Key Note Speakers:



Cellular to Spiritual – Where is the Medicine in the Arts?

Dr. Lee Bartel  PhD. Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto

Dr Lee Bartel

Lee Bartel served as Faculty of Music Associate Dean of Research from 2011 – 2015,  and was the Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC). He is a Member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, Cross-appointed to Institute for Life Course and Aging, as well as the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science.  He serves on the Board and as Co-Chair of the Research and Education Committee for Artists’ Health Alliance and on the Board of Room217 Foundation devoted to music care in long-term care contexts.

With extensive early experience as a music teacher at all levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, and violinist, he has a broad interest ranging through music therapy, music medicine, music neuroscience, and artists’ health. His primary research interest is Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation with studies underway for Cardiac Rehab at Toronto Rehab, Fibromyalgia and Ehlors Danlos Syndrome at Mount Sinai Hospital; Alzheimer’s at Baycrest; and Major Depressive Disorder at UHN.

 Click here to watch Dr. Bartel’s TEDx talk on “Music Medicine:  Sound at a cellular level”




“Art Body and Mind” The enhancing of cognitive and behavioural functions through Art. – Dr. Luis Fornazzari


  Luis Fornazzari MD FRCPC, is a Behavioural Neurologist (Neuropsychiatry), a graduate from de University of Chile, and a Consultant Behavioural Neurology on the Memory Disorder Clinic, and the Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Program at St Michael Hospital. He is member of both the Division of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical work is dedicated to Neurodegenerative Diseases affecting the Central Nervous System, particularly Dementia. The last twenty years , he has being studying artists from a neurological point of view, the way they create their work, and how the artist’s neural networks is preserved in Diseases of the Brain. His work has being published in Neurological Journals in Canada, North America, Europe, and Latin America. He presents his work frequently in these three Continents.



Pre-conference workshops- Wednesday April 25, 2018


You have two options:

Option #1 (Full Day)





Through a unique blend of self-reflection, practical exercises and the fun and spontaneity of improvisational activities, participants will receive a highly interactive experience tapping into their full potential and adding to their personal stories.

In Chapter 1, participants discover their preferred working styles and the hidden roles they play as leaders and members of teams.  These are their Superpowers and they are Superheroes.

In Chapter 2, our newly minted Superheroes realize they’re a part of a large network of Superheroes who, when banned together, can face anything.  Participants learn how to leverage other people’s Superpowers and make room for everyone to be the Superhero they were meant to be.

In Chapter 3, participants realize that even Superheroes get knocked down from time to time.  The true strength is in their ability to get back up again.  Resiliency is a key part of being a Superhero.

Participants will receive a workbook to capture notes (should they want to) but the remainder of the workshop will have a less conventional tone, including reflection, story telling and play-based learning.

Participants will:

  • Discover their own style and secondary roles they prefer to use
  • Gain an appreciation for others’ styles and roles
  • Learn how to make room for everyone
  • Create a personal resiliency plan.
  • Have fun
  • Build confidence
  • Step out of their comfort zone
  • Embrace their spontaneity.


About Jennine Profeta:

Jennine Profeta is an actor, improviser, writer and corporate improv facilitator. She has led workshops for The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre, Social Capital Theatre, as well as designed and facilitated trainings for companies such as TD, Meridian and the TVA Group. An instructor at The Second City Training Centre, she is also an alumnus of The Second City’s National Touring Company and performed improv and sketch comedy for Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

In addition to improv, Jennine has appeared in many commercials and was a principal player on Howie

Mandel’s “Howie Do It” on NBC. She’s written for Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Best Health magazines, has performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Australia and is co-producer of the all-female comedy extravaganza Girls Nite Out with Elvira Kurt.


About Todd Attridge:

Todd is the founder of DifferentMatters and designer of the Team Leadership Approach™. He is a consultant to many North American companies and a coach for top executives and senior leadership teams including PepsiCo, McDonald’s and dozens others. Todd comes to this work with nearly 30 years of practical business experience plus 20 years of researching and teaching teams how to adopt a Team Leadership Approach™ that works for them. Todd received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, is an active practitioner within  Actionable.co and gains his insights into team dynamics and relationships from his years of experience and study with the Coaches Training Institute, CRR Global, The Leadership Circle®, Full Circle Group, DiSC™, Thomas International and Dr. Brené Brown.


About DifferentMatters:

DifferentMatters specializes in the art and science of teamwork, operating from the fundamental belief that people’s diversity is at the heart of every team’s success. Our guiding principle can be summed up in one simple philosophy, “two heads are always better than one.” We use our Team Leadership Approach™ to help organizations become global leaders in teamwork, problem solving problems and decision making. To this end, we continuously develop better ways for people to show up as themselves, contribute to their fullest and end each day feeling like a million bucks.



Option #2 (Full Day)

Ethics Module

There is no better place to do the ethics module than at the Deerhurst Resort.  

