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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.

Conferences (Various Dates)

Moving Forward, Together Conference

The Moving Forward, Together conference will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Hwy) in Richmond, BC on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Its purpose is to foster an educational and inspirational space for enriching the connection between people with Parkinson's, carepartners, friends and healthcare professionals.

The return of this much-anticipated event will feature prominent local, national and international presenters who will speak to topics related to the treatment and management of Parkinson's and its associated challenges.

To learn more about the schedule for the day and speakers, please read our detailed agenda.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 3:15pm (registration opens at 8:00am)
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel | 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC [map]
Cost: Early bird pricing in effect until April 30th!
PSBC Members: 
Individual: $40.00; Couple/Pair: $70.00 
Non-Members: Individual: $60.00; Couple/Pair: $100.00
If you are interested in taking advantage of PSBC Member pricing, please contact us for details.
Capacity: 400


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Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

*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.

Communication & Swallow Workshops (Various Dates)

Communication & Swallow - Victoria

The following full-day workshop will focus on the communication and swallowing challenges faced by people with Parkinson's (PwP). The interactive and participatory format will allow attendees to practise treatment techniques and gain insight from a registered speech-language pathologist.

Participants will be required to watch a pre-workshop webinar & complete a questionnaire prior to the event. The pre-workshop materials will be provided to you in an email following your registration. If you do not receive a registration confirmation email, please contact us as soon as possible.

This workshop is open to those already experiencing communication & swallowing challenges, as well as those who wish to be proactive in their treatment. A catered lunch will be provided.

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

Download our new Communication and Swallow Booklet

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: Sandman Hotel Victoria | Orchid Room | 2852 Douglas Street, Victoria [map]
Capacity: 40 attendees (To ensure the best learning experience, a minimum of 25 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 workshop and all registrants will receive a full refund.)
Fees: PSBC Member $40 | PSBC Member (Couple/Pair) $70
Non-Member $50 | Non-Member (Couple/Pair) $90
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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For more information contact Caroline Wiggins at:
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330 | cwiggins@parkinson.bc.ca

Debriefing the Caregiver Role - Group Session: April 27

Debriefing the Caregiver Role

When a loved one is lost, it is one of life's most difficult experiences. You may find yourself struggling with many intense and frightening emotions leaving you feeling isolated or alone. Having someone to lean on in this time is important in helping you through the grieving process.

In collaboration with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, please join us at this workshop, with Elaine Book, Social Worker at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, and Myriame Lépine Lyons, Clinical Counsellor at PSBC.

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Oakridge Branch – Vancouver Public Library | 191-650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC [map]
Capacity: 15
Cost: Free


Note: a minimum of 5 registrants is needed for this event.



Ask the Expert Webinar: Rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease: Is exercise enough?

With the recent surge of physical fitness and exercise programs offered to people with Parkinson's disease (PD) there seems to be greater awareness of the need for access to physiotherapy. As we know though, there is more to Parkinson's than tremor and gait issues. This presentation will review communication and swallowing issues associated with PD, approaches to treatment for these symptoms and accessibility to speech pathology treatment/services in British Columbia.

About Barbara Lang
Barbara Lang has worked as a speech-language pathologist in adult neurological rehabilitation treating speech, language and swallowing disorders for over 25 years. She trained in the Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) method in 2008 and piloted use of this approach with outpatients at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver. Since that time she successfully lobbied for an interdisciplinary PD rehab program at Holy Family Hospital which was the first of its kind in BC. Barbara also acted as primary investigator in a research study of patient perceptions of participation in this LSVT® BIG and LOUD program. In addition to her work with outpatients, Barbara is currently a member of a collaborative dedicated to improving services for people with PD across the province.

Please note: If you will be watching the webinar on the same computer or screen as another person or group, only one registration is required. 

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to log in and access this presentation on a computer via the internet will be sent out 24 hours before the webinar start time.
Capacity: 150
Cost: Free

Registration for this event is now full.

For more information contact Myriame Lépine Lyons at:
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330 | mlepinelyons@parkinson.bc.ca