HIGHLIGHTS

CALL FOR HIT TALKS SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

HPCO2019 will once again be offering HIT (Healthcare, Innovation & Technology) Talks, a unique plenary presentation. HIT Talks will be held on either Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 9:45am -10:45am or Monday, April 29, 2019 from 9:00am – 10:00am, and presented to all conference delegates.

This session is part of the HPCO Annual Conference being held Sunday, April 28 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites in Richmond Hill.

This session will include up to three 15 minute idea-focused presentations that foster learning, innovation, inspiration, leadership and provoke conversations about hospice palliative care.

HPCO is accepting submissions up until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019.

Click HERE for information on the submission guidelines and on-line submission process. Be part of this innovative plenary session platform and submit your presentation idea. Feel free to forward this to any colleagues or team members, you think may be interested in participating.

If you have questions, contact Randy Markus, Conference Manager at 416-304-1477/1-800-349-3111 ext. 23 or by email at rmarkus@hpco.ca.


Calling All Complementary Therapy Practitioners: Volunteers Needed
Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ONTARIO CONFERENCE: QUALITY IN ACTION COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY ‘TASTER’ SESSIONS
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 & MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019

This is the 8th year that HPCO conference delegates have been participating in 15-minute Complementary Therapy “Taster” sessions, and sampling various complementary therapies. This popular perk provides delegates with increased awareness regarding various complementary therapies and an appreciation for the role of complementary therapies in the hospice palliative care setting. 

Click HERE for more information on  the requirements, time commitment and benefits to participating. Please share this call for volunteer Complementary Therapy Practitioners with your colleagues and volunteers who practice Seated Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch®, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Simple Aroma Hand or Foot Massage or other therapies. 


If interested, contact Nancy Hall by Friday, March 15, 2019. Space is limited. Nancy can be reached at nancyhall634 @gmail.com or by phone 519-938-7759.


CLOSING KEYNOTE, TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 1:00 -2:00 PM
JEREMIE SAUNDERS – SHIFTING THE PERSPECTIVE AND STIGMA AROUND CHRONIC ILLNESS, MENTAL HEALTH AND DEATH

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is thrilled to announce the closing Keynote Speaker for the 2019 conference. Jeremie Saunders is an award-winning actor, producer, and host of popular original Canadian media, including film, television, and podcasts. An advocate for grabbing life by the balls and never letting go, Jeremie also happens to live with the genetic lung disease Cystic Fibrosis.

Sickboy Podcast was born from Jeremie’s affinity for laughter, communication and education, Honoured as one of iTunes Best of 2015, Sickboy is produced and hosted by Jeremie and his two best friends Taylor MacGillivary and Brian Stever. Together they explore a variety of topics with a wide range of guests, talking and laughing about the experiences of living with a chronic or terminal illness. Sickboy Podcast succeeds in tearing down the walls of stigma and finds levity in an otherwise dark situation. Taking the lead from Jeremie’s lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the hosts aim to help people understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.

Jeremie is a brilliant speaker, his keynotes having been described as “simply the most thought-provoking, powerful talk I’ve ever witnessed.” CBC released an acclaimed documentary on Jeremie and the Sickboy Podcast in October 2017, just weeks before Jeremie received a rousing standing ovation for his talk at TEDxToronto.

This powerful, laugh-out-loud keynote presentation is definitely a must see experience! Full of wit, wisdom and teachable moments, you don’t want to miss Jeremie’s fresh, raw and unapologetic take on Shifting the Perspective and Stigma around Chronic Illness, Mental Health and Death. We guarantee you will walk away inspired and re-energized with a new outlook and fresh perspective.