Hearts and Hands


Hearts and Hands is the premier conference for healthcare assistants in British Columbia. With the goals of celebrating, educating, and inspiring, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

The fifth annual Hearts and Hands will take place this year between October 19-23. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Celebrate Together

Since its inception, the Annual Hearts and Hands Conference has always been a chance to recognize and celebrate the hard work healthcare assistants do on a regular basis. With the COVID-19 pandemic, that celebration is needed now more than ever. While restrictions may prevent us from gathering in large crowds, we are happy to say Hearts and Hands will continue — in a digital form.

SafeCare BC is committed to our members’ health and safety. The new format of the conference will not only allow us to follow the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, it means even more people can join in the celebration.

Stay tuned, as we’ll have more to share soon!


Education and Inspiration

Get ready for a week that will energize and educate!

Certified Speaking Professional Michelle Cederberg will be providing a series of presentations for this year’s Hearts and Hands.

Michelle is truly a master of many disciplines. As an author, speaker, and coach, she holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, a specialization in Health and Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach, and an ORSC-Trained Team Coach.

And before all that? Michelle worked as a Recreation Assistant in long-term care!

Michelle believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by the physical, mental and emotional capacity we each have within us to create the life and career we want.

In Michelle’s words, “Carpe freakin’ diem!”

Find out more about Michelle.

Additionally, each day of the event will have its own activities and educational opportunities to take part in.


This Year's Schedule

This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

MondayEvent Kick-off – Energized for ExcellenceMichelle Cederberg
BC Care Award BC Care Providers
Discussion BoardSafeCare
Understanding DementiaMariana Hudson/ Alzheimer Society of BC
Sponsor Message TBD
TuesdayHow to Make Time for YourselfMichelle Cederberg
BC Care AwardBC Care Providers
Discussion BoardSafeCare
Grief – Managing Loss When the People we Care for PassShanell Jiminez and Jo Sedman/Good Samaritan
Workplace CivilityTBD
Sponsor Message TBD
WednesdayHow to Prioritize Health in Small StepsMichelle Cederberg
BC Care AwardBC Care Providers
Discussion BoardSafeCare
How to Have the Difficult ConversationTBD
Strategies for Self-CareTBD
Sponsor MessageTBD
ThursdayHow to Embrace the Power of ‘Pause’Michelle Cederberg
Care AwardBC Care Providers
Discussion BoardSafeCare
How to Build Fun Into Your WorkplaceTBD
Finding a New Balance in Work and in LifeDan Levitt/Tabor Village
Sponsor MessageTBD
FridayDare to Live it BigMichelle Cederberg
Care AwardBC Care Providers
Discussion BoardSafeCare
Sponsor MessageTBD
“Thank You” VideoSafeCare

Become a Sponsor

No matter the circumstances, healthcare assistants have always gone above and beyond with their work. The COVID-19 pandemic has only meant that more of the world has taken notice. Sponsoring Hearts and Hands is just one way to show your support.

Help make this year’s Hearts and Hands the best one yet by becoming a sponsor or donating a prize.

View the sponsorship prospectus.