Event History – 2017


The following is a list of events that the IHLCDP has sponsored or presented. Many of our presentations and workshops are available to view as a video or audio recording on our IHLCDP YouTube channel, so if you missed the event you can still access the information.  For events that have a recorded presentation, just click on the button link.

November 30

Move, eat, sleep for better health:
Examining multiple novel interventions to improve adult health


Mitch Duncan, PhD,
National Heart Foundation Research Fellow;
School of Medicine and Public Health,
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia

This presentation summarized the combined role that physical activity, dietary behaviour and sleep have on health and wellbeing, and the development of technology-based interventions to improve these behaviours.


November 16

Walk and Talk for Life in your community:
Using an online implementation toolkit


Charlotte Jones, PhD,  Associate Professor,
Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Okanagan

Pat Totton, First United Church volunteer champion

A new community-based program for older adults shown to reduce social isolation, and increase fitness and health knowledge.
Use of a step-by-step online implementation toolkit to start the program in communities is described.

October 3

Integrating physical activity into cancer care:
moving ahead, sitting down, or standing still


Dr. Catherine Sabiston, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health:
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

Key physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors will be discussed and challenged. The benefits of physical activity (and reduced sedentary) behaviour, evaluations of community physical activity initiatives and programs, and the direction of cancer care within the context of physical activity will be presented.

August 3

Objectively assessed activity patterns of cancer survivors:
The wheels are turning but are we upside down?


Dr. Jeff Vallance, Associate Professor,
Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management, Athabasca University

While physical activity among cancer survivors has been shown to be safe and effective at improving health outcomes, less is known about the role of sedentary behaviour and how cancer survivors spend their day (e.g., active, sitting, sleeping). Advances in measurement to estimate these behaviours will be discussed as well as the limitations of methodological variation among studies.

May 29

Health coaching and eHealth technology:
Behaviour change and system transformation


Dr. Harvey Skinner, Professor of Psychology and Global Health,
Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto      hskinner@yorku.ca

Health coaching services is an increasingly popular role to facilitate health behaviour change in patients with varying health risks and conditions, and the use of smartphone-based counseling is a promising public health care innovation for reaching people and communities. This presentation examines how health practitioners can integrate behaviour change programs with rapidly evolving mobile technology apps and eHealth technologies.

PowerPoint Presentation
NexJ Connected Health demonstration
Advancing personal health and health care by e-Health technology and health coaching

May 17

Move It! Exploring active communities innovations: A virtual forum


  • Introduction to active communities
  • Making the Links: Improving access and inclusion for physical activity and active communities
  • Active community design
    • safe and preferred bicycle lane infrastructure
    • active living by design
    • age-friendly active transportation planning
  • Approaches to collaboration and collective action
    • collective impact to prevent and reduce childhood obesity

May 4

Engaging stakeholders in co-creating sustainable communities:
A study on rural communities in the BC Interior


Eric Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan

Betty Brown, Community Research Lead, Interior Health

Tom Kadla, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Lumby

Key factors that influence stakeholders’ priority and decisions on rural health promotion and community development is discussed.

May 2

Making life more livable for older adults with advanced chronic disease:
A pilot study with volunteer navigators


Dr. Barb Pesut, RN, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Health, Ethics and Diversity;
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development

The findings from a one year pilot project where trained volunteer navigators provided support services in the home for older adults living with advanced chronic illness is presented.

March 30

Data visualization to improve healthcare:
Current trends and untapped potential


Dr. Uba Backonja, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership;
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education,
School of Nursing, University of Washington, Tacoma

The use of data visualization in healthcare has been increasing with the explosion of data being collected within and outside clinical settings. This presentation shows ways in which data visualization is currently being used in healthcare and its potential to support evidence-based decision making.

March 25

Introduction to Pickleball

Pickleball Kelowna link

March 23

Okanagan Men’s Shed: Building the well-being of men in the community

Men Shed Okanagan

March 23

Exercise: Putting the brakes on aging


Dr. Gareth Jones, Assistant Professor
School of Health and Exercise Sciences,
Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Exercise is a most potent anti-aging and disease modifying therapy, so why are we not exercising enough to reap the benefits of fitness in old age?

Putting the BRAKES on AGING! PowerPoint presentation
Active Living Coalition of Older Adults – Research Update link
Global Okanagan News Story

March 21

Giving voice to older people and family caregivers:
A tablet-based tool to enhance person-centred palliative care


Dr. Rick Sawatzky, RN
Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes;
School of Nursing, Trinity Western University

Learn about a new tablet-based tool that makes patient and family caregiver concerns more visible to healthcare providers so they can be effectively monitored and addressed

March 16 Kelowna
March 15 Vernon

Estate Planning essentials: What you need to know


Terry Clement, CLU, Insurance and Financial Advisor, Interior Savings Estate Planning Inc.

