Some of the events Michelle has been a part of include:

Extensive work with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and the Erie St. Clair LHIN Education Collaborative on Advance Care Planning initiatives and education, Spirituality and Palliative Care, Caring for Caregivers, Volunteer Education Days, PSW and DSW Palliative care education days

Consultation Work:    VON Middlesex-Elgin – building support and resilience for staff and volunteers.  (2019 to present)

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta – developing an online learning module and staff presentations on Resilience (2020 to present)

Keynote/Plenary speaker

  • Virtual – Assoc. of Catholic Publisher Mid-Atlantic Congress, 2020
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta Education Forum, Edmonton AB, 2020 *cancelled due to COVID
  • Caring for the Human Spirit/Westberg Symposium, Santa Fe NM, 2020 *declined due to COVID
  • Henri Nouwen Series on Compassion, Sacred Heart University Faculty of Nursing, Fairfield Connecticut, 2020 *cancelled due to COVID
  • Fr. Klimek Lecture Series, HSHS Health System, Wisconsin, 2019
  • St. Joseph’s Hospice 10th Anniversary Speaker Series, Sarnia, 2019
  • Waterloo Region Spring Wellness Day for Caregivers, Waterloo, 2019
  • CentraCare Health and Health Ministries of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud Minnesota, 2018
  • Hospice Waterloo Region Spring Wellness Day, Waterloo, 2018
  • Oxford-Elgin Palliative Care Outreach Day, Dorchester, 2018
  • Healthcare Conferences Canada Palliative Care Conference, Markham, 2018
  • The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Conference, Windsor, 2018
  • BC Hospice Palliative Care Conference, Vancouver, 2017
  • Kitchener Waterloo Mennonite Spiritual Care Conference, Baden, 2017
  • Huron County Hospice Palliative Care Day, Goderich, 2017
  • Ontario Provincial CWL Conference, Stratford, 2016
  • RNAO Parish Nurse Interest Group AGM, Kingston, 2014
  • Gerontological Nurses Assoc. of Ont. AGM, Sarnia, 2014

Hospice Palliative Care Conference Workshop and/or Poster Presenter:

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario most years from 2009 to 2020    Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (2013, 2019)  International Congress for Hospice Palliative Care (2012, 2022)

Guest speaker/workshop facilitator/webinar-virtual facilitator

  • Novalis/Twenty-Third Publications/Henri Nouwen Society sponsored webinar on Healthy Caregiving, 2020 (>800 global registrants)
  • Zoom support group sponsored by Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Nurse’s Group for Palliative Care Nurses  – ongoing through 2020
  • Zoom support for St. Joseph’s Hospice Staff during COVID, 2020
  • St. Joseph’s Hospice Staff /Palliative Presence, London, 2020
  • The 6th Annual Caregiver Show, Toronto, 2019
  • St. Joseph’s Hospice Volunteer Wellness Day, London, 2019
  • Healthy Aging Conference, Windsor, 2017
  • Parish Visiting Team training, Chatham 2017, Wallaceburg 2018
  • International Henri Nouwen Conference, Toronto, 2016
  • Canadian Association for Parish Nurse Ministry AGM 2014, 2015, 2019
  • Jubilee of Mercy Conference, St. Paul’s University Ottawa, 2016
  • London Catholic District School Board Professional Development Days, 2016
  • Victim Services Volunteer Training – twice yearly from 2012 to 2016, Chatham
  • Lambton College, 2013; St. Clair College 2014, 2015; Univ. of Windsor 2011
  • Central-West Palliative Care, Brampton, 2012
  • Westberg Symposium, International Parish Nursing Conference, St. Louis 2011; Memphis 2013 and 2019
  • Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Toronto, 2010
  • Providence Health Care Spirituality Conference, Vancouver, 2010

Retreat Facilitator

  • VON Virtual Family Caregiver Retreat, 2020
  • Sister’s Retreat, Prince Edward Island, 2020 *moved to 2022 due to COVID
  • Manna Day on ‘Befriending Death’ and Palliative Care, Crieff Hills Centre, Puslinch ON, 2019
  • Wellness Retreat Days for Palliative Care Clinical Staff, Brantford, 2019
  • Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union – Three day retreat facilitator, 2018
  • Courage for Caregivers – Loyola House, Guelph – 2018
  • Courage for Caregivers – Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church – Ottawa, 2018
  • Good Shepherd Parish Staff Retreat Day – Windsor, 2018

Many seminars offered for various denominations and organizations on training parish caregivers, dealing with grief and loss, understanding palliative care

“Loved the presentation.  You are inspiring others with your gifts.”

“It was amazing. Soul food!”