Connecting Through Care 2024

Family Councils Ontario invites you to join us in June for our annual virtual conference: Connecting Through Care. This year our conference theme is navigating challenging conversations in long-term care.

We are excited to welcome family council members, caregivers, long-term care home staff, and students to join us in three days of entertaining, engaging, and educational sessions!

The full conference schedule is to be released soon.


Details to be announced.


June 11th, 2024 - Conference Kickoff Entertainment!

June 11th 6:00pm - 7:30pm

A heartfelt mix of Celtic soul and groovy acoustic roots music from award winning Scots Canadian performing songwriter David Leask.

June 12th, 2024 - Change Leader Training for Family Councils

(time to be determined)

The Insititute for Change Leaders will be leading family council members in a training designed to build family council capacity and increase their impact within their long-term care homes. More information to come. Spaces will be limited. Email with questions and for registration.

June 13th, 2024 - Full Day Conference

10:00am Opening Remarks from FCO & the Ministry of Long-Term Care

10:30am: Talking About Death Won't Kill You with Kathy Kortes-Miller

Kathy infuses tenderness into a topic that is all too frequently charged with fear, approached with grim stoicism, or avoided at all costs. Using stories and research laced with her unique brand of compassion and humor, Kathy extends an engraved invitation to view death as not a taboo subject - but rather a shared life experience. Let’s shift our perspectives about conversations about dying, death, loss, and grief together!

11:30am: Wellness Break!

11:45am: Cannabis and Older Adults - Know the Facts!

In this session, Marilyn White-Campbell will help family council members to: understand the types of cannabis and the special considerations for older adults, explore the current evidence for the risks and benefits of cannabis for older adults, and discuss the implications for the use of cannabis in long term care including persons living with or without dementia.

12:45pm: Lunch & Wellness Break!

2:00pm: Talking About Sexuality and Intimacy in Long-Term Care

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias may cause changes in how the person expresses their wish for companionship and intimacy. Despite these changes, people with dementia have needs and wishes for companionship, intimacy and the expression of their sexuality. If the person with dementia lives in a long-term care home, support should be available to help the person and their partner maintain their intimacy. To reduce the influence that personal biases may be having on the care provided, healthcare providers and family partners are encouraged to learn about later-life and same sex relationships. Their own feelings and attitudes toward sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual expression and later-life relationships can influence the care provided. In this presentation, we will discuss the resources available to support staff and families to help the person with dementia maintain their intimacy while living in a long-term care home. Presented by: Kristy McKibbon, BAH, MA, GDBA and Lori Schindel Martin, RN, PhD, GNC(C), FCAN

3:00pm: Networking Session

Join FCO, conference speakers, and family council members from across the province in discussion about the day's conference sessions and share your experiences of caring and leading in long-term care.

3:30pm: Wellness Break!

3:45pm: Family Councils & Advocacy

Join FCO and family council leaders in a discussion about advocacy in long-term care. What can it look like? How can council members engage meaningfully with their home and across the sector.