Opening Keynote

Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work)

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Professor, McGill University School of Social Work

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Her reconciliation based approach to addressing contemporary inequalities experienced by First Nations children and youth by engaging children and young people and other members of the public to implement evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, the Indigenous Bar Association, Frontline Defenders and many others.

An author of numerous articles and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization’s study on Health Equity and Inequity.

Tim Hague Sr., RN

Tim Hague Sr. overcame the odds when he went from a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to winning season #1 of The Amazing Race Canada. Now, as an internationally sought after speaker, he shares with his audiences the lessons learned from having run and won this amazing race with Parkinson’s.  As a retired RN with a career in home care, air ambulance and as a nursing supervisor/manager on a surgical unit at St. Boniface Hospital, he incorporates his passion for nursing into his speeches.

Tim was formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February 2011. Two years later he and his son, Tim Jr., were selected from over ten thousand applicants to be one of nine teams to run the race. After coming in last twice and nearly being eliminated The Tim’s not only survived but went on to produce an epic come from behind victory. Tim’s keynote draws on this experience while weaving a tale of failure and success that moves his audience.

A masterful story teller Tim interlaces humour and wit with sadness and despair. He guides his listeners on a journey of discovery by unpacking what it means to Live Your Best. He explores the themes of;

Simplicity: the art of focusing your life in a chaotic world.

Contentment: that often illusive gift of peacefully accepting what your best produces. And, Perseverance: the iron will to continue on even when there is no evidence that you will ever be succesful.

Tim’s message of Live Your Best empowers his listeners to meet life’s challenges and accomplish more than they ever thought they could.

Plenary Session Speakers

Anisa Isse RN

Anisa Isse’s motivation and passion for refugee health stems from her life experience as refugee from Somalia who was fortunate enough to move to Canada in early childhood. Being part of a minority community, Anisa has also been a witness to the struggles that many Somalis face in restarting their lives in Canada. Throughout her undergraduate nursing degree Anisa also noted the challenges other newcomers to Canada, especially individuals with limited English language proficiency, faced when accessing the health care system. This strong interest, motivated Anisa to enroll in the University of Manitoba’s MN program immediately after graduating from the BN program in 2013. While pursuing her graduate degree part-time, Anisa has worked as a RN on an adult post-op surgical unit and is currently working on a pediatric medicine ward.

Beverley Temple PhD, RN

Associate Dean of Research, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Science, University of Manitoba

Session: Research with vulnerable populations – involving nursing students on the research team

Dr. Temple currently serves as the Associate Dean, Research, of the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. She graduated from a diploma nursing program, then took a degree in Nursing, followed by a Masters in Nursing from University of Manitoba and a PhD from University of British Columbia. She has had many years of clinical experience in ICU, Emergency, Pediatrics and in other supervisory positions within the hospital setting.

Dr. Temple’s work in research has focused on the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. She has been researching knowledge translation within this field – how do we take research knowledge and make it useful to people directly at the point of care to make a difference in outcomes. Her most recent studies have focused on support workers who become injured at work while providing care to people with intellectual disabilities displaying challenging behaviour. A sustainable intervention with managers of support workers is the goal of her most recent study. This includes developing roles of managers within systems to be able to facilitate knowledge use, recognizing the need to help workers understand the generic training and how this can be ‘translated’ into their everyday actions with specific people they support.

Dr. Temple’s teaching has been mainly in research methods and knowledge use in practice. She has been active in many local, national and international research groups related to care and support of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. She has been active on many university committees, curriculum development, research committees and a member of Knowledge Translation Canada. Her focus is often on how we support students at all levels; undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate to excel in their chosen areas. Dr. Temple continues to be an avid mentor within the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, passing on her knowledge of research with undergraduate and graduate students. This enables her students to become an active member of her research team and participate fully in meaningful research from start to finish. In her spare time, Dr. Tempe participates in weight lifting, walking her golden lab puppy as well as other sports  – playing and watching!

Dr. Zanchetta , RN, PhD

Dr. Zanchetta is a senior educator and researcher with undergraduate and post-graduate university education in the disciplines of Nursing and Education. Both areas of education support her solid understanding of multidimensional theoretical aspects of learning. Throughout her career as a clinician nurse in the field of Oncology Nursing, Cardiology and Intensive Care, she had countless opportunities to apply her knowledge of Paulo Freire’s pedagogy for self-care, which was a precursor of hr interest in issues of health literacy. Freire’s pedagogical philosophy guides her successful work as research mentor for undergraduate students. Her main research interest relies in individual and family health literacy as well as health professionals’ awareness of this issues as lived by linguistic minorities. Working with faculty and front-line professionals in Brazil, France, Canada, Dominican Republic and some African countries, she has experience in issues of global health, health promotion, as well as global cancer education.