The Ethics Education Module program has been developed to enhance our understanding of the CASC/ACSS Code of Ethics for spiritual care practitioners, psycho-spiritual therapists, clergy, educators and students, and to ensure integration of this code into our lives as spiritual care professionals.

If you are certified as a Specialist or as a Teaching Supervisor, you are required to complete an Ethics Education Module as part of the Peer Review process in order to maintain your certification status. This requirement can be fulfilled at any time during the 5 year period prior to your Peer Review consultation.

All CASC members including students are welcome to attend this course.

We are pleased to welcome as our co-facilitators Klara Siber-Simac and Jim Huth.


klara-siberKlara Siber-Simic, Regional Ethics Chair CASC OCN, is a spiritual care practitioner at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network (UHN).  Klara began her undergraduate studies curious about the relationship between psychology and religion.  She graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and later a Master of Divinity Counselling degree from Tyndale University and Seminary. As part of her graduate education, she completed internships in counselling and family therapy. In 2003, she finished a clinical residency in spiritual care and took a position of a spiritual care professional in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her work experiences in Intensive Care, particularly the ethical complexities around the use of medical technology at end-of-life, have encouraged her to pursue further studies in Bioethics.  In 2010, she received a Master of Health Sciences (Bioethics) from the University of Toronto. Over the past years, Klara has participated in numerous projects to improve patient and family centred care. Her research interests include ways in which spiritual care improves palliative care.  Klara joined the UHN Spiritual Care Team in June of 2014. She is a registered psychotherapist and certified member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Klara is committed to supporting cultural and religious diversity as well as secular humanist teachings that promote well-being.  Her favourite activities include singing, travel, skiing, long walks and camping.


Jim HuthJim Huth is a certified spiritual care practitioner at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. His previous work in spiritual care includes serving as a spiritual care provider in critical care, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatric rehabilitation and palliative care. He has served on various healthcare ethics committees and as a corporate professional leader in Spiritual Care.
He is the current Past Chair of the CASC National Ethics Commission.
He has earned a M.A. in Spiritual Care from St. Paul University/University of Ottawa and a PhD in the area of spirituality and clinical ethics from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Recent journal publications of which he is a co-author includes: “Patient versus health care provider perspectives on spirituality and spiritual care: the potential to miss the moment.” Annals of Palliative Medicine, (2017):1-10 and “A qualitative analysis of a healthcare professional’s understanding and approach to management of spiritual distress in an acute care setting.”Journal of Palliative Medicine, (2016): 19:1197-1204.
He has co-authored with Wes Roberts a chapter in the book Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, edited by George Fitchett and Steve Nolan. The title of the chapter is “I need to do the right thing for him”—Andrew, a Canadian Veteran at the end of  his life, and his daughter Lee.  Jim has also authored a chapter in the book Spirituality and Occupational Therapy, edited by Mary Ann McColl.  


Registration for these programs is now open.  Click here to go to the registration page.  Book your room soon at the Deerhurst Resort to avoid disappointment.  For more information about Deerhurst, go to www.DeerhurstResort.com. Be sure to ask for our conference rates.   Be sure to follow our conference Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CASCCONFERENCE2018/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel



(Choose two each day.   Each workshop will be done once in the morning and once in the afternoon).  

Thursday Workshops

T-1  Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form.     A writing workshop with Ronna Bloom 


Ronna Bloom

“Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this. Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts –– physical or emotional, personal or professional –– of caring for human suffering. In notes. A creative writing workshop.  90 minutes. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest; write something. No experience necessary!”

Ronna Bloom is a writer, psychotherapist, teacher, and author of five books of poetry. Her most recent book Cloudy With A Fire in the Basement (Pedlar Press, 2012) was shortlisted for Canada’s Relit Award. Ronna’s poems have been made into short films, recorded by the CNIB, are featured on the Toronto Public Library Interactive Poetry Map, and have been translated into Spanish and Bengali.

Ronna has hosted writing workshops across Canada and abroad, in health care settings, universities, schools, art galleries and community centres. She uses poetry as a tool for reflection, offering workshops and events where people can explore what matters to them, personally and the professionally. Ronna is Poet in Community at the University of Toronto, and Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Health System helping to build a culture of poetry and reflection at the hospital.


                                        Sponsored by:    Knox-college



 T-2 Music Therapy & Spiritual Care: Collaborations, Intersections & Possibilities –SarahRose Black    

Sara Rose Black

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the intersectionality between music therapy and spiritual care practices in an urban cancer centre setting, and will offer clinical case examples of collaboration, as well as a music therapy demonstrations for both staff wellness and patient care.

SarahRose is a Toronto-based music therapist specializing in psychosocial oncology and palliative care. She holds Masters degrees in music education and in music therapy. She is the founder and coordinator of the first music therapy programs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Kensington Hospice, and her clinical work and research is focused mainly on quality of life for acute palliative care, hematology, and hospice populations.




