Partner & Family Programming at R&R 2019

Sessions targeted to Partners

Pride and Peril: The Life of a Rural Spouse

Laura Soles

Thursday April 4th, 2:40 - 3:40 pm

An interactive, engaging session that will provide the opportunity to share and learn!

Rural Family Support Network, Working Group

Fraser Turner, Stephanie Welton, Laura Soles, Patti Kemp

Friday April 5th, 10:05 am - 12:15 pm

We continue towards developing a nationwide support network for families and partners of rural physicians, building on the information we gathered in St. John’s last year. Together during this session, we will begin to create the infrastructure we can use to connect throughout the year.  Partners are particularly encouraged to attend; everyone is welcome to join and share their perspectives.

General Interest SESSIONS

The Microbiome: We Are Not Alone

Gerard MacDonald

Thursday April 4th, 11:30am-12:30pm

A general interest talk on one of the hottest topics in biology today and its implication for patient care. A brief overview of the history of how we got here, and how this may change the paradigm on how we may manage conditions such as obesity, diabetes, bowel disorders , allergies, malignancies, and pregnancies, as looking at what the literature has to say about probiotics.

What is Real? How the History & Personalities of Quantum Mechanics Affect our Understanding of Reality

Fraser Turner

Thursday April 4th, 1:30-2:30pm

The first half of this talk will be an overview of Quantum Mechanics and why it's so difficult to interpret its results (much like the Quantum Consciousness talk at R&R 2018). The latter half will explore different interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and how personalities, politics, and historical events have impacted the debate over which of these provide a better picture of "Reality."

SRPC Reads

Patti Kemp

Friday April 5th, 1:30-2:30pm

Join us for the inaugural meeting of the SRPC Book Club! We only meet once a year, but like every good book club, we’ll talk about books and enjoy good fellowship. This year, we will discuss books from CBC’s Canada Reads. Read one, read none or read them all – it doesn’t matter! Come out for a lively and engaging chat about books, Canada Reads and Canada’s literary landscape.

Trading Places:

Immigration & Human Rights Law

Patti Kemp

Saturday April 6th, 9:50-10:50am

Join Patti Kemp, a qualified lawyer in England and Canada, as she talks about her experiences working in immigration and human rights law and the relationship between domestic immigration laws and international human rights instruments. Her talk will be of interest to anyone who would like to gain a greater understanding of refugee and humanitarian immigration.

Curly/Wavy Girl Method:

Frizz is a Curl Waiting to be Discovered

Lynne Theriault Sehgal

Saturday April 6th, 11:00am-12:00pm

An interactive session learning how to polish your look and love your curls/waves!

Running in Medicine: Lessons Learned Qualifying for Boston

Stephen Loden

Saturday April 6th, 1:30-2:30pm

A practical approach to marathon training with a focus on improving finish times, appropriate to runners of all levels. It will be appropriate for health professionals and their spouses. I am hoping for the presentation to be light hearted and interactive, with plenty of time for questions and discussion from the audience. I hope we can all learn from the collective wisdom in the room.

SRPC Partner & Family Room

We have designated this room as a home base for partners and families to gather throughout R&R. There will be activities and snacks available, and we will post information on the daily program specific to partners. This is a comfortable and private space.

The Partner & Family Room is located on the convention level, off the exhibitors hall - look for the balloons!



Mix and Mingle - featuring live fiddle and a bouncy castle!

  5:00pm, Halifax Convention Centre

Hockey Night ($)

  9:00pm, Centennial Arena

Tunes and a Time ($) SOLD OUT

  7:30pm, Halifax Distilling Company


Movie Night! at the Cambridge Suites

  7:00pm: How to Train Your Dragon

  9:00pm: Maudie

Jam Session

  9:00pm, Cambridge Suites

Awards Dinner ($) SOLD OUT

  7:00pm, Murphy’s


Wrap-Up Party ($)

  7:00pm, Keith’s Brewery

  (kid-friendly until 9pm)

If you did not purchase tickets with your registration, tickets can be added by emailing

There will also be a whiteboard in the Partner & Family room to facilitate spontaneous meetups!

Discover Halifax has great information on how to see Halifax while you’re there for R&R!

Conference App

The app will be used throughout R&R 2019 to notify all registrants of announcements, events, schedule changes, and other pertinent information. You can use it to search the conference program, build a personal schedule, and access course evaluations. It will be the most up-to-date source of information once R&R is underway.

Download PSAV Events App from your app store. Find the Rural and Remote 2019 event.

***Please allow push notifications as we will send out information exclusively to partners and families throughout R&R 2019***

Childcare Information

Childcare is provided free of charge. Pre-registration is required - please email to register your child.

If you arrive at the conference and have not pre-registered, please see the staff at the Registration Desk. They will connect you with the Childcare Supervisor.

There will be an opportunity to meet the childcare staff on Wednesday April 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm during registration.

More information

The full academic program and all information on R&R 2019 can be found on the event website

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