Event History – 2018


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 Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention 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.

December 3

What is patient-oriented research?


Nelly Oelke, PhDAssociate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan; Academic Co-lead, BC Support Unit Interior Centre

Allison Kooijman, Patient Partner, BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

Karin Maiwald, PhDRegional Practice Lead, Research Department, Interior Health;
Patient (& Stakeholder) Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

The presentation provides an introduction to patient-oriented research with some examples and addresses questions about incorporating patient partners in your research.

November 21

Bring patients back to the PROM: Using Patient Reported Outcome Measures to help patients make decisions


Nick Bansback, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Population and Public Health;
Program Head, Decision Sciences
Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Science
Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver

Examples from an ongoing study show how PROMs data can be used to support patient decision making by helping them understand their outcomes compared to others, what outcomes they might expect in the future, and how their outcomes have changed over time.

November 14

Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs!
Translating a diabetes prevention program from the lab to the community


Mary Jung, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan;
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar;
Director: Diabetes Prevention Research Group, and Small Steps for Big Changes

Hear Dr. Jung discuss the challenges and success of moving effective approaches to lifestyle modification to prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes from her lab into the community.

October 18

Priorities and challenges in rural Indigenous palliative care: Cultural safety revisited


Susana Caxaj, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Literature on rural Indigenous palliative care was reviewed to determine priorities and challenges, as well as strategies for a culturally safe palliative approach to care. This presentation outline findings and how cultural safety can plan an important role in developing Indigenous-centred palliative care.

September 28

Population health intervention research and evaluation for chronic disease prevention


Bruce Baskerville PhD CE
Senior Scientist, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact
University of Waterloo

Examples of his latest research in the area of population health interventions, the importance of working with priority populations, and the problems of chronic disease prevention.

September 27

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Physical activity in relation to obesity and diabetes


Scott Lear, PhD, FAHA
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University;
Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research,
St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Expert Panel Question and Answer Session

  • Scott Lear, Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Mary Jung, Associate Professor, UBC Okanagan
  • Mariko Siggers, Community & Neighbourhood Services Manager, City of Kelowna
  • Tom Clark, Community Recreation Coordinator, City of Kelowna

July 4

Assessing the feasibility of active study stations at UBC Okanagan


Casey Hamilton, MSc, RD, Campus Health Specialist, UBC Okanagan

Angela Foster, BScN student, UBC Okanagan

Kyle Potter, BSc Honors Psychology student, UBC Okanagan

Campus Health VOICE research indicates that students want alternative ways to increase their physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. In collaboration with the UBC Okanagan library, a treadmill desk and bicycle desk were installed for library users. A description of the implementation and evaluation of the active study, as well as plans for expanding access to active study stations on campus is provided.

June 19

Men’s sheds: Putting men on the road to better health


Dr. John Oliffe, Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Vancouver

Mr. Art Post, President, Okanagan Men’s Shed

Dr. Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

The panel discusses new developments in the growth of men’s sheds in BC, and their potential to promote men’s health.

May 9

Get control of your blood pressure: What causes it and what you can do about it


Dr. Nadia Khan, Professor, General Internal Medicine, UBC Vancouver;
Researcher, Center for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences;
Co-director, Hypertension Clinic, St. Paul’s Hospital;
President, Hypertension Canada

Dr. Khan talks about the causes and heart healthy changes that can reduce blood pressure, and medications used to prevent strokes and heart attacks related to high blood pressure.

May 8

A brave new world: Nurses’ experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying


Barb Pesut, RN, PhD, Canada Research Chair, Health Ethics and Diversity;
Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development (FHSD), UBC Okanagan

Adam Fulton, MScN student, School of Nursing, FHSD, UBC Okanagan

Madeleine Greig, RN MScN student, School of Nursing, FHSD, UBC Okanagan

Nurses’ experiences with MAiD will be discussed along with the ethical issues nurses encounter in their practice.

May 1

Top down bottom up: Preventing drug overdoses


Dr. Bernie Pauly, Professor, School of Nursing; Scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria

Dr. Trevor Corneil, VP Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer, Interior Health

Two years after BC declared a public health emergency, our speakers reflect on the current state of drug overdoses and deaths in the Interior region, and the potential for community involvement and public health actions as part of overdose responses.​

April 5

Physical activity or sedentary behavior in children – is there a best bet for public health?


