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External Events & Opportunities

External Events & Opportunities

Below is a list of upcoming events and opportunities hosted by ORCA Stakeholders and Commercial Partners that aim to educate, inform, and inspire ORCA Operator Members and the retirement community sector at large.

The following events are not endorsed by ORCA and are intended as resources only.

Upcoming Dates

November 30, 2021
Panel: Living Through COVID-19 with Dementia

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone. Join Lakehead University’s Masters of Public Health Students panel presentation on November 30, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to hear the strategies and stories of people living with dementia, care partners and families. To register, please click here.

Contact: Deb Riddell (807) 343-8010 ext. 7271
Submissions Due November 30, 2021
#WalkWithMe2022 Call for Sessions

From large initiatives to small successes, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Capital Care Edmonton, co-hosts of #WalkWithMe2022, want to know how you’re changing the culture of aging in Canada. The Call for Sessions is your opportunity to share how you or your organization help reimagine senior living. Submissions are due November 30, 2021, and the conference will be held May 26-27, 2022. To learn more and submit, please click here.

Contact: Jasmin Gow
December 2, 2021
The UCP Experience: Supporting Seniors during COVID-19 Webinar

The Canadian Institute for Seniors will present The UCP Experience: Supporting Seniors during COVID-19, the ninth of a 12-part webinar series provided through a two-year project funded by Future Skills Canada: the Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences (CRADLE). Unregulated care providers (e.g., personal support workers and health care aides) from across Canada will speak about their experiences assisting seniors with their personal care needs during the pandemic. All are welcome to register for this free webinar here.

Contact: Lauren Crutchlow
December 8, 2021
Envisioning the Future Virtual Symposium

Pioneer Network is pleased to offer the fourth in its series of four Symposia for 2021, based on the theme, Envisioning the Future, and recognizing that there is More to Do in 2022. As the previous symposia have shared, we have learned a lot, but now the key is to take the lessons we have learned and use them to help us shape the future, one that is grounded on the principles of person-centeredness. The work ahead of us will not be easy, but Pioneer Network is pleased to be able to bring together a group of leaders who not only have the vision to lead the way, but who have begun the work needed to take us into the future. To learn more and register, please click here.

Contact: Joan Devine
Fall 2021
Booster Certificate Course in Caring for Older Adults

Are you a Personal Support Worker, Occupational Therapist Assistant or Physiotherapist Assistant? Hosted by Baycrest and Ontario CLRI, join their free 12-week certificate course to: 1) Expand and apply your knowledge on the basics of geriatric care, 2) Improve your team skills and understanding of team roles, and 3) Enhance your confidence in caring for older adults. Enhance your skills and knowledge in geriatric care through a case-based, interactive learning platform and facilitated virtual sessions with expert educators. Position yourself as a leader in the field of aging. Sign up today at:

Contact: Sally Moy
Fall 2021
Learning for 55+ Program

Offered by McMaster Continuing Education, the Learning for 55+ program offers a variety of online courses that range from the arts, literature, health, and technology. These courses are designed for third-age learners to enhance creativity, hone critical thinking, and experience the joy of discovery. Learners will have an opportunity to meet, engage, and explore with diverse and like-minded people. With passionate and helpful instructors, these courses enable learning in a welcoming and supportive online environment. The courses are offered over 2 or 3 weeks, running for 1.5 hours each session, with varying costs depending on course length. Register now to begin your journey of lifelong learning!

Contact: Erin Lin
Fall 2021
End-of-life Education and Resources

Eirene Cremations is passionate about providing comprehensive education and resources to help retirement communities prepare for end-of-life. We provide custom webinars that can be tailored to the needs of retirement community operators, owners, and team members. Our webinars can also be tailored to the needs of residents and their families depending on their topic of interest. All of our webinars are free and additional resources can be requested at no additional charge to retirement home operators/owners/team members, as well as residents and their families.

Contact: Marina Morgan
February 9, 2022
Allied for Inclusivity in LTC: A Forum to Build Connections

Registration is now open for the virtual diversity forum in LTC – Allied for Inclusivity in LTC: A Forum to Build Connections. The half-day, virtual forum brings together delegates from across Ontario representing LTC leadership, interprofessional teams, and researchers working in the area of EDI and ageing and LTC. The forum is free and will take place on February 9, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn more and register.


Now Until March 2022
Propel Student Work Placement Program

In August 2021, Tourism HR Canada launched Propel, a program funded by Employment and Social Development Canada through the Government of Canada Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to support the hardest-hit sectors. Propel offers qualifying employers a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired through the program (from June 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022). Students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution can apply for a paid position to fulfil the work-integrated learning component of their program (e.g., co-operative education, field placement, internship, etc.). Students enrolled in the area of study focused on Culinary, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism may be eligible.

Tourism HR Canada will be offering a series of virtual info sessions, including an overview of the eligibility criteria and application process. A Q&A session with attendees follows the presentation. For a PDF of the presentation deck, please click here. For more information on the program please visit the Propel Student Work Placement Program webpage and the Government of Canada webpage.


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