Personhood Tools – Morning Keynote (8:45 am – 10:00 am)

The sharing of information related to one’s personhood  helps in building relationships, providing personalized care, and developing care plans that are based on an individual’s history, likes, dislikes, interests and routines. Learn about and experiment with Personalized Profile Forms, or ‘Personhood Tools’ which assist in the collection and sharing of this information in a manner that is effective and user-friendly.

Sharon Osvald

Sharon Osvald is the daughter of a mother living in a Long Term Care home with vascular dementia. Eight years ago, during the transition process of moving to the Osvald’s home in Brighton, Ontario, Sharon’s mother very suddenly began showing signs of dementia and delirium. The family began their frightening journey of searching for answers while in the midst of crisis. Out of this difficult time, Sharon began the web blog: www.mymotherscaregiver.coman eldercare roadmap and observations from the journey to support other caregivers in their journey. Out of these lived experiences, Sharon became involved with the BSO Guiding Coalition. In September 2013 she was hired as the Lived Experience Facilitator for South Eastern Ontario, working in partnership with Providence Care Seniors Mental Health Behavioural Support Services & the Alzheimer Societies of SE Ontario, coordinating an advisory network of older adults and their family/care partners living with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and other neurological disorders.Today, Sharon’s role is facilitating the BSO Provincial Lived Experience Advisory with the Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office & brainXchange. She also workd three days a week as a First Link Care Navigator with the Alzheimer Society of Hastings and Prince Edward.

Morning Refreshment Break
(10:15 am – 10:35 am)

Faces of Caregiving – Morning Panel (10:35 am – 11:50 am)

The caregiver experience can be as diverse as the individuals who step into the role. Hear a variety of unique perspectives on what it means to be a caregiver in 2018.

Danielle Alcock

Danielle is Anishanaabe kwe and a member of the Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation. She is a caregiver for her Dad for the last 4 years. She is a full time PhD candidate at Western University whose research focuses on story telling of Indigenous caregivers for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She also works in Indigenous healthcare providing wholistic care. In her spare time, she volunteers, gardens and plays volleyball.

Corrie VanHeeswyk

Corrie VanHeeswyk is the Assistant Administrator of Sprucedale Care Centre, a 96-bed LTC home in Strathroy.  During her 27 years with Sprucedale Corrie has taken on many roles, beginning with an RPN on the floor. This role provided her with the knowledge and experience to lead to other positions within the home such as Restorative Care Coordinator, PIECES Resource Person, Ward Clerk, Education Coordinator, RAI-MDS Coordinator, Clinical care coordinator, BSO/RPN, and finally her current position as Assistant Administrator.

Maggie MacLellan

Maggie was raised in St. Thomas and has lived in London for over 10 years. At the age of 27, she became a young caregiver when her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Maggie is an advocate for Alzheimer’s research. She is the Communications Specialist for Western University’s BrainsCAN initiative, where she works with neuroscientists who are researching brain disorders including Alzheimer’s. She hopes one day, researchers will find a cure for the disease.

Maggie Perquin

Maggie Perquin is a wife, mother, Nana, teacher, and generally busy woman who is caregiver to Ruth, her partner of 22 years. She loves to sing, help those in need, cook new and interesting vegan recipes and spend time at the beach. Being part of a large, supportive family on both sides is an important part to walking the journey of MCI. Maggie has experience being an advocate for those dependent on the health care system and it’s partners. Creating ways to facilitate the diagnosis of MCI is a new challenge she is embracing with the support of the ASLM.

Dr. Scott McKay (Moderator)

Dr. Scott McKay is a family physician in London and the Lead Physician for an interdisciplinary, primary care memory clinic team at the Byron Family Medical Centre. In addition to holding a Fellowship in Family Medicine, he earned a certificate of added competence in Care of the Elderly from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2016. He is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Western University. Dr. McKay is also the director for the Department of Family Medicine Care of the Elderly Training Program and spends time volunteering as a board director at the Alzheimer Society London & Middlesex.


Lunch Break (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

Problem Solving Therapy – Afternoon Keynote (1:00 pm – 2:15 pm)

As we age, it is often how we manage life’s obstacles that impact our emotional health and well being. Evidence-based approaches that focus on positive coping strategies and goal setting can result in improved resilience. Care partners can help their family members to do the same. We tend to underestimate the abilities of older adults; it’s about taking control over your approach to life so you can better manage the ups and downs.