Sponsored by        Emmanuel-College


T-3 Visual Narrative – Working with Images and Non-Verbal Cues –

Shelley Wall and Eva Marie Stern

Shelly WallEva-Marie Stern, MA, RP, Clinican Member:  Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, Adjunct Lecturer, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, is an Art Psychotherapist who graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London.   She co-founded WRAP (Women Recovering from Abuse Program) in 1998.   She practices, teaches and supervises within Women’s College Hospital’s Trauma Therapy Program and in private practice.   She curates the Art not Violence gallery at womenshealthmatters.ca/art-not-violence, leads graduate seminars on the relationship between art-making, trauma and therapy, and is writing about the use of visual arts in postgraduate medical education. 







Eva Marie Stern

Shelley Wall teaches courses in pathological and bioscientific illustration, research methods in biomedical communication, and writing for healthcare. She is a faculty mentor with the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Coalition for Research in Women’s Health at the Women’s College Research Institute. Shelley is co-editor, for the Association of Medical Illustrators, of the Journal of Biocommunication. In 2012, she co-organised the conference Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins, which was held July 22-24 at the University of Toronto.





Sponsored by: Isalmic Institute



T-4  “Why Dance Helps: A Talk and Demonstration” – Rachel Bar

Rachel Bar

Rachel Bar, MA. Rachel trained in Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Professional Ballet Program and went on to dance professionally with English National Ballet, and the Israel Ballet. After retiring from her performance career, Rachel turned to academia, where she has focused her research on dance and health. She completed her BA(Hons) and MA in clinical psychology and is currently completing her PhD in psychology at Ryerson University. Rachel’s research focuses on the physical and psycho-social benefits of dance for older adults and on the role of arts-based knowledge translation of health research. Rachel is also the Manager of Health and Research Initiatives at NBS, where she has been instrumental in the development of NBS’s older adult programs, including their programs for people with Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and for active seniors.







Pianist for Rachel Bar’s Workshop

Craig WingroveCraig Wingrove graduated from York University with an Honours BFA in music, and from the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he received his ARCT in piano performance. A full-time musician at NBS since 1991, he has also been a regular guest pianist at the National Ballet of Canada.

Over the course of his career, Craig has produced and recorded fourteen CDs of music for ballet classes, the “Musical Gems” series, and has written three books of piano scores for these. He teaches music in the Teacher Training Program, has written two books on music for dance and maintains a private teaching studio. His piece Improvisation #4 was featured in the 2005 Hollywood film “The Man’  in which he performed live. Craig has written music for nine children’s musicals and one pop/rock opera with The Really Little Theatre Company.

In addition to playing for ballet classes at NBS, Craig is an integral part of the School’s outreach initiatives and he has travelled with NBS ballet teachers throughout Canada, conducting movement and music workshops for elementary school children. 

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T-5  Honouring Story and Soul: Connecting Professional Practice and Personally Purposeful Research – Mary Beattie

Mary BeattieIn this interactive workshop, we will make use of some of the methods of narrative inquiry research to explore the connections between our inner purposes, professional practices, and research projects.

Come prepared to talk, write, and collaborate to develop ideas and plans for research that honours both story and soul.


Mary Beattie is Professor Emeritus in The Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto.  She has conducted narrative inquiry research for over two decades, and is the author of four books, The Quest for Meaning: Narratives of Teaching, Learning and the Arts ( 2009) ; Narratives in the Making: Teaching and Learning at Corktown Community High School(2004) ; The Art of Learning to Teach: Creating Professional Narratives ( 2001/ 2007),  and Constructing Professional Knowledge in Teaching: A Narrative of Change and Development ( 1995). She has also written numerous journal articles, book chapters, reviews, essays, textbooks, and poetry.

Mary is a recipient of The John Smythe Memorial Medal for excellence in research from the Victorian Institute for Educational Research, University of Melbourne, Australia.  She is a former Chair of OISE Press, elected Faculty Governor of the University of Toronto, and member of the Assessment Committee 17 of The Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. 

Mary currently teaches in the graduate programme at OISE, and began her career teaching in the public school systems in Canada, England, and Ireland. She is the recipient of teaching awards from The International Reading Association, and the Students’ Union at OISE. She lives in Toronto with her husband Jim and honours story and soul in her personal life through a range of practices that include music, literature and poetry, writing and teaching, walking in nature, yoga, and regular visits to family and friends on the west coast of Ireland.

Sponsored by:  Spiritual and Religious Volunteer Association

And: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

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Friday Workshops 

F-1 Everything I Meant to Say: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice – Karen Gold

Karen GoldWhat can writing teach us about the often elusive notions of grace, compassion, hope or humility? How can creative writing help us cope with the challenges of day-to-day practice? In this workshop we examine the role of narrative in personal and professional meaning-making by focusing on the neglected (and sometimes surprising) connections between creative writing and spirituality. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method, which aims to strengthen each writer’s unique voice, we will reflect on the connections between the act of writing and spiritual practice. This workshop is open to all participants who write or would like to write! (The title of this workshop was inspired by Khaled Hosseini’s insightful essay about how the most important things are often the hardest to say.)

