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2015 Conference Resources, Saskatoon, SK

May 6-8, 2015
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

Thank you to our Convention Sponsors

Final Program

Prayer Service1
Prayer Service 2


micheline st-hilaire

dawn macdonald

Pre-Conference Workshop ~ The Compassion Project

Micheline St-Hilaire, Organizational Change and Development Leader,
Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba

Dawn MacDonald, Compassion Project Coordinator,
Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to introduce a contemporary
contemplative pathway designed as an initial step to organizational change and
development. In an effort to begin to re-found spirituality as a source of health and
healing, interpersonally, intrapersonally, and organizationally, a documentary
film was created as a catalyst to courageous conversations about compassion.
In this workshop, we will screen a portion of This Film is About Compassion,
and engage in its accompanying process, which asks us to reflect on: 1. What
is compassion, what isn’t? 2. How do we know compassion is present/absent?
3. What can be done at individual/organization level to nurture and strengthen
this human capacity and need? This workshop is designed to support and
inspire all those who wish to begin creating conditions for further compassion
and wisdom in medicine, health care and the larger society.

thomas nairn ofm

The Catholic Social Tradition:
Building a Culture of Justice and Compassion

Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, OFM, Ph.D.,
Senior Director of Ethics
Catholic Health Association of the United States

It is not enough for Catholic health care simply to avoid injustice. Our organizations
are called to build a culture of justice and compassion, embodying the righteousness of the Gospel. Looking especially to the writings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, the talk will show how the Catholic social justice tradition is foundational for understanding how our health care institutions need to live out their vocation in the contemporary world with “courage and imagination.”

dr philip berger

The Heart of Catholic Health:
Heritage and Contemporary Attention on the Vulnerable

Dr. Philip Berger,
Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program
St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto,

The former Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berger has published and lectured widely on critical health issues including drug addiction, the physical and psychological effects of torture, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a group of physicians and residents who have participated in protests and other activities to oppose cuts to refugee health care in Canada.

eugenia oviedo-joekes

Assisting People With Addictions: The Role of Supervised Treatment with
Injectables for Opioid Dependence

For some individuals struggling with addictions, we must consider alternative treatments, such as prescribed injectable opioids, to reduce the harms associated with illicit street opioid use and improve their health.

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes has obtained degrees in clinical psychology,
social psychology and behavioural sciences methodology. She is an assistant professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the
University of British Columbia, a research scientist in the Centre for Health
Outcomes Evaluation at Providence Health Care, and a Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Her main research area is public
health and addictions, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to
expand and diversify treatments for vulnerable populations.