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Family Education Conference

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Our Family Education Conference, held twice a year, offers parents of children affected by cancer a full day of learning and networking, featuring presentations by educators and childhood cancer experts.  

Look forward to presentations by professionals in childhood cancer, education, research, and health care addressing a range of topics to help parents understand and navigate issues that may arise in the wake of childhood cancer. Past presenters include neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, child life specialists, oncologists, teachers, principals, educators, parents, and community service providers.

Resource booths and handouts provide further knowledge and information for conference participants. Parents have multiple opportunities to connect with presenters, each other, and booth hosts. Lunch is provided at no cost, along with supervised programming for children.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please contact Rachel McInnes.

Join Dr. John Laing, registered psychologist, for an informative presentation on executive functions and how they affect learning. John will share strategies to help children with working memory, organization and time management. This session is aimed at parents who have children ages five to 17 years old.

Join registered dietitians Susanna Law and Brittany Campbell from Alberta Children’s Hospital to learn about diet and nutrition during and after cancer treatment. They will speak about the effects of treatment on bone health as well as nutrition for late effects of treatment and health promotion.

Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD, RPsych., presents part two of the research that is being done on COVID and cancer patients. 


Interested in participating in a research study?

  • If you are interested in participating in the research studies Dr. Fiona Schulte spoke about during the session, click HERE

Educators, Joanne Kutchyera and Rachel Elliot, present on what your child’s teacher needs to know to help him/her become a successful learner.

Triple P is the flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation. It’s backed by decades of research. And it’s already helped more than 4 million children and their parents. Tanya Salwach will highlight some key elements of the Triple P method to help parents with common behaviours seen in children. 


Calgary psychologist Dr. Caroline Buzanko discusses three common learning difficulties: dyslexia (difficulty with reading), dysgraphia (difficulty with writing) and dyscalculia (difficulty with math) and provides effective strategies to try at home and at school to help your child succeed.

Graduates and current post-secondary students answer questions from teens in the Kids Cancer Care community about what to expect during post-secondary studies.

Educator Rachel Hinz goes through steps specially for teens to take control in school.


Dr Melanie Khu, Ph.D, RPsych., Melissa Howlett and Kim Clark, child life specialist, present on helping kids through procedural anxiety.


Janessa Decoste, RN, shares her knowledge on the foundational aspects of self-care in part one of two prerecorded sessions.


Janessa Decoste, RN, shares her knowledge on the foundational aspects of self-care in part two of two prerecorded sessions.