Plenary sessions included a wide variety of thought-provoking topics: Unleash Your Super Power….and be an Extraordinary Leader, by Doris Orr; and Be Uncomfortable, Be Better presented by Jeremie Saunders, a young man who lives with Cystic Fibrosis. Other plenaries included: An Overview of the Sovereign Order of St John, Knights Hospitaller; an update from the Ministry of Health; an update from CHPCA and an opportunity for discussion on the implementation of Medical Assistance in Dying.


Breakout sessions included: Compassionate Communities: Creating Awareness, Inspiring Acts of Kindness; Working together: the Patient Voices Network; Legacy Giving; Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility; Healthy Aging at Home, in Community; Donor Retention; Supporting the Journey, End-of-life Doula Program; The Hello Game (Advance Care Planning); Digital, Engagement for Non-Profits and an Overview of the early development of the Compassionate Care Alliance of BC. 


This year, BCHPCA responded to requests that more time be added to some sessions to allow for in-depth discussion. Another request was to allow for additional time between sessions. These changes were well received by conference participants.


Shortly after the conference, an evaluation survey was sent out to all attendees; comments from some Conference 2018 attendees who completed the evaluation are included here:

·         Everything I attended was useful, interesting and well-presented.  The plenaries offered a range/variety of topics and presentations and were all excellent.        

·         The facilitators were excellent and very interesting. I enjoyed the entire Conference.

·         The plenary sessions were inspiring and informative.                                 

·         Jeremie Saunders was amazing.  He made us laugh, he made us cry – he was one of my favourites over the weekend.

·         I purposely focused on the more clinical sessions and they were all excellent.

·         Connecting with colleagues is always a highlight.  I appreciated the longer sessions and the transition periods to travel between sessions this year.

·         What I did experience on Friday afternoon was exemplary, best Conference content I have ever been exposed to.

·         I most enjoyed the opportunity to meet people from different communities in our province.  I also enjoyed access to quality presenters and their presentation.




Sponsorship Report:

Sponsorship and corporate support are critically important to the success of the BCHPCA Conference. BCHPCA offers sponsorship, exhibitor and advertiser opportunities to corporations and organizations to support the annual conference and to advertise and/or demonstrate their services or products.


BCHPCA extends its most sincere appreciation to the following organizations which provided $39,800 through sponsorships, exhibitors and advertisers in 2018:





Sovereign Order of St John

Lead Sponsorship*

BC Centre for Palliative Care

Exhibitor table

Life and Death Matters

Exhibitor Table

Digital Heights Interactive


BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Silver Sponsorship*

The Vantage Point


Westland Insurance


Tompkins Wozny Miller and Co.

Exhibitor table

OASSIS, Employee Benefits


Victoria Hospice

Exhibitor table

The Stevens Co/First Quality

Exhibitor table

Douglas Collage

Exhibitor table

Heritage Office Furnishings




Centric Health

Coffee Break Sponsor*

Medical Pharmacies


New/Enhanced Support in 2018