Public Presentation Series

Tapestry Foundation has offered quality education for seniors since 1999. Our spring and fall Public Presentation Series are free and offer informative sessions on the topics of health, wellness and aging. Register for one or all three sessions this spring. 

2016 Sponsors

We're grateful to our sponsors for generous support of the Series that addresses the health and safety needs of BC seniors. 

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2016 Spring Presentations

Priorities for BC Seniors – Moving Forward

Friday, April 29, 2016
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Doors open at 5:30 pm, Presentation begins at 7:00 pm
Enjoy a refreshment and browse through display booths.

Since the Office of the BC Seniors Advocate was formed in 2014, Isobel Mackenzie has met with and heard from thousands of seniors in every corner of the British Columbia.  The Office of the Seniors Advocate, the first in Canada, is helping to raise awareness of many different issues facing today’s seniors’ in BC. The Seniors Advocate produces evidence-based reports that recommend to government and service providers’ systems improvements to better support the province’s seniors population.

The Changing Face of Family Caregiving

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:00 pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Doors open at 1:00 pm, Presentation begins at 2:00pm
Arrive early to enjoy a refreshment and browse through display booths.

A caregiver’s role is complex and challenging. Looking after your own health - body, mind and spirit - is equally important. Nursing consultant Lori Amdam will lead an engaging discussion about what family care-giving looks like today. She will offer practical tips and deepen your understanding of how to support others undertaking the role of caregiver. 

Lori Amdam, RN, MSN has supported the care of elders for many years. She has worked as an advanced practice nurse, administrator and consultant in hospitals, the community and in care facilities.  As an educator, she inspires and empowers family caregivers and professional staff to provide person-centred care that focuses on quality of life.

Ease Your Worries About Getting Older

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 7:00 pm (THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL)
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Doors open at 6:00pm, Presentation begins at 7:00pm
PLEASE NOTE - This session is now full. 

Knowledge is power. Join geriatrician Dr. Martha Spencer for a discussion on a variety of aging topics including changes in sleep patterns, memory issues, and managing those aches and pains. Learn practical tips from an expert in the field.

Martha Spencer, MD, FRCPC, is a geriatrician and general internist practicing at Providence Health Care in Vancouver and also a clinical instructor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC.  In addition to a busy practice with both inpatients and outpatients, she also does outreach work in Northern BC communities. Dr. Spencer completed additional fellowship training in the field of geriatric incontinence, and does clinical and research work in this area.  Other career interest include medical ethics in her role on the Elder Care Ethics Committee for Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.  

Watch videos of past presentations

Public Presentation Series are periodically recorded and available for viewing online at your convenience. Visit our Educational Library for articles and videos of past speakers' presentations.