YOUR 
WELLNESS MATTERS 

NYTHP Pandemic Staff Wellness Program 

Winter Retreat     March 3, 2021

8:00–9:00 AM

Keynote Presentation:
COVID-19 Updates and Staff Wellness

As we approach the one year mark since the beginning of the Pandemic, the panel will reflect on the tremendous efforts of healthcare workers over the past year, provide a current update, and discuss steps forward.

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. David Eisen. Chief, Family and Community Medicine and Program Medical Director. Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
 

 

Dr. Alan Monavvari. Co-Chair, Primary Care Working Group, North York Toronto Health Partners.
Deputy Chief of Family Medicine. North York General Hospital. Associate Professor, University of Toronto

 

 

Dr. Maria Muraca. Medical Director, North York Family Health Team. Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto


 

 

Dr. Rebecca Stoller, Co-Chair, Primary Care Working Group. Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto


 

 

Eric Lui, Pharmacist, North York Family Health Team

12:151:00 PM

Non Impact Aerobics (NIA)

Nia is dance, movement, martial arts, self-awareness, body positivity, and fitness all rolled into one fun, music-filled package. It is not yet another fitness trend designed to make you feel bad about your body. The magic of Nia is that although many participants attend their first class because they want to become stronger, more flexible, or healthier they stay because it works.  Nia is effective and enjoyable for all bodies: no matter your age, ability, shape, size, or mobility. It adapts to you, where you are, without losing the benefits or the amount of fun you have.

Instructor

Jenn Hicks is a black belt Nia instructor who has taught all over the world during her 14 years teaching. She was recently named NOW Magazine's Best Virtual Fitness Instructor for 2020 and values and teaches body positive fitness classes that follow HAES principles.  She has taught classes at The Royal Conservatory, Baycrest, University of Toronto, The Alzheimer's Society of Toronto, The Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy and multiple private dance studios

1:152:15 PM

Concurrent Session: Tapping

The facilitator will introduce a model of resilience as well as teach a couple of techniques for calming the nervous system (Emotional Freedom Techniques/tapping, Heart Focused Breathing, Quick Coherence.) The model is one that participants can immediately apply to their own lives and is relevant for the long run. So many people are living in a depleted state so sharing a model (and tools) that when applied, will resource and help prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.

Facilitator

Karen Hicks is a personal & professional development coach. By using leading-edge mind-body techniques, she helps people to live their very best lives. Karen is a certified EFT practitioner (NeftTI)

1:15–2:15 PM

Concurrent Session: Sleep and the Importance of Hydration Especially While Wearing masks

Chris will teach you to hydrate properly while navigating challenges you may experience as a healthcare professional while wearing PPE. In this sleep workshop designed for healthcare workers, Chris helps you navigate and overcome the challenges shift workers face when it comes to sleep quality and maintaining a proper sleep schedule. 

Speaker

Body + Soul Fitness, Chris Munro. Certified Personal Trainer since 2008; CHEK IMS – certification in Integrated Movement Science; Poliquin® International Certification Program (PICP) Strength and Conditioning Coach’ Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner

1:15–2:15 PM

Concurrent Session: Heads up for Brain Health

In this interactive presentation, you will learn about dementia risk factors, and specific healthy lifestyle strategies to reduce your risk. You'll get a chance to exercise your brain during the presentation, with brain stimulating activities! We'll also exchange ideas of how to incorporate brain healthy practices, in a pandemic world.

Speaker

Nicole Cardenas is a Public Educator Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. She is a skilled educator and provides dementia education and training to the general public, healthcare professionals, and care partners across the GTA.

2:30–3:00 PM

Zumba 

Zumba a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness.

Instructor

Lupita Romo has been a ZIN™ Member since Oct 2013.  Loves teaching Zumba classes, every class feels like a party! Is currently licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba® Kids & Kids Jr.

3:15–4:15 PM

Keynote Presentation:
The Becoming: A Trauma Informed Approach to Recognizing Our Own Story

In our work within the multitude of Hospice and Palliative Care settings, we are engrossed daily in the lives of clients, patients, residents, families, and caregivers. Repeated exposure to death, dying, grief, suffering and trauma can affect our sense of well being and purpose. How we experience the stories of the people we serve influences who we are "becoming". In this session, we will explore how our own story is being constantly created through our work, and how a reflective, trauma-informed approach can serve to safeguard our resiliency and survival in the field.

Keynote Speaker

Rami Shami, BSc, has been serving in hospice palliative care for nearly 3 decades.

4:30 – 5:15 PM

Cooking Demonstration for adults, teens and children

Join us as we cook together in this interactive session! You will learn how to make your own 'Buddah Bowls' with all the fixings followed by Alison’s famous gluten-free but scrumptious banana bread. This class is perfect for anyone 10+ and we encourage you to get your kids and teens into the kitchen to learn and have fun. Once you register the recipe and ingredients will be sent to you.

Facilitator

Alison Burke is a Culinary Nutrition Expert and creator of Nourish to You.

Ali is known for her light-hearted, fun cooking classes. She teaches kids, athletes, teens and adults to grow their confidence in the kitchen, while instilling some basic nutrition principles. 

5:30–6:30 PM

Concurrent Session: Sound and Movement

In this session, the facilitator will demonstrate singing bowls. Join us for this informative presentation with a meditation at the end and some music! Participants will be directed to free resources after the workshop, including meditations with sound for anxiety and pain-management.

Facilitator

Sarah facilitates mindfulness in healing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, palliative discomfort, eating disorders, and behavioral changes. She uses her knowledge as a former massage therapist, along with other mind-body techniques from hypnosis training, and metaphors inspired by nature and creation. As a Metis, she has been teaching about mindfulness, sound, healing, and Plant Teachings for years with children and adults.

5:30–6:30 PM

Concurrent Session: Burnout: Identifying Early Warning Signs and Mitigate Risk Factors

As the pandemic continues we are experiencing increasing and new stressors at home and at work. Some days it may seem hard to carry on and many workers are suffering signs of burnout. In this session, Dr. Kostenuik will teach you how to identify early warning signs along the “path to burnout” using evidence-based strategies, ancient wisdom, and modern technology. You will learn simple but powerful practices, somatic techniques, and how to use apps that track and identify important health and stress indicators to help you identify and mitigate risk factors for burnout. This is expected to be an enjoyable, experiential and informative session.

Speaker

Dr. Marcia Kostenuik MD CCFP BSc is a medical psychotherapist and a former emergency room physician who brings a practical approach to wellness and mental health.

6:45–7:45 PM

Concurrent Session: Yoga and Music 

Yoga and Music  focus on pressing the pause button, in order to practice breath, observation and methods of honest and informed responses including gentle movement, sound, song, and sangha (community!) No experience is required to participate. This is accessible to all who wish to experience our ability to connect with self and each other with a ton of love and kindness. Participants may sit, lay, or fully engage in the program.

Instructor

Jessica Darmanin - A certified yoga instructor with 700+ hours of formal teacher training: hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative, prenatal yoga, breath, meditation; Ayurveda, Level 1 Doula Course Certificate, 300+ hours Vipassana training. Current study: Level 2 Doula + Palliative Care Core Concepts. 

Rob Binstock has been playing guitar and singing for live music yoga classes at various events at yoga studios throughout Toronto.  He has also contributed to yoga retreats in Costa Rica and Mexico. Working with a yoga teacher, Rob’s music and song selection helps to elevate the physical, emotional and spiritual experience of each student.

6:45–7:45 PM

Concurrent Session: Parenting Skills- Bring Greater Peace to your Family Life

Parenting is often described as “the hardest job in the world”. You may wonder what makes it so difficult, and why despite your best intentions you can’t seem to get it “right”. The pandemic has made some family struggles even greater. Dr. Kostenuik’s parenting approach will help you understand why parenting is so challenging and will teach you some simple and effective techniques to bring greater peace to your family life. These strategies and tips bring together an understanding of neurobiology, attachment theory, mindfulness, psychotherapy and parenting psychology. You will be encouraged to build habits and new attitudes that will help you implement these parenting skills in a more consistent way. Best of all you will learn that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be an effective, loving, supportive parent.  

Speaker

Dr. Marcia Kostenuik MD CCFP BSc is a medical psychotherapist and a former emergency room physician who brings a practical approach to wellness and mental health.

3:15–4:15 PM

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Keynote Presentation:The Becoming: A Trauma Informed Approach to Recognizing Our Own Story

In our work within the multitude of Hospice and Palliative Care settings, we are engrossed daily in the lives of clients, patients, residents, families, and caregivers. Repeated exposure to death, dying, grief, suffering and trauma can affect our sense of well being and purpose. How we experience the stories of the people we serve influences who we are "becoming". In this session, we will explore how our own story is being constantly created through our work, and how a reflective, trauma-informed approach can serve to safeguard our resiliency and survival in the field.

Keynote Speaker

Rami Shami, BSc, has been serving in hospice palliative care for nearly 3 decades. He practices as a consultant, as well as Case Manager for the Second Mile Club at Kensington Health.

10:15–10:45 AM

Yoga/Meditation

In this session, you will be guided through a skillful blend of gentle movement, breath and meditation. A practice to boost your energy, improve mental clarity, build strength and flexibility as well as release stress in your body. At the end of the practice you will be left feeling a little more connected to yourself, rejuvenated and lighter. *This practice will be done seated.

Instructor

Trisha Lanns is an Active Living Centre Programs Assistant at Better Living Health and Community Services and a Certified Yoga Instructor.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Concurrent Session: Free Flow Writing

Holding Space for Ourselves Through Spontaneous Writing - We will practice the art of holding space for ourselves and for others through short writing exercises.  No experience necessary, just a willingness to put pen to paper and write to prompts provided by the facilitator. 

Facilitator

Lois Hayes has been volunteering with Doane House Hospice and Margaret Bahen Hospice in Newmarket, Ontario since 2016.  She co-facilitates Caregiver support groups and leads writing and labyrinth focused workshops for volunteers, clients and staff. 

11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Concurrent Session: Addiction Challenges During COVID

The facilitator will be covering how we are experiencing COVID, what to look out for with individuals; strategies for wellness during COVID and services and resources.

Speaker

Eva Molawka-Lee, MSW, BSW, RSW. ADS. Eva is a registered social worker who graduated with a masters degree from the University of Waterloo, with health focus. She has 20 years of experience working with at risk youth, mental health, and addictions.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Concurrent Session: Cora and Corona

Join us in the discussion about the making of a children’s book focused on grief and resilience for and by kids. 


Join the Author, nine year old Cora, as she reads her story to you “Carefully staying away is the key to being corona free”. Cora And The Corona is a true story of one little girl’s journey to healing while in quarantine.

Speaker

Christine Dernederlanden C.B.T., C.T.S.S., Author, Award Winning Speaker, & Humanitarian.

Agenda

9:15–10:00 AM

Black Health Matters: National and Transnational COVID-19 Impact, Resistance, and Intervention Strategies

This presentation will examine the speaker's current bilingual research entitled "Black Health Matters: National and Transnational COVID-19 Impact, Resistance, and Intervention Strategies" (https://blackhealthmatterscovid19.ca/) She will discuss the state of Black health in Canada and the importance of critically challenging systemic racism and other factors in healthcare. She will also discuss the importance of race-based data and intersectional data collection and the ethical implications of anti-racist, anti-oppression praxis. She will conclude with a brief discussion about preliminary findings of the research so far.

Speaker 

 

Roberta K. Timothy, M.A., M.ED., PhD, RP, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Program Director: MPH Health Promotions, Social and Behavioural Health Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies, York University

The first 200 registrants will receive a self-care kit! You will be notified within one week after the conference if you made the list, with instructions on how to claim your kit.

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