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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. 

To view full details on an event or event type, click on the title of the event, and the area will expand to reveal further information.

Did you know that attending just two education events per year, or one event as a couple/pair, can cover the cost of a membership with Parkinson Society BC? Learn more about becoming a member today!

Annual General Meeting & Canadian Open Parkinson Network Launch: April 4

2019 Annual General Meeting

We invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, April 4, featuring guest speaker Dr. Anish Kanungo, BSc (Hon), PhD, MD, FRCPC. Dr. Kanungo is a neurologist at the Fraser Health Movement Disorders Clinic, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He actively participates in the training of medical students and residents, and maintains an interest in research aimed at improving the lives of people with movement disorders.

Dr. Kanungo’s presentation will discuss the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and how allied healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists, can help support people with Parkinson’s manage these symptoms. He will also discuss his research on the impacts of a multi-disciplinary approach to treating Parkinson’s. Light refreshments will be served.

Please be advised that this is a member only event.

Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN) Launch

Following our Annual General Meeting and presentation by Dr. Kanungo, we welcome you to attend the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN) Launch. 

C-OPN will bring together Canada’s best in Parkinson’s research and will give them a platform to share information and make new connections. The network will give investigators access to unprecedented data and will support large-scale, multidisciplinary projects that would not be possible at a single research site. 

In partnership with Parkinson Canada, we invite you to hear from Dr. Martin McKeown, University of BC and Co-principal Investigator of C-OPN, about the important work performed and shared by researchers through the network, building on the successes of similar networks.

Learn how C-OPN is building capacity, increasing awareness, and accelerating the path to better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. You will also have the opportunity to hear from a person with Parkinson’s about their first-hand experience as a participant in the C-OPN Patient Registry and why they enrolled. 

Please note that registration for the C-OPN presentation is limited to 60 participants.

Date: Saturday, April 4

AGM & presentation from Dr. Kanungo:
9:45am – 12:00pm (registration opens at 9:00 am)

Canadian Open Parkinson Network Launch:
2:00pm – 4:00pm 

Registration will be offered separately for these presentations.

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch | Alice MacKay Room
350 W Georgia St, Vancouver [map]

FREE for members only. 

Non-Members interested in attending must pay the $25.00 membership fee. Should you wish more information on becoming a Member, please contact:
Susan Atkinson, Donor & Member Services Coordinator
satkinson@parkinson.bc.ca | 604-662-3240

Getting There:  For parking, transit, cycling, and accessibility information, please visit the VPL website at: https://www.vpl.ca/location/central-library


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Carepartner Webinar Series

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) recognizes that Parkinson's affects not only the person with the diagnosis, but family and friends as well. This webinar series aims to support carepartners through information and tools to help cope with the stresses of caregiving.

We welcome all individuals in a caring role to this webinar series, and we encourage participants to bring their questions to each session as there will be time set aside for Q&A and discussion. 

Please note that separate registration will be required for each session.

Personal Support and Healthcare Resources for Carepartners

Isobel Mackenzie has over 20 years' experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. In this session, she joins PSBC to provide an overview of the services offered by the Office of the Seniors Advocate. She will also discuss personal support and healthcare resources available to seniors in BC, and information on how to access them. 

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, February 27.

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Capacity: 200
Fees: Free


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Mindfulness for Carepartners

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Join PSBC's own Tricia Wallace, clinical counsellor, to discuss the benefits of mindfulness for carepartners and caregivers. 

This webinar focuses on mindfulness as a coping tool for life, to navigate the many stressors brought on by the caring role, including isolation, lack of leisure time, and the progression of your loved one's disease. Tricia will introduce mindful practices and resources, as well as guide a short group meditation.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, March 5.

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Capacity: 200
Fees: Free


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Ambiguous Loss and Anticipatory Grief

Ambiguous loss is a type of loss that is unclear or without closure, and anticipatory grief is the feeling that one may experience when expecting a loss or change. As Parkinson's progresses, many carepartners and caregivers find themselves experiencing these kinds of loss and grief, and feeling isolated as a result. Although difficult, discussing these topics is important for anyone in a caring role.

Trevor Josephson, Clinical Manager at Peace Arch Hospice Society, joins PSBC for the first time to discuss ambiguous loss, anticipatory grief, and methods for coping

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, March 19.

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Capacity: 200
Fees: Free


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Communication and Swallow Workshops

Communication & Swallow Workshop, Abbotsford

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. 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.

If you are a healthcare professional looking to learn more about communication and swallowing challenges for people with Parkinson's and methods to support your clients, this workshop will provide you with a general understanding.

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

Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, March 11.

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (check-in begins 9:30am)

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre | Pinnacle 1
36035 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford [map



Fees: PSBC Member $25 | Members (Couple/Pair) $40
PSBC Non-Member $35 | Non-members (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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New Diagnosis Workshop, Vancouver: Feb 22

New Diagnosis Workshop

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the past year? Join us for our New Diagnosis Workshop this February in Vancouver.

