Research Institute for Aging
Research Institute for Aging

Culture Change ECHO | Presentation details and speaker bios

Culture Change ECHO | Presentation details and speaker bios

A Speed Date with Sherbrooke

February 14, 2024

1-2:30 p.m. EST

Embark on a heartwarming journey to Sherbrooke Community Centre with Suellen Beatty, CEO Emeritus, as your virtual guide. This Valentine’s Day, discover Sherbrooke’s love story with the Eden Alternative® Philosophy, highlighting their transformative culture change journey. Discover the many opportunities for community members to experience well-being and gain an understanding of why visitors come from across the world for the Sherbrooke experience. Join us for a short, impactful Valentine’s Day presentation on Sherbrooke’s intentional culture where wellbeing thrives!

Suellen Beatty

Suellen is the CEO Emeritus at Sherbrooke Community Society Inc. in Saskatoon. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2001, Suellen received the “Woman of Distinction Award for Management” from the YWCA. In 2004, Suellen was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada. In 2014 Suellen was awarded “Distinguished Alumnus” from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing. In 2015 Suellen was the recipient of the Athena Leadership Award. She is a Global Partner for Western Canada for the Eden Alternative™ has trained over 4500 Certified Eden Associates in in-person and online training courses. Suellen consults to organizations and coaches individuals in the areas of leadership, physical environment and culture change. Through the Sherbrooke Learning Centre, Suellen has hosted many visitors from around the world who come to see the Eden Alternative ® Philosophy in practice and the design of the Sherbrooke Villages. She can be contacted at or





Flexible Dining as a Culture Change Initiative

March 13, 2024

1-2:30 p.m. EST

As an important activity of the day filled with meaning as well as nourishment, we need to capitalize on mealtimes as an opportunity for persons with dementia to be connected and have their identity honored. But how do we do this during a busy mealtime service. This session will provide tips on connecting in a respectful and meaningful way while supporting changes in capacity for self-feeding.
Heather Keller

Heather Keller RD, PhD, is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging and a faculty member at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving nutritional status, food intake and the mealtime experience of older adults. She is interested in developing and evaluating care processes that detect and treat older adults who are at nutritional risk or malnourished in all care settings. Her lab is also involved in developing and evaluating a variety of interventions focused on improving food and fluid intake for older adults, including those who are vulnerable, frail or living with dementia. Professor Keller has published widely and translates research into practice with practitioner tools and resources and advocates for improvements in nutrition care for all older adults.






Huddles as Culture Change Tools

April 17, 2024

1-2:30 p.m. EST

Amidst a myriad of tasks, the question arises: how do we sustain the momentum for cultural change? Join us as we embark on an exploration of the transformative potential of huddles in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings. In this brief session, we’ll shed light on the best practices that effectively utilize huddles to reshape organizational culture. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into practical strategies and propel your journey toward lasting positive change.

Lisa Hughes

Lisa Hughes is an Education Manager at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, where she develops education with the aim of enhancing the quality of life and care of older adults and those who support them.  Lisa has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including care settings, community support services and education. She uses a collaborative co-design approach to create meaningful, authentic and engaging training. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Neuroscience) from Dalhousie University and a post grad certificate in Therapeutic Recreation.
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