Karen Gold, MSW, PhD, RSW is a certified AWA workshop leader. She has facilitated writing workshops for healthcare providers, artists, students, educators, trauma survivors and shelter residents. She works at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and draws on 25 years as a social worker, educator, workshop leader and clinical supervisor. She has done advanced training in narrative therapy and narrative medicine, and has published and presented on narrative in professional practice. Her PhD research focused on clinician writing and relational practices in healthcare. She is an active member of the Danforth Jewish Circle and has an interest in the role of the arts in contemplative and spiritual practices.


F-2  Stories and Body – A Theatre Based Workshop on Physical Presence – LJ Nelles

Laura Jayne NellesLJ Nelles brings years of professional theatre experience as an actor, director and voice teacher to work with non-theatre professionals where she uses performance practice to foster self-awareness, embodied practice and effective communication. She is theatre educator in residence for the Humanities and Medicine program at the University of Toronto, a voice and speech teacher at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and an educator at Mt. Sinai Hospital in the department of geriatric psychiatry and is an interning psychotherapist in private practice. Her doctoral work uses narrative inquiry to examine the phenomenology of performance, being with, and the embodied knowledge that is a result of practice.







F-3 Narrative and Ethics:  A Medium and a Message – Miriam Shuchman

Miriam ShuchmanIn December 2014, The Lancet ran Miriam’s article describing an unfolding tragedy in Sierra Leone: health care workers were dying of Ebola at a very high rate–it later emerged that the proportion of doctors, nurses and midwives killed by the virus was more than 100 times the proportion of the general public that was lost–yet a specialized unit designed specifically to save the lives of health care workers was inaccessible to them.

The article was a work of investigative journalism and a narrative about a question of justice in public health. Miriam will describe how she put this story together and more generally, how she writes on ethical dilemmas and conflicts by focusing on the humans at the center of the story.

The workshop should be of interest to those who want to write or communicate in other ways about the problems they confront in their day-to-day work. There will be time for Q&A about how to construct such narratives and pitch them to potential outlets for publication or broadcast.


Miriam is an award-winning physician-journalist covering medicine and bioethics. A former national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and columnist for the Globe & Mail and CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks, she now writes as a freelancer for the news desk of the Canadian Medical Association Journal , the LancetMaisonneuve and other outlets.


Miriam is also a staff psychiatrist at the Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough and associate professor of psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She chaired a Research Ethics Board at a U of Toronto affiliate hospital from 2008 to 2013 and now advises a research project on equitable partnerships in international research, coordinated by the Centre for Professional Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.


F-4  Using Film to Enhance the Client Experience – Elysse Leonard

Elysse LeonardAs a multi-sensory, embodied, temporal and narrative medium, film can be used to facilitate observations and discussions about complex human experiences. This session will provide a general overview of how film can be used across different client and educational settings, including tools for performing a “close reading” of a film text and facilitating film-based discussion groups.

 Elysse Leonard is a film educator and program coordinator who works at the intersectionsbetween film, mental health, and community engagement. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, with a research focus on illness narratives in classical and

postwar international cinemas. Alongside a senior psychiatry resident, Leonard curates the Cinema Medica film series as part of the Health, Arts and Humanities program at the University of Toronto. She also oversees the Toronto International Film Festival’s Reel Comfort programme, which brings film screenings and film-craft workshops to mental health programs across Toronto. 


F-5 Narrative and Mindful Presence – Bill Gayner

Bill GaynerBill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade. An Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and Mental Health Clinician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, he teaches and researches mindfulness for hospital staff, people living with HIV and outpatients in general psychiatry, and integrates mindfulness into individual psychotherapy. He led a large randomized-controlled trial of mindfulness for gay men living with HIV. Bill is innovating and transposing an experientially open, emotionally friendly form of Buddhist meditation into a psychological modality, Emotion-Focused Meditation, using Emotion-Focused Therapy as an integrative frame.






CASC/ACSS Conference 2018 Program


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Full conference schedule for Commission and Board members who meet before the conference.

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Registration: CASC Conference 2018 @ Deerhurst Resort- April 25-28, 2018



Please check on the descriptions for the Preconference Workshops, Conference Workshops and Fees, and Event Schedule by clicking on the drop down boxes below the conference tab.

When Ready to book your workshops and selections please click on the registration buttons at the bottom of this page.

Don’t have time to attend the full conference?   

One Day Conference Rates are available!



CASC MEMBER FULL CONFERENCE                                                                                                                                                            $550.00 
CASC MEMBER DISCOUNTED FULL CONFERENCE for Member Emeritus*/SPE Student/Partner of CASC member**      $395.00                                              
NON-MEMBER FULL CONFERENCE                                                                                                                                                             $650.00


All the above IncludeAll programs; Wednesday night President’s dinner reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch and improv dinner theatre; Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner voucher; Saturday breakfast; and two nutrition breaks on each of Thursday and Friday.  


