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2017 Conference Resources, Charlottetown, PEI

May 10-12, 2017
Delta Prince Edward Hotel

Thank you to our Convention Sponsors

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Fran Ross

Salima Bandali,

Greg Humbert


Pre-Conference Workshop ~ Catholic Health Care in Canada: Telling Our Story with Passion and Purpose

Fran Ross, Chief Communications Officer, Covenant Health, Edmonton
Salima Bandali, Manager Communications, Covenant Health, Edmonton
Greg Humbert, Director, Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, it is important for our Catholic health care community to reflect on the role of our founders in Canada’s story and to proclaim our ongoing commitment and relevance as a vital part of Canada’s future. Join this interactive workshop to explore the relationships between the legacy of the Sisters, your calling as a leader in Catholic health care and our collective ability to articulate the true purpose and value of Catholic health care in the country. Through the course of the session, we will work together to create a new way to talk about Catholic health care—one that is strategic, current, vibrant and confident. Framed within Canada’s birthday year, we will take a moment to celebrate our history then focus ahead, learning from each other to make the story of Catholic health care relevant today. We will also look at how we can, in our own communities and together across the nation, tell this story with impact. You will leave the session with practical ideas and tools for engaging your teams and communities in reflection, conversation and ambassadorship for our common ministry.

  1. Part One: Introduction & Knowing Ourselves ~ Salima Bandali
  2. Part Two: Celebrating our “Catholic Health Care” Family Story ~ Greg Humbert
  3. Part Three: Ambassadorship: Telling our Story with Passion and Purpose ~ Fran Ross
  4. Overview and Tips
  5. Alliance Proclaim Statement
Mary Jo Leddy

Why Are We Here? Reflections on Canada at 150

Canada celebrates 150th anniversary of nationhood. What are the defining
features that bind us together, as well as inspire us, to bridge the gaps
between the diversity and disparity of the many peoples who inhabit this, “our home and native land?” In this talk I will try to answer the question “Why are we here?” I will explore the distinctions between private property and what we hold in common. While private property might be designated as the domain of the personal and the family, neighbours share a whole other space in common, a space that is the responsibility of all of us to care for and to protect. I will attempt to explore how we can reverence the common good and not take it for granted. How we live as neighbours will define the essence of our prosperity and the peace and freedoms we desire.

Archbishop Bolen

Jean Morrison

Cassandra Wajuntah

Disparity in Health Outcomes

Archbishop Don Bolen, Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
Jean Morrison, President and CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon
Cassandra, Canoe Lake Cree First Nation, PhD candidate

One of Canada’s most enduring and diffi cult health issues is that of the health status of our indigenous communities. This series of three keynote speakers will address the issue from various perspectives.

Archbishop Bolen will map out the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) calls to action, noting those addressed to the churches; will explore the TRC report as an opportunity to engage in this important matter; and will examine, in particular, those calls to action that touch on health-related organizations and services. He will also discuss how the CCCB has addressed this to date.

Jean Morrison and Sharon Clarke: As a Catholic health organization within a large indigenous community, what has been St. Paul’s journey regarding the TRC recommendations and responding to the health needs of the community? Jean will talk about some of St. Paul’s situations as examples; talk about what they did in the past and what they are starting to do different now; and where they need to go.

Cassandra shared her work in which she is using an Indigenous research methodology. She is examining the policy-making process in Canada and Hawaii in the area of Indigenous health. More specifi cally, she is working with two Indigenous health organizations to conduct a comparative analysis of how they create effective health policy in “an Indigenous way.”

Charles Bouchard

Diversity, Disparity and the Common Good

Charles Bouchard, O.P., S.T.D.
Senior Director, Theology & Ethics, Catholic Health Association of the United States

How Diversity Can Be Reconciled with Solidarity

We live in an increasingly diverse world. As we acknowledge that diversity, we become more aware of the disparities in social status, access to health care, and health care outcomes. As we honor diversity, however, we can’t lose sight of the common good, which is a fundamental aspect of Catholic social teaching. What do we make of all this diversity? How do we weave a cohesive social fabric from the individualist threads that North Americans favor? In this session we will explore the roots of the common good in the Catholic social tradition and ask how Catholic health care can put this counter cultural principle to best use.

Steve Buist

CODE RED : Health, Wealth and Social Determinants: The Lessons Learned
From Canada’s Steeltown

Steve Buist
Investigative reporter with the Hamilton Spectator

Code Red is an ongoing project started in 2010 by The Hamilton Spectator newspaper to explore the powerful impacts that the social determinants of health have on people in Hamilton. Using large data sets that measure a wide range of health, social and economic variables, Code Red has been exposing disparities at the neighbourhood level in Hamilton through crisp storytelling and distinctive maps. Code Red represents a landmark project in Canadian journalism, combining a scientifi c approach to investigative journalism. The
projects have brought to life the staggering differences that exist in health, social and economic outcomes across the city and they have changed the way people in Hamilton think about their city and about poverty, a subject that is often diffi cult for some to digest. Code Red, arguably, is the most important project ever produced by the Spectator to advance the cause of social justice in Hamilton. It’s also a template for other communities across Canada that might want to embark on a similar path of self-examination.