Kelowna Regional Conference

Dates: Saturday, July 6
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm PT (Check-in begins at 12:30pm) 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna, Okanagan Room, 1655 Powick Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 4L1 [map]


Complimentary parking for conference attendees is available in front of the hotel or at the hotel's above-ground parking lot.

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

Parkinson Society BC is thrilled to present an afternoon of learning and connection. Our regional conferences are immersive and interactive opportunities designed to empower and educate people affected by the disease.

Join us as we bring together renowned experts and a supportive community! Please note that the conference does not include a meal, however light refreshments will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions due to allergies, please contact Alana Dhillon.

Topics covered at this conference include:

  • Advanced Therapies | Dr. Jonathan Squires, Movement Disorder Specialist
    Discover the latest advancements in Parkinson's treatment such as Duodopa, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and Vyalev. Delve into the potential benefits of these treatments as Dr.Squires navigates through efficacy outcomes, pros and cons, and the selection criteria for each therapy.
  • Parkinson's Social Symptoms: Coping Social Consequences | Constantin Marin-Beke, Social Worker
    Many individuals with Parkinson's experience social symptoms that can impact their ability to interact and communicate with others. These symptoms, including difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), speech challenges, dyskinesia, and facial masking, often lead to self-consciousness and social anxiety. Unfortunately, this can result in some individuals isolating themselves due to internalized stigma and the fear of being judged. In his insightful talk, Constantin Marin-Beke shares valuable coping strategies to combat isolation and loneliness. 
  • Voice, Cognitive Communication, and Swallowing | Meghan Delaney, Speech Language Pathologist
    It is common for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) to experience changes in their ability to communicate and swallow. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play a crucial role in identifying, treating, and helping individuals manage these changes at all stages of PD. Join Meghan Delaney as she provides an overview of speech and voice changes in PD, and offers practical guidance on accessing assessment and available treatment options. She will also unveil the power of technology in facilitating speech and voice home therapy to help individuals reclaim their communication skills. Attendees will also get a chance to interact with her in the 10-minute Q&A session following the talk. 

The conference will also include two participatory "Improv and Move" breaks led by Dan Dumsha, Director of Work and Wellness at Tightrope Theatre. 

Registration for this event will close July 5 at noon PT.

Hearthands Parkinson Society BC appreciates all gifts, as they allow us to continue to offer programs people with Parkinson's disease and their carepartners rely on. If you wish, you can make a donation by entering an amount in the Additional Donation field.

Please note: These sessions are designed to provide general education and are not intended for individual advice and/or clinical care.