Community and Training Events – December 23, 2016

THE RETURN TO RELATIONSHIPS: Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

Come out on Monday Jan 23, 2017 date at 7:00pm to hear about the three relationships for health that underpin high-performing health care systems around the world, and other big ideas to make health care in Canada better, now. Dr. Martin also has an upcoming book that expands on these ideas, Better Now, to be released by Penguin Random House in January, 2017 – just days before her visit to Vancouver. You can read more about the book and her ideas at

More info and registration (free event) at:

Social Determinants of Health: Buzzwords to Practice

The term “Social Determinants of Health” is used in many places in many ways. Our first Speaker Series event this fiscal year will help break through all the buzz. We’ve brought together three prominent and diverse speakers to help family physicians concretely understand what it really means to consider and act on the socio-economic condition of their patients – whether within their practice or within broader changes to the healthcare system to move towards a more comprehensive Primary Care Home.

Date: Thursday Feb 16, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Museum of Vancouver – Joyce Walley Room (main floor) – 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, BC

Cost: Free! Snacks & Refreshments will be provided

More information and Registration at:

HSA Canada 2017 Person Centred Practices Gathering

The HSA Canada / Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering is both a place to learn and a place to share what is being learned about person-centred practices.

  The Gathering will include:

–  Person-Centred Management Practices
–  Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation
–  A Learning Marketplace
And more!!

Registration includes:
• Free registration to the International HSA online Community
• Choice of concurrent sessions
• Learning Marketplace sessions
• Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks

Registration rates:  Individual:  $385 + HST 1 day:  $225 + HST Groups of 4 or more:  $375 + HST each People with disabilities:  $200 + HST Family members:  $240 + HST

More information and Registration at:

NetworkOfFriendsLunch and Learn with Lori and Aaron – Your Questions about Mental Health


11:30 – 1:30, Friday January 20th

11:30 – 1:30, Friday February 17th

Where: our boardroom at 3231 Kingsway (or our new training space! If it’s ready).

What are we talking about? Whatever people would like to talk about…   some examples of questions people have had:

“There’s so many activities over the holidays how can I manage my anxiety?”

“What is schizophrenia anyway?”

“I don’t want to take medications – what are my alternatives?”

“I support someone who doesn’t want to take medications – what can I do?”

This three month session of lunch and learns are for staff who support folks within Spectrum, staff who have their own questions about themselves or people they care about, the families of folks we support.

We will begin by talking about what confidentiality is and how to have good boundaries: “what we hear here, stays here.”

Lunch will be provided. Please let Judy or the Office Manager know if you are attending so we can make sure we order enough. Some vegetarian options will be available; people who have more particular needs should bring their own lunches and we’ll reimburse you.

If you want to know more about Lori Damon, who works with Reach Community Health Care and also in private practice, check out her website:


The “Accessibility Collective” at UBC’s radio station CiTR 101.9FM produces a weekly radio program called “All Access Pass”, Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Topics talked about are equity, inclusion and accessibility for people with diverse abilities, on campus and beyond.

They are seeking:

1) Individuals to join the Collective and help produce content both behind the scenes and on air.

2) Community members who are passionate about an issue, want to get the word out about it and are willing to be interviewed.

Collective members must first be a member of CiTR and that is $30-35 a year. We usually meet in person out at UBC on Mondays at 5:00 pm to plan the show for next Monday. It is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in radio broadcasting or journalism. It’s also a great way to make a social connection with the community of radio as well as the community around us.

Feel free to get in touch with Deepi Leihi or  CiTR’s Accessibility Collective Coordinator:


Collingwood Community Lunch – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Check out their menu below

How to order:

you can eat there at Collingwood or you can get take out

you can order first thing in the morning for takeout and pick up your lunch at 12:30 for $6.25

These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; they reflect the changing seasons and diverse food traditions. All proceeds support Collingwood Neighbourhood House Seniors’ Wellness programs.


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