Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM MDT
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Shepherd's Care Kensington (Main floor Auditorium) 
12603 135 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5L 5B2

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Important parking information: The main building has limited visitor parking so we ask that all able-bodied attendees park on the streets around the facility. There is no parking on 135 Avenue between the main entrance parking entrance and exit lanes due to sight lines. Please do not park in the parking lot of the Buddhist Temple as you will be ticketed. 


Emily Dymchuk, Program Coordinator
Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research
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ICCER Networking Event: Inclusivity in Continuing Care 

Join the Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research (ICCER) on April 11 as we discuss the importance of inclusivity in continuing care. Knowledgeable speakers will share information on creating environments that welcome and meet the needs of those from the LGBTQ community, as well as individuals with invisible disabilities. Read more about our speakers and their presentations below!

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with our speakers, as well as collaborate with one another over small and large group discussion. See more about our speakers below! 

ICCER member organizations also have the opportunity to hear Shepherd's Care Kensington staff share information about their Independent Wellness Program. The information sharing is optional and will begin at 8:30 AM (30 minutes before the event start time). If you are interested in learning more and plan to attend at 8:30 AM, please let Emily Dymchuk know by April 9. 

This Networking Event is suitable for all levels of staff, faculty, students, and family members in continuing care. We encourage you to share the event information with those you think would be interested in attending the event. Family members from ICCER member organizations are considered ICCER members and can register for free!

An opportunity to network over coffee and snacks included!


9:00 - 9:15 AM - Welcome and introductions (ICCER)

9:15 - 10:15 AM - LGBTQ2S+ Seniors: An Invisible and Vulnerable Population by Eric Storey, BCom, BSW

Throughout his professional career, Eric volunteered with non-profit and social development programs. Following his 2007 retirement from the manufacturing sector, he was able to increase his community involvement and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree as one of his retirement projects. Eric combines social work skills with his previous managenent, governance, and volunteer experience to be engaged in the community. He is focused on social justice issues, primarily around those experienced by seniors, at-risk and in-care youth, and sexual and gender minority populations. 

LGBTQ2S+ seniors grew up in a very different era where personal and emotional safety were frequently at risk. This presentation will explain concerns arising from that lived experience and steps that can be taken to provide safe and inclusive accommodation, care and programming.

  • Small and large group discussion

10:15 - 10:30 AM - Break and rotate tables

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Universal Design: > Curb Cuts + Grab Bars - Explore the environmental elements that impact someone's invisible disabilities presented by Lara Pinchbeck

Ms. Pinchbeck uses her architectural training to provide human-centred design to marginalized communities: folks with sensory processing challenges, recent immigrants, aging adults, those with cognitive impairments, and multiple complexities. She is a member of the Advisory Group for the New Edmonton Hospital Project as well as a PhD student at the University of Alberta in Human Ecology where her research tracks the daily lived experiencs of folks with a diversity of abilities - in her firm, Lara combines her design and research on the relationship between people with disabilities and their built environment to increase the quality of life of our neighbours.

  • Small and large group discussion
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Final discussions & wrap-up


Registration is now closed for this event. 

Please note: This event is free for faculty, staff, students, and family members of ICCER member organizations* and for individual ICCER members. The cost is $50/person for non-members to attend. See the list of ICCER member organizations at the bottom of the page!

Paid registration cancellations must be received no later than 3 business days before the event. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration or contact Emily Dymchuk. Paid cancellations made prior to 3 business days will result in a refund of amount paid, less 10% administrative fee. Cancellations received 3 or less working days prior to the event are subject to a fee equivalent to 50% of the registration fee. There is a "no show, no refund" policy in effect. We do accept replacements to attend in the registrants place. For further information on the refund policy, click here.

*ICCER member organizations: Bethany Care Society, Bow Valley College, CapitalCare, Carewest, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (staff only), Excel Society, Extendicare, Good Samaritan Society, Keyano College, Lifestyle Options, NorQuest College, Shepherd's Care Foundation, Sherwood Care, St. Michael's Health Group, University of Alberta, Wing Kei Nursing Home