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Conversation Café: Advance Care Planning
April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until April 20, 2021
It’s Never Too Late… Until It Is. What’s Holding You Back? Let’s Get This Conversation Started.
Imagine you are lying in a hospital bed too ill or injured to make health care decisions for yourself. Who will make those decisions for you? What if your daughter doesn’t even want to think about a time when you might become ill? What if your father believes he’ll live forever and isn’t willing to have these conversations?
Advance Care Planning conversations are really about planning for your future health care. It’s about deciding who will be your Substitute Decision Maker and having the conversations that are important to you.
Many people get hung up or reluctant to start these conversations. And yet these conversations between family members, friends, and even colleagues, are truly tender conversations between people who care about each other.
We know the hardest part is getting started, so join us at our Conversation Café for one hour. Everyone is welcome and this will not be a lecture on Advance Care Planning 101. We’re hoping that you will bring your own basic understanding of ACP so that we can focus on what’s important to you and your priorities. We want to create a safe and comfortable environment that allows everyone a chance to speak and to listen.
So let’s get started! Join our Conversation Café to talk, to listen, and to share what’s important to you.
Upcoming Conversation Cafés
Attend one session, or multiple sessions — it’s up to you! But please note that each Conversation Café is limited to 8 participants, so make sure to register early to ensure you get a spot!
Dana Currie has more than 30 years of experience teaching for a variety of ages and interests. She is also a passionate volunteer, offering up her time to several local organizations including Hospice Waterloo Region.
“I believe that hospice is an integral part of the community and I want to share the many things offered by this organization. I also want community members to understand the importance of advance care planning and feel comfortable with having conversations with loved ones regarding last wishes.”
Patti Haskell had an extensive career in education, and retired as the director of Education for the Waterloo Region District School Board. She has also led many leadership and mentoring programs while also serving on numerous boards. She spends much of her time in retirement volunteering for a number of local organizations, including Hospice Waterloo Region.
“Having lost friends and family members, who experienced exceptional care and loving support through hospice locations across Ontario, I want to give back in appreciation for the support my loved ones have received. I would like others to realize that they are not alone and that Hospice can support them on their journey.”
Wanda Manning is a trained registered nurse, who has dedicated her life to supporting people of all ages at crucial times in their life journey. She has also worked as an educator for those entering the health care profession, and is an active local volunteer.
“I want to share the experiences, knowledge, and information I have gained, and I want to be part of the process of bringing death out of the closet and into everyday life. My hope is that the presentation will provide a framework for participants to explore their ideas about dying in a supportive and factual environment.”
Susan Martin is a business leader with extensive experience in marketing, organizational development, leadership, team building and health management. She also has a passion for giving back to the community, and is an active volunteer with several local organizations.
“Hospice Waterloo Region provides a wide variety of programs, which has made volunteering there over many years a rich and growth-producing experience — and the people there are truly committed to the hospice philosophy.”
Deborah Snider has 40 years of experience in nursing, providing care to moms, babies and children. She also spent much of her career in health-care management. Today, she is a passionate volunteer with Hospice Waterloo Region and her church.
“Hospice Waterloo Region is an amazing resource in this community, which not enough people are aware of. I hope that people who attend my presentation take away a little bit of bravery, and a willingness to have those crucial conversations about end-of-life care! I also want them to know that this journey does not need to be faced alone.”
Lynn Weimer has four decades of experience as a registered nurse, the majority of that time in the intensive-care units. Today, she enjoys volunteering with Hospice Waterloo Region, as well as travelling and working in her gardens.
“I have met so many families in my years of working with critically ill patients who had never discussed advance care planning. It was tragic to watch them go through the decision-making process without previous guidance regarding their loved one’s wishes. I hope the participants will discuss their wishes with the important people in their lives.”
For more information, please contact Sheli O’Connor at email@example.com.