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'Engaging Families, Changing Lives' Conference materials

FCO's 'Engaging Families, Changing Lives' Conference was held in Toronto on June 18-19 2015. Our two-day event featured engaging and informative guest speakers, networking sessions, our Outstanding Family Council Member of the Year Award Banquet and more!


Qualities of a Family Council Word Wall

Conference Presentations

Working Better Together (Tammy Rankin & John Keating)

Who Are We? Understanding Ourselves and the Other People in LTC (Carolyn Clubine; Region of Peel)

LQIP Presentation (Karen Simpson & Mary Nestor; MOHLTC)

Inspired Participation Concurrent Session (Family Councils Ontario)

Shifting Focus Breakout Session (Cathy Conway; Alzheimer Society)

Fostering Inclusive Environments for Older LGBTQ Adults Concurrent Session (Laura Gibbon, Lezlie Lee Kam, Shoshana Pellman; 519 Community Centre)


Discussion Recap Notes

Inspired Participation Concurrent Session Recap Notes

Draw an Elephant! Communication Exercise Recap Notes

Recruitment Workshop Concurrent Session Recap Notes

Networking Plenary: Share Challenges & Successes Recap Notes


Outstanding Family Council Member of the Year 2015

L to R: Grace Song, Samantha Peck, Helen FurnerThe recipient of this year's Outstanding Family Council Member Award is Helen Furner of the Saint Luke's Place Family Council. Congratulations, Helen!

Helen was nominated by the Saint Luke's Place Family Council Staff Assistant, Grace Song. Grace nominated Helen for her hard work to recruit new members for the Council, her efforts to promote a safe, eductional and knowledgeable forum for concerned family members, and her positive leadership. In Grace's words:

"she and I have worked together to recruit new members and to advertise the importance of Council, the family members’ involvement and active participation at the Council has been continuously expanded. Now, we have a positive reputation. It could not have been achieved without her strong and caring leadership at the Council. She has worked to change the family’s involvement into providing more positive and constructive criticism. Helen always works closely with families, staff, and management to ensure that our residents’ quality of life is held in the highest regard. Helen has created a Council that works to provide mutual support and care, and this would not have happened if it was not for Helen." 

(Photo from Left to Right: Grace Song, Samantha Peck, Helen Furner)



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