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Delivered twice monthly, the SPARK: News e-bulletin provides members and other subscribers with valuable information through the following sections:

Teams, trust, and transformation: Relationships for better health 

Since the first country GPs, medicine has celebrated the solo physician who takes care of patients. The "I, alone" mentality that was once endemic to medical culture is far too restrictive to handle the complex care needs of children requiring care today -- and their parents. What they need is a team.
Famed medical broadcaster and ER physician Dr. Brian Goldman knows all about that. In his new book, The Power of Teamwork: How We Can All Work Better Together, Brian takes readers on the journey from "Me" to "We" and why that is essential to making healthcare work better. And, he provides convincing evidence why patients and parents are essential members of the team.
Following his presentation, Dr. Goldman will sit down with Raissa Amany, Co-Executive Director, Young Canadians Roundtable on Health; Leah Thorpe, a nursing leader from Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Robert Bloom, father of two medically complex children and talk about what trust and teams really mean when the rubber hits the road.  
Register today for the full conference  
Hybrid event - Shaw Centre, Ottawa & Online
November 29 – December 1, 2022

Health Policies
As an added layer of preparedness, the Children's Healthcare Canada Conference Team took part in a Pandemic On-Site Protocol course and are certified in monitoring and maintaining a safe environment for all during events.

We need to continue to work together as a child and youth health community to manage risk and keep each other safe.  Please visit our conference website to learn more about our Health Policies.

Est-ce que vous vous demandez si le contenu sera disponible dans votre langue principale? Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que les délégués, qu'ils soient en personne ou virtuels, auront la possibilité de profiter de tout le contenu de la scène principale en français grâce à la traduction simultanée! 

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Pediatric Chairs of Canada 2022-23

The Pediatric Chairs of Canada gathered in Ottawa October 20th and 21st. This was the first opportunity the Chairs had to connect in person in three years! The Chairs focused their discussions on workforce planning and child health advocacy priorities. The Chairs welcomed guests including CPS Executive Director Marie Adele Davis, MICYRN Board Chair Dr. Jason Berman and MICYRN Scientific Director Dr. Thierry Lacaze, as well as Children's Healthcare Canada Board Member Dr. Lindy Samson.

The 2022-23 Pediatric Chairs include:

Dr. Anne Monique Nuyt, PCC President, PCC Board Chair
Dr. Sarah Forgie, PCC Vice President, PCC Board Member
Dr. Paul Dancey
Dr. Andrew Lynk
Dr. Patrick Daigneault
Dr. Jean- Sébastien Tremblay-Roy
Dr. Bethany Foster
Dr. Mona Jabbour
Dr. Robert Connelly
Dr. Meredith Irwin
Dr. Angelo Mikrogianakis
Dr. Craig Campbell
Dr. Justin Jagger
Dr. Patricia Birk
Dr. Athena McConnell
Dr. Antonia Stang
Dr. Steven Miller

Learn more about Pediatric Chairs of Canada.

Have you heard what's new at Children's Healthcare Canada?

We have a brand new website that is accessible, bilingual and easy to navigate. 

The website may look different but we have made it easier for you to find the content that you're interested in! Where to start? Here are some ideas!
Please take a moment to check it out and look around. We're pretty excited to show it off! 
November SPARK Theme: Leadership

November 3
PLI Course
Foundations of Wellness: A Conceptual and Strategic Approach

Register Now

November 28
Growth Mindset: Lessons in Leadership with special guest, Kate Horton, RMHC

Details coming soon

Watch Now
Creating Community Partnerships for Greater Equity and Access to Children’s Health 

Watch the Recording

November 3
PLI Course
Leading Change: Practical Skills and Approaches for Healthcare Leaders
Register Now

Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2022
Annual Conference
Energy, Optimism and Leadership: A Bright Future for Child Health in Canada

Visit our website for more info!

Now Available
Community hospitals: Key to an integrated healthcare system for children and youth 

Listen Now

Family Perspective on Making Every Day Count Webinar 

This 1 hour webinar, that was hosted on October 13th, 2022, shines a light on the lived experiences of three families whose children received hospice palliative care. The panel of families shared the impacts that palliative care had on their child’s life and on their family, the care and supportive resources they accessed thanks to palliative care, and how the care they received empowered their children and families to Make Every Day Count.

Watch the recording

Minding Pain Conference
 Our SickKids Pain Centre annual conference this year is in partnership with the Garry Hurvitz Centre for Brain & Mental Health taking place during National Pain Awareness Week #NPAW

Join our inspiring keynote speakers Dr. Gregory Wells, Dr. Christine Chambers, Isabel Jordan, Dr. Peter Szatmari and Dr. Steven Miller to learn more about:

  • Mental Health and Pain
  • Knowledge Mobilization
  • Health Equity
  • Pain in the Developing Brain
For more details please visit the conference website. 

Bullying Resources from AboutKidsHealth

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is November 20–26. AboutKidsHealth has resources for teens to help them identify bullying and know what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied or cyberbullied.
Bullying can take many forms including:
  • Physical assault
  • Spreading rumours about people or teasing in a mean way
  • Keeping certain people out of a group
  • Getting other people to bully someone else
  • Sending harassing or threatening messages online or by text message (cyberbullying)
  • Threatening to do any of the above things

If teenagers are being bullied, you can encourage them to stand up for themselves in a non-aggressive way, find friends who will support them and protect them, and act brave even if they do not feel it. If a teenager has been threatened or physically assaulted, they should call the police and report it as a crime.

To prevent cyberbullying, teens should avoid sharing their passwords and never share personal information with anyone online. Passwords should only be shared with a trusted adult such as a parent or caregiver.

AboutKidsHealth is SickKids’ health-education website and features more than 3,500 articles on a range of health topics. For more information on
bullying, cyberbullying and other health topics, visit

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