National Pain Awareness Week

2009 NPAW Events


National Distribution of National Pain Awareness Week Posters to Health Facilities and Clinics

The Canadian Pain Coalition will once again distribute National Pain Awareness Week Posters to health facilities and clinics across Canada. If you would like to order posters to display in your workplace, please contact the Canadian Pain Coalition office atoffice@canadianpaincoalition.caor 905-404-9545.

Pain Information Booths at Malls Across Canada

The CPS Nursing Issues SIG and the Canadian Pain Coalition will once again be co-hosting Pain Information Booths at various malls across Canada. Nurse volunteers will be displaying Canadian Pain Coalition information and resources, such as the helpful booklet Conquering Pain for Canadians, CPC bookmarks and notepads, as well as helping to answer your pain-related questions.

Stop in and visit them at a mall near you!

City Place Shopping Centre
333 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6
November 18, 2009
Comox Mall
215 Port Augusta
Comox, BC V9M 3M9
November 7, 2009
Kingsway Garden Mall
109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5G 3A6
October 24, 2009
Mic Mac Mall
21 MicMac Blvd.
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4T4
October 11, 2009
Oakville Place
240 Leighland Avenue
Oakville, ON L6H 3H6
October 24, 2009
Oshawa Centre
419 King Street West
Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5
September 26, 2009
Portage Place Shopping Centre
393 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
October 25, 2009
Southcentre Mall
100 Anderson Road SE
Calgary, AB T2J 3V1
October 24, 2009
Vaughan Mills
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4
October 17, 2009

More malls to come!

"Persistent Pain in Older Persons"
Presented by PARC/CPAC


Wayne J. Chindemi ND, DC, DHANP
Bartlett Natural Health
Grimsby, ON

Dr. Ramesh Zacharias MD, FRCS, DAAPM
CPM Pain Consultant, Medical Director, Erin Meadows
Mississauga, ON

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time:1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: Linhaven Hall (Linhaven Home for the Aged)
403 Ontario Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario
(QEW exit Ontario St. North to Linhaven sign.)

Lunch, prizes, draws and displays.
Cost: $5.00 per person
RSVP to Helen at 905-934-0261 or Debbie at 905-734-3769 or email
Sponsored by Sanofi Aventis

Pain Patient Support Groups are presenting an educational and informative program, that includes:

  • Pain Patient Story
  • Specialist from the field of Pain Management
  • CPAC Support Group Presentation
  • October 31, 2009 – Sydney, NS
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Delta Sydney
    300 Esplanade Street
    Contact Lynette at (902) 567-6290 for more information
  • November 1, 2009 – Charlottetown, PEI
    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Delta Prince Edward
    18 Queen Street
  • November 2, 2009 – Truro, NS
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Best Western Glengarry
    150 Willow Street
    Speaker: Dr. Maureen Allan
  • November 2, 2009 – Halifax, NS
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Dalhousie University
    6136 University Avenue
    Speaker: Dr. John Gillis
  • November 3, 2009 – Moncton, NB
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Delta Moncton
    750 Main Street
  • November 3, 2009 – Fredericton, NB
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Kierstead Hall
    University of New Brunswick
    38 Dineen Drive
    Speaker: Dr. Scott Robertson
  • November 4, 2009 - St. John’s, NFLD
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Capital Hotel
    Speaker: Dr. Kamra
    Contact Carol at (709) 747-0744 for more information
  • November 4, 2009 - Toronto, ON
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Best Western Hotel
    Carlton Street
    Speaker Dr. Alan Gordon
    Contact Glen at (416) 486-5494 for more information
  • November 5, 2009 – Kingston, ON
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Peachtree Inn
    1187 Princess Street
    Speaker: Dr. Ruth Dubin
    Contact Terry at (902) 449-7246 for more information

Action Ontario presents:

"Towards an Ontario Strategy – A symposium on neuropathic pain"
Tuesday November 3, 2009
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
MaRS Auditorium
101 College Street, Toronto

Download the PDF file for details.

