Medical Symposium 2011

Vernon Lodge Ballrooms

Friday February 25, 2011, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

“Resillience; What is it? How do we get it?”

– Dr. Andrew Clarke – The Physician Health Program of BC


Friday February 25, 2011, 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM

“Medicine North of the 53rd Latitude – Prince George Medical Basics”

– Dr. Jamie Appleby and colleagues



Saturday February 26, 2011

Guest Key Note Speaker

Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player with Detroit, Boston, and Calgary



Short description about this year’s
Medical Symposium 2011 with agenda.

The Vernon Medical Association Medical Symposium and Spring Hockey Tournament. During the 1970’s the medical communities of Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm held occasional invitational hockey games; usually a hotly contested game followed by a friendly discussion. At one of these discussions Larry Hancock suggested that we develop a tournament weekend so that an actual champion could be decided.


We are pleased this year to have, as our special Guest Speaker at the Tournament Banquet,Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player with Detroit, Boston, and Calgary.



Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career and played for Canada’s gold-medal-winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championships. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his minor-league hockey coach, Graham James, with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under Graham James’ care. Sheldon’s subsequent decision to go public with the charges rocked the hockey world and thrust him into the media spotlight, where he became an unofficial spokesperson for millions of sexual abuse survivors in North America. His life story was made into an award-winning television movie, and he has appeared on Oprah, ABC’s Nightline, W5 and The Fifth Estate. Through his work with Hockey Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sheldon has converted his tragic personal circumstance into positive social change. Through Respect in Sport, Sheldon continues his crusade.”