CASC SWONT Regional Networking day- June 6, 2018
“Mindfulness at the End of Life”
Presenter: Michele Chaban, PhD
Michele Chaban’s life work has been dedicated to viewing humanity through the lens of holism, personhood and the complexity of the systems which shape our very lives. She has tried to bring change in societal systems -such as health care, community care as well as education. In her career, Michele advocated for less emphasis on how we function and perform and more on who we are, on whole person considerations and care. She encouraged organizations to focus on being kinder and more compassionate towards all. She cultivated this at multiple levels including with individuals families, communities and through policies and procedures. In her second occupational incarnation, Michele worked in cancer care trying to integrate a seamless system of acute, chronic and palliative care for persons living with cancer and their families. Michele helped found and build the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care through Mt Sinai Hospital. At the time, it was the largest out patient palliative care program in North America, seeing 1800 families per year. She was the director of its family counselling service. In this role, her clinical and academic work was known locally, nationally and internationally.
Retiring from Palliative Care at age 55, Michele was asked if she could teach mindfulness meditation at University at Toronto, as the practice of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation had been part of her clinical care of the dying, their family members as well as inter-professional teams. Michele consented and came out of retirement. That was 13 years ago and the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program (AMM-MIND) is now considered a flag ship program; for University of Toronto, in Canada and in the world.
Michele was the founding and now former director of this program. As she continues to fail at her retirement, she has launched the first Mindfulness Informed End of Life CRE certificate in Canada through University of Toronto. Her last academic act will be to try and found a Mindfulness Informed stream in Law, Justice and Society. Michele lives part time in the city and part time in the country, with her life partner, Peter Chaban and their golden retreiver Alphia.
AFTERNOON SESSION: RESEARCHERS AND THEIR STUDIES IN THE SOUTHWEST ONTARIO REGION.
The CASCSWONT Executive Committee is delighted to announce that in the afternoon session at the 2018 Networking Day, several of our CASCSWONT members will be presenting briefs on their ongoing and recent research projects.
Meet the researchers, your peers, and get your finger on the research pulse in our region!
SAVE THIS DATE: CASCSWONT 2018 Networking Day Wednesday, June 6th 2018
9:00 am to 3:00pm Buffet Luncheon included
Location: Loyola House, 5420 Hwy 6, North Guelph, Ontario