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March 31, 2016

If you were in the hospital, too ill or hurt to speak for yourself do you know who would make health care decisions for you?

National Advance Care Planning Day April 16th, 2016

86% of Canadians have not heard of Advance Care Planning (ACP) but a local project is trying to change that by helping people understand and take action on ACP - the Ontario way1. You can help us spread the word by joining our local ACP project, Conversations Worth Having together with national, provincial and local organizations to bring attention to National Advance Care Planning Day (ACP Day) April 16, 2016.    

Advance Care Planning is about conversations.  It’s about identifying your Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) and having conversations with your SDM (& family/friends) about your future health care wishes in the event you are injured or ill and mentally incapable of making decisions for yourself.  Conversations Worth Having is unique in Ontario as it is focused on changing the attitudes and behaviours of the general public, community professionals and health care providers. This initiative is funded by our Local Health Integration Network and is sponsored by Hospice Waterloo Region in partnership with Hospice Wellington.

In a recent community survey 93% of local respondents agreed that it is important to have an ACP conversation with their SDM.  Help us reach out to the Waterloo Wellington community and honour National ACP Day by encouraging these conversations.   A number of events are planned to recognize ACP Day and we ask for your help in promoting the following free education sessions. (for more detail on all of  our ACP Day activities please visit our website at

FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC - Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Advance Care Planning

Tuesday  April 12th –  6-9pm Country Hills Church, 1280 Ottawa St. S. Kitchener

FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS - Substitute Decision Making & Health Care – an opportunity to hear from a legal expert and representatives of the Consent and Capacity Board as well as the Public Guardian and Trustee

Wednesday  April 13th – 1-3:30pm, St. Joseph Health Centre, 100 Westmount Rd Guelph

 “National Advance Care Planning Day” provides an opportunity to highlight the value of these conversations and in particular, the importance of identifying your Substitute Decision Maker. 92 % of local survey respondents indicated that they believe that ACP conversations make it easier for their loved ones.  These conversations are a gift we give ourselves and our families before a health care crisis.  

Contact the Conversations Worth Having Project team directly (519-743-4114) and visit our website at for more information. 

1 Ontario Medical Association – Advance Care Planning Backgrounder April 2014

Contact Information
519-743-4114 ext 111