N.B.  The Saturday Dinner Banquet is not included in the full conference price and must be purchased separately below. 
MEMBER ONE DAY PASS –   Thursday or Friday (includes access to full program, breakfast, lunch and dinner)                        $275.00
CASC MEMBER DISCOUNTED ONE DAY PASS for Member Emeritus*/SPE Student/Partner of CASC member  **              $200.00
NON-MEMBER ONE DAY PASS –   Thursday or Friday (includes access to full program, breakfast, lunch and dinner)              $350.00




MEMBER WEDS FULL DAY Pre-Conference -UnWorkshop –  (includes lunch and two nutrition breaks)                                 $150.00
NON-MEMBER WEDS FULL DAY Pre-Conference -UnWorkshop  (includes lunch and two nutrition breaks)                         $175.00
MEMBER WEDS FULL DAY – Ethics Education Module (includes lunch and two nutrition breaks)                                                       $75.00




SAT DINNER BANQUET  (N.B. Not included in full conference)                                                                                                                   $75.00
EXTRA DINNER TICKET (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)                                                                                                                          $75.00
EXTRA LUNCH TICKET (Pre-conference, Thursday, Friday)                                                                                                                         $40.00
EXTRA BREAKFAST TICKET (Thursday, Friday or Saturday)                                                                                                                       $30.00
FOUNDATION STARLIGHT FUN RUN/WALK/ROLL                                                                                                                               $25.00
 *Member Emeritus is a CASC membership category defined as a member who has completely ceased to earn remuneration full-time, part-time or contract and ceased to use their certification as a Spiritual Care Practitioner, Psycho-Spiritual Therapist, or Supervisor Educator.
**CASC Spouse registration is through the non-member section of registration



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Presentations and Pictures

Deerhurst 2018

Friday evening campfire before the Star light walk












It was wonderful to meet our newly hired Director of Marketing and Innovation, Patrick McNeill, who was able to be at Deerhurst for some of the preliminary meetings and for the first part of the conference.  CASC is so excited about the skills and expertise Patrick brings to move us forward.  Welcome Patrick!








AGM Cross Canada Check in: Reports from all regions

Thurs and Fri SPED talks (SPiritual Education and Discovery)

Thursday Panel Presentation on Looking at Our Organizational Design:  

Fri Key note:  Dr. Luis Fornazzi:  Art Body and Mind

Sat Foundation AGM   Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care AGM Report

Sat Banquet Presentations

Verda Rochon Award- This year their were two nominees- Lorraine Nicely and Bob Bond

Lorraine Nicely (Right) is presented with award by President Elaine Nagy (Center).

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CASC 2018 Deerhurst banquet Marvin Shank









Below Marvin Shank (Left) introduces Bob Bond (Centre) as president Elaine Nagy (right) presents Verda Rochon award. 

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Tim Frymire (Left) presents mozaic portraits to out going president Philip Weaver

CASC 2018 Deerhurst banquet phil toast

Toast/Roast of out going former president Phil Weaver Large power point -may take a bit longer to down load




Incoming Foundation President Tom Powell (left) introduces Fun Run Honoree Toni Delabbio 

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Fun Run/walk awards and totals best if viewed in “show” mode





2019 Conference team invite CASC members to Fredericton New Brunswick next year

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Conference Co-chairs, Marc Doucet (Left) and Maureen Anderson thank attendees and close a very successful conference

CASC 2018 Deerhurst banquet Marc and Moe








Thank you to Mike Chow for the photos. 






To see more of Mike’s amazing photos- some of which he shared at the conference for an early morning meditation Click here

More photos of the conference to come.









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The Hay Foundation www.hayfoundaton.org


Barbara Lewis Women’s Fellowship



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Tin Cork Artist Collective  www.tincork.com

Kathy Grieg and Tony Sedfawi

Angela King

Jan Kraus

Don & Bonnie Misener



Table Sponsors ($250.00/table)



Henri Nouwen Society www.henrinouwen.org


Anonymous CASC Member



Acadia Divinity College www.acadiadiv.ca




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               University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice



Chair Sponsors ($25.00/chair)




Mico Financial (5) www.sarahdavies.ca


Solel Congregation



Horizon Wealth Management – Tim Morrison (4) www.hfwm.ca


1 chair donated in honour of the Buffy Harper Leadership Challenge

Click here to go to Foundation donor page


Advertising Sponsors



Camp Kwasind www.kwasind.com



Mico Financial  www.sarahdavies.ca


Linda Kushnik


Sharon Konyen

        June Mawhinney

          Dalibor Simic


“Land of the silver birch…
Blue lake and rocky shore…
I will return once more…”
Deep in our souls, there are places of peace and beauty and solitude, that become etched in our memory – a lakeside, a campsite, an old cottage, a canoe on a dock, the smell of a cedar forest… spiritual landscapes that have shaped us or held us or restored us… places we forever long for…
Through images, music and words, we will pause each morning in these spiritual landscapes to reflect, renew, and restore.
And on Saturday we will share our annual Service of Remembrance for colleagues who have died in the past year.


