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Ginette Abraham   |   Cari Borenko   |   Terri Bowser

Susan Cadell   |   Barry Campbell   |   Sienna Caspar

Glenda Gandza   |   Laura Gaspard   |   Randy Goossen

Elizabeth Nightingale   |   Brenda Rust   |   Andrew Saunderson

Teepa Snow   |   Marilyn White-Campbell


Ginette Abraham

Ginette just recently retired from her role as Social Worker at Action Marguerite in December 2020 and have since been teaching in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba in the Distance Education Program and in Inner City Social Work Program. She has worked in long-term care for 12 years prior to retirement and in health care since 2006.
Thursday, June 17 - How Do We Restore our Collaborative Relationship with Families?



Cari Borenko

Cari Borenko has been the regional lead of the Advance Care Planning (ACP) program at Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia since 2006. In this role, she has championed the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of ACP policies, systemic processes, educational resources and promotional materials. Her unwavering vision has provided the opportunity to support and influence the implementation of other ACP programs including the privilege to contribute to the ACP movements in New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. 

As a recognized leader, Cari was seconded as the Provincial Clinical Lead for ACP to support the development of provincial ACP resources for clinicians, patients and their families. She has presented at several international and national conferences including ones sponsored by the International Society of ACP and End of Life and the CHPCA. Cari is the author of a chapter entitled Passion, Persistence and Pennies and co-author of another chapter about Canadian ACP.
Wednesday, September 8 - It's Time to Talk about Advance Care Planning



Terri Bowser

Terri is a nurse educator and the Regional Educator for the Rehabilitation, Healthy Aging and Seniors Care with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She comes with both a personal and professional investment in trying to support care providers, families and people with dementia through education.
Wednesday, July 14 - Communication and Dementia: Detective Work and Improv Skills



Susan Cadell

Susan Cadell, PhD, RSW (she/her) is a social work researcher and Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 

Susan's research concerns death, dying and bereavement, particularly positive outcomes of caregiving and grief. Susan’s most recent projects concern the public health model of bereavement support, grief after Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), and tattoos that disrupt, celebrate or memorialize.
Wednesday, February 9 - Supporting Each Other During Times of Grief




Barry Campbell

Dr. Barry Campbell is currently the Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Program at St Boniface General Hospital. He is also on Medical Staff with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Campbell currently has interests in capacity assessments, models of board governance and community outreach geriatric psychiatry. His past professional activities include being Vice Chair of Examination Board in Psychiatry with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has acted as the principal investigator in multiple research studies. He has been a board member and past board president of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
Thursday, March 10 - Does Medication Have a Role in Managing Responsive Behaviours in Dementia?


Sienna Caspar

Sienna Caspar is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Faculty of Health Sciences—Therapeutic Recreation program. Her experience as a recreation therapist has taught her that health is significantly more than the absence of illness. Her training as a wellness coach has taught her that self-compassion is the strongest predictor of successfully engaging in self-care practices that lead to health and wellness. Sienna’s background includes many years of experience working in long term care in both the US and Canada, a research focus on empowering frontline staff and her own personal experience as a care partner.
Tuesday, May 18 - Resilience in the Face of a Pandemic




Glenda Gandza

Glenda Gandza is Westman Aphasia Inc.’s program clinician and also facilitates the organization’s caregiver support group. She is a retired physician and health educator whose background includes sessional instructor in Brandon University’s Health Studies Department, volunteer educator for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, sexual health educator for the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC MB), and Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Gandza’s focus with Westman Aphasia is exploring the most current methodologies and resources to improve the psychosocial health of individuals with aphasia and their caregivers.
Tuesday, January 25 - Aphasia, Dementia and Communication


