Caregivers Education Seminar

Hosted by Burnaby Seniors Outreach

Be sure to register for our 6 week seminar, beginning on March 13 through to April 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. You can register for as many as you like. Check our website regularly for updates on speaker details.

Tuesday, March 13 6:30-8:30pm

Karen Tyrell photo
Personalized Dementia Solutions Inc logo

Join us on Tuesday, March 13 with Karen Tyrell, CDP, CPCA. Karen is an Author, Dementia Consultant and Educator.  The topic is "Cracking the Dementia Code - For Families".  Are you looking for ways to handle the new behaviours of the person with Dementia you are caring for? Come and learn how to uncover the meaning behind the behaviours through detective work such as seeking the Ph.A.C.T.S. and learn creative approaches and communication techniques to use on a daily basis.

As the CEO of Personalized Dementia Solutions Inc., Karen shares her expertise through speaking engagements and dementia workshops for both families and frontline staff. She also facilitates monthly family caregiver support groups and works one-on-one with caregivers to provide emotional support and practical creative solutions to help alleviate everyday challenges associated with dementia.

Tuesday, March 20 6:30-8:30pm

Alison Leany
Public Guardian Trustee BC logo

On Tuesday, March 20, Alison Leaney with the Public Guardian and Trustee will be educating us on "Demystifying the Many Roles of the Public Guardian and Trustee Under BC's Adult Guardianship Laws".

Alison is a Registered Social Worker and the Provincial Coordinator, Vulnerable Adults Community Response in Services to Adults at the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC where she has spent 22 years in implementation of BC’s adult guardianship legislation.

Alison chairs the BC Association of Social Workers Seniors Community of Practice. She is a former chair of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and former Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks. Her practice as a front line social worker has been in the medical, corrections, domestic violence, hospice, bereavement support and pastoral care fields. She has worked locally, provincially and nationally. Most recently she was a part time contractor hired to coordinate the Sunshine Coast Seniors Planning Table.

Alison was recently awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work to create a coordinated response to adult abuse and neglect in BC and Canada and was a finalist for the Premier’s Legacy Award for the same work in 2010. Alison has also recently been appointed to the National Seniors Council.

Tuesday, March 27 6:30-8:30pm

Bonnie Toth photo
Art of Healing logo

On Tuesday, March 27, Bonnie Toth, a Certified Mind Body Spirit Medicine Practitioner & Coach Certified Hypnotherapist will be joining us. In doing this work it guides her in helping others to explore who they are. Sometimes we have blocks that keep us “stuck” into believing certain things about ourselves that aren’t true.
We will be learning about a variety of important topics including: What is mind body spirit medicine? About our Emotions and the emotional scale, how our patterns of thinking affect our mind, body and spirit. The fine line between supporting and enabling.  You will be reminded that the CareGiver is #1 and learn relaxation techniques as well as meditation.

Tuesday, April 3 6:30-8:30pm

Susan Prosser
Alzheimer Society BC logo

On Tuesday, April 3, Susan Prosser will speak about caregiver burnout: what it is, why it happens and what to do about it.

Susan started her career with the Alzheimer Society of BC in January 2017, after several years working in care homes and directly supporting people with dementia.

She will speak about communication and behavior changes brought on by dementia and demonstrate some caregiver responses and tools that might reduce caregiver stress.  She will also explain what happens when a caregiver is approaching burnout, the dangers of ignoring burnout and options for caregivers when they want help.

Tuesday, April 10 6:30-8:30pm

Barbara Kirby photo


On Tuesday, April 10, Barbara Kirby, will be providing a candid and engaging presentations with passion and humor related to 15 years of experiences as a daughter caring for elderly parents with complex care needs.

Now working with private clients and a focus to train others to do what she is doing. A strong belief in respect for our elders, honoring their life experiences, and treating them with dignity is Barbara's driving force.  Her approach is to practice gentle advocacy which means to recognize potential for problems and to address issues before they require further action if possible.

Barbara is a Dementia Practitioner; Seniors Housing Specialist; Professional Consultant on Aging and has her graduate certificate from Royal Roads University in Values Based Leadership.

Today’s topic is “Boot Camp for Later Life - Life by Choice not Circumstance”.

She will be speaking about preparing for the realities of the unexpected having left behind a thirty year career in the investment industry she now provides later life planning, gentle advocacy and navigating the health, care and housing systems.

Tuesday, April 17 6:30-8:30pm

Dianne Stoesz
Service Camada logo

On Tuesday, April 17, join us for an informative session with Dianne Stoesz of Service Canada.

Diane is a Citizen Service Specialist that has worked for the federal government for over 25 years. She is part of a 4 person Mobile Outreach Services team in Metro Vancouver. Their role is to go out in to the community and talk to Citizens about the programs and services of Service Canada. They present many types of information sessions: pre-retirement, Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Employment Insurance, Apprenticeships, Newcomers and several more. The heart of their role is ensuring that Citizens are aware of the many benefits and programs that are available.

She will be giving information on the new suite of Caregiver benefits and will provide information on other Federal benefits and programs that may be applicable to your Caregiver circumstances. She will tell us about some great tools available like to OAS Toolkit and the Benefit Finder.


Caregiver Support Group Drop-In Program

NEW: Additional DAYTIME Options for our Caregiver Support Group Drop-In on Tuesdays! We now have Monday, Tuesday and Saturday sessions! Please contact Jude at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-291-2258 for more information.

This program is open to anyone who is an Unpaid Caregiver or anyone who is supporting an Unpaid Caregiver. Drop-in, listen and share your experiences in a safe and confidential environment. Learn from others who find themselves in a similar situation. These support drop-in groups are facilitated by a member of our professional staff or well-trained volunteer peer counsellors.

All of our sessions are held at Burnaby Community Services, located at 2055 Rosser Avenue in Burnaby.

Caregiver Support Group Drop-In Program

Meeting Schedule:

February Meetings
Saturday, February 24 from 10am-12pm
Monday, February 26 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, February 27 from 1pm-3pm

March Meetings
Monday, March 12 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday March 24 from 10am-12pm (March 31 meeting was moved to March 24 due to the holiday)
Monday, March 26 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, March 27 from 1pm-3pm

April Meetings
Monday, April 16 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, April 24 from 1pm-3pm
Saturday, April 28 from 10am-12pm
Monday, April 30 from 6pm-8pm

May Meetings
Monday, May 14 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, May 26 from 10am-12pm
Monday, May 28 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, May 29 from 1pm-3pm

June Meetings
Monday, June 11 from 6pm-8pm
Monday, June 25 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, June 26 from 1pm-3pm
Saturday, June 30 from 10am-12pm

July Meetings
Monday, July 16 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, July 28 from 10am-12pm
Monday, July 30 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, July 31st from 1pm-3pm

August Meetings
Monday, August 13 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, August 25 from 10am-12pm
Monday, August 27 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 28 from 1pm-3pm

September Meetings
Monday, September 10 from 6pm-8pm
Monday, September 24 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, September 25 from 1pm-3pm
Saturday, September29 from 10am-12pm

October Meetings
Monday, October 15 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, October 27 from 10am-12pm
Monday, October 29 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, October 30 from 1pm-3pm

November Meetings
Tuesday, November 13 from 6pm-8pm
(Meeting is on November 13 because November 12 is a holiday.)
Saturday, November 24 from 10am-12pm
Monday, November 26 from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, November 27 from 1pm-3pm

December Meetings
Monday, December 10 from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, December 15 from 10am-12pm
Tuesday, December 18 from 1pm-3pm