Ali McManus, Associate Professor
School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

The physical and social environments many children live in today are characterized by the pervasive presence of screen-based media and not longer promote physical activity. Hear Dr. McManus’ research on the impact htis is having on the physical and psychological well-being of our children and youth​.

March 29

Cyber security: Assessing and protecting your online security


Seva Lynov, Okanagan Regional Library Technical Assistant

March 27

Spinal Arthritis

Ken Adams, BSc, DC, Lighthouse Chiro
Graham Jenkins, BSc, DC, Lighthouse Chiro

Learn what is actually happening inside your body when spinal arthritis strikes!

March 26

Wise and well: Mental fitness


Aaryn Secker, MEd, Community Education Facilitator
Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna & District Branch

We all have ideas about what it means to be physically fit, but what about mentally fit? What does mentally fit mean, why is it important, and how to maintain mental fitness as we age was discussed.

March 26

Transitions in care: Improving the outcome


Rachel Lewis, RN, BSN, MScN(c)
Sun Pointe Village Administrator, Baptist Housing

Integrated health care within residential care can improve quality of life and help reduce the need for hospital care.

March 21 Oliver
March 20 Kelowna
March 19 Kamloops

Alzheimer’s in the 21st Century

2017 may have marked the middle of a turning point in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Not so much by the arrival of dramatic new treatments – that is still likely to take a few years – but instead by continuing to encourage all of us to take steps to reduce our risk of the disease. There are hints that such steps might already be having an effect.
In this talk, Jay Ingram answers the three questions that everyone has about Alzheimer’s disease:
Will I get it?
What can I do to reduce my chances of getting it?
If I do get it, what happens next?


  • Jay Ingram
    A Canadian science writer / broadcaster, Jay has hosted two national science programs in Canada: Quirks and Quarks, CBC radio; and Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada

March 21 W Kelowna
March 14 Kelowna

Estate planning essentials: What you need to know


  • Allister Jones, Estate Planning Specialist, Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Jada Styre, Chartered Professional Accountant, MNP LLP
  • Dylan Switzer, Managing Partner, FH&P Lawyers LLP


  • Rod Rieu, Assistant Vice President, Wealth and Relationship Services, Interior Savings Credit Union

Estate planning may seem like something only millionaires do, but the truth is, everyone needs an estate plan no matter how much money. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls and how to maximize the benefits of estate planning.

March 20

Exercising control over arthritis


Lynnea Westlind, Coordinator, Community Engagement,
Arthritis Society, Interior Region

Knowledge is Power!!
Motion is Lotion!
It may be cheeky, but it’s true – staying physically active is a vital part of managing arthritis and the maintenance of joint mobility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. Learn about the benefits of staying active, and some options to keep you moving!

March 19

Use it or lose it: Three steps to maintain your mobility
Balance Strength Flexibility

Facilitated by:
Exercise is Medicine Club
School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

March 16

Co-housing: Intentional communities that address aging in place, social isolation, and affordable housing challenges


Gord Lovegrove, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

March 15

Indigenous Mental Wellness Project

Videos and findings of a project focusing on mental wellness in urban Indigenous older adults with Ki_low-Na Friendship Society (KFS)

Facilitated by

Nelly Oelke, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan

Kaela Schill, University of Calgary

March 15

Walk, Talk and Listen – a program for older adults with hearing loss:
Does it work?


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

Marie MacRae, Patient Perspective

March 14

The Patient Engagement in Research (PEiR) project


Karin Maiwald, PhD, Regional Practice Lead,
Research & Knowledge Translation, Research Department, Interior Health

Marilyn Parker, Patient Perspective

Does Interior Health integrate patient’s perceptions and the patient’s experiences in health research? and how.

** please note:  in webinar presentation, the PEiR Committee was formed in 2016, not 2006, as mentioned.

March 13

Managing chronic pain


Lynnea Westlind, Coordinator, Community Engagement,
Arthritis Society, Interior Region

Knowledge is Power!!​
Learn how to take an active role in managing your own chronic pain! Join us as we teach you about pain management and its treatments, and let us help you explore different methods for coping with pain that help to put YOU in the driver’s seat.

