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On the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Dr NW
, this series will continue to present speakers from various fields related to physical, mental and emotional health and well being.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests welcome, no registration required.

Sessions will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.

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Tuesday, April 24 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Decisions that Count – Advance Care Planning & Personal Directives

If you were unwell, and unable to speak for yourself, do those you are close to know your wishes for health care and personal decisions?

Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, talking about, and documenting your wishes for health care if you are unable to speak for yourself.

This session will provide information on Advance Care planning and the importance & role of Personal Directives.

All participants will be provided free materials

Lead by Alberta Health Services Educators

Alexandra Kushliak BA, BSW.RSW, is an Educator Consultant with Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Alexandra Kushliak received her BA Psych from University of Manitoba in 1979 and her social work degree in 1984. Over the past 34 years she has worked as a social worker in the medical field, including acute care, rehab settings and supportive living. She has brought her social work expertise in running educational groups for stroke units and the Cancer Society in Winnipeg. Since coming to

Calgary 18 years ago, she has worked on several transition units, long term care, hospice and Supportive Living.

Alexandra Kushliak is a strong advocate for clients and brings her passion for client’s rights to advance care planning. She is excited to be part of the Calgary team that delivers the message that everyone should engage in advance care planning and have a personal directive.


Tuesday, May 22 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Medical Tourism

With universal healthcare in Canada, the development of outbound Medical Tourism is years behind other countries.  This is a multi-billion dollar industry that has been around over a century worldwide.

However the aging population, cost and challenges of the healthcare system, the increasingly migratory nature of the population,  makes traveling for medical and dental options a viable and interesting option.  With more and more people considering Medical Tourism, it is important to learn how it really works and how to navigate the medical tourism process.

T Stoodley is a native Calgarian and a graduate from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business.  

She has spent  30 years managing small business around Calgary, in the areas of operations, customer service & general management.  This includes managing a chain of seven dental and medical clinics and overseeing the installation of Electronic Medical Records software into medical clinics, as part of a provincial government initiative.

Tanya Greffard brings 15 years in Business Development, Account Management and Sales coupled with 10+ years in Customer Service, traveling extensively to maintain and develop corporate relationships.

 While Tanya travelled as a caregiver for a family member it allowed her to gain first-hand experience with the stress, fear and frustration associated with traveling out of country for medical care.  She understands the need to find the best and fastest option that fits within a set budget, when there is no suitable option at home.   She returned home knowing there had to be a better way to navigate the medical tourism system, a way to help reduce the uncertainty.  The idea of the company was born as of a result of a conversation around the possibilities of promoting a clinic in Canada.


Past Presentations


For a copy of the speaker's handouts go to

  Resources from Speakers


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