TAKING THE LEAD IN A GLOBAL MOVEMENT: BC SYMPOSIUM ON COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES BRINGS TOGETHER INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS 

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August 5, 2022

NEW WESTMINSTER: As a champion of the compassionate communities movement in British Columbia and beyond, the BC Centre for Palliative Care is please to host All Together: Fostering Resilient Compassionate Communities Through Connection & Inspiration on September 9, 2022.

All Together is a hybrid (in person and online) symposium that brings together community organizations, volunteers, and leaders as well as clinicians, health care administrators, researchers, and students from across BC to learn, share ideas and be inspired to make a bigger impact in what they do.

By bringing together those who work in the health system, in grassroots organizations and individuals, we can achieve a collective impact resulting in vibrant, healthy, engaged communities, incorporating holistic care for the whole person: physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual.

The cornerstone of the day’s events will be Dr. Julian Abel, one of the founders of the world-wide compassionate communities movement, speaking on “Why Compassion Matters” and its proven benefits in helping people in different settings and countries around the world to live well.

Linking compassionate communities to a BC context, the symposium offers sessions on support for underserved and Indigenous communities; building diverse, intentional and multicultural communities and compassionate communities in action from around the province.

“At the BC Centre for Palliative Care, we are committed to our partners and invested in our communities, which is why we are excited to host this free event,” says Dr. Eman Hassan, BCCPC Executive Director. “It’s our hope that everyone who attends will leave energized and inspired, and ready to look at ways to incorporate the compassionate communities approach and principles in their life and work.”

As a hybrid event, people from all over the province can attend without having to travel. Attending virtually doesn’t mean disconnected – in addition to chat rooms for facilitated discussions, the platform allows for lots of networking opportunities, no matter where delegates are attending from.

“Just as isolation and disconnection have a negative effect on health, the opposite is true when communities connect – living in a community that cares for others makes us cope better with our health challenges,” Hassan continues. “The power of compassionate communities is that they can take any form. The vital component is intentionality and the desire to alleviate suffering of others.”

All Together: Fostering Resilient Compassionate Communities Through Connection & Inspiration
Friday, September 9, 2022
8:45am to 4 pm
In person: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
Online: Via Whova
Registration: https://whova.com/portal/registration/hecca_202209/

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About BCCPC:

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) is a provincial non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health to accelerate the spread of innovations and best practices in palliative care.  To achieve this, the BCCPC works with partners in the health system and community as well as researchers and policy makers.  Our work strives to help British Columbians affected by serious illnesses have the best possible quality of life, supported by care that reflects their goals and wishes. Responding to emerging needs and opportunities for fostering excellence in palliative care, the BCCPC climbs high to ensure all its work is person- and family-centred, informed by evidence and rooted in lived experiences.

For more information:

Lisa Clement

Community Development Specialist, BCCPC

lclement@bc-cpc.ca

 

Melody Jobse

Community Engagement, BCCPC

mjobse@bc-cpc.ca

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