An invitation to our annual CFAN Symposium

You will all be most welcome at the 2014 Annual CFAN Symposium on Sunday, October 19th at the Hyatt Hotel in Calgary! A great program awaits and, through the generosity of CAPHC, it is free of charge.

Agenda for the Day

7:45-9:00:  Breakfast, Networking and Informal Information Sharing

9:00-9:15:   Welcome from CFAN Co-Chairs and Local Hosts

9:15-10:15:  Laugh Until It Helps - Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter (Cheryl Ann Oberg, Therapeutic Clown, Alberta Children’s Hospital)

10:15-10:30:  Nutrition Break / Informal Networking

10:30-11:30: Parents in Staff Roles: What We’ve Learned So Far (Sherri Wuetherick, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Kate Robson, Sunnybrook Hospital, Marni Panas, Stollery Children’s Hospital)

11:30-12:30:   PFCC Rounds at Alberta Children’s Hospital: Using Digital Stories and Conversations to Move from Principles to Practices (Parent and Staff Member)

12:30-1:30:  Lunch and Informal Networking

1:30-4:00:  Parenting Matters: From Research to Action. We will be joining delegates from The Canadian Network for Child and Youth Rehabilitation—CFAN’s first “partnering occasion”— In a highly participatory workshop in which we will all learn about the findings, some perhaps surprising, of a major Canadian research project about parenting children with  impairments and what makes a difference to the parents and to their (our) children. The session will assume that all participants are potential “knowledge brokers” and “change agents” with myths and misunderstandings to identify, strategies to suggest, and actions to take.  Dr. Peter Rosenbaum of CanChild and McMaster will help lead the session; parents and staff will be well mixed and, we hope, thoroughly engaged.

4:30-8:00: Buses take delegates to Alberta Children’s Hospital, beautiful and inspiring, for hospital tours followed by a welcome reception. Buses will return delegates to the hotel.

·     There will be a “meet and greet” CFAN wine and cheese reception early Saturday evening at the hotel (details to follow) and an opportunity to join other CFAN delegates at a nearby restaurant following the reception.

·     There will also be opportunities on Sunday to meet Alex Bilodeau, two-time Olympic gold medal winner, who, along with his whole family, has generously supported CAPHC’s work.

·     Volunteer members of councils and other groups connected to CFAN are eligible for a 50% reduction in the registration fee for the CAPHC conference. (For those attending on Sunday only, there is no charge.) Just go to the CAPHC site ( and follow the links to the conference registration page where you should enter the access code 2014CF and identify yourself as a CFAN participant.

·     Much in the conference program will appeal especially to CFAN delegates: Tuesday morning’s motivational session, “Looking Back to Look Forward” with Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and two sets of parents who’ve been on the journey for a long time, Joanne and Robin Ganton, and Brenda and Mike McInnis; Monday afternoon’s forum on leadership with, among others, Jackie Schleifer-Taylor from Holland-Bloorview and Alex Munter from CHEO; Monday morning’s plenary session, “The Developing Brain: Is Nature to Resilience as Nurture Is to Leadership” by Dr. Jong Rho—and much more.

·     The banquet this year will be on the Monday evening and will be held at the Calgary Zoo, a short walk from the hotel.

·     The conference will conclude late Tuesday afternoon.

For more information, please contact Frank Gavin (