CFAN Annual Workshop: Sharing What's Working

Hello Everyone,

I am happy to share with you all the agenda for our 2016 annual workshop (see below) in Halifax on Sunday October 23rd. There are still a few elements to finalize but we think we have come up with an agenda that should allow for lots of sharing of not only information but insights and wisdom. Sue Robins (Sunny Hill) and Catherine Gunn (IWK) were especially helpful in putting the agenda together.

We are also planning to spend some time--mainly at the end of the day--getting ourselves better organized to move forward. Over the last 15 years we have accomplished a good deal, but we know we need to be in closer touch with all the councils, organizations, and individuals across Canada who are or want to be part of CFAN. One change we will be proposing is that every council or organization in the network will be asked to identify one or two reps who will be listed on the website and take part in regular two-way communication to ensure that everyone is "in the loop." We will also be proposing some bylaw changes (to be distributed by email well before we meet) that we hope will help us be more efficient, effective, and better connected. 

CAPHC is once again supporting our workshop by making it free to anyone attending just the workshop and not the CAPHC conference itself. Those registered for the conference attend at no additional fee. And families who are not staff members of the organizations they advise get 50% off the conference registration fee if they use a code which we can provide; please email me at 

The conference itself has many sessions that will be of particular interest to members of our network, and we are certainly welcome to participate fully in all the sessions we attend. There will also be many posters about aspects of family-centred care (one of the four poster categories.) Thanks to Scott Wilson, parent from from Glenrose, for joining this year's poster judging panel. Information about the conference is available at

Both of our wonderful long-term co-chairs (Kate Robson and Laura Williams) have had to leave office because of other responsibilities. The recent good news is that Karen Sappleton from SickKids has agreed to be one of our co-chairs beginning this fall. We will be looking for another co-chair in the fall but will first nail down the terms of reference and bylaws.

We hope many of you can come to Halifax. Once we know who's coming, we will send everyone on the list of workshop registrants further information about social events before and after the workshop. But we want to make sure that even if you can't come to beautiful, historical, and friendly Halifax, you can participate as fully as you wish and are able to in the work we are and will be doing.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested and please let me know if have any questions or suggestions.

Best wishes,

Frank Gavin

National Liaison, Canadian Family Advisory Network

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Agenda for CFAN Annual Workshop: “Sharing What’s Working”

October 23, 2016


7:00 to 8:00: Breakfast

8:00 to 8:45: Welcome, Introductions, Overview of the Day

8:45 to 9:15: Sydney’s Spot—A Family Story

9:15 to 9:40: CFAN: Past Accomplishments, Present Challenges, and Future Opportunities: Frank Gavin (National Liaison)

9:40 to 10:00: Best Practices Update: Tashmina Hall (McMaster Children’s FAC) and Fiona Randerson (BC Children’s)

10:00 to 10:30: Morning Break and Informal Networking

10:30 to 11:15: Using Social Media to Connect, Inform, and Effect Change--Christine Chambers, Canada Research Chair in Children's Pain at Dalhousie University and IWK

11:15 to 12:30: Small Group Discussions on Communicating with Staff and Families (Challenges and Successes) at Each Represented Organization.

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

1:30 to 2:00: Reports from the Small Groups

2:00 to 3:15: Engaging—and Being Engaged by—Youth: Panelists from the YAC at IWK and Other Health Centres

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30 to 4:00: Directions and Leadership for CFAN