Dr. Lisa Van Bussel

Dr. Lisa Van Bussel a Physician Leader and geriatric psychiatrist  at St. Joseph’s Health Care, Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Care Building, with Geriatric Psychiatry Program and associate professor the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario.

Along with her busy clinical and administrative life, Dr. Lisa Van Bussel is involved with academic pursuits in the areas of interprofessional education and knowledge translation, and service delivery models for senior mental health care. She is an active member in Provincial Behavioral Support Ontario Strategy and Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto, and then went on to complete a residency program in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and subspecialty credential in geriatric psychiatry with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Susan MacDonald

Susan has been a Registered Nurse on the Geriatric Outreach team in the Geriatric Psychiatry Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care for over ten years.  Susan is one of three trainers at St Joseph’s Health Care for Problem Solving Treatment (PST). Prior to this she lived and worked in England for seventeen years where her area of focus was in developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors specializing in adults with autism.  Susan was a teaching fellow and researcher at The Tizard Center at the University of Kent at Cantebury where she completed extensive research in the field of active engagement in meaningful activities and challenging behaviors.

Afternoon Refreshment Break
(2:15 pm – 2:30 pm)

Innovations in Community Care – Afternoon Panel (2:30 pm – 3:45 pm)

Who are the innovators in your neighbourhood? Learn about fresh ideas in program and service delivery from a range of community dementia care experts.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson is the Director of McCormick Dementia Services, which is the largest adult day program in Ontario specializing in dementia care. Karen is a registered Social Worker, with both her Masters and Bachelor of Social Work degrees, and she has several years of experience working with the older adult population—both in long term care homes, hospital, and also in the community. Karen’s particular professional passion lies in working with those who have dementia, as well as supporting formal and informal caregivers. She is involved in a variety of research projects related to best practice in dementia education. On a side note, she is also a horticulturist with a habit of growing far more tomatoes than necessary.

Jenn Pruder

Jenn Pruder is the Social Recreation Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex.  Jenn has her degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.  ASLM hosts a wide variety of different recreation programs for our clients.  This provides individuals with the ability to choose what interests them and to thrive in a failure free environment.  Jenn is the project lead on the In-Home Recreation Therapy pilot project.  This project provides care partners and our clients with the same variety of recreation programs, but takes place in the comfort of their own home.

Kim Schlegel

Kimberly Schlegel graduated from King’s University College with a Bachelor of Social Work, followed by her Master’s of Social Work and Gerontology, with a Collaborative Diploma in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care across the Life Course at the University of Toronto. She worked as a Social Worker in the Geriatric Mental Health Program at London Health Sciences, supporting older adults who were living with symptoms of a mental health, addiction, or dementia. In 2014, Kim moved into the position of Enhanced Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant for London Middlesex with the Behavioural Response Team. Kim’s interests include mental health, dementia, language, stigma, housing and all things geriatrics.

Hannah Singer

Hannah Singer is the Enhancing Care Counsellor at the Alzheimer Society of London Middlesex. She completed her MSW from King’s College, Western University in 2016, during which she interned in the London Health Sciences Geriatric Mental Health Program. More recently she worked as the Alzheimer Society First Link Learning Series Facilitator and for CMHA Middlesex. She will present on the Enhancing Care for Ontario Care Partners Program.

Lesley Latchford (Moderator)

Lesley Latchford is the Coordinator of Client Services for the VON Alzheimer Community Support Program in Middlesex County and has worked in this role for the past 17 years. Lesley completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Psychology in 1999 as well as a diploma in Case Management in 2001, both at McMaster University. Lesley’s role involves coordinating the delivery of a comprehensive community based dementia program including support, education and respite for persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Lesley is a recipient of the VON Canada Award of Excellence for her work with the Middlesex Elgin Volunteer Planning Team as well as a recipient of the Paul H. Grierson Distinguished Service Award. Lesley has also participated in VON Canada’s National Accreditation as a member of the Community Supports Team and is currently involved in working with the Community Supports Central Intake team.