What's Happening at CERAH in June!

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What’s Happening at CERAH in June 2015



On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, Bill C-356 was defeated in the House of Commons by one vote. Sponsored by NDP MP Claude Gravelle, the bill supported the establishment of a national dementia strategy for Canada. In total, nine Conservative MPs voted against party lines in favour of the bill. The final results were 139 MPs in favour of the bill and 140 against it. According to Health Minister Rona Ambrose, who has committed to funding research but has voted against the bill: "I do support what Mr. Gravelle is doing… But we’re working with the provinces and territories on developing a national strategy. So I’d prefer to work with them collaboratively because they’re all very receptive and we’re already well on our way to working together."

Source: Global News, May 7, 2015


Centre staff are pleased to announce that CERAH researcher Holly Prince is the recent recipient of the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award for Aboriginal Leadership.  This award is presented to an Aboriginal woman who has made a significant contribution to a Northern Ontario community or business.  The recipient supports a vision of excellence and innovation and demonstrates advanced leadership qualities and professionalism.  There is no question that Holly is the perfect recipient for this award.  To read more about Holly and this award, please visit our website by clicking here.  Congratulations, Holly!

 CERAH would also like to congratulate current placement student Justine Tempelman on her recent acceptance into the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for Fall 2015. Justine’s acceptance marks the fifth CERAH student to be accepted into NOSM’s program. Previous students include: Alexis Sharp, Krista Clark, Michael Thibert, and Daphne Haggarty. Congratulations!



CERAH is pleased to host The Mindful Caregiver: Taking Care of One’s Self on June 3rd at 6:30pm. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Lana Ozen in the Georgian Room at St. Joseph’s Heritage. For more information, please visit our website.

June 4 - 6Th

CERAH is excited to be hosting the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care (LEAP) course in partnership with the North West LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program and the Palliative Pain & Symptom Management Program. This course will feature the newly updated LEAP curriculum and be facilitated by Dr. Denise Marshall of McMaster University and our own local Master LEAP Facilitators, Marg Poling, Kathy Kortes-Miller and Dr. Kevin Miller.

June 6th & 7th

In collaboration with the NW LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program, Palliative Pain & Symptom Management Program, and Pallium Canada, CERAH is organizing a LEAP Facilitator Training course in Thunder Bay. This training is a wonderful opportunity to grow our pool of Certified LEAP Facilitators in the Northwest, and will increase our capacity to deliver nationally recognized, accredited palliative care education by local experts.

June 25th

CERAH is pleased to be collaborating with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) for the upcoming session entitled: A Palliative Care Approach to Chronic Disease Management presented by Dr. Ross Johnson and Marg Poling. This event will be available face-to-face, via OTN videoconference and live webcast at 9am until 10am on June 25th. Please visit our website for more information.

Welcome & "See you Soon"

Staff are pleased to welcome Donna Garstin to the CERAH team as a part-time palliative care and Thunder Bay Medical Society CME Education Planner.  She will be filling in for Jessica Wyatt who will be on parental leave from her position of Education Planner/Communication Knowledge Exchange Officer.  Best wishes Jessica and welcome Donna!


CERAH will be taking a break from e-blast messages over the summer months and will begin again in September.  Stay current on CERAH news and events by visiting our website and Facebook pages.  

Have a great summer!