2019 Presenters

Falling Through the Cracks: A northern conversation on continuity of care, patient advocacy and access to personal healthcare information

Sunday, September 22, 2019
11:00am – 5:00pm
Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife

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Wellness Resource Fair Exhibitors (11am – 1:00pm)

  • Nourish North – functional and holistic nutrition
  • ZING! – holistic nutrition
  • Yin Yang Nutrition YK – holistic nutrition
  • Collective Soul Space – A Mind, Body Spirit Place
  • Our Conscious Home – natural products for beauty and home
  • HypnoTherapy – health and wellness service
  • Celtic Flow Osteopathy Ltd. – manual osteopathy
  • Neora – holistic anti-aging and wellness products
  • Different Choices Training – skills training and life coaching
  • Beautycounter by Janell Dautel – natural skin care products
  • Health and Social Services Help Directory 2019 – contact information for services such as: addictions, counseling, mental health, hospitals and health centres, support groups, legal information, band offices, Métis councils and Aboriginal organizations.

Shannon Moore

shannon bio photo.jpgIn July 2019, Yellowknife resident Shannon Moore joined other locals jumping off the Yellowknife River bridge into the water below. When she landed in the water, she immediately knew something was very wrong and went to Emergency. It took several visits and six days to find out that she had broken her back. She was medevac’d to Edmonton. The late diagnosis was a shock, and the weeks-long journey that followed of falling through gaps in the healthcare system, and self-advocating herself out of them was emotionally and mentally taxing. She considers herself very lucky to have been in the position to self-advocate, and hopes that by sharing her story, others won’t have to experience the frustration and worry she is still experiencing today.

Dr. Ruth Wilson C.M., M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P., LL.D.

Ruth WilsonDr. Wilson is a family physician and Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at Queen’s University, where she was Chair of the department for ten years. She is a past president of College of Family Physicians of Canada and immediate past president of the North American region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). She led the implementation of Family Health Teams in Ontario. In 2015 she was awarded the Order of Canada. Dr. Wilson currently practices medicine in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories along with her husband Dr. Ian Casson, daughter Dr. Meg Casson and son-in-law Dr. Zachary Bordman.

Dave Pricedave

Dave Price was born and raised as part of a mixed farming family in the area near Acme, Alberta. He is one of the founders of what has now grown into the Sunterra Group of Companies and has served on a number of boards focussing on education, agriculture, trade and now healthcare.

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Teri is currently the Executive Director of Greg’s Wings Projects, a not-for-profit organization created to honour Greg Price. Greg was Teri’s brother and the impact of Greg’s journey combined with her own experience in the healthcare system has led to Teri’s commitment, along with her family, to drive improvements in care.

Dr. Ewan Affleck CM., BSc., MDCM.

AEwan - 1 MB copy graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He is currently serving as the Senior Medical Advisor – Health Informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. He is the past Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital, and Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories that is unprecedented in Canada in its level of integration. He is passionate about developing sustainable health services for northern communities. He serves on boards in both the public and private sector, is a faculty member of the University of Calgary, and maintains a clinical practice in Yellowknife. He is the executive producer of The Patient’s Voice, a newly launched documentary film health advocacy project. He is an avid outdoorsman and adventurer, having participated in more than 10 human powered expeditions around the world. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care. Ewan is married and has two children.

Lianne Mantla-Look 

IMG-6919Lianne Mantla-Look is from the Tlicho community of Behchoko and she is a Registered Nurse.  Lianne will be speaking about continuity of care and patient advocacy in the North  (with particular emphasis on the Indigenous perspective in these areas) – as a healthcare provider and as a patient.





An Introduction to Zentangle

Sunday, April 28, 2019
1:00 – 3:30 PM

Taught by Tami Johnson

Tami zentangled glasses.jpgTami Johnson is a local communications professional and artist, and is the only certified zentangle teacher in the NWT.

Teaching Zentangle at an NWT Wellness Event is serendipitous – bringing together her  27 years of graphic design experience, five years on the NWT Wellness Society, nine years teaching a graphic design skills club to aspiring design students and 40 years of dreaming about being an artist.

She strongly believes that art promotes wellness and is inspired to share the Zentangle creative process that is easy to learn and accessible to all.

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Understand FASD in our Community

Monday, September 9, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm

Tammy Roberts 
Tammy is the executive director of the FFCNWT. She has 25 years of professional parenting experience, providing care to individuals who have been prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. She also represents the Northwest Territories on the board of the Canadian Foster Family Association, participates on the National Executive Directors Working Group, is the Family Support Worker for the Stanton Territorial Hospital FASD Diagnostic Team, and is on the CanFASD Research Network Family Advisory Committee.

Stacey Thurman
Stacey is the Youth FASD coordinator for the diagnostic clinic at the Stanton Territorial Hospital. She has worked extensively with kids in residential treatment/section classroom, kids and families in care or at risk of coming into care, community based support, and case management. A lot of her work has been with Indigenous children, youth, and families (at home, in the community and at school). She has provided training workshops to child welfare staff and other community support people (counselling, school staff, etc.).

Shawna Pound
Shawna is the Adult FASD coordinator for the diagnostic clinic with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority. She grew up in the north and has spent her career working with individuals of all ages (new born to seniors) across the Territories with varying disabilities. Her work has primarily been providing treatment, consultation and case management in a rehabilitation setting.

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