June 2022 Virtual Conference: Regroup, Refocus, Recharge

We look forward to welcoming family councils, caregivers, staff, and healthcare workers across long-term care to join us for our 2022 Virtual Conference: Regroup, Refocus, Recharge. Our conference will be held entirely virtually in order to reach as many possible while protecting the health of our participants.

We are thrilled to be able to offer conference sessions throughout the entire month of June! Your one-time registration grants you access to every session, as well as early access to recordings of sessions you miss.

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Conference Schedule

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June 1st

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Enhancing Optimism and Hope

Join us in kicking off our conference with an hour of enhancement as we recharge ourselves with optimism and hope. The journey to advance long-term care is not an easy one. Take time to invest in yourself, and renew your sense of faith in the journey.

Trish Tutton


June 13th

1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Future of Long-Term Care

Join leading long-term care professional Dr. Samir Sinha in conversation to refocus our attention on the future of long-term care in Ontario. More details to be announced.

Dr. Samir Sinha


June 14th

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Supporting Communication Across the Long-Term Care Sector

In this session Dr Lisa Cranley addresses supporting communication between family caregivers and the healthcare team in long-term care homes during the pandemic and presents a communication tool for family caregiver care conversations with the healthcare team in long-term care homes is presented and its use is demonstrated through simulated role play.

Dr. Lisa Cranley


June 14th

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Repairing Trust and Empowering Positive Change Together

In order to empower positive change we must first discuss resolving conflict in long-term care post COVID-19. Vanessa Rankin and Adriana Schnall in refocusing our feelings around conflict resolution.

Vanessa Rankin & Dr. Adriana Schnall


June 16th

2:00pm - 3:00pm

New Partnerships Between Families and Long-Term Care

This presentation will briefly summarize the results of recent research concerning the integration of family caregivers into long-term care homes during the pandemic. The presentation will link these results to the social science of organizational change, and will raise ideas about how family councils could act as catalysts for transformed and better relationships between families, residents, and staff in long-term care homes.

James Conklin


June 20th

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Social Work in Long-Term Care

Regroup with social worker Candace Hind who will be leading us in conversation around the experience of social workers in LTC, their community of practice, and a collective vision for the future.

Candace Hind

Susan Braedley

Sam Peck

Michelle Fleming


June 22nd

6:30pm - 7:30pm

FCO Book Club: Happily Ever Older We have been reading Moira Welsh's Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care this year, and invite you to join us for a special session featuring the author herself! Moira Welsh REGROUP

June 23rd

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Now What? A Deeper Dive

Join Dr. Deborah Bakti in a discussion on her book Now What? which details her lived experiences navigating long-term care, and breaks down common misconceptions. Refocus your understanding, and get answers to the ever important question... what now?

Deborah Bakti



James Conklin is an author, educator, scientist, and consultant who specializes in the area of planned organizational change. His new book Balancing Acts: A Human Systems Approach to Organizational Change has been described as “authoritative without being didactic” and “exciting and deeply insightful.” Conklin recently led a study of how communities of practice spread innovations in Ontario’s health system, and currently leads a study of how long-term care homes are coping with change during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has authored (or co-authored) over thirty academic publications, and has also published OpEds with the Globe and Mail and PostMedia.

Dr. Adriana Shnall PhD, MSW, RSW is the Program Director of the Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Caregiving at Baycrest. Adriana has over 30 years of clinical experience working with older adults and their families including outpatient community services, long-term care and inpatient services. She was the recipient of the Baycrest Outstanding Innovations award. Adriana is the Chair of the Caregiving Committee for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and is a member of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition, the Toronto Caregiver Coalition and the Ontario Health Teams Caregiving Working group. Adriana integrates clinical practice, education, research and leadership experience to support healthcare providers and caregivers enrich their own quality of life and those they care for.

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and was recently appointed the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. He has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, the United States and China on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

Vanessa Rankin MSW, RSW is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and Staff Liaison to OASW’s Long-Term Care Subcommittee. She is a skilled policy analyst and researcher who has over 10 years of experience in innovative social service delivery, including the design, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives to meet diverse needs. Vanessa completed her MSW at McMaster University with a specialization in Social Policy Analysis and has worked alongside children, youth, and adults with an emphasis on health promotion. This work has also involved engagement with numerous stakeholders and government officials, taking place within several regions in Canada, including the Northwest Territories where she was President of the Association of Northern Social Workers. Vanessa has taught as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Regina, received the Canadian Association of Social Workers’ Distinguished Service Award, and is passionate about and committed to social justice, anti-oppressive practice, and advocating for responsive social policies.

