CAPNM holds AGM in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan May 21-25, 2009.
95 Parish Nurses, interested individuals and clergy met at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the CAPNM Conference and Annual General Meeting. This year's theme was Bridging Spirituality and Health. The music was inspiring and featured a worship group led by Dave Bauche and friends. Bob Williston wrote a song called "We'll Build a Bridge." Worship leaders were Rev. Harold Hesje, Rev. David Hunter, Rev. Dave Tyler, Bob Williston, and Margaret Hundeby. Parish Nurse stories were presented by Mary Tyler, Sr. Carol Borreson, Carol Kostiuk, Judy Johnson, Judy Hertlein, Deb Bauche and Ethna Martin, members of the Saskatoon Parish Nurse Group. Joyce Beckett and Judy Johnson were co-chairs for the conference planning group. Other activities included poster presentations, a Tea for Two and identifying graduation pictures of the nurses--not an easy task!
During Friday morning worship, Bob Williston shared another composition, "Called to be Healers," while Rev. Dave Tyler, Chaplain for the Conference, led worship on the theme, "Take the Narrow Pathway." Special visitors were introduced by Rev. Hesje, including the Mayor of Saskatoon, Don Atchison, Bishop Albert Legatt of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Pastor Ralph Gleve from the Mennonite Brethren Churches, and Bishop Cindy Halmerson, Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of Saskatoon. Deb Walker, chairperson of the Riverbend Presbytery of The United Church of Canada, brought greetings, and Darlene Dawson expressed our gratitude for the sponsorship of The United Church of Canada
The Annual General Meeting was called to order by Ms. Dawson, chair of the CAPNM Board of Directors, and took place Friday and Saturday. Financial Statements were reviewed and the budget for 2009 was approved. Claudia McCloskey was acclaimed as organizational member (representing New Brunswick Parish Nursing Ministries) on the CAPNM Board of Directors. PLENARY SESSIONS: Fr. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R, the provincial leader of Edmonton Toronto Redemptorists Community, spoke on "Bridges to Healing Ministry." Jeff Christianson, B. Psych & Rel.St., M.Th, Executive Director of Regina Palliative Care Inc., spoke on "Bridges to the Community," while Don and Pat Peace, B.Th. & R.N., spoke on "Bridges to Parish Nursing."
A panel discussion was held, including Fr. Michael Brehl and Jeff Christiansen. In addition, concurrent sessions were offered on "Parish Nurse/Clergy Team Ministry," by Don and Pat Peake, on "Ethical Issues" by Father Mark Miller of Toronto, on "Stories that Heal" by Megan McKenna, on "Building Global Bridges for Sharing: Promising Practices in Health Ministries," by Rev. Dr. Deborah Patterson, IPNRC, St. Louis, on the "ABCs of Parish Nursing" by Dr. Gail Brimbecom, "Complementary Care for Survivors" by Carol Kostiuk, and "Bridging Across Generations" by Candace Laing, Director of People Strategies, SIAST.
Our first "Parish Nurse Walk" was by the Saskatchewan River on lovely landscaped trails and raised more than $6000 to support Parish Nursing in Saskatchewan and The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry.
On Sunday May 24, 2009 morning worship was led by Pastor Dave Hunter, on the theme, "Planted in God, Growing in Christ. and Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit." The Parish Nursing Prayer was shared and the Meditation was given by Rev. Dr. Deborah Patterson. Gathered prayers of the community, written on sheets of paper over the conference worship times by members of the community, were offered up. This was followed by Blessing of the Hands for all present. Worship closed with the hymn, "Go My children with my Blessing."
By Frances Hudson, RN, Parish Nurse Coordinator Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry