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Building Strong NICU Families Symposium 2018

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Conference Date & Time
Date: Tuesday November 6, 2018
Registration Time: 8:30 AM
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Conference Location
YWCA Toronto
87 Elm St
Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

Discounted Hotel Rate
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Directions and Parking

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Schedule of Events

8:30 to 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 to 9:15 am: Opening Remarks, Land Acknowledgement by Dr. Jennifer Young

9:15 to 9:30 am: Speaker: Kojo Mensah
Topic: A Father's View of the NICU

9:30 to 10:30 am: Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paige Terrien Church
Topic: More than Words: How Language Impacts Parental Stress

10:30 to 10:45 am: Break

10:45 to 11:30 am: Morning Speaker: Lesley Barreira
Topic: The Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) Matrix: A Life Map for Valued Direction

11:30 am to 12:00 pm: Morning Speaker: Cheryl-Lee Campbell
Topic: Music, the brain, and infant/child development

12:00 to 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00  to 2:00 pm: Afternoon Speaker: Sara Wolfe
Topic: Indigenous Perinatal Health: Resiliencies and Reconciliation

2:00 to 2:15 am: Break

2:15 to 3:15 pm: Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Brenda Agnew
Topic: Fostering Collaborative Relationships-and how to LIFT each other up

3:15 to 3:30 pm: CPBF & LWAPTB (Closing Remarks) by Fabiana Bacchini and Christina Moss


Dr. Paige Terrien Church (Morning Keynote)

Dr. Paige Terrien Church is an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is the director of the Neonatal Follow Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Developmental Behavioral Physician Lead in the Spina Bifida clinic at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Church is board certified through the American Board of Pediatrics in Neonatology, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and is interested in long-term functional outcomes of infants with neurological conditions.

Brenda Agnew (Afternoon Keynote)

Brenda is the proud mother of two boys, Chase and Maclain. Her son Maclain has severe Cerebral Palsy and profound hearing loss as a result of a condition known as Kernicterus, a brain injury that results from untreated jaundice. She tirelessly advocates for better systems and programs for children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders. Brenda moderates an online parent support program called PAL ( Parent Advocacy Link) which has a membership of over 1500 families across Canada and the US and is an active member of the special needs parent and patient engagement community. In addition to her newest committee role on the AACPDM Community Council, she serves in an advisory capacity with organizations such as CP-Net, CHILD-BRIGHT, the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee, chairs her school boards Special Education Advisory Committee, and is a board member of Hearthstone Ministries and their eRecess respite program.

Lesley Barreira, MADS, BCBA (Speaker)

Lesley is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who has worked in the fields of children’s mental health and paediatric developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She is very active in Ontario's behaviour analytic community and presently serves as an elected director at large on the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) board. Lesley works in the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and she is the first behaviour analyst to be included as a member of an interdisciplinary team within the neonatal follow-up network in Canada. Lesley’s clinical interests include: behavioural paediatrics, parent-mediated interventions, toilet training, sleep training, and non-compliance.

Cheryl-Lee Campbell

Cheryl-Lee Campbell is an accredited music therapist (MTA) who lives and works in the GTA. She holds a Master of Music Therapy (MMT) from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her internships included Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is also a qualified Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). Cheryl has experience with a variety of populations including paediatrics (cerebral palsy, brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic disorders, prematurity), NICU and antenatal families, and long-term care.

Sara Wolfe

Sara Wolfe is an Indigenous registered midwife and nurse. She has worked in Indigenous community and perinatal health for more than 2 decades, in both urban and remote communities. She is a founding partner of Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and was one of the co-leads of the award winning Toronto Birth Centre facility.

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Discounted Hotel Rate Information at:

Chelsea Toronto Hotel
33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

Individual Reservations:
Individual participants will be responsible for making their own reservations directly with the hotel. To ease the reservation process and to have around the clock access for new reservations, we are providing you with a private web link for your attendees to reserve your special contracted rate.

Booking Link for online reservation:

Calling in to make a reservation:
They may also call the hotel directly, toll free 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975. These individuals must also identify themselves as part of

Name of Company’s Meeting: “Life With A Preterm Baby- Courtesy Rate”
Quote Confirmation#: “LPB110518”

to take advantage of your discounted group rate. Callers who do not identify their affiliation with the group will be quoted the prevailing rates and we will not make any rate adjustments after check in. In the event that these individuals call in after the reservation Cut-Off Date of Nov. 5, 2018, reservations will be handled on a rate availability basis.

All reservations must be cancelled 48 hours (2 days) prior to arrival by 1600 hours (4PM EST). Cancellations made within 48 hours of arrival will result in a charge of a 1 night stay plus taxes and fees (subject to change without notice). Valid credit card required at time of booking. The hotel reserves the right to cancel or modify a reservation should there be suspicious, fraudulent or inappropriate activity.

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