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Tears and motivation expected from ‘Greg’s Story’ film at CLPNA AGM & Conference

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Far from just a presentation, a film screening of ‘Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story’ at the upcoming CLPNA AGM & Conference aims to touch the heart of the nurse and ‘trigger a movement’ .


The 30-minute movie shares the tragic tale of a young Alberta man whose cancer diagnosis and treatment was significantly delayed due to health system gaps. Greg Price ultimately died from these delays.



One could read the 92-page Health Quality Council of Alberta report which describes the systemic breaks in Greg’s care. (Their analysis led to 13 recommendations for improvement.) But getting to know Greg personally and seeing ‘first-hand’ what happened makes his situation tragically tangible.

The film’s production was a labour of love for Greg’s family. His father, Dave Price will speak directly to LPNs following the screening bringing their hope that no one else’s loved ones will go through this in future. They’ve held over 100 similar screenings for health workers and students in the last year.

The movie stars Kevin McGarry (from CBC-TV’s Heartland) as Greg. Award-winning Canadian writer/producer Andrew Wreggitt (Flashpoint; Grapes: The Don Cherry Story; North of 60) and director Dean Bennett (Heartland) led the production.

The 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference – The Alchemy of Professionalism – examines the elements of nursing professionalism, with experts from a regulatory, legal, clinical, research and patient-safety perspective.

The Edmonton event runs May 6-7 and registration starts at $210. LPNs may be eligible for a $100 educational grant. Over 350 front-line nurses and colleagues, as well as health care decision makers, managers and administrators are expected to attend.

The annual event is hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

Fresh Format, Condensed Program, Lower Fees for 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference

There’s a fresh approach to this year’s annual nursing Conference with new speaker formats and features from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. A condensed program that honours your valuable time and gets to the good stuff quicker. And lower fees for increased accessibility for everyone.

The 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference – The Alchemy of Professionalism – examines the elements of nursing professionalism, with experts from a regulatory, legal, clinical, research and patient-safety perspective.

From Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses to their managers, from health professionals to government, from health regulators to health affiliates, over 350 will attend this year’s event.


Dress to the nines and prepare to be entertained at the formal Awards Dinner on Monday evening. Four special individuals will be surprised with the honour of the annual LPN Awards of Excellence (nominations are open now!)

Award Nominations

Everyone (it’s open to the public) is invited to hear CEO Linda Stanger share the comprehensive work of the CLPNA for 2018 at the Annual General Meeting. Handed out at the event will be the 2018 Annual Report and latest Strategic Plan / Business Plan.

Top 3 Brilliant Reasons to Nominate Your Colleague for a 2019 Award of Excellence


1. They define ‘excellence’.

Outstanding, superior, an example of the best. These attributes describe the best in Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) profession and supportive non-LPN health professionals.

2. Their work (and the work of their facility) should be shared with others.

The stories behind the Award Winners are shared in a glamorous, live presentation at the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference, and to 18,000 CARE magazine subscribers across Alberta and Canada.

3. They need to know how much they are appreciated.

Every LPN Award Winner receives a $1000 cash gift, and all winners receive a personalized, engraved crystal award.


Nominations are open for the 2019 LPN Awards of Excellence until February 15, 2019.

Award recipients are honoured by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) and the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs at the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on May 6, 2019 in Edmonton.

How to Nominate

Laura Crawford Excellence in Nursing Practice Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who consistently demonstrates excellence in practice through exemplary nursing knowledge, skills, attitude and judgement; promoting an atmosphere of teamwork; pride in the profession; and mentoring team members.

Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who consistently demonstrates excellence in leadership through their professionalism, advocacy, communication, and passion for the profession.

Rita McGregor Excellence in Nursing Education/Preceptor Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who, as a Nursing Educator or a designated Preceptor in a clinical setting, consistently demonstrates excellence in the provision of nursing education in their workplace.

