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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Fortunately, just as fear can be infectious, so hope is infectious. When individuals and families and communities, or even nations, come together around new found hope... that new momentum can be unstoppable. The smile replaces the frown. Conversation replaces silence. Fear of the future is replaced by confidence to respond to its challenges.

Chinua Achebe

31st Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

31st Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

Kaleidoscope of Diversity: Honoring individuality in palliative care

Monday, October 26, 2020

Edmonton, Alberta

Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

Covenant Health is proud to support and provide delegates the opportunity to gather, meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues representing many disciplines from all over Alberta and surrounding provinces.

Kaleidoscope of Diversity: Honoring individuality in palliative care

“Ensuring that the needs and wishes of each person with a life-limiting illness and their family are understood”

The population we serve is diverse. Our ability to recognize our implicit biases towards race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other stereotypes influences: patient-provider interactions; medical decision making; and individual interpretations of life, death, dying and bereavement.

Increasing our understanding of a person’s unique palliative care journey contributes to a person and family centered approach to care throughout their illness trajectory.

Through trust, knowledge, communication, compassionate care and awareness of social, cultural and individual factors, health care providers can create an environment that respects, values and embraces diversity.

Conference objectives

  • Heighten awareness of palliative care needs in our community
  • Increase knowledge of the mechanisms of physical, emotional, spiritual and social distress
  • Provide better understanding of methods of controlling symptoms of life-limiting disease
  • Improve understanding of patient- and family-centered care
  • Improve understanding and support for the inter-professional approach
  • Heighten awareness of compassionate values and moral decision making in palliative care
  • Create a supportive environment to enhance staff wellness
  • Provide opportunity for interaction between colleagues in palliative care
  • Provide a forum for dissemination of new research findings, both in progress and completed

Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation related to Palliative & End of Life Care and this year’s theme.

To submit and an abstract please click here

Plenary speakers

Please check back for more information.

Registration Information and Link

Registration will open in June 2020.  Please check back for more information.

Accommodation Information

Fantasyland Hotel is pleased to offer our delegates an “open block”. Rooms are available as part of the hotel’s general inventory, on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability.

Please check back in June for details on rates and booking instructions.


A copy of the syllabus will be available prior to the conference.

Become an exhibitor

Covenant Health invites you to join us for our local Palliative Education & Research Day. We are delighted to host this event annually.

Exhibitors of the conference will have the special opportunity to market to hundreds of professionals in health care, research and education.

The conference provides an interactive venue to highlight your organization and network with individuals from around the province who come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and discovery of clinical education and research.

Please contact Loretta Harbison at or 780.735.9637, or Viki Muller at 780.735.7493 to obtain and discuss information about the conference and the opportunities and benefits of different levels of involvement. Differing packages have been designed for maximum visibility at the conference.

Exhibitor Fees:
• Exhibitor Diamond $2,250
• Exhibitor Platinum $1,500
• Exhibitor Gold $1,000
• Exhibitor Silver $500
• Exhibitor Bronze $225
• Exhibitor Not For Profit $100

To register as an exhibitor: coming soon. 


Viki Muller, Research/Project Coordinator
Phone: 780.735.7493   

Concurrent Session Presentations

Available after October 26, 2020.