We are excited to announce to all our Canadian friends that we will be hosting our annual Disability Concerns conference on Saturday, April 25 at Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener, Ontario.
Our focus will be: Navigating the emotional landscape of caregivers and identifying practical ways to support them
This event will support caregivers who come from all ages and stages of life. Caregivers—who include parents, spouses, children, siblings, and others—are called on to support their loved one in so many ways, and manage so many emotions as they do so. In this conference, we will walk alongside caregivers and suggest ways for elders, deacons, pastors, care teams, and disability advocates to offer ongoing support and guidance to our caregivers.
Doors open at 8:15, Opening Worship and Devotions begin at 9am.
Keynote speaker: Mark Stephenson will offer a Spiritual and Biblical Perspective on Caregiving. Mark is father of an adult daughter with multiple disabilities and Director of Christian Reformed Disability Concerns Ministry.
Breakout sessions will include:
1.Caregiver Self-Care: Robin Smart - Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington
2.Parenting Children and Adults with Disabilities: Marlene Van Rootselaar - Wife, mother of 8 , grandma of 9, manager of Group Home for adults with a development disabilities, foster parent for 25 years
3.Siblings of People with Disabilities: Brenda De Jong - Disability Concerns Canada Executive Committee member, sibling of a woman with multiple disabilities
4. Caregiver Grief including Ambiguous and Complicated Grief: Jack VanderVeer - Community Support Pastor with Jubilee Fellowship and a Chaplain with Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.
Be sure to follow the Event Facebook page as we will release more information.
We look forward to seeing you there!