Forced to cancel the 6th edition of the event last May due to the health crisis, L’Appui Mauricie has not given up and has instead taken advantage of the last few months to prepare a virtual version of the Salon des aidants et des virtual seniors, a first in Quebec in digital format.
Caught in a dilemma preventing any gathering and the absolute need to remain a resource for caregivers in a most difficult context, Appui Mauricie has never thought of putting the event on hold until 2021, confided its director. general, Florence Pauquay.
This 1er Virtual Caregivers and Seniors Fair, which will take place from 1er until November 8, will allow visitors to discover more than 60 kiosks and attend some twenty workshops. The event will be accessible as much on the website (www.salondesaidants.ca) than on their Facebook page and interactions between visitors and participants will be possible and even encouraged.
Communications and development manager for Appui Mauricie, Vanessa Bouchard explained that COVID-19 has highlighted more than ever the crucial role played by caregivers in society. “There are a lot of caregivers who ignored each other and realized their importance,” she says.
Two renowned speakers will participate in the event with live presentations. Well-known author and host, Christine Michaud will present her conference Making humans flourish: the contributions of positive psychology Sunday 1er November at 7 p.m. The identity of the second mystery speaker will be revealed in mid-October, Vanessa Bouchard said.
President of the Association of Caregivers of Energy, Diane Lemay recalled that the past few months have been difficult for its members and that the virtual salon was timely. “Caregivers have been left on their own for a long time. With the closure of the day centers, they could not have respite and were isolated 24 hours a day. And for those who had a parent in a CHSLD, they did not have visitation rights for two months. “
For her part, Marie-Anne Bazerghi, operations manager at Eugeria specializing in the sale of technologies and products for cognitive disorders, explained that these events were of great importance for companies like hers, but also for the general public because of the wealth of information it can find in one place.
More than 5,000 virtual visitors are expected during this 1st digital edition of the Caregivers and Seniors Show. There are still a few places left for companies wishing to hold a kiosk. Interested parties should contact us by email at [email protected]