Interprofessional Development Award (non-LPN)

For a non-LPN health care leader (nominated by an LPN) who is instrumental in building quality practice environments.

How to Nominate

How to Nominate

See Nomination Forms for How to Nominate, Nomination Forms, Eligibility Criteria, and Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact Foundation Secretariat Marjorie Malenfant at mmalenfant@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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LPNs navigate shifting reality, ripple effects, and self-care at 2018 Conference

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More than 330 delegates attended the 2018 College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) AGM & Conference, May 9-11, at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting opened the event with highlights from the 2017 Annual Report, and a look forward through the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

This year’s Conference theme of ‘Shifting Reality’ featured an exceptional line-up of keynote speakers addressing relevant and timely issues for LPNs and healthcare partners. Speakers included:

Dr. Greg Wells, University of Toronto with his presentation, The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Think, Eat and Move Better for Exponential Health and Peak Performance.

Marni Panas, Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, Alberta Health Services delivered a moving account of her personal journey as a transgender woman and the need for Improving the Experience for Sexual & Gender Diverse (LGBTQ) People.

Dr. Francesco Mosaico, Medical Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Detective Guy Pilon, Edmonton Police Service, Petra Schulz, Parent Advocate, Founding member of Moms Stop the Harm, and Marliss Taylor, Program Manager, Streetworks participated in the Strategies in a Time of Crisis – Opioids and Harm Reduction panel addressing audience questions through an interactive and engaging discussion.

Certified Image Consultant, Joanne Blake helped attendees take networking skills to a new level with: Connecting at Conference – Conversation to Connect.

Glenda Tarnowski, Director of Professional Practice, ‎College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta closed out the conference with a motivational account of her career, reflecting on moments of challenge and transcendence, and the inspirational learning that directed her personal and professional journey in Worms 25 cents a Dozen! and Empowered Professionalism?

The 2018 Conference was rounded out with engaging concurrent sessions featuring a number of topics from health careers for Indigenous Peoples in rural communities, to care for the aging and those with perceptual deficits, to optimizing the LPN role in homecare, and holistic health.

A Conference app and Facebook Live capture of Friday’s concurrent sessions were added this year, allowing for increased engagement and real-time questions and comments.

Delegates complemented full days of learning with an evening of music, mingling and Mardi- Gras theme at the annual Awards Dinner honouring excellence in the LPN profession. Thursday’s Silent Auction raised almost $6,000 towards LPN education grants, and the popular Exhibitors Reception and tradeshow gave delegates the opportunity to meet and learn more about community partners that contribute to the well-being of Albertans.

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Tickets on sale for 2.5-day nurses event – 2018 CLPNA AGM & Conference

Knowledge and networking, fun and friends. The 2018 CLPNA AGM & Conference is ‘Shifting Reality’, aiming to prepare Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurse and associated health professionals for changes impacting healthcare.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2.5 day event on May 9 – 11, 2018 in Edmonton.

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The engaging lineup includes topics such as professional presence, cannabis legalization, LGBTQ awareness, disruptive technologies, opioid crisis, and harm reduction… just to name a few!

There so much to enjoy! Your fanciest outfit and a glass of wine is required for entry into the annual Awards Dinner toasting excellence in the LPN profession. Finding something special for yourself or a loved one has never been more fun or philanthropic. Compete during Thursday’s Silent Auction where funds raised go towards LPN education grants, or discover the unique offerings and connections at dozens of exhibit booths.

Opening Presentations

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CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting to share LPN goals, progress

The CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting is a chance to engage with the profession’s goals, progress, possibilities, and personnel. President Valerie Paice and CEO Linda Stanger welcome all to the public event on May 9, 2018 in Edmonton.

The work of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta will be described in detail in the 2017 Annual Report scheduled for release that day. The document summarizes the goals achieved in:

  • Education & Competence
  • Registration & Conduct
  • Research & Innovation
  • Engagement & Empowerment
  • Communication & Public Awareness

The areas match the Council’s Strategic Plan, of which a new version will be shared for 2018-2021.

