SARC Spring Conference 2017
18 May 2017
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This year’s Spring Conference held on May 10 & 11 was a great success!  We were excited to have our first conference at the beautiful Saskatoon Inn.  This year the Spring Conference had sixteen different concurrent sessions along with fantastic opening and closing keynote sessions with Peter Leidy and Rachelle Brockman.  With four different concurrent sessions taking place at one time – it was quite busy to say the least!

New this year, in addition to the concurrent sessions related to disability services and supported employment; we had a conference stream entirely on workplace health, wellness, and safety.  

Lisa Chavady presenting a session on the Respectful Workplace.

These topics included mental health and wellness sessions presented by Brett Francis and Rachelle Brockman. We were fortunate to have SHSA hold two sessions including “Safety When Working Alone” and “The Respectful Workplace”. We were also joined by safety expert and guru Eldeen Pozniak who explored the topic of defining safety. 

A group activity during the Supporting Individuals Experiencing Disability through Grief and Loss session.

There were numerous interactive activities and opportunities for discussion. One session that was particularly interactive was the “Hearing Voices That are Distressing” session with Annette Borrows. In this simulation exercise, attendees used audio tapes that simulated the experience of someone with schizophrenia.  While the simulation can be very overwhelming, it really helps change perspectives and better arms attendees on how to support individuals who may be experiencing this illness in the future.

Debriefing after the Hearing Voices that are Distressing session.

As always, the conference also had some great prizes and a social media contest! In the exhibitor area there was a white board with a One Page Profile template. Attendees were encouraged to write their own One Page Profile on the whiteboard, take a photo and share it on SARC’s social media pages.  It was great to see everyone participate and get to know this important tool in person-centred planning. The lucky winner received an awesome beach themed prize package, congratulations Christi Wilson!  Below are just a couple of the One Page Profiles that were made at the conference.  We also had a draw for those in the wellness stream of the conference which included a yoga mat and other wellness goodies, and a door prize that was a fantastic hammock, perfect for summer! 




The conference’s Exhibitor area was a great space for attendees to network with other nonprofit professionals as well as to connect with some of the businesses and organizations that provide valuable services to the sector. One of the booths included MoveMobility. Ken Cavenagh was on site to provide information to attendees about specialized and customized solutions for wheelchair vans and other vehicle modifications for those who have a unique mobility need. Through a focused approach, MoveMobility aims to provide the right solution for your vehicle mobility needs – the one that will work best for you.  SARC is pleased to have leveraged the power of group buying to pass on savings to you! When making any purchases through MoveMobility, be sure to reference the SARC Dealer Discount Program to access this savings opportunity. Visit for more information.

Another exhibitor booth that we were happy to have back once again this year was Quality Life Assistant.  Michal Urjasz from Quality Life Assistant joined us to provide information about QLA - an integrated family of web-based applications that offers efficiency, accuracy, time savings, and positive environmental impact in the area of individual information management for CBOs that provide services for people experiencing disability. To learn more visit:  

Thank you to our Corporate sponsor, MoveMobility, and our Supporting Sponsors the SHSA, MediChair and WCB Work Safe Saskatchewan. Without their generous sponsorship dollars, registration fees would be significantly higher.


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