Early Morning Activities

Thursday Morning

Photography – 6:30 a.m.

Facilitated by:  Michael ManChoi Chow, MA, MDiv, RP

Exploring Spiritual Landscapes Through the Lens.


Nature, art and spiritual discovery—how do these intersect? Join us for an exploration of this fascinating idea during our early morning reflection time.  Facilitated by Michael ManChoi Chow and his fine art photography.


For the past 25 years, Michael ManChoi and his wife Bonnie have created an urban woodland environment at their home in the Heritage District in downtown Kitchener. Since retirement as Director of Spiritual Care in 2015, Michael ManChoi has pursued his avocation in fine art photography inspired by landscapes at home and beyond. He claims to discover the transcendent and spiritual healing in his own ‘mystical landscapes’ and art photography.”



Friday Morning

Yoga – 6:30 a.m.

Facilitated by Allie Chisholm-Smith, MES, E-RYT, B.A. Honours

Yoga for all Levels

A lovely dance between getting your blood moving and giving your adrenals a bit of restorative relaxation, let’s start the day with a beautiful morning Yoga practice.  Start off on the right foot today.

 Allie True healing comes from self-knowledge. Self-knowledge (understanding), leads to self-love. It is through this process that we are capable of finding wellness. Throughout my nearly 2 decades of teaching Yoga, doing Yoga Massage, Reiki and constant studies in Ayurveda, I encourage people to find self-knowledge and power from within.  My teaching spans from Restorative as deep central nervous system calming, to vigorous explorations into fascial structure and ways of being. I have been running transformative Yoga Teacher Training programs for over a decade and readily admit that the study that this requires of me and the gift of witnessing so many students blossom, may be a favourite part of my job.  I earned a Master’s degree examining the ways in which our definition of power determines our ability to establish healthy relationships with self, others and the earth.  As with Ayurveda, I believe that as we study ourselves, we heal ourselves.  As we heal ourselves, we heal the earth

Early morning activities- Reflections and yoga- Sponsored by:
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President’s Dinner Reception

We begin our artistic adventure together and welcome you with our President’s Dinner and Reception. Enjoy the Deerhurst Classic Buffet with something to please everyone.   This signature buffet includes traditional Canadian and Muskoka flavours.   We will have presentations by the Board and your 2018 Planning Team. 

We are pleased to welcome Room 217 as our entertainment for the evening.   You may find out more about their organization by visiting their display table.   We thank them for their generosity in providing the entertainment.

Bev FosterBev Foster, MA, is the Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation. She is an experienced, performer, songwriter and music educator. Bev has taught music in in the Durham District School Board as well as in her private studio and has been the Executive Director of the Ontario Vocal Festival, and Director of Music in several churches. Compelled by their own caregiving situation, Bev and her husband, Rob, founded the Room 217 Foundation in 2009. Bev speaks and writes extensively on the power of music.


Dinner Sponsored by:   Ontario Central Northwest Region


Entertainment sponsored by:    

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Improv Dinner Theatre

Sponsored by:





Jennine Profeta and her LOL Friends


Jennine is an actor, improviser, writer and instructor at The Second City Training Centre. An alumnus of The Second City’s National Touring Company, she also performed improv and sketch comedy for The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Jennine has also appeared in many commercials and was a principal player on Howie Mandel’s “Howie Do It” for NBC. She’s written for CBC (TV, Radio & industrials) as well as Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Best Health magazines. Jennine has performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Australia and is embarking on a tour with the all-female comedy extravaganza “Girls Nite Out” with Elvira Kurt.



Dave is a 3-time winner of the Canadian Comedy Award as part of the influential improv troupe Slap Happy, and a former performer for Second City Theatricals. He spent two seasons writing for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, where he created the segment “Something You Might Not Know About Canada” and frequently appeared as the inept street reporter ‘Dave Pearce’ in “Pearcing the Public”. Dave is also a sought-after instructor with The Second City, having taught all levels of improv and writing there since 2000.




Kerry is an actor, improviser, and director based in Toronto.  He has been performing in the Toronto improv scene for over 20 years.  After training with the Second City, he went on to form the award winning improv troupe Slap Happy, which was a mainstay of the Toronto comedy scene for over 10 years and toured across North America and Europe.  He joined the mainstage cast of the Second City Toronto in 2008 and wrote and performed in two award-winning shows. He returned to Second City as a director in 2010 and has since directed four critically acclaimed revues in Toronto as well as several of their Norwegian Cruise Lines shows.  Kerry has been teaching improv with the Second City training centre for over 15 years and has also taught at numerous other venues around Toronto including the Bad Dog Theatre Company, The Social Capital, and for a wide range of corporate clients.  As an actor Kerry has appeared in over 100 television and radio commercials as well as appearances on numerous television shows such as Degrassi (CBC), Covert Affairs (Showcase) and Murdoch Mysteries (CBC).  Kerry has won multiple Canadian Comedy Awards including twice being named Canada’s best male improviser.



