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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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Annual General Meeting: April 13

Annual General Meeting, Vancouver

We invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, April 13 featuring guest speaker Dr. Matthew Farrer, UBC Professor of Medical Genetics, Canada Excellence Research Laureate in Applied Neurogenetics, and the Don Rix BC Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine. Dr. Farrer is leading a global effort to discover new genes for Parkinson's and to accelerate the translation of these discoveries into new disease-modifying therapies. His lab has played a leading role in the discovery of every causal gene for typical late-onset Parkinson's disease (PD), and he has also identified some of the genes for atypical and early onset forms of parkinsonism.

Following the AGM, Dr. Farrer will speak to his journey developing Parkinson's research and his hope for new discoveries in the near future. You will also hear from Larry Gifford, who has Parkinson's disease, and has been through genetic testing, as well as his wife and carepartner, Rebecca.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9:45am – 12:00pm (Registration opens at 9:00am)
Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room | 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver [map]
Fees: FREE for Members Only
Non-members interested in attending must pay the $25 membership fee


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Communication and Swallow Workshops

Communication & Swallow Workshop, Prince George

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.

Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, May 1,2019.

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: Spruce Capital Senior's Recreation Centre | 3701 Rainbow Drive [map]
Capacity 40 attendees
Fees: PSBC Member $25 | PSBC Member (Couple/Pair) $40
Non-Member $35 | Non-Member (Couple/Pair) $60

Parkinson Society endeavors to make attendance at 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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Community Talks

Community Talk: Mental Health and Parkinson's

On March 27, join us in Nanaimo for a talk with the Society's own Registered Clinical Counsellor, Courtney Doherty. She will provide an understanding of mental health in Parkinson's disease, including depression and anxiety, their causes, and treatment options.

This talk is for both people with Parkinson's and their carepartners/caregivers.

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm (registration opens at 2:00pm)
Location: Nanaimo Alliance Church | 1609 Meredith Road, Nanaimo [map]
Capacity: 100 Attendees
Fees: Member: $5.00
Non-member: $10.00


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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.

Date: Every Thursday from February 7 to March 21 (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

Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, you may add your name to a list by following the button below. A staff member at Parkinson Society BC will contact you should a space become available.

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Ask the Expert Webinar: The Ins & Outs of Parkinson's Medication

The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is Canada's first university-affiliated, licensed and pharmacist-led patient care clinic. They provide health consultation services to patients, research opportunities for the healthcare community, and learning opportunities for health professionals and students alike.

On April 23, the Pharmacists Clinic will offer a webinar that will briefly discuss medications, natural products, and other considerations related to the pharmaceutical treatment of Parkinson's disease.

We welcome all individuals with Parkinson's to this webinar, as well as their spouses and/or carepartners/caregivers, as they may benefit from learning more about the disease to assist in supporting their loved one.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 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

Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, you may add your name to a list by following the button below. A staff member at Parkinson Society BC will contact you should a space become available.

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