Compassionate Communities Forum

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The Compassionate Communities Forum is a one-day virtual event hosted by the Palliative Institute.

The forum brings together community organization members, health care providers and others interested in improving public support for palliative care and advance care planning, for a day that inspires, equips and builds connections.

Compassionate Communities Forum 2023

After hosting a successful first-of-its-kind event in March 2022, the Palliative Institute is excited to announce its second Compassionate Communities Forum.

Centred on the theme of Growing and Sustaining Compassionate Communities, this online event is free of charge and will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2023

Objectives of this year’s forum include:

  • Bringing together key stakeholders and partners in Alberta’s Compassionate Communities movement and providing a venue for networking and idea sharing.
  • Highlighting the work of Compassionate Community champions across Alberta.
  • Sharing the tools and resources we have developed to raise awareness of palliative care and advance care planning and supporting our partners in leveraging these resources.

We will update information on this page as the forum date approaches. You can also get forum updates by signing up for our newsletter.


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9:00 – 9:30 am | Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 9:50 am | Opening Keynote Speaker – Dr. Shane Sinclair

9:50 – 10:00 am | Compassionate Alberta in Action
This brief session will summarize the Palliative Institute’s work to raise public awareness of palliative care and advance care planning. It will introduce five tools developed in collaboration with community partners and enable participants to choose which workshop to join in the next session.

10:00 – 11:30 am | Compassionate Community Tool Workshops
These workshops will provide participants with the opportunity to experience or learn about the Compassionate Alberta tools developed and championed by the Palliative Institute.
Participants may select one of the following workshops:

11:30 – 11:45 am | Break

11:45 am – 12:45 pm | Compassionate Communities Showcase
This session will showcase grassroots community initiatives that are helping Albertans plan ahead, learn about palliative care, build supportive communities or talk about death and dying. See our call for submissions for more information or to participate in this session.

12:45 – 1:45 pm | Lunch Break

1:45 – 2:45 pm | Community Voices Panel
In this moderated panel discussion, panelists will share personal stories about how compassionate communities make a difference in people's lives.

Our panelists and moderator for this session have yet to be confirmed. Please check back here soon for more details.

2:45 – 3:45 pm | Planning for Community Action
This session will allow you to network with other participants and develop concrete action plans to take back to your organizations and communities.

3:45 – 3:55 pm | Break

3:55 – 4:15 pm | Closing Keynote Speaker – Dr. Naheed Dosani

4:15 pm | Conclusion

Forum Registration

Register here.

Showcase Call for Submissions

We want to hear what your organization is doing to help Albertans face serious illness by planning ahead, learning about palliative care, building supportive communities, or talking about death and dying.

The Compassionate Communities Showcase will highlight grassroots community initiatives in Alberta that encourage, support and celebrate caring for one another through serious illness, dying and grief. If you have a program or project that you think will inspire your fellow attendees, we’d love to hear from you.

This showcase will provide an opportunity for representatives from community organizations across Alberta to tell forum attendees about one specific initiative you have undertaken that is making a difference.

You will have ten minutes to describe: (i) the goal of the initiative, (ii) how it works, (iii) the results to date and (iv) one thing your organization has learned from this initiative. The use of creative modes of presentation, such as video, art, and music, are welcome.

Please select one program or project; do not list all the programs your organization offers.

Please submit your proposal by completing this form. The submission deadline is Monday, October 16.

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