Sharon Butala

Speaking as part of:
Shorts Series:
We're Not Going to Take It!
Sat/June 9/10:30am

Sharon Butala is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction. Her article on "Against Ageism" was published in the April 2018 "Walrus" Magazine. In 2019, she published her memoir on aging and grief, Where I Live Now (Simon and Schuster Canada) and in May 2018 her first mystery novel, Zara's Dead was released by Coteau Books. In spring 2019, she will be releasing a short story collection about older women (from 70 to about 100 years of age).

She is 77 years of age, still at work (on her eighth novel) and is deeply invested in the topic of aging. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she has been living in Calgary for the last ten years.
She is an Officer in the Order of Canada and has been invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit as well as having three Honorary Doctorates.

Sarah Kerr

Speaking as part of:
Shorts Series:
I Did It My Way
Sat/June 9/4:30pm

Drawing on the wisdom of nature-based spirituality, Sarah designs and facilitates ceremonies that help her clients andtheir families to integrate experiences of illness, death and loss. These rituals honour the spirtual significance of what is happening, and bring healing to the living and dying. Sarah's PhD dissertation explored the ways that modern western people can restore and re-create meaningful rituals for the significant transitions in life. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Philosophy, and has been a student of spiritual and shamanic healing modalities since 2000. As a teacher and mentor to emerging death doulas, Sarah supports her students to find the unique healing gift they carry and to make it available to their communities. She facilitates private and public healing rituals, and regularly presents on topics of death midwifery and holistic death care.

David Hogan

Speaking as part of:
Shorts Series:
You Gotta Friend in Me
Sun/June 10/1:30pm

David is an internal medicine specialist with a sub-specialty in geriatric medicine. He held the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine (the first of its kind in Canada) for 25 years until he became the Academic Leader of the Brenda Strafford Centre in 2017. He has served as President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, and editor of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. David is a prolific author of hundreds of research abstracts, articles, book chapters and publications. David has been deeply involved with dementia research and action groups over his career. Most recently, he was a member of Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan Steering Committee (2014-2016), co-chair of Alberta Dementia Research Strategy Steering Committee (2016-2017), member of the Provincial Dementia Clinical Knowledge Working Group (2017), member of the Canadian Stroke Best Practices (Mood, Cognition and Fatigue Following Stoke) Writing Group (2017-18), and co-chair of the CCSMH Guidelines for Benzodiazepines Working Group (2017-2018).