Give the Gift of Peace of Mind: Planning for Health Care Decisions for Serious Illness

Please join us virtually for our Winter Lunch & Learn Series to learn about advanced serious illness planning and substitute decision-making laws in BC. Provide the ultimate gift of peace of mind to you and your family.

Dates: December 7th & 8th, 2021

Time: 12 to 1 pm Pacific Standard Time

Location: Virtual

Who Can Attend?:
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association Members can attend for FREE.

Non-members by Donation

Members, please log into your Members portal to register.

Non-members, please register below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the Winter Lunch & Learn Series.

We are very excited to have our distinguished speakers who will present on their experiences and expertise.

 Tuesday, December 7, 2021


“Helping People Prepare for the Unexpected: Advance Serious Illness Planning


Advance Serious Illness Planning is putting your values, goals and preferences into a document, so when you are ill and can no longer make decisions, your doctors, substitute decision-maker and your family can refer to them.

Serious illness, like COVID-19 pneumonia, a major car accident, or a severe stroke, can happen at any time. With all serious illnesses, there is a probability you can die, but there is also a probability you can recover. It is likely you will be so sick that you are unable to communicate, but there will be important medical decisions that need to be made about the care you receive. The doctors will look to your family members for help in making these decisions that have life and death consequences. Who would speak for you? And, do they know what your values and preferences are? If they don’t know your values and preferences, they will suffer tremendous stress and anxiety and you may not get the medical care that is right for you. The sad reality is that in hospitals today, lots of medical errors happen where people are getting the wrong medical care, which adds to suffering and distress.

By planning your medical care in advance and sharing information with your family members, you can significantly reduce their stress and anxiety when they are called upon to make decisions for you. And, you are more likely to get the medical care that is right for you!


Presenter: Dr. Daren Heyland

A critical care physician, Professor of Medicine at  Queen’s University and internationally renowned researcher, Daren is also the founder of Plan Well Guide

Dr Daren Heyland is a critical care doctor, a medical researcher, and a Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada where he serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital.  He is a champion of person-centered care and has over his career developed a number of tools and strategies to enable lay people to understand serious illness decision-making so they get the medical care that is right for them (or their loved ones). He has developed and maintains two free, online decision aids, and, and two related patient/family satisfaction instruments so the most vulnerable of seriously ill patients groups (or their families) can bring their voice to the quality improvement table (see for more on the Family Satisfaction with ICU care and for more on the CANHELP Satisfaction questionnaire). Overall, Dr. Heyland has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, raised more than $110 million in external grant support and given > 400 international presentations.


 Wednesday, December 8, 2021


“A session on health care decision-making along the care spectrum, including to end of life

Speaking to mental capacity and health and personal care decision-making law in BC. Covering supported and substitute decision-making, including the role, rights, and responsibilities of representatives, guardians/committees, and family caregivers, and the right of people with disabilities and illnesses to be involved in decision-making to the best of their abilities even where they may not have legal capacity for independent decision-making on an ongoing basis.

Presenter: Krista James

National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law,  British Columbia Law Institute

Krista James is a lawyer. She is the National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Her work examines legal and policy issues related to aging. Krista and her team consult with communities, write studies and reports, and develop public legal education materials. She has written on topics such as abuse and neglect of older people, health care decision-making, and age discrimination. Early in her career she worked as an advocate and a victim assistance worker. You can find most of her writing at and on Twitter at @KristaElan.


About BC Hospice Palliative Care Association

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