Disability Support in Canada – Learn more on June 16th, 2017

FREE Educational Event/Webinar on CPP-D, Provincial disability and private insurance

 Sponsored by the National ME/FM Action Network mefmaction.com

  • Webcast by Mike Finch of Self Connection Books
  • Moderated by Dr. Ellie Stein, Calgary physician
  • All interested in learning about disability supports welcome (not illness specific)
Date: Friday June 16th 2017 at 1 – 4:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time
Location: Cardel Theatre – 180 Quarry Park Blvd S.E. Calgary, AB
To register for this free event go to: www.selfconnection.ca/stein

This event will be recorded and will be freely available on the website of the ME/FM Action Network after the event.

If you want to pose questions to the speakers you must attend either in person in Calgary or by web on June 16th.

Click here for a pdf notice.  Please forward  to anyone who may be interested to attend.

If you have a question for one of the speakers please forward them to me well before the date so that I can forward  to the speaker in question.   http://eleanorsteinmd.ca//downloads/2279/

Speakers: All of the speakers are volunteering their time to participate in this educational forum.
We are very thankful to them for the opportunity to learn more about applying for and appealing disability supports.

CPP-D: Kris Johnson (speaking by web from Ottawa)

Kris is the Director General of the CPP-Disability Directorate within Employment and Social Development Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/disability/benefits.html

AISH: Dale Beesely (speaking by web from Edmonton)

Dale is the Statutory Director for the AISH program and Acting Executive Director of Financial Supports within the newly created Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services. https://www.alberta.ca/aish.aspx

Do I Have a Case? James Ludwar (in person)

James Ludwar is a benefits and disability lawyer in Calgary who serves Alberta and Saskatchewan. James founded Ludwar Law in 2012 and has represented many individuals with ME/CFS and FM. http://www.yourdisabilitylawyer.ca/lawyer

Employment and Disability: Hugh Scher (speaking by web from Toronto)

Hugh has extensive experience in employment, human rights and disability insurance matters.  He has been involved in some of the most important disability decisions for ME/CFS in Canada. His firm, Scher Law, has offices in Toronto and Ottawa.  http://www.lostjobs.ca/

Patient Advocate: John Wodak (by web from Edmonton)

Over the past 20+ years John has has provided advice and/or assistance to more than 700 individuals applying for CPP-D and/or AISH.  He is a co-author of a Guide to CPP-D applications and appeals, available for downloading on the National ME/FM Action Network’s website. www.mefmaction.com

Registration Open for March 19th Diet and Lifestyle Webinar

Registration is now open  –  Webinar: Diet and Activity for optimal health in ME/CFS and FM

Date: Saturday March 19th, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) 


Rory Hornstein Registered Dietician: Use gut bugs to be healthy and lose weight.
Cory Fagan BPE(Hons), MSc: Use heart rate and exercise test results to plan daily activities.

Location: Join in person at Self Connection Books or On Line

Self Connection Books is at:#125, 4611 Bowness Road NW,  Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403.284.1486  Toll Free: 866.735.3457

Cost: $15.00/ $7.50 low income (to register as low income please call the office for the coupon code)

For Full Details and to Register go to: http://selfconnection.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1081&Itemid=13

Rory Hornstein Registered Dietician: Using gut bugs to be healthy and lose weight.
Ever wondered how you could have managed to put on weight over the years despite dieting the entire time? Turns out our gut bugs may be creating oversized guts. This session will explain how microbes influence how we eat, what we eat, how we get energy from our food, protect our immune system, help us harvest calories and produce key vitamins and nutrients. Rory Hornstein will explore what we can do to cultivate and enrich the critters in our gut on the path to better health. 

Cory Fagan BPE(Hons), MSc: Recommendations for physical activity and recovery with ME/CFS and FM
Cory and I have been working together for a few years offering the Stephens Protocol 2 day exercise testing. Cory will share what he is finding and how the results in individuals with ME/CFS compare to healthy individuals that he works with at his training facility TCR Sport Lab in Calgary.

  • His topics include: “you are not faking, something is off”. Physiological data to support ME/CFS. 
  • Using heart rate and exercise test results to “train” optimally.
  • Using cryotherapy to improve recovery from activity.

2015 International Awareness Day Webinar Recordings NOW Available Online

On May 19th we heard two great talks, one by Lucinda Bateman MD mostly focused on the new SEID criteria and her experience with low dose naltrexone in Fibromyalgia. The other registered dietitian Rory Hornstein RD on the good, bad and ugly among popular diets.

The recordings of both talks plus the powerpoint slides and Q&A are all posted. 

You will also gain access to the 2014 event web recording. 

Scroll down on this page to read more about those speakers.

Here is how you can access the talks. Please read carefully.

If you have not previously purchased access to any talks on the Self Connection 2.0 website for either the 2015 or 2014 International Awareness Day speakers go to: http://selfconnection.kajabi.com/sp/29896-international-awareness-day-for-me-cfs-fm-mcs

Once there you can purchase access for $10.50. When you purchase your access you will be sent an email instructing you how to enter the login website. You will need to set up a password for the site and can then access it as often as you wish.

If you registered and paid for either the 2014 or 2014 events and have previously accessed the online materials you can go directly to the login page and use the email and password you previously used: http://selfconnection.kajabi.com

If you have paid for either this year or last year’s events online, you should have received an email with instructions how to access the website, set up your password etc. Please follow those instructions. 

If you  have any technical problems accessing the material after you have paid or can’t remember your password, please email Mike at Self Connection books at mike.g.finch@gmail.com.