Esther Maani Powell, RN

Esther grew up in Arviat, Nunavut which is right above Churchill Manitoba (aka polar bear country). Yes, she grew up watching polar bears in our community.

Esther completed her nursing education in Yellowknife, NWT through the Aurora College which is affiliated with the University of Victoria, BC. She has worked as an RN only in Nunavut after graduation in 2006 starting in my home community of Arviat and then after moving to Rankin Inlet she worked as a float nurse providing relief work in the 8 communities in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut.

Esther then started her career in corrections as an Institutional Nurse at the new Correctional Institute called the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility whose mission is healing through restorative justice. Esther was promoted to Deputy Warden of Programs and  now supervises the Programs Staff at their Healing Facility and develop healing programs for their inmates in low and medium security through reintegration of culture, traditions and language. Esther very much finds it rewarding to work as a health care advocate especially to her people and in the comfort of our Inuktitut language.

Nursing in North of 60: Esther will be speaking about the CINA Strategy/Mission which will include a powerpoint presentation including Nursing in the North of 60, Nursing in Nunavut.

Indigenous populations represent a large number of peoples in Canada from Cree, Metis, Dene and Inuit to name a few.

Marie Edwards, RN, PhD

Marie Edwards is an associate professor with the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.  She began her career as a critical care nurse, and eventually returned to school, completing a Master of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and a PhD in Nursing and Bioethics at the University of Toronto.  Marie teaches and carries out research in the area of ethics and ethical practice, and has a particular interest in end-of-life care.  She has served on the board of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and currently serves on the board of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and on the editorial review board for the Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing.  

Trina Arnold RN, MPH

Trina has worked as a registered nurse in reproductive health, community health, refugee health and in global health program planning with the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Global Public Health in India. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Manitoba, where her work focused on the role of the nurse in providing psychosocial support in the prenatal period. Currently she works as an Instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba with a focus on reproductive and gender health, health education, and human diversity.

Nursing is a complex profession that combines unique knowledge, skills, and practice. Ultimately though, that knowledge, those skills, and a nurse’s practice are all understood and applied in a socially constructed environment by an individual nurse that has had very specific experiences of the world. How can we bridge the gap between our own ways of understanding and approaching health and the myriad of other ways of understanding and approaching health that we will encounter at the individual, family, community, or global level? What are the consequences if we don’t learn to think critically about how we view the world both individually and as nurses? How do we learn to think critically within that landscape without causing harm to our clients in the process? These are some of the questions that will be explored through this learning experience.

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Tim Osachuk, C.Psych.

Dr. Tim Osachuk, C.Psych. is a Licensed Doctoral Clinical Psychologist, Tenured Associate Professor and Director of Internship Training for the Canadian Psychological Association Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology, Student Counselling Centre, University of Manitoba.  His time is spent providing services to students having difficulties at the University, and providing clinical supervision and overseeing the training of two Doctoral Level Psychology Interns each year.    He has a generalist practice, focused on briefer intervention approaches, with special interests in Mindfulness, Clinical Hypnosis, Therapies to alleviate Stress/Trauma/PTSD, Mind/Body Relationships, and the Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Dr. Osachuk has served as an accreditation site visitor for the American Psychological Association, and is on the Site Visitor Roster of the Canadian Psychological Association.  He has also served as the President-Elect, President and Past-President of the Manitoba Psychological Society.

He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba, and completed two supervised Pre-Doctoral one-year internships prior to completing his Ph.D.:  1) At the Student Counselling Centre University of Manitoba – Working with University Students; 2) Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba in Adult Mental Health, with rotations in Clinical Hypnosis, Adult Inpatient, Psychogeriatric and Rural Practice.

Prior to returning to the Counselling Centre in July 2003, Dr. Osachuk worked in Hospital-Based Practice with Adult Inpatients at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, with Adolescents and Families at St. Boniface General Hospital, with outpatient Adults and Children within PsycHealth at the Health Sciences Centre, and in coordinating services for a young head injured person at the Rehab Hospital.  He has been in Community-Based practice at Knowles Centre where he provided Clinical Services to adolescents and families and Supervision to other therapists within the River East School Division Day Treatment Program.  He has also been a Psychological Associate in the private practices of two Clinical Psychologists in Winnipeg.