Jim Clayton’s latest album, Lenny Jumps In, landed in the Top 10 at Canadian jazz radio and Top 30 in the US. His 2014 album Songs My Daughter Knows was described as “warm and soulful” by DownBeat. Jim won three national awards with The Clayton/Scott Group, and his music has been heard internationally on radio, in film, and on television (including Dateline NBC and The Kardashians). He spent a decade as a music director with Emmy-winning theatre company The Second City, entertaining audiences around the globe, from ex-pats in Asia to our troops in Bosnia. www.jimclaytonjazz.com


Friday Night at the conference

We will provide you with a food voucher and you sign up at the registration desk to join one of the groups going into one of the local restaurants in Huntsville, Bracebridge or Gravenhurst or you may use your voucher to enjoy another meal at the resort. Participants who don’t pick up their voucher will receive a charitable tax receipt for a donation to the conference. 



Join us at the campfire ring for a traditional Muskoka campfire.   Bring your friends and  family.   Plan a crazy skit together.  Bring your instruments.  Share a story, dance, reading and poetry.  Bring smores, hotdogs, campfire pies, bannock. 




Night skyStarlight Foundation Fun Run, Walk or Stroll

Registration – 8:30


One of the most awesome sights in Muskoka is the stars at night.   This year we have a 5KM walk to raise money for the Foundation through the Muskoka fields and forests.   If you didn’t sign up at registration, you may sign up at the Foundation table in our display table section or at the registration table on the night of the run.   Bring warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes or boots and your flashlights.  Join us in the hospitality suite following the run for warm beverages and snacks.  


Self-Care Saturday

Imagine.   You have a whole afternoon for self-care.  From noon on Saturday until our closing banquet, you have access to one of the most beautiful resorts and tourist areas in the world.   Take some time to enjoy the many amenities that the resort offers.  Consider visiting one of the area tourist attractions.   Bring your family up to enjoy a day together or simply rest in the quietness and peacefulness that is surrounding us.   Enjoy some time connecting with friends or  nurture your soul in the silence.  This time is yours to renew, refresh and nurture.    

Closing Banquet


We close our artistic adventure with a beautiful three course semi-formal sit down dinner.   Together we will celebrate our time together and the accomplishments of our members throughout the year with the awards ceremony.   Our evening will conclude with a presentation and invitation from the 2019 Conference Planning Team. 



The Hospitality Suite

The hospitality suite will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00-midnight.  Stop by to meet new friends, share your day and your creative expressions.   We will have a selection of beverages and treats for you to enjoy. 


Starlight Fun Run/Walk/Roll


Starlight Fun Run/Walk/Roll Honouree 2018

To be revealed…


Click here for pledge form for Starlight Fun Run/Walk/Roll

Need Motivation?

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This year the Foundation issues this “Step Challenge” to all CASC members.

Easterners will race Westerners to see who gets to Deerhurst first!  Regions must work together to tally their steps.  Kim Bustard will collect the totals for each group.  Please e-mail your results to Kim at: kabustard@gov.pe.ca

Team East regions– Atlantic, OCN, ONE & SWOnt

Team West regions– BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northern Territories  & Nunavut. 

The race starts Feb 20, 2018 so get your fit bits, smart phones, smart watches and pedometers going.   It will end when the first team has enough steps to get to Deerhurst.  The route goes through each province’s capital on the way to Deerhurst.  Weekly totals and map updates will be announced here on this page. 


It’s Official: Team West arrives at Deerhurst with 13 days to spare and 1,000,000 extra steps!

Fun Run map of provinces of Canada April 8



















Congratulations to Edmonton’s Blaine Allen who walked the furthest: a whopping 883,357 steps

Winnipeg’s Barb Findlay wasn’t far behind with an amazing 749,459 steps across Spain. 

Eric Schultz from Team East (OCN) stepped up with an impressive 722,744.

Congrats to all walkers/runners/bikers and swimmers for  an exciting contest

It is a good thing Team West is mature and would never rub in their victory

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Team East’s route:

St. John’s, Newfoundland to Ch’town, PEI is  1619 km =      2,266,600 steps

Ch’town, PEI to Fredericton, NB is                      340 km =        476,000 steps

Fredericton, NB to Halifax, NS is                          325 km =        455,000 steps

Halifax, NS to Quebec City, Quebec is                1019 km =     1,426,600 steps

Quebec City to Toronto Ont is                                808 km =      1,131,200 steps  

Toronto, Ont to Deerhurst is                                   242 km =        338,800 steps

Totals-                                                                      4353 km = 6,094,200 steps

Team West’s Route

Victoria, BC to Edmonton, Alberta is                        1250 km =   1,750,000 steps

Edmonton, Alberta to Regina, Saskatchewan is      781 km =   1,093,400 steps

Regina, Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, Manitoba is   574 km =     803,600 steps

Winnipeg, Manitoba to Deerhurst, Ontario is        1910 km =    2,674,000 steps

Totals-                                                                             4515 km = 6,321,000 steps

Calculations for the Step challenge

Click here for info on training for the Starlight fun run    Training started Feb 18 so jump on board

Click here for Strength Training exercises to help prepare for the Starlight fun run

For more info on the Starlight Fun Run Walk/Roll contact  Kathy Greig at: kathy@spiritualcare.ca


The Fun Run/Walk/Roll this year will occur at night under a starry starry night worthy of Vincent Van Gogh. 

