Executive Director’s Message
I am thrilled to invite you to attend the ASED 11: National Respiratory Care & Education Conference taking place November 7-9, 2013 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta.
The program is going in the mail this week but we wanted you to get a “sneak peek” in advance. We took a little longer to organize this conference but we hope you find that it was worth the wait.
The theme of this year’s conference is: “ ”. You will see this theme integrated throughout the conference program. And just wait until you check out the program! This really is the most spectacular, exciting, diverse conference program we have ever put together! Whether you are new to respiratory education or a “seasoned veteran”, I guarantee this conference will meet your needs.
Keynote speakers range from best-selling author and award-winning Globe & Mail journalist Andre Picard to Dr. Steve Hotz, a health psychologist who will lead an interactive plenary session on how to motivate our most challenging clients. Smoking cessation champion Dr. Andrew Pipe will inspire us with contemporary approaches to the treatment of tobacco users. Health promotion expert and author Dr. Michael O’Donnell will discuss health promotion and the complex factors that impact health behavior and successful behavior change. And Michael Reist, back by popular demand, will share some of his new work on the emotional health of children. We will also have presentations on what’s new in asthma, COPD, allergy, smoking cessation and education theory!
This year, there will be 21 workshops to choose from over three separate workshop sessions! Here’s just a sample of workshop topics:
Thursday Evening Program
Following the success of our Thursday evening program at our last conference in Gatineau, we will be running a full agenda on Thursday evening so make sure you make your travel plans to arrive in time. This will be a more unstructured evening of learning. Dynamic, entertaining speaker Shelly Alcorn will open the conference by showing how we can use pop culture to improve connections. In keeping with our innovation theme, we will learn how health technology can be a powerful new tool for patient education and not something to be feared. (And you know who you are, my reluctant educators who still haven’t signed up for CNRC’s online community!) And finally, Dr. Steve Hotz, will have us practicing our skills in motivating our most challenging, resistant clients.
There will not be a formal sit-down dinner but food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening so you won’t leave hungry!
Wild Wild West Round Up Social Night
You aren’t going to want to miss our social night! Get ready for an authentic western experience! Our Social Night will take place at the Brewster Cowboys’ Barbecue and Dance Barn. Following a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride (depending on the weather), you will arrive for a fun evening featuring great food (world-famous Alberta beef, of course) and the country pop rock band KixxSin.
We have also arranged for line dancing lessons. For those of you old enough to remember when the most-talked about Cyrus was Billy Ray - and not his daughter, Miley - come prepared to drop your inhibitions and stumble around the dance floor as we learn some “achy-breaky, boot-stompin” line dancing! Don’t worry if you have two left feet - your lack of coordination only adds to the fun. And for our younger delegates whose pop culture connection skews to that twerking Cyrus or more to the Gangnam-style, we still guarantee you’re going to have fun!