Ontario Conference - "Aging: The Final Frontier”


You are invited to this one-day conference sponsored by representatives of the Christian Community and friends, all experienced in engaging with the aging population on March 30, 2019 at the 105 Gibson Centre in Markham.  Lesli van Milligen and Syd Hielema of Faith Formation and Miriam Spies of Disability Concerns will be facilitating workshops.

This day is designed for anyone concerned for those in their later years of life.  Pastors, chaplains, pastoral care teams, family caregivers, health care workers, social workers, engaged and prospective lay ministers, missionaries, those of any age, and even the simply curious – all are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Paul T.P. Wong will give the keynote address on “Spirituality and Successful Aging”.  He is Professor Emeritus of Trent University and Trinity Western University, and Adjunct Professor at Saybrook University.  Internationally known for his research on successful aging and the vital role of meaning in well-being, he has served on both the National Advisory Council on Aging in Canada and the Biological-Behavioural Science Panel of NIMH in the USA. He is the founding pastor of the Chinese Gospel Church in Toronto, the founding director of the Graduate Counseling Program of the Trinity Western University, and Chair of Division of Social Science & Business Administration of Tyndale University College.

Throughout the day, there will be 18 workshops divided into 3 timeslots.  Workshop topics vary from aging and disability, aging and death, caregiving, global realities of aging, using music in care, spiritual needs and gifts of aging, as well as many others!

Lunch and Refreshments are provided by the Café Beyond Vision at the 105 Gibson Cultural Café.  It is part of the Joy Beyond Vision Community (JBVC) vocational training program. In partnership with 105 Gibson Centre, the Café provides unique and meaningful employment combined with vocational training opportunities for those who live with visual impairment! 

For more information and to register, see below. Regular: $40 without lunch; $50 with lunch. Groups of 5 or more people can register for $30 without or $40 with lunch. Online Registration Closes on March 22, but walk-ins will be welcome as space allows (check website after March 22). If you have further questions, concerns or comments, please email [email protected].

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