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L'Arche Canada is proud to launch its Grief Support Group Kit for people with intellectual disabilities. The Kit consists of 3 documents--a Manuel for Facilitators, A Journal for participants, and a Background document that describes the beginnings of this work in L'Arche Toronto. The documents were written by Jane Powell.

Click here to access the kit


A national dialogue on aging for people with an intellectual disability

April 18-20, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ann Pavilonis will present on the "Healthy Aging" panel. Jane Powell will speak on the panel on "Grief, Loss and End of Life." Jane will be presenting L'Arche Canada's new bilingual online kit for conducting Grief Support Groups for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The Kit is available free of charge on L’Arche Canada’s here on its Aging and Disability website.

All who are interested in quality end-of-life care issues are invited to make submissions to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. Submissions will assist the Committee in preparing its next Report which will focus on disability rights.

All who are interested in quality end-of-life care issues are invited to make submissions to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care.  Submissions will assist the Committee in preparing its next Report which will focus on disability rights.

(To view the Committee's first Report, click on the cover page to the left.)

George Paul Dienesch, Committee Assistant to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (PCPCC) indicates that his Committee is planning to write a report focusing on disability rights. He is seeking information from the disability community and is inviting people to make e-mail submissions telling the stories of people with disabilities, conveying their hopes, dreams, and needs, illustrating how they are becoming more fully a part of their communities and of civil society in Canada, and highlighting, in particular, the things that are being done to ensure good end-of-life support when needed.

Mr. Dienesch requests that “…people … address their stories and quotes to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care, date them, give [the Committee] their name or organization, a town, city Province etc.; …[the Committee] can then consider these official e-mail submissions and integrate them into their report.”

Mr. Dienesch is seeking to have his draft report ready for the Committee for February.

Email submissions can be sent directly to Mr. Dienesch at gdienesch@yahoo.ca

To view the Committee's first report, entitled "Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians", click here.

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 09:00 - 15:30

Join Dr. David Sherbino (MPS STM DMin CSDS FT) and Dr. Jonathan Sherbino (MD MEd FRCPC FAcadMEd) in a day of talking through the pastoral and spiritual issues that surround the death and dying of our loved ones, including the grieving process, ethical and legal issues concerning death and dying, coming to terms with one’s mortality, and saying good-bye.

This event is sponsored by the Tyndale Association of Spiritual Directors.


Van Norman Worship & Study Centre,
Tyndale University College & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Ct., Toronto

For more information or to register on-line go to www.tyndale.ca/go/a-good-death


The GOWD (Growing Old with a Disabilitiy)  conference will be an action oriented program, in that all presenters will be asked to consider one of seven major topical themes that affect the lives of persons growing older with a disability and give it context.

There is also an eighth theme for cross-cutting theoretical and policy presentations that span one or more of the conference topical areas. A statement of this conference structure is being developed.

The following themes delineate the focus of this conference:

  • Age-Friendly Liveable Communities
  • Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy, Health Communication and Health IT
  • Long-Term Care and Community-based Services and Supports
  • Social Engagement and Participation
  • Employment, Economic Security and Retirement
  • Cross-Cutting Theoretical and Policy Issues

Festival dates: June 5 – 8, 2011

Contact us at info@ficcdat.ca


Early bird registration deadline: April 1, 2011

Delegate registration deadline to be included in the program: April 22, 2011

Conference Rates

  • Early bird $750
  • Regular $900

Consumer, Student*, Unpaid Caregiver Rates

  • Early bird $375
  • Regular $450

Learn  more at  : www.ficcdat.ca/

October 21th, 2010 RSA 15th Annual Conference  Aging ... The Gift of Time : Using it Wisely

Thursday, October 21, 2010 and Friday, October 22, 2010
Four Points Sheraton, London, Ontario

COST: $175.00 for both days

EARLY BIRD: $155.00 if payment is received prior to September 30, 2010

Includes lunch and refreshments for both days

For registration information please contact

Karen Araujo at (519) 433-7238 Ext. 2226


Jayne Joyes at (519) 433-7238 Ext. 2212

or via email to





October 5-8, 2010, Montreal, Palais des congrès

A unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 50 countries, representing all disciplines - nurses, physicians, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, music therapists, pharmacists, pastoral care persons, administrators, volunteers, psychologists.

Practical, in-depth workshops and seminars on a broad range of topics covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experiential sessions addressing practical issues faced every day.

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May 14, 2010

Algonquin College – Ottawa, Ontario

There is a growing, international movement which supports the development of “age friendly communities”. One of the compelling features of this movement is that it emphasizes the principle that healthy, age friendly communities are also inclusive communities. All means all!

Older adults who have intellectual disabilities challenge communities to think and act “outside the boxes” created by the way in which we organize services.

As a follow up to our extremely exciting 2006 conference Champlain Regional OPADD Committee in partnership with Algonquin College has created this 2010 symposium to bring together professionals and people involved with/interested in building age friendly communities which include individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Activities will include:

· An orientation to the “age friendly communities” approach through our Key note Speaker Leah Sadler, the Associate Director of Education, Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program, University of Waterloo. Over the past two years, Leah has worked on many research and education projects that involve a number of community partners including person living with dementia, family partners in care and professionals working with older adults.

· Poster sessions of resources will be available to highlight best practices

10 mini-workshops which enable sharing of interesting ideas for supporting the inclusion of older adults with intellectual disabilities which will include topics on Education, resources, Collaboration Partners in Client care, tools such as U First and Pieces training, Best Practices in Inclusion, Seniors mentoring, and more.

· Our afternoon will be several Conversation cafés/dialogue – quick moving and interactive aimed at bringing the best ideas and partnerships from our community partners and participants with an outcome aimed at community building and bridging the gaps which inhibit (inclusive) age friendly communities.

Our partnership with Leadership Ottawa and the Sanitas Playback Theatre will make this an exciting day from beginning to end.

If you think that the inclusion of Seniors with Developmental Disabilities in to our Communities is important and you want to be part of building an Ottawa and Region Community which is age friendly and inclusive, this is the event to not miss!

Registration is through the school of Part Time Studies at Algonquin College

We look forward to your active participation in this event


Symposium Co-Chair Michael Coxon OPADD Champlain Regional Chair Symposium Co-Chair Kristen Hayes DSW Program Algonquin College

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