continuing Education                  

OFSA is dedicated to providing funeral professionals with a minimum of 20 Hrs of continuing education credits (CEC) annually.

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October webinar
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Choosing the Red Pill: Waking up to the Realities of Indigenous People & Our Histories with Canada
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 1 Hr CE Credit Category A
Presenter: Tracy Bear - Director & Assistant Professor
MIRI - McMaster Indigenous Research Institute
Department of Sociology & Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences

November webinar
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Working with families that have experienced a sudden & tragic loss
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 1 Hr CE Credit Category A
Presenter: Lisa Athan - MA, Grief Specialist, Founder of Grief Speaks

Choosing the Red Pill: Waking up to the Realities of Indigenous Peoples & Our Histories with Canada
Wednesday, Oct 6,, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 1 Hr
CEC - Category A

Session Summary: 

This presentation explores the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada and outlines the major historical moments in time. Indigenous Peoples continue to challenge mainstream's accepted version of the past and state for themselves their own - much overdue - understandings of the historical past. This fast and furious journey into history seeks to enlighten and engage audiences, but also challenges learners to sit with uncomfortable truths. The second half of the presentation explores the ways in which settler allies are positioning themselves as collaborators, and co-conspirators to reimagine a different Canada. 

Bio: 

Tracy Bear is a rabble-rouser, Nehiyaw’iskwew (Cree woman) and member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan. She is the newly appointed Director for the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) and holds joint academic appointments in the Dept. of Sociology and Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Before coming to McMaster, Bear worked at the University of Alberta, where she was the Director of the Indigenous Women & Youth Resilience Project and the academic lead on ‘Indigenous Canada,’ a highly successful online course boasting over 380,000 learners; she was also an assistant professor of Native Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. 
 
An accomplished academic, Bear has made significant contributions to Indigenous scholarship and the national Indigenous education landscape since earning her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2016. Her current research includes social justice, prison abolition, body and land sovereignty, sexuality, gender and reproductive justice, contemporary Indigenous art, and Indigenous literature. When she is not marking, teaching or enjoying her new role as Kookum (grandmother) you will find her biking around Hamilton’s amazing bike trails.  

                

Working with families following a sudden and tragic loss
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 1 Hr
CEC - Category A

Session Summary: 

Summary:

This presentation will help funeral professionals work with families that have experienced a sudden and tragic loss, including homicide, suicide, and accidents. Lisa will discuss the different styles of grieving, four tasks of mourning, family unit dysfunction, and will provide guidance around communicating with grieving families. Various scenarios and resources will be provided to equip funeral professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to navigate various challenging situations. Lisa will also discuss the importance of self care for funeral professionals.

                    

IN PERSON Events

September 8, 2021 to September 29, 2021

2022 Midyear meeting

May 2022
Details to be announced 

OFSA 2022 AGM & Conference

September 20, 2022 to September 22, 2022
QUEEN's LANDING — Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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NEWS

Education Session With Eddie LeMoinE

April 10th, 2019 @ 12:30 Hilton Garden Inn Toronto West Mississauga. more info on the session 

Mackinnon & Bowes April 9, 2019 @ 6pm 

Peer Enrichment Series with Joe Primo CEO and Executive Director of Good Greif Inc.  more info 

Media

Participants: Left to Right: Scott Smith (Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia), Scott Miller (Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Home, Ottawa), Kerri Douglas (Ontario Funeral Service Association, Burlington), Ernie Morgan (Morse & Son Funeral Home, Niagara Falls)
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