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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 & Swallow Workshops (Various Dates)

The following full-day workshops 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.

Workshops are 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


Communication & Swallow - Courtenay/Comox
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community | 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay [map]
Capacity: 50 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.

Registration for this event is now closed.

For more information contact Caroline Wiggins at: 604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330 | cwiggins@parkinson.bc.ca


Communication & Swallow Workshop – Chilliwack
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: Best Western Rainbow Country Inn | 43971 Industrial Way, Chilliwack [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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Registration for this event will close on Friday, October 27, 2017

For more information contact Caroline Wiggins at:
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330 | cwiggins@parkinson.bc.ca

Online Carepartner Support Group: Begins September 20

NEW PILOT PROJECT! Online Carepartner Support Group

This new monthly online support group aims to bring together individuals who care for someone with Parkinson's disease. Whether you are a spouse, partner, adult child, family member or friend, Parkinson Society British Columbia invites you to join our growing online community of support. This is a confidential and supportive space for those who would benefit from sharing their story and important "tricks of the trade".


Date: 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning September 20
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: Via webinar. A valid internet connection will be required to participate. Login instructions will be emailed 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Capacity 95 attendees
Registration: Myriame at mlepinelyons@parkinson.bc.ca or 1-800-668-3330.

 

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Registration for this group is ongoing.

Community Talk Vernon: October 14

Join us for a community talk on exercise and medication management

On October 14th, join Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) as we host an afternoon of education at the Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre.

Speakers will discuss the importance of exercise and tips on medication management for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Attendees will also have the opportunity to try boxing!

Speakers include:

  • Cheryl Daniels, a nurse from the Kelowna MS and Movement Disorders Clinic, will be speaking about medication and its management.
  • Mary de Souza, a PWR! Certified Instructor and member of PSBC's speaker's bureau. She will lead the exercise component of the afternoon and discuss the importance of exercise for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • Antony Stamboulieh, a NCCP Level 3 accredited Boxing Coach and former President of the BC Boxing Association, will be leading the group in boxing and voice exercises, as well as speaking about the local boxing program.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm (registration begins at 12:30pm)
Location: Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre | 3914 32nd Street, Vernon [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 event and all registrants will receive a full refund.)
Fees: Members: $5 | Non-Members: $10

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Community Talk Cranbrook: October 18

Join us for a community talk on medication management for Parkinson's disease

On October 18th, join Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) as we host an evening education event at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.

Cheryl Daniels, a nurse from the Kelowna MS and Movement Disorders Clinic, will be speaking about medication management for Parkinson's disease.

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre – Annex Room
803 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook, BC [map]
Capacity 15 attendees
Fees: Free

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Debriefing the Caregiver Role - Group Session: October 26

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, October 26, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Kensington Branch – Vancouver Public Library | 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver, BC [map]
Capacity: 15
Cost: Free

 

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

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Community Talk Nanaimo: October 27

Join us for a community talk on cognitive changes with Parkinson's

In the later stages of Parkinson's disease (PD) some people may experience cognitive changes including difficulties with attention, task completion, decision-making, problem solving, memory and word-finding. These symptoms can be very frustrating but may not, in the early stages, have a serious impact on one's daily life. As with all symptoms of PD, everyone is different.

Join Dr. Kaitlyn Roland on October 27th for a presentation that will address cognitive changes for people with Parkinson's. The session will begin with some light, seated yoga led by local yoga instructor, Laura Frey.


Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm (registration begins at 1:00pm)
Location: Beban Park Recreation Centre (Meeting Rooms 1 & 2)
2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo [map]
Capacity 70 attendees
Fees: Free

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Webinars

Ask the Expert Webinar: Deep Brain Stimulation for People with Parkinson's

People with Parkinson's have areas of their brain that are overactive. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a procedure that may correct this by blocking electrical signals from targeted areas in the brain. Those who have this surgery may see improvements in their symptoms including tremor, dyskinesia and motor fluctuations. To learn more about this surgical procedure, join us on October 24, for our first presentation in partnership with the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinic at the University of British Columbia.


Date: Tuesday, October 24, 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: 175
Cost: Free

 

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Registration for this webinar will close on Friday, October 20, 2017.

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


Newly Diagnosed Webinar Series

Everyone responds in a different way when told they have Parkinson's disease. For some, the diagnosis may be a relief. Others, however, may find themselves in denial and need some time to accept the diagnosis. As you adjust, understand that experiencing a wide variety of emotional reactions is common. You will likely have questions about how to cope and what the future may hold. This webinar series will attempt to answer some of these questions.

If you have been newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, we invite you to join Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) and special guests for a 4 week webinar series every Friday in November.

Friday, November 3, 2017
What is Parkinson's Disease | Dr. Daryl Wile, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Friday, November 10, 2017
Adjusting to a New Diagnosis | Courtney Hanna, RCC

Friday, November 17, 2017
Importance of Exercise | Naomi Casiro, BSc. (Kin), MPT, Certified PWR! Therapist

Friday, November 24, 2017
Panel Discussion with members of our community

Date: Every Friday in November
November 3, 10, 17 & 24
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 175 attendees
Fees: Free

 

Register Now

Registration for this webinar will close on Monday, October 30, 2017.

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

Other Events

The Art of Medication Management in Parkinson's
with Dr. Jonathan Squires, Movement Disorder Specialist with the UBC Pacific Parkinson Research Centre (PPRC)

Hosted by HeadWay Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

This session will cover:

  • Parkinson's symptoms
  • Medication treatment options
  • How to address new or increasing symptoms when they occur
  • How to identify signs of under or over-medication
  • The latest treatement options and their pros & cons
  • Managing medication changes between specialist appointments
  • The services of the UBC Pharmacy Clinic 
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm 
Location: Salvation Army Citadel | 4030 Douglas Street, Victoria [map]
Fees: Registration is by $10 donation at the door.

Please address any questions to HeadWay Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre at 250-475-6677 or help@vepc.bc.ca.