Movement Disorder Neurologists, Dr. Jonathan Squires and Dr. Tara Rastin, and Joanna Davis, the Nurse Practitioner from the Movement Disorders Clinic at the UBC Centre for Brain Health, will lend their knowledge to provide an overview of the disease, treatment options, and tips on staying active to help slow the progression of symptoms. You will also hear from Parkinson Society BC about the programs and services available to support you on your journey.

This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to ask our presenters questions you may have about Parkinson's management, treatment, and support.

Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm (Check-in begins 9:30am)
Location: Vancouver General Hospital | Paetzold Multipurpose Room
Jim Pattison Pavilion Room #1888
899 West 12th Ave, Vancouver [map]
Fees: Free
Capacity: 40


Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please click on the "Join Waitlist" button below. You will be contacted by a member of PSBC's staff if a space becomes available.

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Victoria Regional Conference: March 7

Regional Conference, Victoria

Parkinson's disease is a unique and complex condition. To assist in expanding your knowledge of the disease, on March 7, Parkinson Society BC 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 include:

  • Parkinson’s Symptoms & Prognosis | Dr. Keiran Tuck, Movement Disorder Specialist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria
  • Medication Management | Amy Tran, Pharmacist
  • Independence Using Adaptive Aids & Technology | Kathryn McKall, Occupational Therapist at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, UBC


Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm (check-in begins at 12:30pm)

Sandman Hotel Victoria
2852 Douglas St [map]

Capacity: 100
Fees: PSBC Member $15 | Members (Couple/Pair) $25
PSBC Non-Member $25 | Non-members (Couple/Pair) $45


Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please click on the "Join Waitlist" button below. You will be contacted by a member of PSBC's staff if a space becomes available.

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Ask the Expert Webinar: Intimacy and Parkinson's

Approximately half of all men and women with Parkinson’s disease will experience problems with intimacy and sexual functioning. These symptoms can be difficult to talk about, but are important to address. The sexual functioning and wellbeing of people with Parkinson's and their partners can be affected by many factors, including motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms, medication effects, and relationship issues. 

This webinar, led by Elaine Book, Social Worker at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, and Tricia Wallace, Clinical Counsellor at Parkinson Society BC, will discuss challenges with sexual intimacy and will explore options to address emotional distance influenced by physical limitations and role transitions brought on by Parkinson's disease. 

We strongly encourage couples to participate in this webinar together. The content is focused on relationships, sharing, and communication, so the exercises in the webinar are geared toward couples. 

Registration is required by all participants to access the event. However, registrants will have the opportunity to be anonymous during the webinar presentation.

Important note: if you will be watching this presentation with a partner or group, only one registration is required.

Registration closes on Tuesday, February 11.

Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to access the presentation will be sent in an email following your registration, and in a reminder approximately 24 hours before the webinar's start time.
Capacity: 35 couples
Fees: Free


Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please click on the "Join Waitlist" button below. You will be contacted by a member of PSBC's staff if a space becomes available.

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Other Events

Express Yourself: A Writing Workshop to Help You Cope and Thrive 

This 10-part writing workshop is for people with Parkinson's and carepartners. No writing experience is necessary! Together, participants will complete simple, fun, and meaningful writing exercises, as well as take part in guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. We will tap into your inherent creativity and inner wisdom as sources of healing, strength, and community building. Come share your story and help yourself and other folks who understand what you’re going through move through challenging times.

The workshop is led by Rebecca Gifford, partner in Parkinson’s with her husband Larry. She is an experienced writer and writing coach who knows first-hand the power of the tools you will learn. She is an author, blogger, marketing writer, and writing coach with more than 20 years' experience helping people and organizations navigate the creative process and tell their stories. Rebecca also is a homeschooling mom to her 10-year-old son and a weekly contributor to her husband's podcast, When Life Gives You Parkinson’s.

Registration for this event has now reached capacity. If you are interested in attending, please join the wait list by following the link below. If a space becomes available, you will be contacted by a staff member of PSBC.
Facilitator: Rebecca Gifford
Date: Beginning Thursday, October 24

Subsequent workshops for this 10 part series have been scheduled for: October 24, November 14, November 28, December 12, December 19, January 9, January 23, February 13, February 20, and March 5. Please mark your calendars with these dates as reminders will not be sent to registrants.

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm 
Location: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre | 7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver [map]
Capacity 10 attendees
Fees: Free

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Photo and video release: During Parkinson Society British Columbia's (PSBC) events, photographs and video may be taken and subsequently used in PSBC's newsletters or promotional material whether in print, electronic or other media, including PSBC's website.

By participating in PSBC's events, you grant PSBC the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes.