Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 14, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  InterChurch Health Ministries Canada: A Vision for Health, Healing & Wholeness
Joanne M. Jasper B. ScN. M.A. grew up in rural Bruce County at a time when where you went to school and what church you attended was firmly attached to your name. After completing high school, Joanne attended the University of Toronto, School of Nursing. Following graduation, she has worked in hospital acute care settings and in community health in staff nurse capacities in urban and rural parts of Ontario. Since the mid-80’s, she has worked in management positions for private and non-profit community agencies both across Ontario and in several provinces in western Canada. Joanne completed her Master’s degree in California at the University of San Diego in the early 90’s.
She was instrumental in developing the provincial Hospital in–the-Home program in a rural county, developing overnight adult programs to provide respite to burdened caregivers, unique models of supportive housing (assisted living) and the provincially funded Home At Last program. All of these programs foster low cost, high value health outcomes.
Joanne has been with InterChurch Health Ministries Canada (ICHM) for two years. It is interdenominational and focuses on the whole person and the relationship between faith and health.  The Parish Nurse or Faith Community Nurse practices a ‘ministry of presence.’     
Click on the You Tube link below for:  A Look at Parish Nursing, published on September 24, 2014 by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, provides a short introduction to the field of parish nursing and what it entails.