Night sky





Hotel and Transportation
 Our Conference Hotel is the Deerhurst Resort in the scenic Muskoka lake country area, two hours north of Toronto.


 We have almost sold out our room block at the Deerhurst Resort!   See below for alternative accommodation options.
Please phone the hotel directly, rather than booking on-line so that you can be given the CASC conference rate of  $129.00 plus 6% resort fee plus taxes.   There is also the option to book 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos which is more but can also be split between members.   For the condos each bedroom has it’s own ensuite.
In addition to the pictures and information about Deerhurst on the page below, It is helpful to look at the many room options and see the beautiful pictures of the resort on the  Deerhurst web site. 
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Once you have a good idea of what sort of room you’d like please phone Deerhurst Resort to book accommodation: Make sure you ask for the CASC Conference rates. 
 Reservations: 1-800-461-4393

Please book early as it helps us with our planning.  Deerhurst is one of the most popular resorts in Ontario.

BOOK EARLY!  The conference team has reserved a block of rooms but once they are sold out there are no guarantees that additional rooms and discount rates will be available. Remember, some people are coming up early to enjoy a personal retreat, also, other groups will be using the facilities.



Alternative Accommodation options   
While there is still some limited availability at Deerhurst,  we anticipate that some participants will need to seek alternate accommodation.   There are a number of hotels and motels in Huntsville which are approximately 5-10 KM from Deerhurst.   The town of Huntsville has a wonderful website that lists other resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast and cottages that are available in the area.   Please click on the link below.  
Hidden Valley Resort is the closest resort to Deerhurst (1 KM) and we have checked and they have limited availability so once again book soon!
Room and Ride Sharing Option: 

If you are interested in sharing accommodations or a ride, please email Jeff Vidt at CASCroomsandrides2018@gmail.com with your name, phone number, email address and the dates you are looking to share a room and/or travel.  Jeff will send out a list of people who would like to connect to share rides or accommodation.   It is the responsibility of those on the list to connect with other interested parties.   By submitting your name and information, you are agreeing to have your name distributed to other members and conference participants.  We will do the best we can to connect you with someone to share a room, but we cannot guarantee that a suitable room sharing opportunity will be available.



Directions to Deerhurst

Coming from the Greater Toronto Area? We are only two hours and two turns away.

· Head north on Highway 400

· Continue onto Highway 11 North

· Exit onto Highway 60 East. From here you are just five minutes away from Deerhurst.

· Turn right onto Canal Rd

· Merge onto Deerhurst Drive. To find using your GPS device, please use “1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, Ontario” If you are coming from the East, you may wish to consider driving through Algonquin Park which is only 40 KM from Deerhurst.

Deerhurst has full landing capabilities for private jets and helicopters. Please expect a call from your Fundraising Team should you wish to land your private aircraft.

In addition, Northern Airport Passenger Service runs daily shuttles from Pearson International Airport to Huntsville. http://www.northernairport.com/

Greyhound runs buses regularly to Huntsville and from there it is approximately a 10 minute taxi ride. https://www.greyhound.ca/.

Discounts on flights:

The 2018 Conference Team is pleased to announce that we have arranged conference discounts with three different flight companies to make coming to the conference more affordable.

aircanada logoThank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, National Conference 2018 – Exploring Spiritual Landscapes Through the Arts, which will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Saturday, April 28, 2018.  This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.  To get your promotion code check the Oct 6 e-mail on “Transportation and Accommodation” or e-mail casc.conference.2018@gmail.com


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On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming National Conference – Exploring Spiritual Landscapes Through the Arts, we are able to offer 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares* for travel between Toronto and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code given in the Oct 6 e-mail on “Transportation and Accommodation” or e-mail casc.conference.2018@gmail.com  Book by: May 6, 2018 – Travel from: April 17, 2018 to May 6, 2018


Porter logo halfPorter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. The discounted fares are available for booking from September 21, 2017 to April 25, 2018 and available for travel:

Location:                                                                  Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US To: Toronto From: 22/04/2018 To: 28/04/2018
From: Toronto To: Anywhere in Canada or US From: 25/04/2018 To: 01/05/2018

Please book online at https://flyporter.com or through your travel agent. To  use this offer, you will need the discount code given in the Oct 6 e-mail on “Transportation and Accommodation” or obtain it by e-mailing casc.conference.2018@gmail.com 

If you need help with your travel arrangements, please contact the CASC travel agent, Ingrid at Kravis Travel at 416-322-7414.