Events History


The following is a list of events that the IHLCDP have sponsored or presented. Many of our presentations and workshops are available to view as a video or audio recording via adobe connect. So if you missed the event you can still benefit from the information.  For events that have a recorded presentation just click on the button link.

Event History from 2018

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.

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
  • Madelein 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.

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.​

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

Spinal Arthritis


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
March 14

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.

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

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

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

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.