Walk with Me 2022 Call for Sessions is now closed.

There are many exciting initiatives and projects underway in Canada that are shifting the culture of aging in significant and positive ways. Walk with Me aims to accelerate and give profile to this social movement. Read more about what we aspire to achieve at #WalkWithMe2022 on the event homepage.

The 2022 conference will provide the forum we all need to reconnect, reimagine and recommit to changing the culture of aging in Canada. The Call for Sessions is your opportunity to share innovative and creative solutions with conference delegates to help reimagine senior living. 

Information on how to make your online submission is included below. If you’re ready to make a submission, you can click the button to get started. Please note: you will be able to save your submission and complete it at a later date.

Key Dates

Submissions open: August 17, 2021
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST
Session Leaders will be informed of decision in January 2022
Session Leaders to confirm attendance by February 4, 2022

Submission Guidelines

  1. The committee invites a wide range of engaging session formats (described below) including: interactive workshops, panel sessions, knowledge exchange sessions, and creative expressions/performances.
  2. Some concurrent sessions will be streamed to conference participants who are joining remotely. Applicants will be asked to indicate if their session can be both presented live and streamed online.
  3. Applicants will be asked to select the topic area(s) most aligned with their session (i.e., Ageism and stigma; Care partner and volunteer engagement and support; Equity, diversity and/or inclusion; Combating isolation and/or loneliness; and Lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other topic areas are welcome.
  4. Session Leaders (i.e. presenters, facilitators) who have their submissions accepted are expected to be available to present on May 26th, 2022 and/or May 27th, 2022.
  5. All Session Leaders must register and pay applicable conference registration fees. Older adults or students who are accepted to present at the conference may be eligible for travel or registration bursaries. More details will be shared with notification of acceptance.
  6. Descriptions of sessions accepted as part of the conference program will be posted online.
  7. Presentation slides will be shared following the conference. If you have information that you do not want circulated, please remove those aspects from your slides and submit a version for posting.
  8. Session Leaders are required to provide copies of all handouts and other resource materials to be distributed/used during their session.
  9. All Sessions Leaders are expected to provide a short resource (e.g., 1-page summary or tip sheet) sharing the key take-aways or practical applications from their session.
  10. Submissions may be made in either English or French. If selected, sessions may only be delivered in English. We regret that no translation services will be made available.
  11. By submitting a proposal, all Session Leaders acknowledge that if their submission is accepted, they may be photographed and/or recorded during their session. If this is a problem, please make note of this in the “Additional Requests or Special Needs” section of the submission form.

Session Formats

Conference presentations will be delivered in person with some sessions streamed to conference participants who are attending remotely. These participants will be able to see/hear the session and submit questions electronically, but will not be able to engage verbally with on-site participants. During the review process, the review committee may recommend sessions for streaming and request minor adaptations to suit this format.

Sessions will be either 30, 45 or 90 minutes long depending on the type of format you choose (see below).

Mini-workshop session: An interactive, knowledge-enhancing and/or skill-building session engaging participants in exploring and learning specific strategies and approaches to promote and support culture change. Groups with innovative culture change initiatives (e.g., programs, services or processes) to share are encouraged to apply.

Panel session: A group of short presentations (curated by the Session Leader) across a unified theme that examines a specific experience, topic, issue or area of research. Each panel should provide opportunities for diverse perspectives to be shared (e.g., panellists could include a mix of older adults/residents, practitioners, researchers, educators, and/or policy makers). The short presentations must be followed by a facilitated discussion.

Knowledge exchange session: A forum to share and discuss innovative practices, approaches, and success stories. During this session, multiple presenters (curated by members of the program committee) will provide a 10-minute summary of their work followed by 5 minutes of questions/discussion. This is the ideal format for those who would like to share their innovative practices, research results, or success stories in a short timeframe focusing on the practical application of their work. Session length: Each session leader will present for 15 minutes (10-minute presentation, 5-minute discussion).

Creative expression/performance: An opportunity to share information or explore ideas using creative and nontraditional approaches (e.g., performing arts, fine arts, media, narratives, music, storytelling, poetry, photography, small art installations, etc.). Critical reflection and dialogue or facilitated discussion are important aspects of these sessions.

When making your online submission, you will be asked to provide the following information about your session:

  • Session title
  • Session leader and co-leaders (presenters) information
  • Brief session description
  • Area of focus and primary audience
  • Session outline
  • Key learnings
  • A description of the take-away you will provide
  • Additional requests or special needs

Submission Review Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed in consideration of their:

  1. alignment to the conference goals and guiding principles (see below);
  2. relevance to at least one of the culture change values (please see section called “What is culture change?”)
  3. quality, clarity and thoughtfulness (e.g. coherence, logical flow, grammar/spelling, etc.);
  4. applicability to practice (e.g., tools, strategies, implementation guides, etc.), and/or inspiring, forward-thinking ideas; and
  5. active engagement of diverse perspectives (preference will be given to sessions that actively engage older adults/residents and/or students). Session Leaders will be notified of the review committee’s decisions in January 2022.

Conference Goals and Guiding Principles

The conference aims to:

  • Inspire continued commitment to the culture change movement in Canada.
  • Build capacity by showcasing innovations in culture change specific to aging and across diverse settings (e.g., long-term care, community, retirement living) from across Canada.
  • Build partnerships and networks to support culture change in aging and long-term care in Canada.
  • Build momentum for a new era of culture change in the post-COVID world.
  • Celebrate the resilience, creativity and sense of community that has emerged in the senior living sector and within families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference program will consist of sessions that:

  1. Are inclusive, ensuring diverse voices are represented and supported in planning and delivery. The conference program will authentically engage people of all ages in sharing and exploring what it means to experience aging.
  2. Are interactive and experiential, providing a safe and engaging space where participants actively engage with ideas and have opportunities for critical reflection and dialogue with each other. The program will welcome vibrant, creative and non-traditional approaches to share information (e.g., performing arts, fine arts, media, narratives, storytelling, poetry, photography, small art installations, etc.), in addition to more traditional panel presentations followed by facilitated discussion.
  3. Build linkages by creating opportunities for strong connections to be made between lived experiences, professional practices, education and research as a means of advancing a strong network of individuals and organizations interested in changing the culture of aging. The conference program will promote the importance of teamwork, collaboration and a shared sense of purpose.
  4. Celebrate the experiences of aging across diverse lived experience, contexts and settings.