Lisa Cranley RN, PHD is an Assistant Professor at Bloomberg Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research aims to improve the quality of health care delivery to older adults and their quality of life in the long-term care sector. Her studies focus on building capacity of the healthcare workforce and engaging residents and family in care planning. She uses a variety of approaches in her research including interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Lisa holds a cross-appointment (status only) with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Institute for Life Course & Aging, University of Toronto, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.

Trish Tutton helps organizations and individuals to learn to use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety so that they can thrive in life and at work. After years working in cultures where stress and burnout were the norm, Trish suffered a shocking loss and gained clarity: while stress in life is unavoidable, it doesn't have to dictate our lives. Using the simple but transformative tools of mindfulness Trish has learned how to effectively manage the stresses of work and life to feel more peace, wellbeing, and ultimately fulfilled.

Deborah Bakti is a leadership consultant and former Seniors' Care executive. She is owner of THINK Breakthrough Inc., delivering workplace coaching, training and consulting to the Seniors' Care sector. Deborah is the proud mom of Taylor and Logan. She lives in Burlington, Ontario with her pug Kobe and cat Charlie.

Sam Peck, Executive Director, Family Councils Ontario, is passionate about helping people and groups achieve their goals. In her 13 years with Family Councils Ontario (formerly Family Councils’ Program) she has supported thousands of family members and long-term care home staff improve their work to achieve the best possible outcomes and meaningful impacts. In her role as Executive Director, she focuses on building and maintaining relationships with funders, stakeholders, and interconnected organizations to carry out activities that support FCO's mission & developing strategies that enable the organization to create positive change within the long-term care sector.

Candace Hind has been proud to serve as a direct practice social worker in a long-term care home in SW Ontario for the past eight years, including frontline work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional work spanning two decades includes working in five hospitals and fourteen long-term care homes as a bedside performer with Fools for Health, activity director in retirement, director of theatre about the experiences of aging, and outreach coordinator for a senior centre. Candace holds BA(H) in Dramatic Arts and Psychology (York University and University of Windsor), a Master of Social Work degree (University of Windsor) and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social work at University of Windsor. Currently, Candace is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Work at University of Windsor. Her research in gerontology focuses on the role of the social worker in long-term care.

Michelle Fleming is a Knowledge Broker with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère. Prior to joining the Ontario CLRI in 2017, Michelle spent 12 years as Manager of Social Services in LTC homes, supporting residents and their family/care partners through the transition, and leading multiple initiatives aimed at enhancing resident quality of life. As a Certified Eden Associate, Michelle guided the implementation of the Eden Alternative philosophy at a long-term care home in Vancouver. Michelle has worked in private and non-profit long-term care homes, in both Ontario and British Columbia. Michelle currently leads the Ontario CLRI’s Supporting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in LTC initiative. She supports the facilitation of a provincial Community of Practice for Social Workers and Social Service Workers in long-term care homes. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University, Social Service Worker Gerontology Diploma from Sheridan College, Certificate in LTC Management from the Canadian Health Care Association and a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt.

Trish Tutton: After years working in cultures where stress and burnout were seemingly the only way to success, Trish suffered a shocking loss and things became clear: stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate our lives. As a speaker and mindfulness teacher, Trish has taught the skills to live and work happier to thousands of professionals, and has created positive change for her clients to become happier, more productive, effective and successful without the busy badge of honour. You can find her as a teacher on the #1 free meditation app in the world, Insight Timer, and she is the author of the Mindful Mornings Journal.

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Registration includes: unlimited access to every conference session, early access to session recordings, live networking and entertainment, as well as the chance to connect directly with sector leaders and professionals.

Sessions are geared toward family councils, caregivers, residents, and long-term care sector professionals however registration is open to all who are interested.

There is no fee for registration. Instead, we are asking that registrants make a one-time donation to Family Councils Ontario to support the work and cost of the conference. The suggested donation amount is $50 however any and all donations are welcome and have impact!

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We continue to seek sponsors for our 2022 Virtual Conference. If you or your organization share our goals and values, and would like to partner with us on this event, please click here to view our sponsorship package.