As an accomplished Master of Ceremony (MC), George Thomas, with over 20 years of experience, delivers an engaging, entertaining and memorable performance every time.
Whether he is motivating a crowd during a corporate or social event, presenting at award ceremonies, or entertaining at a wedding, his charismatic personality, versatility and stage presence are the perfect combination of qualities to be a genuine crowd pleaser. His profound understanding of the craft enables him to captivate his audiences.
His innate ability to build a rapport with any crowd through his cultural knowledge, his multi-lingual skills, as well as his adaptability and flexibility truly sets him apart as a man who can rise to any occasion. His motivational performances inspire and uplift every audience. George Thomas can seamlessly connect heart and soul and deliver your message with substance, class and a unique style.
George Thomas’ passion is to travel and motivate crowds all over the world and bring happiness to every celebration. He believes that entertainment is an international language with no boundaries.
Radio Host, Bestselling Author, Sleep Enthusiast
Is there life after loss? Can you get through a catastrophic event and come out joyful, even when you know it's something you will never truly get over? These are just a few of the questions longtime radio and TV host Erin Davis answers during her captivating, touching and humour-filled address: "Reclaiming Joy." Based on her bestselling 2019 memoir Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy, Erin tells the story of a very public life where even her newborn baby was sent cards and gifts by people who - as time passed - would come to know Lauren as a daughter, a wife and a young mother herself. In May 2015 Lauren died unexpectedly at age 24, leaving a baby, a bereaved husband and two parents who didn't know if life could go on. One month later, Erin returned to her morning airwaves and proved that with the help of a "community of kindness," you can survive, thrive and indeed go on to become the one who lovingly and gratefully consoles others in their time of loss.
Burnout Prevention, Health and Wellness and Healthcare Expert
Cracked: new light on dementia is an innovative research-based theatre production and film that challenges the stigma associated with dementia, inspires alternative ways of thinking about dementia, and encourages everyone to take part in making this a better world for people living with dementia. Cracked follows persons with dementia and their families on their unique journeys with dementia. The journey spans from diagnosis through to their new lives in a long-term care home. The families in the film grapple with what the diagnosis means, if and how the diagnosis changes their relationships, and how they struggle to be with each other in the present where the persons with dementia call them to be.
Sherry L Dupuis, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Co-Director of the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Sherry’s research program focusses on culture change in dementia and long-term care and promotes relational approaches that support living life to the fullest. She is committed to ensuring that the voices of persons with dementia and their informal and formal care partners are actively included in research, education, and practice. To this end, she uses critical participatory action research and arts-based approaches as a means of promoting personal transformation, social justice, and social change in dementia and long-term care.
Stories from RPNs
Jen Calver is a professional and dedicated health care leader with more than 17 years of experience caring for the aging population. In 2014, Jen obtained her designation as a registered practical nurse. Jen has been recognized as a champion of change management in the long-term care sector, has experience working in public health as an immunization nurse, is actively involved in the gerontological nursing community, and has a strong interest in health policy and research. Jen’s passion for supporting population health and wellness inspired her to enhance her professional practice by enrolling in an integrated and cross-disciplinary research-intensive pathway degree program for healthcare professionals. In spring 2019, Jen graduated with highest distinction from the Bachelor of Allied Health Science (BAHSc) program and has continued her studies in the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) concentrated in community, public and population health at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Acuity Based Staffing
Karen Martin, Senior Director, Collaborative Academic Practice & Chief Practice Information Officer, Digital University Health Network, Brenda Perkins Meingast, Director, Practice Based Education - CAP, University Health Network and Jennifer De Souza, Project Manager University Health Network
Karen Martin, Senior Director, Health Professions and Practice Innovation, Collaborative Academic Practice & Chief Practice Information Officer, Digital University Health Network
Karen holds two major streams of accountability at UHN. For Collaborative Academic Practice (CAP) Health Professions Practice Portfolio, Karen provides strategic leadership for 16 Health Professions across the organization. Through her leadership of the Director of Practice-Based Education and the Directors of Practice, Karen is responsible for creating and implementing a clinical practice transformation mandate focused on best practice standardization and implementation as UHN becomes a high reliability organization. As Chief Practice Information Officer Karen co-leads UHN's Foundational Initiatives and provides leadership and guidance to the optimal development of UHN's Health Information System (HIS). Karen also leads CAP's Academic Affairs Research and Innovation portfolio, UHN's Spiritual Care Service, the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy and provides clinical operations oversight to Medical Assistance and Dying at UHN. Prior to joining UHN, Karen held the position of Executive Director for Clinical Information Transformation at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), where she was the organizational lead for the procurement, design, build and implementation of CAMH's clinical information system. Prior to that role, Karen led various clinical services, programs and portfolios within inpatient, emergency department and community care settings. Karen brings deep knowledge and many years of experience as a clinical social worker and has held numerous progressive leadership positions in academic health science centres. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax and a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also holds a Health Information Technology Leadership Certificate from the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston, and has held appointments both an adjunct professor at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, both at the University of Toronto.
