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The following is a list of our planned education events at present. Those events indicating they are to be determined (TBD) will still require further arrangements with local groups, speakers and venues. 

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Communication and Swallow Workshops

Communication & Swallow Workshop, Vancouver

This full-day interactive and participatory workshop, led by Registered Speech Language Pathologist, Sherri Zelazny, will focus on the communication and swallowing challenges faced by people with Parkinson's (PwP). It is open to those already experiencing communication and swallowing challenges, as well as those who wish to be proactive in their treatment.

Our communication and swallow workshops utilize methods developed as part of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® (LSVT®) which have been clinically proven to enhance communication for individuals with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions.

If you have Parkinson's but are not currently experiencing communication or swallowing difficulties, participating in the workshop may help reduce stress, frustration and complications related to communication down the road.

If you already experience issues with communication and swallowing, this workshop will provide you with effective evidence-based tools to address common problems of disordered articulation, diminished facial expression and impaired swallowing.

Participants will be required to watch a pre-workshop webinar and complete a questionnaire prior to the event. The pre-workshop materials will be provided to you in an email following your registration.

A catered lunch will be provided.

Facilitator: Sherri K. Zelazny, MA RSLP, CCC-SLP
Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified LSVT® Practitioner

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: Italian Cultural Centre | 3075 Slocan Street [map]
Capacity 40 attendees
Fees: PSBC Member $25 | PSBC Member (Couple/Pair) $40
Non-Member $35 | Non-Member (Couple/Pair) $60


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Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, February 5.

Community Talks

Community Talk, Vancouver

On January 28, join us in Vancouver for a talk with occupational therapists, Gina Fernandez and Karisa Teindl, from Enable OT. They’ll address the effects of anxiety and apathy on the willingness to exercise, and offer suggestions for overcoming these challenges. The session is family friendly (partners, siblings, children and friends are welcome), and will include a dance component and opportunity for discussion.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm (registration opens at 12:00pm)
Location: Sunset Community Centre | 6810 Main Street, Vancouver [map]
Capacity: 60 Attendees
Fees: Member: $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00


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Regional Conference, Victoria

Parkinson's disease is a unique and complex condition. To assist in expanding your knowledge of the disease, on March 2nd, Parkinson Society British Columbia will host an afternoon of learning in Victoria.

Our regional conferences are immersive and interactive opportunities for people affected by the disease to learn from leading experts while connecting with the Parkinson's community.

Topics covered at this conference will include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Dr. Tara Rastin, Movement Disorder Specialist from the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre
  • Speech and Technology: Susan Edwards, Registered Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Research Updates at Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre: Emma Kiss, Research Assistant and Michelle Doo, Research Coordinator
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm (registration begins at 12:30pm)
Location: Sandman Hotel | 2852 Douglas Street, Victoria [map]
Capacity: 100 attendees
To ensure the best learning experience, a minimum of 50 participants will be required 7 days prior to the event date. Please be advised that if these numbers are not met, we will be unable to proceed with the conference and all registrants will receive a full refund.
Fees: PSBC Member $15 | PSBC Members (Couple/Pair) $25
PSBC Non-Member $25 | PSBC Non-Members (Couple/Pair) $45
Parkinson Society endeavors to make attendance at educational events accessible to all who may benefit. The Society may be able to subsidize attendance fees for those who require financial assistance. Please contact us for more details.


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Ask the Expert Webinar: Canada Revenue Agency's Tax Credit Tips

Need clarification on the tax credits you qualify for as a person living with Parkinson's disease, or someone who cares for a loved one with Parkinson's? On January 29, Lukas Siliverdis from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), will be presenting the tax credits available to you and your loved one, as well as how to access these credits.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to access the presentation will be sent out 24 hours before the webinar's start time.
Capacity: 200
Fees: Free


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Online Exercise Class

Exercise is a known staple to healthy living—especially for people with Parkinson’s disease. Regular exercise helps maintain balance, strength, mobility and overall physical and mental wellbeing. Starting this February, for six weeks, Naomi Casiro, founder of NeuroFit BC, registered Physiotherapist and certified PWR! Therapist, will lead us in live Parkinson’s specific exercises!

Registrants agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damage known or unknown which they may incur as a result of participating in the online exercise classes. To reduce potential risks, please ensure you have the space needed to follow the exercises properly and that there are no obstacles or barriers in your way. PSBC and NeuroFit BC will not be held liable for accidents or incidents that may occur as a result from participating in these classes.

Registration for this event will close Friday, February 1, 2019.

Date: Every Thursday from February 7 to March 21, 2019 (No class February 28)
Time: 10:45am – 11:45am
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to access the class will be sent out 24 hours before the session's start time.
Capacity: 175 registrants
Fees: Free


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Ask the Expert Webinar: Self-Management as Self-Care

Self-management refers to the tasks that an individual must undertake to live well with one or more chronic health conditions. These tasks include gaining confidence to deal with medical management, role management, and emotional management. On February 19, John A. Murphy, Coordinator of the Vancouver Coastal Region of Self-Management BC, will give us an introduction to self-management, and how learning these skills can improve your quality of life with Parkinson’s – today, and in the future.

Date: Tuesday, Febrary 19, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to access the presentation will be sent out 24 hours before the webinar's start time.
Capacity: 200
Fees: Free


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