The Chronic Pain Association of Canada over the past several years has hosted group facilitator conferences throughout Canada. This year we have had the privilege of holding two such conferences in Central Canaada and Atlantic Canada. This year we joined with Action Atlantic to hold a very successful conference that included taking part in the Dalhousie Pain Conference and a well received panel discussion with that professional group. Below are some comments from these conferences.

" This is the 3rd year I have been honored to attend the Atlantic facilitator training and the 2nd year to attend the Dalhousie Chronic Pain Conference. It is truly one of the best things I have been able to take part of in my life. I live with chronic pain. The Atlantic Group I am blessed tofaciliate has saved my life (I believe) and improved the lives of the members of the group. The knowledge we have obtained can be brought home to our respective groups and shared with our fellow chronic pain members. A neurlogist who I have seen said this will change the way the atlantic provinces see and treat chronic pain sufferers as the system is in need of help.

We were all so grateful to get to have a panel speak to the medical, social and legal professionals and be treated as equals. Both the training day and the Dalhousie day were so professionally prepared and presented and we were all treated so well all of us were so impressed and touched.

I came home with renewed enthusiasm at the opportunity I have to get out of self and bring new and updated information and resources to our group so they can make informed and educated decisions about their own care. We were shown so much compassion it is easy to bring it home to our groups. What a thing to watch people who were discouraged and maybe giving up leave lifted up after each group session. I want to thank Terry and Marion Bremner for their great hearts for this cause. Also to praise them for continuing to organize this for us as we can see just what a task it is especially since they themselves have chronic pain. They are selfless in this work and inspire us to go on. A big thank you to the Dalhousie people who organized their conference and for including us and listening to us. Progfessional organizing all around. I can't say enough. Hope we can keep doing this every year." Winnie Cormier, Facilitator, The Moncton Pain Can't Wait Group.

 

"I would like to send out my appreciation to the Atlantic Facilitator Conference/Atlantic Pain Conference. This was a huge learning experience for me to help assist people in pain, to increase any educational opportunities out there for us and to be an advocate to improve the lives of people with pain. Thank you so much for all you do." Deborah Hattie, Co-facilitator, Yarmouth, N.S.

 

"Wow, is all I can say about this years conference! Thanks so much for including us at the yearly Conference. Your speakers were awesome and I am so overwhelmed by the support we all felt as patients. To be involved in the patient panel was an experience I won't forget. Looking forward to many more invites in the future." Gisele Baker

 

"As a patient advocate I cannot understae the importance of the Ontario facilitator's Conference in helping to disseminate information and share experiences of patients. It was insightful to discuss the issues with colleagues from across the province. The presentations were timely, relevant and very instructive. This knowledge will be shared here among chronic pain advocates and will help contribute to the development of programs to assist patients through the difficult months ahead. I tthank you for the opportunity to participate and hope that CPAC will continue their good work in the future! Billie Jo Bogden, Patient Advocate, Ottawa, Ontario