Special Events - 2017 Grey Matters Conference

Sheree Kwong See alberta seniors advocate

Pre-Conference Workshop Monday, September 11, 2:00 -5:00 p.m.

Connecting with Older Adults: Communicating Effectively

Presented by Sheree T. Kwong See, PhD, Alberta Senior Advocate, Office of the Seniors Advocate

We are well aware that seniors are one of the fastest growing demographics in Alberta. As a service provider, it is important to understand how to best connect with older adults in a meaningful way.

In this session, Dr. Sheree Kwong See will outline how language use changes in older age and why. Participants will have an opportunity to apply what they learn about the processing basis of age differences and will leave with tips and guidelines to effectively communicate with/to older adults in their daily work.


Pre-Registration Monday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mix & Mingle

Trade Show and Poster Presentations

Join the 2017 Grey Matters Planning Committee for an evening to ‘Mix & Mingle’ with delegates, as a warm up to the conference.

The trade show will highlight an opportunity to engage with sponsors and exhibitors before the conference begins.

Poster sessions will offer delegates an opportunity for discovery as they learn about local, provincial and federal seniors programs.

Delegates will be offered a succulent array of food featuring a ‘pig roast’ with all the trimmings, a Hinton specialty! A vegetarian option will be available. Cash bar will be open.

Footprint Activity Sessions Tuesday, September 12, NOON – 2:00 p.m.

Blanket Exercise, participants must be registered for the 10:50 am session to participate.

Boardwalks, Beavers & Birdbaths
Hinton has one of the most magnificent boardwalks amongst nature, featuring Canadian nature at its best – Birds and Beavers. Take a walk in the ‘park’ with local hosts for an outdoor view you will never forget. Bring your phones to connect to nature, do not call home, take a picture to create lasting memories as you make ‘Footprints in the Foothills’.

Urban Poling: Revolutionizing the Way We Walk
Mandy Johnson, Alberta Ambassador for Urban Poling, will offer a turbo-charged demonstration session using the walking paths of Hinton to guide her. This outdoor session will change your walking experience and highlight benefits of Nordic walking teaching different styles, the fitness technique and the specialized ‘Urban Poling’ technique for rehabilitation and wellness. You will walk stronger and longer after participating in this session. Limited registration, equipment is provided.

‘Yogi Bear’ Yoga: Hinton Campground
Take action in the foothills! Participate in an outdoor yoga session at the Hinton Campground. Bring your ‘pi-ci-nic’ basket lunch and yoga mat to improve your health and happiness. Participants will connect with nature and their inner spirit while engaging in a variety of yoga poses. Relax and take a moment during the conference to re-connect with your inner self.

Museum Meander: Northern Rockies Museum of Culture & Heritage
The Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage is Hinton’s newest tourist attraction! The museum in housed inside a historic 1911 Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Station. Brand new exhibits feature industry, railway, communication, as well as Hinton and area history. The station house boasts a gift shop with unique finds. Come and visit this exciting discovery - prepare to play games, enjoy hands on activities and a unique snack of pemmican and bannock. This experience is unique and will offer history buffs an opportunity to connect with the past while making memories in Hinton.


Networking Evening Tuesday, September 12, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Light snacks and refreshments. Cash bar available.

The Networking Reception will include a variety of light snacks and a cash bar. This is your opportunity to meet one another in a relaxing environment to review the day.

One ticket to Networking Reception is included in registration.

Additional tickets $25 per person.


Alberta Association for Seniors Centres Annual General Meeting
(AGM) – September 13, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast meeting and Annual General Meeting