Caring for the Caregivers Conference
DATE: Saturday, October 22
TIME: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Peoples Church
* Lunch provided
This informative conference is designed to share valuable resources and assistance to those who have the responsibility of caring for aging parents or other family members and friends with special needs.
We will be hearing from Christian leaders and healthcare professionals who will offer guidance and encouragement on important topics like:
• Where can I turn to when my loved one is in failing health?
• What kinds of support are available in our healthcare system?
• How do I access support?
• How do I best respond when my loved one is facing cognitive decline?
• How can I be prepared for end-of-life issues?
Dr. Tom McCormick
Dr. Tom McCormick has worked for over 45 years in Nursing Homes, as a volunteer and on staff. He has published Nursing Home Ministry – A Manual and coauthored Nursing Home Ministry – Where Hidden Treasures are Found. Tom has also served as an overseas missionary, taught at Tyndale University College and Seminary, and led many workshops on Elder Care Ministries. Recently he has directed courses on Ministry for the Aging with The Word and Spirit Institute (2017-2021).
He hosts regular prayer meetings, compiles a twice monthly newsletter, and organizes webinars, all for eldercare ministries.
Karen Hurlburt is the Executive Pastor at The Peoples Church. Prior to joining us, she spent more than a decade as an executive in Ontario’s health care system. Most recently Karen was the Vice-President of Strategy and External Relations at Sinai Health System, and prior to that she was Executive Director of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario.
Tanya Chandran is a dedicated nurse leader with experience in acute care, community care, and the global health care industry. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Queen’s University and a masters degree with a focus in Clinical Nursing from the University of Toronto.
Tanya is currently working as a Manager of Home and Community Care Support Services Central at Humber River Hospital and an After-Hours Supervisor of the hospital and long-term care home at Baycrest Health Sciences. She is passionate about equipping people with the knowledge and resources required to stay safely at home for as long as possible and transition to alternative settings when necessary.
Esther Atemo is Executive Director of Mully Children’s Family Canada. Prior to joining MCF she worked with the Alzheimer Society Toronto for 10 years where she developed and delivered person-centred education programs to help professional and family caregivers gain a good understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Esther has maintained her passion and continues to serve as a private consultant and coach for dementia care. Esther also has degrees in Gerontology, Masters in Leadership from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Business Administration from Athabasca University.
Baha and Margaret Habashy
Baha and Margaret Habashy model a partnership in life, work, and ministry. For almost 50 years of marriage, God has taught them much through good and tough times. Now they enjoy two married children and four special grandchildren.
At work, they bring more than 40 years of combined corporate experience where they played diverse roles in library science, healthcare, information technology, organizational change management, and executive coaching.