During his practice history, Dr. Osachuk has ample experience working with nurses in a variety of different practice roles.  Over this last year, 40% of his time was deployed to providing an array of clinical services to School of Nursing students at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Susan McClement, RN, PhD

Dr. Susan McClement is a Professor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and a Research Associate in the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at CancerCare Manitoba. Her research interests include psychosocial dimensions of cancer-anorexia-cachexia; supporting patient dignity in end-of-life care;  and ethical issues in palliative care. Her work has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, and Research Manitoba. She is a board member of Research Manitoba and the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation. She holds speciality certification in hospice palliative care nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association. Dr. McClement has been involved in teaching palliative care courses internationally in association with the Medical College of Havana University in Havana, Cuba, and Sichuan University in Chengdu China.

Dr. Genevieve Thompson, RN, PhD

Dr. Genevieve Thompson is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba. She holds affiliations as a Research Associate with the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit headed by Dr. Harvey Chochinov, the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, and with Riverview Health Centre. Dr. Thompson holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and in 2012 she was awarded the Canadian Association for Nursing Research Outstanding New Investigator Award. She was recently awarded the 2015 University of Manitoba RH Award (Health Sciences), awarded to two top early career researchers in health science for innovation and impactful research. Dr. Thompson’s research program has been funded through several grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is focused on the palliative and end-of- life care needs of older adults and their family caregivers who are living in long-term care.

Adel Compton, BScN, MDiv, STM

Adel brings health perspectives as a nurse and as a spiritual health practitioner. She is passionate about the significance of cultural safety, spirituality and palliative  care from experiences with people in rural, remote and urban contexts.

Dr. Sheri Fandrey

Dr. Sheri Fandrey is currently the Lead of the new Manitoba Addictions Knowledge Exchange Centre at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. She joined the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba as a Prevention and Education Consultant in 2003, following 5 years teaching at the University of Manitoba’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sheri Fandrey received her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and her Ph.D. (Toxicology) from the University of Saskatchewan. Sheri has also taught at the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition (University of Saskatchewan) and the School of Pharmacy (Texas Tech University). Dr. Fandrey continues to provide professional education about addictions and prescription drug abuse to social workers, pharmacists, physicians and nurses in Manitoba. She currently supports both the Provincial Opioid Replacement Services Review Working Group and the Manitoba Fentanyl Task Force. Sheri is a member of the Advisory Council for the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada

Dr. Donna Martin

Dr. Donna Martin acquired a Diploma in Nursing from the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg in 1976 and practiced as a nurse in adult and pediatric medicine and critical care. Her passion for nursing education began in 1987 as a teacher in the Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care Program at Children’s Hospital. She acquired a BN in 1981 and a MN in 1997 – both from the University of Manitoba. During her graduate studies, she travelled to several First Nation communities, which inspired her to promote social justice and health equity. She obtained a PhD in Nursing from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Currently, Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Jessica Beatty

Dr. Jessica Beatty is a licensed Naturopathic doctor with the Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She is also a member of the Oncological Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).  She currently sits on the board of the Manitoba Naturopathic Association.

Dr. Beatty graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, British Columbia in 2011. Prior to completing her medical training, Dr. Beatty obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Beatty’s practice blends modern medical scientific theory with traditional healing techniques. Her unique focus encompasses the individual needs of the patient, seeking balance amongst physiological, structural, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Dr. Beatty embraces a wide variety of additional therapies to effectively target the root cause of dis-ease including Nutritional Counseling, Botanical Medicine, Intravenous Vitamin therapy, Intravenous Chelation therapy, Neural-Prolotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, Lifestyle Counseling and Bowen therapy. An emphasis on nutritional and emotional wellness is always at the heart of her approach.

Kas MacFayden, BScN (Candidate)

Kas MacFayden is a fourth year BScN student at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Having previously worked with at-risk youth through the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation and the YWCA of Edmonton, she is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and draws upon her own experience of growing up in poverty and the unique challenges faced as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

She is also a fierce advocate for awareness of mental illness, as well as the prevalence of relational aggression in nursing education.

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it is exactly that CNSA board members do? Are you interested in learning more about what the various CNSA committees do and how you can get involved? Do you find yourself considering running for a board position in the 2017 CNSA elections, but you’re not sure which position is the best fit? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! Through this interactive workshop, the CNSA Board of Directors hopes to shed light on all of the amazing opportunities available when you are a member of the board. From being a voting member on the board of a professional organizations such as the Canadian Nurses Association, to travelling for meetings, to advocating for students and influencing change, being on the CNSA Board of Directors is definitely a life changing experience! Come visit us during this workshop to learn more about how you can get involved.

Can’t make it to this workshop but you are still interested in learning more about the CNSA Board of Directors and Committees? Look for us throughout the week. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have!