The AGM opens the annual CLPNA Conference, an absorbing and usually sold-out two-day educational and networking event attracting 350+ LPNs and healthcare professionals.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort

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  1. Click on Register Now.
  2. On the Conference Registration Form, select the registration category of “Single Day”. (If you wish to attend the Conference as well, you may choose another appropriate registration category.)
  3. Then select “AGM Only” from the panel.
  4. Complete the remaining information.

Completing the registration form will ensure adequate seating and documents are available for all attendees. This event is free and open to the public.

AGM Resolutions may be filed until May 4, 2018. Resolution Forms available by request at info@clpna.com or 780-484-8886.

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Nurses’ Conference inspires and informs: 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference

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The excitement is palpable!

Celebration70!, our 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference, proves to be another winner from this country’s top healthcare and motivational thinkers. To top it off, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our profession with a formal gala Awards Dinner and some special surprises!

Over 400 Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and affiliated health professionals will join the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for the 2.5 day professional development event, April 26-28, 2017 in Calgary.

Reduced “Early Bird” registration fees are available until March 30. Register before it sells out!

Call for Abstracts to make oral presentations at the Conference is open until January 31, 2017.

Invite a Health Care Aide colleague

LPNs are invited to register a Health Care Aide colleague who will receive a reduced rate to attend this event. During the conference’s concurrent sessions, we’re presenting a special workshop for HCAs and all health providers: “A Celebration of Health Care Aides and the Integration of a Palliative Approach”.

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Annual General Meeting welcomes all LPNs and public

2017 Annual General Meeting

All LPNs and interested members of the public are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) in Calgary on April 26.

The meeting takes place immediately before the annual CLPNA Conference celebrating the profession’s 70th Anniversary. This two and a half day event will connect 400 LPNs, employers, stakeholders and affiliated health professionals with information regarding nursing practice and professionalism.

There is no fee to attend the AGM; conference registration is not required.

CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:00 – 5:30pm
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary, Alberta

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Educate, motivate, entertain! Fresh Program Sessions

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Our Conference speakers have just refined their topics and updated their session titles. So now there’s even more to offer at the our 2016 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference on April 27-29, 2016 in Edmonton.

Over 300 Licensed Practical Nurses and affiliated health professionals will join the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for this 3-day educational, motivational, and professional development event. And there’s plenty of entertainment as well!

Reduced “early-bird” registration fees are available until March 29. Register soon! This event sells out every year!

Fresh Keynote Sessions

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  • Are Celebrities Messing With Our Health?
    Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Professor – University of Alberta
  • Connecting Nurses: Leveraging digital tools to transform health and healthcare
    Robert Fraser, Clinical Lead Nurse, Covenant House Toronto
  • Solving Medical Mysteries: The Nurse’s Role
    Dr. David Clarke, President – Psychophysiological Disorders Association
  • Strategy, Practice and Experiences in Mental Health
    Featuring Ed Mantler, Vice President, Programs & Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • The Sky’s the Limit: Three Decades of LPNs
    Group presentation of Alberta LPNs
  • Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work in Caring – the Future Role of LPNs
    David Sheard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dementia Care Matters
  • Valuing Relationships – LPNs Being Authentic Selves at Work
    Featuring David Sheard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dementia Care Matters
  • Leader-Ship: Are you on board or walking the plank?
    Teresa Bateman, Director of Practice & Communications, CLPNA

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Plus even more events

  • cutting-edge, in-depth speakers and expert motivators
  • opportunities for networking
  • insight from our Annual General Meeting
  • our popular fundraiser for LPN education, the Silent Auction
  • abstract presentations and table-top discussions led by local experts
  • our sparkling, formal Awards Dinner and ceremony
  • and a range of exhibitors.

RELATED – “Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work” Keynote by Dr. David Sheard leads program

For more information, visit www.CLPNAconference.com or contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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