Walk with Me 2016 – Call for Sessions

Submission Deadline: September 29, 2015 – Now closed

Submission Guidelines:  Online Submission System  (PDF version)

There are many exciting initiatives and projects underway in Canada that are shifting the culture of aging in significant and positive ways. Building on the success of last year’s conference, Walk with Me 2016 invites submissions for a wide range of engaging sessions that will accelerate and give profile to this social movement.

We welcome submissions that will foster and encompass the Walk with Me guiding principles:

  1. Inclusive, ensuring diverse voices are represented and supported in planning and delivery. The conference program will authentically engage people of all ages in sharing and exploring what it means to experience aging.
  2. Interactive and experiential, providing a safe and engaging space where participants actively engage with ideas and have opportunities for critical reflection and dialogue with each other. The program will welcome vibrant, creative and non-traditional approaches to share information (e.g., performing arts, fine arts, media, narratives, storytelling, poetry, photography, small art installations, etc.), in addition to more traditional panel presentations followed by facilitated discussion.
  3. Build linkages by creating opportunities for strong connections to be made between lived experiences, professional practices, education and research as a means of advancing a strong network of individuals and organizations interested in changing the culture of aging. The conference program will promote the importance of teamwork, collaboration and a shared sense of purpose.
  4. Celebrate the experiences of aging across diverse contexts and settings.

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou

We encourage you to share your knowledge and experience about a culture change initiative, practical tools and strategies, or inspiring research that promotes quality of life for older adults and residents. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage colleagues from across the country who are striving to make a difference in the lives of others.