Marie Pierre Chevrier is currently mandated by the Carrefour action municipale et famille, an NGO working in partnership with Québec’s Elders’ Secretariat, to accompany municipalities in developing their policy and action plan through the AFC process. Her previous experience with municipalities, as well as her involvement with women’s groups in Cameroun, laid the grounds for her intervention in Nunavik.
Marie Pierre Chevrier is a retired professionnal having worked as program developer for the Faculté de l’éducation permanente (FEP) at the Université de Montréal. She recently served as advisor for the development of an upcoming program concerning smart and livable cities.
Mme Chevrier had previously developed a regional approach to occupational health and safety, parity being central to working with both employers and unions.
MP Chevrier obtained a Master’s degree in anthropology from l’Université de Montréal and a previous Master’s degree in literature and linguistics from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
She has served as member of the board for environmental NGO’S: Nature Québec and Conseil régional de l’environnement de la Montérégie, and represented the environmental sector on the regional committee for social economy.
Field work continues to be her preference. From teaching, to research, to intervention, her professional itinerary has been consistent with social mobilization, engagement in collective and senior housing, sensitizing to urban planning, all means contributing to the sustainable development goals.
The Spiritual Care Series – a volunteer training course
Titles: Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. Honorary Professor of Nursing, Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing, University of Aberdeen. Ordained minister in the Church of Scotland.
Professional Qualifications: Ph.D. B.D. (Bachelor of Divinity) R.M.N.(Registered Mental Nurse) R.N.M.H (Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped)
Current Employment Status: Professor in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen.
Professor Swinton is currently professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen. He previously worked as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and cognitive disabilities. He also worked for a number of years as a community mental health chaplain. Professor Swinton’s areas of research include the theology of disability and the relationship between spirituality, theology and health. He has written extensively on these areas and on qualitative research methods. Professor Swinton is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. In 2004 he founded the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen. The centre has a dual focus on a) the relationship between spirituality, theology and contemporary healthcare practices and b) the theology and spirituality of disability. It is a multidisciplinary project which aims to enable researchers, practitioner and educators to work together to develop innovative and creative research projects and teaching initiatives.
Rev. Saucy has been on the Leadership Team at Baptist Housing for the last 18 years in roles ranging from operations, to human resources while consistently overseeing the spiritual care ministry to the organization’s residents and team members. Baptist Housing’s 900 team members serve over 2000 seniors in British Columbia, Canada in a range of housing options from independent living apartments to residential complex care homes. In his role as VP – Spiritual Care and Special Projects, Rev. Saucy oversees a team of twelve Chaplains and three volunteer coordinators. Collectively, the Spiritual Care team recently determined that trained spiritual care volunteers are necessary to address the growing need for spiritual care in Baptist Housing residences. After being introduced to the new HTN spiritual care training series at a recent conference, Rev. Saucy and his team were immediately impressed with the quality of the training program and believed the Spiritual Care series was ideally suited to train spiritual care volunteers for their organization. The first training sessions were initiated in early 2018.
Originally from the US, Rev. Saucy spent his first 16 years in Canada working among First Nations people. Other interests include being in nature, hiking, biking, travelling, reading and indulging in almost any dessert.
The workshop will present IFA delegates with an overview of the nature of spirituality and the
importance of spiritual care (Professor John Swinton), alongside of an overview of the Spiritual Care Series training tool and its roll out in Australia over the previous 14 months (Andrew Ricker). The presentation will also feature a case study presented by the Baptist Housing organisation from Canada focusing on their work within this area carried out over the previous 6 months (Ray Saucy).
Medical science has brought about countless breakthroughs in the way we care for older people.
However, it has also become clear that physical and mental health are certainly necessary, but not
sufficient to deal with the experience of ageing. A person is more than just a body connected to a
brain. Truly holistic care means understanding and providing for people’s spiritual needs as well,
regardless of faith, religious or cultural background.
Current models of care delivery often focus on quality of care, with an emphasis on meeting
residents’ needs for food, care, well-designed surroundings and other physical needs. But often,
when staff are so busy focusing on quality of care, they forget about issues of quality of life; those
things that make someone’s life worth living. Spiritual care focuses on quality of life by exploring
issues around meaning, purpose and value, as well as dignity and respect.
The Spiritual Care Series (SCS) Volunteer Training Course has been developed in the wake of a highly significant development in the way Australia cares for older people: the Australian government’s development of national guidelines for spiritual care for the older person in 2016. One of the key messages in the national guidelines is that spiritual care is everybody’s business. The spiritual needs of the older person must be attended to, not only by one person such as a spiritual care specialist, but that everyone across the older person’s care team needs to be sensitized to looking after people’s spiritual needs. The future of aged care depends on care providers being able to demonstrate that they have a deep holistic understanding of the older person and are paying attention to the fullness of that person within that context. By paying attention to spiritual care and building that into an organisations mission, we are sensitizing the whole organisation to holistically understand the older person, thereby making the older person’s care experience a positive one. The 16 hour SCS volunteer training course is sector endorsed and is an initiative of the Health Television Network in Australia. The SCS is made up of eight high quality video episodes, featuring Professor John Swinton. Each two-hour session is practical as well as highly relevant. Apart from the video content, the course is supported by a 200-page participant workbook and 150-page facilitator manual, as well as group discussions, practical exercises, individual activities and online assessments. The SCS is suitable for a wide range of volunteers from industry standard age care homes to multifaith care providers and church groups. The SCS is also designed for flexible learning from large to small group facilitated settings.
Delegates will learn about the definition of “spirituality” and what quality “spiritual care”
looks like in action for the older person. They will take away an understanding of how
spiritual care volunteers can be recruited and trained within their own countries to provide
this service. The SCS will be made available to delegate countries, dependent on the level of
interest expressed at the workshop