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2007 Annual Conference

Thank You to our Conference Supporters

The 2007 Conference Bold Steps Becoming Our Best is generously supported by the following partners. BCHPCA acknowledges each of our 2007 Conference supporters for providing this generous support. BCHPCA values the opportunity to demonstrate that our supporters are well served by choosing BCHPCA as a partner in community support and corporate profile enhancement.


Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem

Sanofi Aventis Canada


WeCare Home Health Services
Service Corporation International

Fraser Health


Interior Health
Vancouver Coastal Health

Provincial Health Services Authority


Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation
Paladin Labs
Classic Caregivers
Purdue Pharma

Meditation Room: Funeral Service Association of BC
AGM Sponsor: Janssen-Ortho




BOLD STEPS: Expanding the Circle
May 25 – 27, 2007
Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey
"Freedom lies in being bold."
Robert Frost


Bold Steps: Expanding the Circle is the 2007 BCHPCA Conference theme. The Conference will offer an opportunity for attendees to become their best, to recognize achievement and aim for the new in their work in hospice palliative care.

Bold Steps: Expanding the Circle acknowledges our commitment to this vision as an Association. We look to the future with anticipation and confidence, and invite you to join with us to achieve our goals. The 2007 Conference will feature seminars, keynote speakers and information on how together we can take Bold Steps to continue making a difference for those who are dying and bereaved in our programs, communities, country and beyond.

Participate as a delegate to the Conference, apply for a special award, nominate someone for excellence. Together we will Take Bold Steps to become our best an expand the circle of care, advocacy and excellence.

To register by fax:  Use the Manual Registration Form

($10 fee applies)


Conference Streams

  • Vision, leadership and advocacy
  • Partnerships, program and community development
  • Issues of ethics, quality of care
  • Focus on volunteering (clinical and board development)
  • Symptom management
  • Psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement care
  • Research and education
  • Care of the dying

International Workshop on Prognosis in Palliative Care

Hosted by the Victoria Palliative Research Network.

Click here for Prognosis Flyer

This exciting first Canadian international workshop on prognosis in palliative care will explore the current understanding and needs for improvement in care at end-of-life. The challenge of sharing of prognosis is relevant, important and yet fraught with inaccuracy. Further, the ways in which bad news is communicated to patients and families can sometimes be more harmful than helpful.

This workshop brings together over 20 researchers and clinicians who are currently involved in studying ways to improve our knowledge and skills in this area. The workshop will have two main streams: the Science of Prognostication and the Art of communication in sharing bad news. In addition, there are also combined plenary, a formal debate and general discussions.

It is hosted by the Canadian Institute of Health Research New Emerging Team (NET) research partnership of Victoria Palliative Research Network. The workshop is located and held in conjunction with the annual BCHPCA conference which provides additional opportunities for participants to attend other workshops.

Conference Highlights

Friday Opening Keynote : Dr. Eduardo Bruera : "Expanding the Circle:  Beyond Cancer Needs & Issues,

Sunday Closing Keynote : Dr. Ronna Jevne : "Hope: Fusing Suffering, Soul & Story"

  • Regional Meetings
  • Award and Grant Presentations
  • Saturday Banquet featuring Jake and Elwood's Blues Brothers Revue
  • Networking Research Lunch
  • Labyrinth and Meditation Room
  • BCHPCA Annual General Meeting
  • Launch of BCHPCA Volunteer Standards and Training Manual
  • New BCHPCA Merchandise

Click here for secure online Registration
and Merchandise Order Form

Click here for Conference Brochure



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