Brenda Perkins Meingast, Director, Practice Based Education - CAP, University Health Network
Jennifer De Sousa, Project Manager University Health Network
The Experience of the Nurse with a Disability in the Workplace
Paula Crawford-Dickinson, Professor, George brown College and Monique Bacher, Professor, George Brown College
Paula Crawford-Dickinson, Professor, George brown College
Paula Crawford-Dickinson has been a professor in the Sally Horsfall-Eaton School of Nursing at George Brown College since 2006. She has extensive experience in neuroscience, trauma and critical care nursing through her previous positions as an acute care nurse practitioner, clinical educator and staff nurse. Paula is committed to continuing education and recently completed a Doctorate of Education in Health Policy and Health Education.
Monique Bacher, Professor, George Brown College
What’s the Nature in Nature within Healthcare?
Peggy Chi, OALA, CSLA, LEED AP
Peggy Chi, OALA, CSLA, LEED AP
PEGGY CHI, OALA, CSLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect, dementia care mapper, and a doctoral student in health services research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. Her work prior to research includes design projects of parks, master plans, transportation infrastructure, and commercial and residential buildings located in Canada, the UK, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. Her doctoral research examines the relationships between natural environment and health of residents and staff in Ontario’s long-term care homes.
Audrey Tong (Strategic Consultant) & Carlyn Tancioco, RN, BScN, Med Advanced Practice Consultant, Practice Support
Audrey Tong (Strategic Consultant)
Carlyn Tancioco, RN, BScN, Med Advanced Practice Consultant, Practice Support
RPN Leadership in Clinical Quality Improvement
Cheryl Ogawa, RPN - Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Cheryl Ogawa, RPN - St. Elizabeth Health Care
Cheryl Ogawa graduated from Humber College with a Registered Practical Nurse Diploma in 2003. She moved straight from nursing school to working with Saint Elizabeth Health Care as a new grad where she continued learning and growing in the nursing practice for 16 years. Through these 16 years she has worked mostly in the community, visiting and caring for clients in their homes as well as the clinic setting caring for clients with a varied array of health concerns. Cheryl also had the opportunity to spend time caring for our pediatric school program clients.
Recently she has been assisting in the Educator role providing education, precepting new hires and mentoring nurses who are advancing their knowledge and skills. Cheryl grew up on a farm so any chance she gets to be outside, gardening or relaxing by the water are very precious moments for her.
Optimizing Continence Care in Nursing Homes through Unregulated Care Provider Education: Findings of a Pilot Study
Dr. Veronique Boscart, Director of Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care - Conestoga College
Dr. Veronique Boscart, Director of Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care - Conestoga College
Veronique holds the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care and works with Conestoga’s faculty and students and health care professionals at Schlegel Villages. Her desire to educate others about the importance of exceptional care continues to remain her priority in her newest role as the Executive Dean of the School of Health and Life Sciences at Conestoga College. Veronique is also involved at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the School of Nursing at McMaster University.
Veronique holds an adjunct assistant professor position at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo as well as an adjunct scientist position in Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology (iDAPT) at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network.
Veronique’s research interests focus on evidence-based care in gerontology, curriculum development of gerontological education for nurses and health care professionals as well as care models for residential care settings.