Dwayne Remple, Estate Planning Specialist, Insurance and Investment Advisor, Interior Savings Wealth Services

March 15

Sleep: The key to healthy aging


Ronald Cridland, MD, CCFP, Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine;
Kelowna Sleep Clinic

March 14 Oliver

March 3 W Kelowna

March 2 Kelowna

March 1 Vernon

Age of Love: It’s never too late to date

An unprecedented speed-dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds serves as the backdrop for THE AGE OF LOVE, an alternately poignant and funny look at the search for love among the senior set.
Over one summer, we intimately follow as ten speed daters—recently widowed, long-divorced or never-married—prepare for the big day, endure a rush of encounters, then anxiously receive their results. Fearlessly candid about themselves and what they’re seeking, these WWII babies are forced to take stock of life-worn bodies and still-hopeful hearts. Then, as they head out on dates that result, comic and bittersweet moments reveal how worries over physical appearance, romance and rejection, loss and new beginnings change—or don’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life.
THE AGE OF LOVE is a story of the universality of love and desire, regardless of age.

New York film director, Steven Loring, flew into the Okanagan to introduce the film. He inspired and entertained as he shared his motivation for making the film and recounted stories of the people he was able to know well as he followed them in their pursuit of love.​

March 14

An Asset-Based Community Development approach to ‘healthful aging’ and care in rural communities


Denise Cloutier, PhD, Associate Professor, Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria

Karen Kobayashi, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria

Walter Popoff, Electoral Area H. Regional; District of Central Kootenay

Abstract: Hear about how local strengths rather than deficiencies can be used to understand and develop local community capacity and resiliency to support healthful aging.

March 13

Singing makes everything better!


 Nigel Brown, Executive Director, Sing for your Life Canada Foundation BC

Sing for your life Canada

March 10

The curious case of age related muscle fatigue:
Keys to staying active and strong


Dr. Brian Dalton, Assistant Professor,
School of Health and Exercise Sciences,
Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Muscle fatigue is multifaceted and can influence how we perform tasks of daily living. This talk explore scientific evidence on age-related muscle fatigue, how this physiological process alters function and possible strategies to lessen the effect of muscle fatigue as we age.

Cafe Scientifique
Side stepping the effect of stroke


Ms. Jennifer Monaghan, Stroke Survivor

Dr. Brodie Sakakibara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver

Dr. Andis Klegeris, Associate Professor, Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Harry Miller, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Interior Health;
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychology, Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Ms. Jennifer Upshaw, PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology,
Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Someone in Canada has a stroke about every 9 minutes. Are there new approaches to reduce disability associated with stroke? Can healthy lifestyles help people reduce their risk of stroke and enhance recovery?

March 8

Sound of Music: A partnership to enhance lives


Rachel Lewis, RN, BSN (MSN cand.),
Sun Pointe Village Administrator, Baptist Housing, Kelowna

Amanda Balsdon, Recreation Therapist,
Village at Mill Creek Recreation Facilitator, Baptist Housing, Kelowna

Kate Dusik, Marketing Manager,
Village at Mill Creek, Village at Smith Creek & Sun Pointe Village,
Baptist Housing Kelowna

March 8

MyHealthPortal: Interior Health Electronic Health Records and you


Pamela Reese, PMP, BSc, Senior Project Manager, Interior Health

March 8 Vernon
March 7 Kelowna

Seniors fraud protection tips


Paula Naka, Manager, Risk Management, Interior Savings Credit Union

Anne Donnelly, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

March 1

Savvy Seniors: New communication technologies and you

Facilitated by the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan

February 16

Assessing Social Return on Investment (SROI) in health promotion:
Findings from the Healthy Together(c) Program


Dr. Anima Anand, Project Lead, Healthy Weights for Children
The Bridge Youth & Family Services, Kelowna

Ms. Stephanie Robertson, Founder & President
SiMPACT Strategy Group, Calgary and Toronto

The social return on investment method to evaluate health promotion programs for scale-up is
illustrated using Healthy Together – an innovative family education program focused on promoting healthier
weights among vulnerable children and families.

January 26

Do good things really come n small packages?
Small Changes – A big idea to deal with the obesity epidemic


Dr. Lesley Lutes, Associate Professor, Psychology
Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Six in 10 Canadians are overweight or obese, and these rates are rising with no end in sight. A review of the theory and concept behind Small Changes and the results from 6 studies are discussed.

January 24

Dying at home: Enabling caregiver’s determination


 Dr. Carole Robinson, RN, Professor
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Family caregivers are at the heart of living and dying at home with serious illness. When the ill person and family caregiver desire a home death, support is essential. This presentation focuses on the family caregiver’s experience of caring at home until death, and identifies key supports that enable caregivers’ determination to offer the best care possible.

A family caregiver decision guide: Caregiving at home for someone with life-limiting illness

January 17

Closing the gap in rural health care services: Exploring the entrepreneurial activities of citizen led coalitions


Dr. Kathy Rush, Associate Professor,
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Mike Chiasson, Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan

Ms. Marilyn Clark, Health Care Committee Chair, Sorrento Health Centre

Rural older adults have become increasingly active in forming groups, or coalitions, within their communities to address their unmet health service needs due to scarce resources and supports. Some groups are more effective than others in meeting their needs, and this project seeks to understand what makes the difference.