Opening First Speaker
AGM 1 & Hot Topics AGM 2 & Evening out
Fun Run AGM 3
AGM of the Foundation Banquet
Certification Peer Review
Verda Rochon Award Awards of Excellence
Foundation Awards Winnipeg Invite

Photos By Mike Chow – Many thanks to Mike for all the photos.

Presentations from the workshops:

Paul Dewar, MP

Paul Dewar is the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre in the Canadian House of Commons, the New Democratic Party’s Foreign Affairs Critic and a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is the former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes against Humanity. He was first elected to the Canadian parliament in 2006, was re-elected in 2008, and again won re-election in 2011. Paul has travelled to Erbil, Iraq where he participated in a conference entitled Practical Federalism in Iraq, as well as to Morocco, Afghanistan, and to Lebanon, where he acted as an election observer with the National Democratic Institute. He has been a member of a delegation focused on aid, development and peace building in the democratic Republic of the Congo; was in Qatar for the Doha Forum on Development where he shared a stage with vice-presidents of Spain and the EU Parliament to advocate for increased participation by rich and emerging economies in battles against poverty and climate change and more recently traveled to Brazil to attend the workshop and Forum organized by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Paul is cognizant of the fact that individuals and social/political institutions need more than good technical tools to empower hopeful and fruitful change for persons and communities. There is a need for human empathy and a deep understanding of the pressing personal and societal needs; a need to acquire wisdom not just knowledge; a need for reflective responses and not reactions; a need for mending and enlarging visions. This is crucial to work and function in a more fully human manner.
Paul Dewar will address this need by speaking to the importance of embracing a spirit of compassion. Jack Layton in his final letter to Canadians wrote, “We must take better care of each other.” To do this, we need to listen and deeply hear the cry of the other. This calls for the inclusion of diverse voices at decision-making tables, bringing all perspectives forward, listening for the wisdom within each to ensure integrity and respect in the outcomes. Such a process has not only fruitful results but also healing effects in a world full of suffering and need. Such a process reflects a spirit of compassion – a genuine hearing and response of one another. The cultivation of such a spirit is essential to empower change and work toward the betterment of one another.


Margaret E. Mohrmann, MD, PhD

Dr. Mohrmann is a medical doctor (pediatrics) and also holds a PhD in religious ethics. She currently holds joint appointments at The University of Virginia in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences (Department of Religious Studies). As an interdisciplinary scholar intersecting the fields of ethics, religion, and medicine, she is in demand nationally as a speaker to physicians, medical students, nurses, theologians, chaplains, and lay persons. She is the author of Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education (Georgetown, 2005) and Medicine As Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope (Pilgrim Press, 1995), and co-editor of Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith (Pilgrim Press, 1999); “Ethical Grounding for a Profession of Hospital Chaplaincy,” Hastings Center Report 38: 18-23, 2008; and, with Lois Shepherd, “Ready to Listen: Why Welcome Matters,” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 43(3): 646-50, 2012.

This year’s conference theme is “Cultivating Spiritual Health to Empower Change.” Part of the responsibility we bear as spiritual care professionals is recognizing and responding to the spiritual issues of those we serve, their matters of ultimate concern. According to Margaret Mohrmann in her article “Ethical Grounding for a Profession of Hospital Chaplaincy”, spiritual care professionals are not only obligated to respond to these questions when they arise, but they also bear responsibility for seeing that the issues are noticed in the first place and then taken seriously. She suggests that our ethical groundings as professionals is linked with the ability to name or create sacred space. As spiritual care professionals we are the authorities on this. Margaret will help us reclaim the sacredness of the place where human suffering, frailty, and hope come for help, and where help of various kinds and efficacy is provided. She will speak to the commitment to be courageous participants in and critics of our organizational structures and ethics – to be an effective voice at the table where decisions about space, money, and policies are made. Margaret will frame the conference with the fundamental sacredness of our mission as professionals.

Dennis Raphael

Dennis Raphael, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University in Toronto. The most recent of his over 200 scientific publications have focused on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians’ health and well-being. Dr. Raphael is editor of “Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives” and “Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada: Essential Readings”, co-editor of “Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care,” and author of “Poverty in Canada: Implications for Health and Quality of life” and “About Canada: Health and Illness.”.” He is co-author of Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts” (co-author) is a primer for the Canadian public that has been downloaded over 120,000 times and is available at His latest book is “Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences”. Dennis is also engaged in the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) which is a coalition of faith communities acting together against poverty.

As spiritual care providers, we are concerned about the deeper maladies not only of individuals but also in our communities and institutions. These maladies can reflect not only spiritual impoverishment but are also related to material, social, and intellectual impoverishment which contributes to a lack of structure and of wisdom in decision-making processes. Dennis will address the importance of basic needs being met in order to empower change as well as the importance of giving voice and being actively engaged in this endeavour. He understands that we all have a role to play in raising issues of injustices within the environments in which we live and work promoting the possibility of effecting change. His presentation calls forth spiritual care providers within their own environments to actively engage with others against recognized injustices that result in spiritual, social and political impoverishment. He will offer us insights to empower change toward more fully human persons, communities and institutions.