POSTER 1: Nursing Perspectives and Supports for the Aging Population
Jen Calver, Registered Practical Nurse, Golden Plough Lodge
Michelle Proudfoot, Clinical Instructor, Lakehead University School of Nursing
POSTER 2: Integration of Homecare & Community Care
Heather MacArthur, Senior Manager, Home and Community Care, VON
Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada (VON) has been pioneering care at home for over 120 years and is a highly-trusted non-profit organization that works with clients, employees, volunteers and partners to provide innovative clinical, personal and social support to people who want the comfort and peace of mind of living in their own home and communities. VON is largely known for providing Homecare services such as visiting nursing. What is not well known is that VON provides a diverse variety of Community Support Services (CSS) such as Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Services, Transportation, Respite and Visiting Hospice. Although VON offers such variety of Home and Community care, they are often siloed from one another; especially from a client perspective. To improve the client experience and outcomes, the goal is to integrate care. To achieve this goal, leadership from Homecare and CSS participated in the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute where they developed a change project to integrate Home and Community Care. Given the current state of our Health Care system, the most manageable opiton was to empower nurses to identify and refer clients/caregivers to CSS. To initiate this change, it was imperative to provide nurses with education about CSS and provide them with the appropriate tools to do so. It was equally as important to engage clients/caregivers and provide them with resources about these services available to them. An internal e-referral was developed for nurses to use to refer to CSS. The referral has launched and referrals are slowly trickling in. As a result of the project, it has identified some gaps related to our Information System (IS) as the system was designed predominately for Homecare programs and it does not current provide integrated data. In addition to the IS challenges, it is evident that nurse champions are needed who can lead peers to look outside the primary reason for the nursing intervention and determine if additional supports can complement the care or improve the quality of life of the client/caregiver.
POSTER 3: Exploring Nurses’ Knowledge, Skills and Experience with Young Caregivers
Sue Bookey-Bassett RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
In Canada, there are more than 185,000 young carers (aged 15-24) who participate in unpaid work through caring for a loved one living with chronic injury or illness. Carers often experience significant emotional, mental, and/or physical health challenges, related to insufficient supports and limited resources. While recent efforts to support carers as a whole, such as a national strategy to address dementia, there is no mention of strategies specifically meant to support young carers.
POSTER 4: Leadership Opportunities as an RPN: The Dorothy Wylie Experience
Erin Arsenault, ADT Nurse RPN, Stevenson Memorial Hospital
This Abstract outline the transformation and actualization of the skills I acquired at Dorothy Wylie to develop and execute a project. The focus of this project was to decrease the costs paid by the acute care facility for non-urgent transfer. In my role as the Admission, Discharge, Transfer nurse; I play a significant role in the flow of patients throughout the organization. In this project, it was critical to have stakeholder buy-in by the early engagement of nursing, registration staff, and administration staff. Through the successful implementation of the project, a seamless process was developed that enhanced both the patient/family and staff experience for booking non-urgent transportation. Furthermore, we were successful in reducing the annual costs to the organization.
POSTER 5: Point-of-care Nursing Leading Pressure Injury Prevention
Taranvir Dayal, Advanced Practice Leader - Nurse, Baycrest Health Sciences and Olha Volohdina, RPN - Baycrest
Problem: Since 2015, there had been a rise in pressure injury incidence rates (new pressure injuries developed within an organization) in a complex continuing care population. An interprofessional approach was taken to assess the problem and identify effective solutions using a variety of quality improvement strategies. Addressing the problem: Three change ideas were identified to help address the rising rate of pressure injuries: 1) empower nurses to perform effective and regular skin assessments via point-of-care nursing-led prevalence and incidence studies quarterly instead of annually 2) streamline the use of a mattress algorithm to ensure effective use of pressure-reducing devices and 3) standardize and improve a positioning tool for all clients. Outcome and Results: This initiative was from April 2018 to March 2019. The team observed significant positive effects after implementing the change ideas. Over the course of the project, the incidence rates fell from 0.67% per patient day to 0.13% per patient day, surpassing our goal of 0.26%. Point-of-care Leadership: A secondary goal of the project was to foster leadership at the point-of-care with the help of the formal nursing leadership and management team. The project aimed to provide point-of-care nurses with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities to take leadership roles in the project. Routine unit-level huddles and performance boards were used to engage and empower point-of-care nurses to take leadership roles.
POSTER 6: Resources to Support High Quality Palliative Care in the Community
Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW | Provincial Clinical Co-Lead, Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)
The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) recently launched the Health Services Delivery Framework (Delivery Framework), a model of care for adults with a life-limiting illness who are living at home or in community settings and their families/caregivers. The goal of the Delivery Framework is for the palliative care needs of patients, families/caregivers to be met in a timely and effective way, allowing them to experience care at home as long as possible, if that is their choice. Importantly, the Delivery Framework includes tailored recommendations for various populations (e.g. First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous peoples etc.).
To support implementation of the Delivery Framework, the OPCN has created additional resources to advance high quality palliative care delivery including the Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework, Tools to Support Earlier Identification for Palliative Care, and Goals of Care Resources.
This poster will describe these resources in detail.