March 13

Exercise for advanced cancer patients: Truths, myths, and logistics


Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

In this presentation, hear about the latest evidence for exercise in advanced (Stages III/IV) cancer and issues around moving from evidence to practice

March 12

Beyond kale: Reuniting your head and heart for health and wellness


Shyloe Fayad, BEd, CTLC

Start here. Start now.
Shyloe is a motivational speaker and transformation coach specializing in overcoming anxiety, depression and health issues by working with the mind body connection. Always stretching outside her comfort zone, she unabashedly shares her personal journey as a tool to inspire and uplift others.

Visit Shyloe’s blog here and Radical Wondering Collective on Facebook

March 10

Bits and Bytes – Technology fair for seniors

Facilitated by: Okanagan Regional Library

The engaging stations the library now has will let yo play with robots and games while learning the basics of computer coding. Make sense of algorithms and circuitry with hands-on activities; explore your creative side through blogging, green screen photography, and much more.

March 8

Sleepless nights? The science behind better sleep for health aging


  • Dr. Wayne Lai, Clinical Assistant Professor,
    Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver;
    Director, KGH Sleep Lab, Kelowna
  • Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Professor,
    Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver;
    Canada Research Chair, Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Health
  • Dr. Glen Foster, Assistant Professor,
    School of health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Dr. Wendy Richardson, Patient Perspective;
    Family Physician; CPAP User


  • Chris Walker, Host, CBC Daybreak

About one-third of older adults report sleeping fewer hours per night than recommended for optimal physical and mental health. Do those sleepless nights have an effect on health? Hear about the latest research on the health effects of sleep and what we should be doing for a good night’s sleep.

March 7 Kelowna
March 5 W Kelowna

Scam Protection: Knowledge is Power


Paula Naka, Manager, Risk Management
Interior Savings Credit Union

Paula has lead ISCU Risk Management team for seven years and works closely with the RCMP and colleagues across the country to help reduce fraud.
Paula’s favourite resource is The Little Black Book of Scams

March 6

Understanding Arthritis


Lynnea Westlind, Coordinator, Community Engagement,
Arthritis Society, Interior Region

Knowledge is Power!!
Find out what is really happening in your body when we talk about arthritis. What you learn will help you become a better self-manager with important information on how pain management, medications, exercise and complementary therapies can help make life easier

March 6

iGen by happipad: Inter-generational living opportunities to connect students and seniors


Kenneth Chau, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan;
Co-founder of happipad

Cailan Libby
Co-founder of happipad

iGen by happipad is a new service that provide inter-generational living opportunities to student and senior residents in Kelowna.  Inter-generational living is a housing model that allows students to live in the homes of seniors for below-market rent, in exchange for daily assistance with household chores. This housing model has gained popularity in Europe as a method to create affordable housing and to provide social benefits for youths and seniors. This service will be provided by happipad, a Kelowna-based company whose mission is to provide new solutions and technology to improve the experience of housing and to build better communities.

March 5

Savvy Seniors: New communication technologies and you

Facilitated by:  the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan students

March 1

MyHealthPortal – Electronic health records and you


Levi Weir, Interior Health

MyHealthPortal provides patients with 24 hour access to their health information via their phone, tablet or computer, through a secure portal from the Interior Health website. Features include the ability to view Interior health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports (such as X-ray, CT and ultrasound), certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.

February 21

Curious about Cannabis


  • Daniella Mitchell, BScN student and Janine Mintz, BScN student
    Voice Campus Health Project, UBC Okanagan
  • Michelle Thiessen, BA, MA student
    Chair, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Ian Mitchell, MD, FRCP, Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine;
    Southern Medical Program, UBC
  • Zach Walsh, PhD, Associate Professor
    Psychology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Shelley Kayfish, BSc, MA, CRSP, CRM
    Director, Campus Operations & Risk Management, UBC Okanagan;
    Member, Marijuana Policy Development Committee, UBC
  • Michael Serebriakov, BA, JD
    Legal Counsel, Office of the University Counsel, UBC Vancouver;
    Secretary, Marijuana Policy Development Committee, UBC

As the legalization of recreational cannabis comes closer to reality, conversations have begun to focus on the implications for campus communities. The panel shares different perspectives on this topic to further these discussions and seek direction for future sessions on this topic.

Read the Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines here

The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention; UBC Wellbeing, Okanagan Campus; Voice Campus Health ProjectCanadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy; and the Therapeutic, Recreational, & Problematic Substance Use Lab