- We're back!
- We're back!
Join us in person from May 1-3, 2024 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.
Join 500+ leaders and changemakers from all over the country to learn with and from each other nurturing a social model of care and enhancing the aging journey for all.
WHAT IS WALK WITH ME?
Walk with Me is a national conference aimed at changing the culture of aging in Canada. Older adults/residents, care partners, educators, policymakers, students and researchers from all over the country come together to learn with and from each other about how to enhance the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living.
Worth Every Minute
“The conference was one of the best I have attended. I wanted to get back home so that I could put into practice what I had learned. I had so many ideas to share. It was worth every minute”
“An amazing opportunity to learn and share. The interconnections of so many people and organizations that are all traveling on a similar path with the same goal in mind is simply overwhelming”
Full program is available here. Please note, call for sessions is now closed.
Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation
Dinner and Social
Join us for a night of connection and conversation at the renowned National Arts Centre in the heart of Ottawa! You will have an opportunity to connect with Walk With Me attendees over a beautifully catered dinner while overlooking the UNESCO-recognized Rideau Canal. The dinner program includes the presentation of the Trailblazer Awards, recognizing innovators changing the culture of aging across Canada. Join us for dinner and take the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues and build new connections while at Walk With Me 2024.
If you wish to attend the dinner only, please contact email@example.com
Dan Levitt is an acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, and gerontologist, specializing in helping others to create better lives for seniors.
From Awareness to Action: Create a Culture of Belonging
Join the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) for a transformative half-day workshop that delves into the essential principles of advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the long-term care (LTC) context. This workshop is designed to empower LTC leaders and team members with the tools and knowledge to create a more inclusive and affirming environment for residents, care partners/caregivers and team members.
Supporting culture and identity is a critical aspect of person- and family-centred care. As the workforce and resident population continue to become increasingly diverse, the need for thoughtful, intentional efforts to support inclusion and belonging will only continue to increase. This workshop features an in-depth exploration of how to move forward from awareness-raising to action:
A resource package will be shared with participants which includes learning resources, a toolkit and posters which can support LTC homes in their journeys.
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Coast to coast initiatives that are changing the culture of aging in Canada
The Trailblazers for Culture Change Awards recognizes changemakers across Canada that are contributing to changing the culture of aging through initiatives, programs or day-to-day practice. This could include any individual, team or organization involved in senior care or support across the continuum of care, such as long-term care homes, retirement homes, day programs, community centres, and other programs encouraging engagement in the community.
Nominations close on January 31, 2024
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
What is culture change?
Culture change is an ongoing, holistic journey that includes re-examining values, beliefs, attitudes, language, practices and policies and working to implement the full range of efforts needed to transform the culture into a community where everyone thrives.
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.
Walk with Me is co-hosted by the RIA and Capital Care, and partners across the country support conference planning.