CCCU adopts Vital Smarts communication training

SickKids CCCU have started a new communication program based on Vital Smarts (Health Care) training for Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations, started from a study aiming to "create cultures of safety" in partnership with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and leading to their their joint publication, "Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial Conversations for Heathcare".

- 84% of doctors have seen co-workers taking shortcuts that could be dangerous to patients

- 88% of doctors work with co-workers who show poor clinical judgement

-fewer than 10% of physicians, nurses and other clinical staff directly confront their colleagues about their concerns

By providing your info you can download an occupational questionaire that identifies key team and communication barriers.

Dispelling Myths: Benefits and Challenges in Palliative Research with Children and Families







Grand Rounds • Panel Discussion • CafĂ© Scientifica Parent & Researcher Workshops • Evening Social

Open to family members, researchers, clinicians, and volunteers.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2009 at SickKids

Laura Beaune:
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Team for Research with Adolescents and Children in Palliation and Grief

Sponsored by:
SickKids Foundation
Sasha Bella Fund for Family-Centred Care

October 18, 2009 fun-day program and sponsor update

Fund-Raising Website launched

Please register, setup a pledge page and invite friends and family and co-workers to help you, or use the donate option.

With the SickKids Foundation web tools, fund-raising doesn't get any easier than this! In a few minutes you can setup a page, customize the picture and text or use existing content and send emails from the website or share the event page or your sponsor page via your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.

Be a part of family-centred care innovation at SickKids and Bloorview Kids Rehab. Help families and staff communicate and collaborate better during a family's scariest time.

Register for the October 19, 2009 Fun Day and join us on the day

Setup pledge page and invite friends and family to sponsor you as pledges made up the bulk of last year's donations

Sponsor a friend or family member who has setup a pledge page

Donate to The Sasha Bella Fund for Family Centred Care

Update on Program Highlights

Meet a Bloorview Therapeutic Clown duo as they improvise with the crowds after registration.

One of the clowns will tell you more about their amazing program during the Opening welcome.

Did you know that the Bloorview clowns are included in team family rounds at Bloorview? See the therapeutic clowns in action on a CBC program that also looks at children's fear of clowns.

Exciting entertainment

Sho Mo + The Monkey Bunch: a huge crowd favorite at the 2008 fundraiser returns again!

Charlie of Little Fingers Music: kid's musician, teacher and composer engages us in song and performance

Rhythmic by Nature: interactive drumming with Terri Segal

Toronto Dance Vibe: dance performance

Deb Maes: phenomenal kids musician with a golden voice mixes up kids songs and folk favorites

Noah Klar: Sasha's uncle who performed at her first birthday party will sing songs from his upcoming album

Yummy Nut Free Food and Snacks

RaviSoups returns with a delicious soup like only Ravi and Ratha make.

The Stockyards Tom Davis will fill his smoker for us with brisket, chicken and ribs, along with all beef dogs and great fries. Checkout pictures of the amazing fare at The Stockyards.

Mildred's Temple Kitchen: phenomenal deserts by legendary Toronto fine dining establishment formerly called Mildred Pierce

Salads, juices, fresh popcorn and other yummy snacks.

Games and Events

Carnival games: Hockey Slapshot (clinic and high score prize), Golf Putt, High Striker, young-uns duckpond
Young Choung Taekwando Academy demo
Arts and crafts

Silent Auction

Flight and 4 nights for two in Vegas's Circus Circus Casino and Hotel courtesy of Pacesetter Travel

One day golf package for four donated by Muskoka Bay Club, one of the best new golf courses in Canada

Old Timers from the hall of fame hockey game, Nov 8.
Theatre tickets and season's passes.
Kids toys and clothes.
Fitness and spa classes.
Professional photo sessions.
Gift baskets.
Software and computer games

To support the silent auction, or get a solicitation letter to help you, please email - all sponsors receive a gift in kind receipt from SickKids Foundation.

The 2009 committee

A big thanks to our amazing committee!

Alison Goldman, Evette Wade, Jonathan Blumberg, Lisa Singer, Lisa Leung, Pamela Stein, Rachel Moses, RonniLyn Pustil

Major Sponsors & Silent Auction Donors 
Blumberg Segal LLP
Innovative Financial Partners Ltd
Microsoft Canada
Mildred Pierce Group
Muskoka Bay Club   
Pacesetter Travel 
Ravi Soups 
Sho Mo + The Monkey Bunch 
The Stockyards


Beverley Daniels Photography, Blue Banana Market,  Cadbury, Canada's Accident Rehab Institute, Capital C Communications, Deborah Maes, Delta Art and Mirror, Earth Child, Elmwood Spa,, Kosoy & Bouchard, Little Fingers Music, Nautical Mind, Nightwood Theatre, Mongrel Meda, My Monkey's Uncle (Noah Klar), Parpar, Playful Minds, Pilates Room, Red Thread Design, Rhythmic by Nature, Sandylion Sticker Designs, Satori Urban Wellness,  SavvyMom Media, Spynga, Starbucks, Supermarket, Theatre Passe Muraille,, Young Choung Taekwando Academy

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