The Edmonton (Alberta) Nerve Pain Association is planning:

  • The launch of its website, which will hold information on different treatments available to reduce neuropathy pain
  • Small displays in two hospitals in Edmonton where its volunteers will distribute brochures on how to reduce neuropathy pain
  • Support group meetings starting in 2010

"Building the Momentum: Pain as the 5th Vital Sign"
A Conference to Move the Agenda Forward for Pain Management in Saskatchewan

November 4-5, 2009
Temple Gardens Mineral Spa
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Registration deadline: October 23, 2009
For more information, email: or phone: 306-966-8363

"Easing Chronic Pain: Medical, Legal and Psychological Perspectives"
Presented by Brainworks

Thursday November 5, 2009
8:00 am – 10:30 am
Best Western Stoneridge Inn
6675 Burtwistle Lane, London, ON

For more information, please download PDF
RSVP by Friday October 23, 2009 *Space is limited
Call Brainworks at (519) 657-1180 ext. 0 or email

"When Pain Never Sleeps"
Free public lecture with Dr. Mark A. Ware
Thursday November 5, 2009
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (AECRP), the Louise & Alan Edwards Foundation and the McGill University are pleased to invite you to an stimulating public lecture about chronic pain. For more information or to register :

"Chronic Pain Public Forum"
Sunday November 8, 2009
Doors open at 2:00 pm, Speakers start at 3:00 pm

Courtyard by Marriott
1224 Upper James Street
Hamilton, ON

No fee. Download the PDF for more details. For more information, email or phone 905-592-1516

Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday October 31, 2009
"Coping with Chronic Pain"

Location: Bernard Snell Auditorium
University of Alberta Hospital
Edmonton, Alberta
Time:10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Speakers: Dr. Rob Hauptman, Dr. Brian Knight, Dr. Greg Boughen

Pre-registration is required. Please contact CPAC at (780) 482-6727 or to register and for more info.

Location: Vancouver, B.C. Saturday, October 31, 2009
Kay Meek Center
West Vancouver, B.C.
Time:1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Speakers: Dr. Pam Squire, Dr. Michael Negraeff, Babz Chula,Sebastien Denison, Pharmacist, Heather Divine, CPAC
Cost: $10.00

Please contact Kay Meek Center at (604) 913-3634 for more information or andclick on the National Pain Awareness Week bar for more information.

Location: Rockland, Ontario
Wadland Pharmacy
Laurier and Heritage Drive
When: Sunday, November 1 and Saturday, Nov 7, 2009

For more information please contact Mary Lou at (613) 446-1971

"OVERCOME PAIN – Live Well Again"

Location: Best Western Hotel
1590 Cliffe Avenue
Courtney, B.C
When: Thursday, November 5, 2009
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Speakers: Neil Pearson, MSc.

To register call: 1-866-414-7766
For more information please download the PDF file


Location: Best Western Hotel
1590 Cliffe Avenue
Courtney, B.C.
When: Friday, November 6, 2009
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost $85.00 – This forum is geared more to the professional and is aimed at knowledge transfer of current pain science to reinforce a modern paradigm of pain, and enhancepatient care through experiential learning.

To register please call the Volunteer Desk at (250) 331-8504, Ext 38115
For more information please download the PDF file

"See Pain in a New Light: Understanding Through Participation"

Where: Woodward Room, Begbie Hall
2101 Richmond Rd.
Victoria, B.C.
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Speakers: Jon Dizdar, Victoria Pain Group, Dr. Luce: “InsideChronic Pain”

For more information please contact Jon at (250) 208-7788 or

"The Newfoundland and Labrador Long Term Pain Association’s Annual National Pain Awareness Week Conference"

Thursday November 5, 2009
7:00 pm -10:00 pm
The Capital Hotel
208 Kenmount Road
St. John's, NL

There is no cost involved to attend the conference. Guest speakers for that evening are as follows:

1. Dr. Hassan Khalili- Psychologist, speaking on the psychological effects of chronic pain
2. Dr. Kamra- Anaesthetist and Pain physician, speaking on the different types of pain medications
3. Dr. Sandra LeFort- PhD, RN, speaking on how people can find access to chronic pain references on the web and through other media sources
4. Dr. Ethnie Munden- Doctor of Chinese Medicine, speaking on how Chinese and holistic medicine can help chronic pain.

