Local group to host end-of-life care speech
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 05:28 pm
The Airdrie Bullying Awareness Program is hosting Gary Lepine – a clinical ethicist with Alberta Health Services – to speak about end-of-life care March 1 at Good Earth Coffeehouse in Airdrie.
Sarah Hissett, who sits on the board of directors for the program and is one of the founding members, said Lepine will discuss advance planning as well as bullying issues that could arise from end-of-life care decisions.
It’s free of charge and is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Hissett said she encourages people to attend because it’s important to have end-of-life care plans in place.
“It’s just one of those things that isn’t often spoken about when it comes to seniors and senior care and essentially everyone should have that in place already before they get to the point where family is left to take care of it,” Hissett said. “He’ll also touch on the bullying aspect of it.”
Lepine is the fourth speaker the program has hosted since it formed in 2014. Previous speakers have included a clinical psychiatrist and motivational speaker about workplace bullying.
Hissett said speakers are paid for through sponsorships, which the program has recently been lacking.
“We haven’t been really pushing and asking too much recently because of the way the economy is right now. We don’t feel right asking companies to give us money when they can’t even keep employees on,” she said.
Members of the program would like to host speakers every second month, she said, adding the program aims to promote bullying awareness outside of schools.
“I have two little girls of my own and my big thing when I’m wearing my anti-bullying hat is that everyone has a voice and I want them to know that, you know, I may not be dealing with bullies and that situation but I have a voice to speak up for those who feel that they can’t,” she said.
For more information, visit the Airdrie Bullying Awareness Program’s Facebook page.