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Sunday was Father's Day, an occasion to celebrate and appreciate the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and paternal figures in our lives. Dedicated fathers play a vital role in helping to nurture and protect their children. To be a dad is to have the immense privilege and responsibility of teaching and guiding young people to reach their full potential, which ultimately benefits the entire society. We know that the pandemic added extra pressure and uncertainty on the shoulders of the parents at TeamUHN, especially for those with school-aged children. We celebrate all of the fathers and father figures at UHN who have stepped up, and recognize the lasting influence of so many dads on the values and principles we bring to work each day.
This Tuesday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the unique cultures, languages, and traditions of the First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada. For 25 years, this occasion has been marked on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and one that has deep spiritual significance for many Indigenous communities. As part of National Indigenous History Month, this day also provides us all an important opportunity to reflect on how each of us can walk the path of truth and reconciliation. This means having clear eyes to the injustices of the past, including the devastating residential school system, but also the systemic discrimination and inequalities that Indigenous communities continue to face today. The Indigenous Health Program at UHN, along with Indigenous staff at UHN, has partnered with the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health at Women's College Hospital and the Toronto Central Region – Indigenous Cancer Program for a full day of outdoor events on the 21st at the Gitigan (garden) at the Michener Institute for Education at UHN, at the corner of Elm St. and McCaul St. A sacred fire will be lit for the first time at UHN, before the sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. with Kookum Alita Sauve, and last until the closing ceremony at 4 p.m. In addition to scheduled speakers and drumming, drop-in activities include making your own dreamcatcher, medicine pouch, or orange shirt pin.
A full schedule of events can be found here.
The 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee and Indigenous Health Program are co-hosting a virtual talk on Thursday, June 23. The event, "Identity: Understanding Who You Are & Where You Come From" will explore Two-Spirited teachings and traditional perspectives with cultural educator EJ Kwandibens, Northern Woodland Anishiinaabe from Waahbiidaahgaah First Nations and member of the Loon Clan. The discussion will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to staff, patients, and the general public, but organizers would like people to pre-register before the morning of June 23 to receive the link.
You can register here. A recording will also be published online after the event. And stay tuned: 2SLGBTQIA+ training opportunities with Rainbow Health Ontario will be coming! Watch for announcements.
June is Thyroid Awareness Month. One in 10 Canadians of all walks of life suffers from some form of a thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), Graves' eye disease, and thyroid cancer. According to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, up to half of the individuals affected by a thyroid condition are undiagnosed, which can result in serious long-term health effects. The
Thyroid Program at UHN, which works across the Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princess Margaret hospitals, manages the highest volume of thyroid cases in the province and is leading the way with access to tumour and familial genetic testing, as well as the prevention and early detection of thyroid cancer. The
Surgical Thyroid Programs at UHN manage thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal tumours, and treat a range of conditions, including thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, Graves' disease, and more.
Pride Toronto's annual festival weekend will take place from June 24 to 26, with thousands expected downtown to celebrate and show solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The festival grounds run along Church St. from Bloor St. East, down to Dundas St. East. TeamUHN members, particularly those who are working over the weekend, should be mindful of road closures that could affect their commute. Wellesley St. will be closed from midnight on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday, while Church St. will be closed from 10 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday. The Pride Parade will begin on Sunday at 2 p.m., starting at Bloor and Church St. before heading west and then south on Yonge St., ending at Yonge Dundas Square. The City of Toronto is expecting 200,000 spectators and 25,000 marchers to participate. For more on road closures this weekend, please
consult the City of Toronto website.
As healthcare practice and technology evolves during and post-pandemic, Michener continues to hone and develop its Continuing Education courses to enable your professional development and career goals. The
2022/2023 Continuing Education Brochure is now available and includes new courses in areas such as Healthcare Ecosystems: Behind the Scenes; Difficult Conversations in Health Literate Care Simulations; Mental Health Nursing; and Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion. I encourage you to consider how Michener's Continuing Education offerings can help you help the patients and families we serve.
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