"Putting Pain on the Podium: Free public forums on fibromyalgia"

Putting Pain on the Podium is a free public forum series, designed to raise awareness of fibromyalgia and help educate Canadians on its causes, diagnosis and treatment. The forums will also highlight research and treatment advances to help provide hope to those living with fibromyalgia. The 2009 Putting Pain on the Podiumseries will run in three major Canadian centres: GTA, Longueuil and Calgary.

GTA(Greater Toronto Area)
Host: Leading Canadian pain expert Dr. Gordon Ko, Medical Director of the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham and Consultant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto
Where: The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Markham, located at 7095 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario.
When: November 5, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more info please download the PDF file.

Host: Leading Canadian pain expert Dr. Pierre Arsenault, M.D, Ph.D., affiliated with the Clinique Medicale de Windsor and the University of Sherbrooke
Where: Théâtre de la Ville, 180 de Gentilly Est, Longueuil, Quebec.
When: November 10, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more info please download the PDF file.

Host: Leading Canadian pain expert Dr. John Clark, Medical Director of the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre
Where: The Libin Theatre Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Dr NW, Calgary,Alberta.
When: November 19, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more info please download the PDF file.

"PAIN SCIENCE AND RECOVERY - Medical/Interprofessional Rounds"

When: Friday,November 6, 2009 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Sites Booked: IHN Campbell River; IHN Port Alberni; IHN Nanaimo; IHN Sooke; St Joseph’s Hospital Conference Rm B; Memorial Pavilion (Victoria) HW Rm 340
To connect, dial '1-IHN ', locatedin the directory

To telephone into the videoconference, 250-370-2111, then 2829# when prompted. This number will connect you to the videoconference equipment.
For support during the V/C, please call 250-370-8223.

For more information please download the PDF file.

CPC and Dell Pharmacy public pain education event, November 3, Hamilton Ontario.
For more details please download the PDF file.

Thursday November 5, 2009 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Speakers: Dr. Yoram Shir, Clinical Director
McGill MGH Pain Centre/HGM Centre de la Douleur,
Gary Blank – CPAC representative and leader of Montreal Pain Support Group
Location: Livingston Hall
Montreal General Hospital
1650 ave. Cedar Ave
Montreal, Quebec

For more information please contact Gary at (514) 685-2332 or

"Coping with Pain: Conventional and Complementary Approaches"
Wednesday November 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre
192 Main Street
Ottawa, ON

Nearly 1 in 5 Canadian adults suffer from chronic pain. In this seminar, a panel of speakers featuring Dr. Mary Redmond, an MD specializing in pain management and the author of Pain and Stress: The New Plagues, will discuss a variety of approaches for coping with pain. There is no admission fee and refreshments will be served.

Please see PDF, call 613-238-1881 or visit for more information.

"Fibromyalgia Forum With Dr. Pierre Arsenault, M.D,Ph.D. With Patient Testimony"
November 10, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Théâtre de la Ville
180 de Gentilly Est
Longueuil, Quebec

Host: Leading Canadian pain expert Dr. Pierre Arsenault, MD, PhD, affiliated with the Clinique Medicale de Windsor and the University of Sherbrooke.

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Thursday November 5, 2009
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

East Lecture Theatre, Royal University Hospital

Carl L von Baeyer, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Associate Member in Pediatrics

For more information please visit:

"Newfoundland & Labrador Long Term Pain Association Annual Conference"
Thursday November 5, 2009
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Capital Hotel
Kenmount Road
St. John's, NL

Guest speakers include: Dr. H. Khalili, Dr. C. Kamra, Dr. S. LeFort, and Dr. Munden.
We are taking reservations, so do not delay.
To register or for more information please phone 709-237-7246 or