Published on April 2, 2024
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Ottawa (April 2, 2024) Advance Care Planning (ACP) Canada an initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), today announced ACP Canada Director, Karine Diedrich, and ACP Canada Project Officer, Merry Parkinson will be presenting at the Ontario Association of Developmental Disabilities (OADD) 2024 Conference to be held in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, at the Four Points by Sheraton, April 9-11, 2024.  

A virtual and in-person event, this year’s OADD conference follows the theme, “Changing the Status Quo”, and includes a preconference Seminar hosted by the Specialized Clinical DS Network, (formerly Great Lakes Society) and the annual OADD Awards Dinner.  

 Following are details for the OADD event: 

Life Planning: How We’re Changing the Way We Think about Advance Care Planning 

Who are the trusted people in your life? What does quality of life mean to you? What are your values, wishes, and hopes? These are some questions that Advance Care Planning (ACP) aims to address before a health crisis or decline. Historically, ACP has focused on future care and end-of-life wishes for a very specific segment of the population. Join members of the Advance Care Planning in Canada team to learn about the changing landscape of ACP in Canada as we shift to a Life Planning model. Your life, wishes, and healthcare choices are important to discuss, now. ACP is also not a one-size-fits-all; nuances and considerations of working with self-advocates, families, caregivers, and chosen families will be discussed highlighting the importance of intersectionality and universal design. 

When: Wednesday, April 10, 1:15- 2:30 PM Eastern 

Where: Four Points by Sheraton, St. Catherine’s, Ontario 


About Advance Care Planning Canada:  

The national Advance Care Planning (ACP) Canada initiative is led by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) with a financial contribution from Health Canada. The initiative aims to help people living in Canada prepare for their future and personal health care. ACP Canada runs an annual ACP Day campaign on April 16th. Visit to find out how you can participate.  

About CHPCA:  

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada. CHPCA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in hospice palliative care and provides leadership on advocacy, education, research, and knowledge translation to ensure that everyone in Canada has access to high-quality hospice palliative care. CHPCA operates in close partnership with provincial hospice palliative care organizations and other national organizations to strengthen the accessibility and quality of palliative care provided across Canada. Visitwww.chpca.cato find out more.  

About OADD: 

The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) believes in the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of their lives. 

OADD exists to inform and support developmental services professionals at all levels by: 

  1. Encouraging member networking, collaboration and shared learning opportunities 
  1. Providing a forum for translating clinical, evidence-informed practices and research into applied interdisciplinary best practices 

 For more information, please contact:  

Tara Landry  

Communications Officer  

[email protected]