Agenda for 2013 CFAN Workshop

We are so excited to welcome you to our annual workshop, which will be held this year in Toronto on October 20th. If you're interested in registering, you can do so online on the CAPHC website.   If you're a patient or family advisor, please email Kate Robson for a registration code that allows you to register for the one-day workshop for free. 

CFAN Symposium:  Sunday October 20, 2013

“Invitation, Inspiration, and Innovation:  Patient and family-centred care in Canada”

LOCATION: Room 104C, North Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 255 Front Street West. 

7:30am Breakfast

8:00am  Welcome & Introductions: CFAN chairs

8:30am Plenary Session

Senior hospital leaders discuss  "Family-Centred Care: Organizational Readiness, Challenges & Opportunities"

  • Pam Hubley, Chief, Professional Practice & Nursing, SickKids Hospital
  • Jackie Schleifer Taylor, Vice-President, Programs and Services, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

These two dynamic leaders will openly share their thoughts on how to embed family-centred care, not only as a cultural philosophy but as a key practice in organizational decision-making and care planning with patients and families.

9:30am  Member spotlight: Best practices -- “Inviting” patient and family engagement

  • CFAN Steering Committee Members

Such great family-centred work is going on across this country! We will highlight examples of innovative family-centred projects in this spotlight.  The "Partners in Pajamas" program at BC Children’s Hospital, led by Susan Greig, allows patient and family advisors to provide their feedback and input from the comfort of their own home.  We will also hear from Yarrow Gillis, Chair of the Braveheart Support Society and Family Advisor at IWK Health Centre. 

10:00am Refreshment Break

10:30am Innovating Together  (Workshop)

In this facilitated discussion, we ask, "How can CFAN help patients, families & staff with the advancement of family-centred care in Canada"

  • Doug Miron, Senior Consultant, Organizational Development and Learning, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital  (facilitator)

Together we will create a vision for CFAN that embraces our next steps as a national collective.  Meet other families, staff and leaders who have innovative ideas in shaping family-centred care in their organizations and discuss how to move this work forward on a national level.

12:30pm Lunch

1:15pm Expert Panel Presentation
           Advocate with insight: storytelling as a tool for partnership and change

  • Dan Yashinsky, Canadian Storyteller, Author and Community Organizer
  • Sue Robins, Consultant, Family-Centred Care, Bird Communications
  • Louise Kinross, Editor, Bloom magazine, Holland Bloorview
  • Frank Gavin, CFAN National Liaison (Session Facilitator)

Frank Gavin will facilitate this exciting session where three panelists share how stories can be used to support culture change in any organization.  Key topics will be: family as faculty, storytelling to support change and narrative medicine techniques.  

2:30pm Break

2:45pm Member spotlight: Inspirational stories of family-centred care

  • Alexandra Varela, Family Advisor, Vice Chair, Family Centered Care Advisory Council, SickKids Hospital.

We are privileged to hear directly from Alexandra Varela, a family advisor from SickKids Hospital in Toronto.  Alexandra will describe her transition from youth advisor to adult advisor and talk about best ways to invite young patients into discussions around policy, programming and their own health care needs.

3:15pm Closing Session

Pain into purpose: parent engagement as an instrument of change

  • Lindsey Yeskoo, Emily’s House

Lindsey Yeskoo will share her inspiring story of life with her daughter Emily and the building of Emily’s House, an innovative new palliative care respite home in Toronto.

4:15pm Final thoughts for the day / closing remarks

4:30pm Symposium adjourns – rest up for evening activities!

Special Event!

7-10pm The SickKids and Holland Bloorview Family Advisory Committees would like you to join them at The Ballroom upscale bowling alley in downtown Toronto just minutes from the conference!  Members of these two committees are co-hosting a casual evening of eating, mingling, bowling and sharing new ideas.   There is no fee but we only have space for 95 so please register early at