CASC/ACSS Conference 2019












Key Note Speakers:


David Maginley- Title of Talk –TBA

David Maginley croppedRev. David Maginley is a spiritual counselor for the cancer program, palliative care and ICU at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and award-winning author of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey. While David has degrees in philosophy and religious studies, his real education came from surviving cancer four times. This resulted in a profound near-death experience and explorations in the nature of consciousness and the connection of body, mind and spirit. He knows what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed, and has a sense of this life from both sides of the veil.

David is ordained with the Lutheran Church in Canada, a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner  with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, member of the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and is featured in the documentaries Here Right Now, and When You Die.

David is also an avid photographer, using the camera as a tool for self-psychology, and conducting workshops on creativity and spirituality. An advisor for provincial and federal cancer initiatives, David lectures throughout Canada on meaning in suffering, the wisdom of grief, mindfulness, death and dying, compassion fatigue and integrative spirituality.

To read more and see wonderful videos about David please visit his web site

Dr. Bill Randall:  Title of talk – TBA

Bill RandallDr William L (Bill) Randall is Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.  A graduate of Harvard University, Princeton Seminary, and the University of Toronto, he has helped to pioneer an approach to the study of aging known as narrative gerontology.

Author or co-author of over 40 articles and 7 books on this approach, he has given keynote speeches, academic presentations, and interactive workshops for professionals, practitioners, and the general public in Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway.





He is author, co-author, or co-editor of 7 Books

  • The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self-Creation (University of Toronto Press, 1995/2014)
  • Restorying Our Lives: Personal Growth Through Autobiographical Reflection (Praeger, 1997
  • Ordinary Wisdom: Biographical Aging and the Journey of Life (Praeger, 2001)
  • Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Storying Later Life: Issues, Investigations & Interventions in Narrative Gerontology (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • The Tales that Bind: A Narrative Model of Living & Helping in Rural Communities (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
  • The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary Life: Tales from the Coffee Shop (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Among the topics he is passionate about are:

– The Poetics of Growing Old

– Narrative Openness & Narrative Resilience in Later Life

– Biographical Aging as a Spiritual Process

– Life Stories as Sacred Texts

– Ordinary Wisdom & Autobiographical Learning

– Creativity & Aging

– Spirituality & Aging

– Reading & Writing our Lives

– The Art of Storylistening

– The Importance of Narrative Care

– The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary Life

From Dr. Randall’s web site: Click here to view

 Click here to view videos of Dr. Randall 

“Appreciating the richness and complexity of older adults’ lives – in short, listening to and honouring their stories – is absolutely central to their physical and emotional well-being, not to mention to the communities where they live and which they love.” 

Dr. Bill Randall 

 From policyresearchnetwork web site