborating on the 5-year SFU Community Trust Fund Endowment (CTEF) LivWell grant entitled “Using a Systems Analytic Approach to Living with Chronic Diseases.”

Prior to joining Seniors First BC (formerly known as BC CEAS), Grace Balbutin was the Legal Advocate at the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association, assisting immigrants working under the federal live-in caregiver program in their employment and immigration issues. Grace’s diverse work experiences include working for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, and BC 211.

Grace volunteers as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at the Vancouver Cross Cultural Seniors Network. She was also a volunteer member of the Seniors Advisory Committee of the City Of Vancouver from 2009 to 2011.

Barb Maclean has over 30 years’ experience in non-profit, government and private sectors. She spent many years in the developmental disabilities field, specializing in supporting some of the most complex and challenging individuals living at home, in residential care, and in school settings.

Barb knows firsthand what it’s like to juggle work, a young family and care-giving—she supported her family during her own mother’s fight with cancer. She is committed to influencing change to achieve recognition and support for family caregivers.

A passionate storyteller, Charmaine de Silva helps lead one of Canada’s most productive and innovative newsrooms. She has been recognized for her investigative journalism, in particular, for uncovering major violations of Vancouver’s short-term rental rules by several developers.

Charmaine has received two national RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) awards, first in 2011 for reporting during the Stanley Cup Riot, and in 2016 for shedding light on the challenges seniors face living alone.

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.50 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.