Laura Gaspard

Laura Gaspard completed her Bachelors of Social Work with a specialization in Ageing from UBC Okanagan in 2011. Her ongoing focus was supporting individuals and families impacted by Dementia, which soon branched into looking at quality of life and quality of death for those with cognitive impairment. Laura was introduced to Advance Care Planning in 2013; in 2015 she completed her Masters in Social Work focusing on Indigenous wellness in health care, and using Advance Care Planning to support quality of life of individuals in Long Term Care. Laura has worked in a variety of Long Term Care homes (general public and specialized), rehabilitation/convalescent care, acute care and community care. She joined the Advance Care Planning team in 2020. When not at work, Laura enjoys running, painting and spending time with family.
Wednesday, September 8 - It's Time to Talk about Advance Care Planning



Randy Goossen

Randy Goossen is a Registered Social Worker who has been a healthcare Social Worker in a variety of program areas for over two decades. Randy has worked in Emergency, Home Health, at the Specialized Seniors Clinic and now with the FH East Advance Care Planning Team. Randy is committed to educating the public and health care providers to ensure individuals are able to receive care that is consistent with their wishes, values and goals of care.
Wednesday, September 8 - It's Time to Talk about Advance Care Planning



Elizabeth Nightingale

Elizabeth’s clinical specialty include brain injury, neurodisability and dementia. Further study following her MSc in Music Therapy has seen her train as a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow and as assessor and trainer in other specialty programs. As Neuro Services Lead, Elizabeth has worked across a range of settings. She regularly presents at conferences, has guest lectured at several universities and has had her work and research published in journals including Journal of Dementia Care, Brain and Spinal Injury Handbook, and the British Journal of Music Therapy.
Wednesday, October 20 - Neurologic Music Therapy and Dementia: Integrating Ideas and Strategies to Support Day to Day Care


Brenda Rust

Brenda Rust is a founding member of Westman Aphasia, one of two organizational program clinicians, and a Speech Language Pathologist. Her SLP private practice includes acute care, rehabilitation, personal care homes, and clinical settings in the Westman and Parkland areas. Brenda is a certified trainer in Supported Conversation with Adults with Aphasia (SCA™), and received her training in 2007 from Toronto’s Aphasia Institute. She is passionate about the belief that communication impairment should never be a barrier to accessing community services and resources.
Tuesday, January 25 - Aphasia, Dementia and Communication


Andrew Saunderson

Andrew Saunderson is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in both acute care and community settings in the areas of oncology, cardiology, HIV/AIDS, and addictions. He has focused much of his career supporting individuals and families in the areas of grief and loss, trauma, wellbeing, joy, and hope. 

Throughout his career he has consistently sought out leadership roles and projects, specifically focused on social determinants of health, as well as the consistent implementation of Advance Care Planning. Andrew finds joy in both learning and teaching, and currently provides regional leadership within Fraser Health in order to increase engagement in both Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness conversations.
Wednesday, September 8 - It’s Time to Talk about Advance Care Planning




Teepa Snow

Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. 

As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she helped to create the nation’s award winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Through her work developing Positive Approach to Care, there are many more resources and options for support and help, both online and in person. 

If you visit www.teepasnow.com, you’ll find educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, newsletter subscriptions, and onsite training. And you can sign up for the free Dementia Journal which goes out every month.
Thursday, November 18 - Improving Hands-on Skills for Providing Care


Marilyn White-Campbell

Marilyn White-Campbell is a Clinical Geriatric Addictions Specialist with Baycrest Long Term Care Behavioural Support Outreach teams. She is the provincial Lead for BSO BrainXchange Older Adult Substance Use Collaborative and has recently launched “Cannabis and Older Adults, Know the Facts”. 

Marilyn is a co-investigator with CCSMH project which established 4 national clinical best practice guidelines for substance use disorders in older adults including Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Cannabis and Opiates and is co-chair for the alcohol working group. 

She's the recipient of the Ontario Psychogeriatric Award of Excellence, and She the recipient of the inaugural 2018 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry/CCSMH. With over 34 years clinical experience working with older adults with SUD’s she is recognized as a pioneer in the field of Geriatric Addictions.
Tuesday, December 7 - Dementia, Alcohol, Nicotine Dependence and Transitions to Long Term Care


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