BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FARMER- FREE SERIES FOR THE FARMING COMMUNITY

This October and November, attend a collection of health-related webinars encouraging sustainable practices for your farm’s most valuable asset; YOU!

This webinar has been created to address the current mental and physical health of farm workers in the province. A focus on mental health will highlight how to spot symptoms of stress or illness and provide coping mechanisms that can be easily adapted to routine life. Other important health concerns that could be work altering conditions will be highlighted so everyone can work in a safe environment. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with new and alternative options to managing their health and that of their employees, so that they remain productive, safe members of the farming community for years to come. You are your farms most valuable asset!

 Speakers include…

To learn more about each webinar and to register, please scroll below.

All webinars require pre registration.


SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI

FREE WEBINAR SERIES FOR

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FARMER


Farmer Welfare with Farmer Tim

November 25, 2020 at 2 pm ADT

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Presenter: Farmer Tim, Dairy Farmer and AGvocate

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Farming can be described in romantic terms by those who do not work on them. While families today will admit it is a one of a kind way of life, it does come with its own set of challenges. Learning how to deal with those challenges has lead Farmer Tim to become a very popular AGvocate.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar “Farmer Welfare” with well known social media AGvocate Farmer Tim is all about sharing the importance of you, the Farmer. A dairy farmer himself, Farmer Tim will walk everyone through a day in the life of todays modern farmer and correct some misconceptions about agriculture that will have you laughing at yourself while learning valuable lessons on what it takes to make it in today’s agricultural sector.

With over 66,000 followers on social media sites, tune in to hear how Farmer Welfare is an often ignored topic of conversation and learn how this farmer is doing his best to encourage society and farmers to take better care of this very valuable resource.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn about the impacts of ignoring your mental health.
  2. Participants will learn how using social media has helped change the way society views the agricultural industry.
  3. Participants will learn how important each and every Farmer is to the continued success of Canadian Agriculture.

For more information on Farmer Tim, check out his Facebook page,  Twitter  and Instagram

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SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI


Fatigue on the Farm: Quality sleep, the importance of it and how it affects your life.

October 20, 2020 at 1-2 pm ADT

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Presenter: Maureen MacPhee, Registered Respiratory Therapist, The Snore Shop

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Long, hard, physical hours are required to successfully run a farm especially during harvest season but if you are not getting enough sleep you can be fatigue impaired. Good sleep leads to good health and there are many conditions that can interfere with you and that perfect nights rest.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar featuring Maureen MacPhee, a Registered Respiratory Therapist from The Snore Shop will help you understand the leading causes of Sleep Disordered Breathing and help you understand the options available to you so that you are no longer sleeping impaired.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will understand how to identify, manage and deal sleeping problems such as Sleep Disordered Breathing (SBD).
  2. Participants will learn what factors affect the quality and quantity of sleep as well as the health consequences of poor sleep.
  3. Participants will learn what resources are available to help you achieve a good, quality sleep.

For more information on The Snore Shop and their programs, check out their website. If you want to schedule a FREE Sleep study please click on the following locations for Charlottetown/Summerside and for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI


Hear now, Hear later

October 22, 2020 2-3 pm ADT

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Presenter: Krista Campbell, M.Sc., Aud(c), Audiologist & Owner of Campbell Hearing

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students. Tractors and machinery have traditionally been a leading cause of hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) on and around farms and ranches.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar will cover the basic hazards associated with agricultural tractors and machinery and how to prevent injuries from these hazards. The impacts of hearing loss and tinnitus on physical and mental well-being will be covered, along with the treatments and technologies being used to aid the farmer in maintaining healthy hearing.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will understand the hearing hazards associated agricultural tractors and machinery.
  2. Participants will learn ways to reduce the hearing hazards associated agricultural tractors and machinery.
  3. Participants will learn what resources are available to protect your hearing, to manage both hearing loss and tinnitus, and learn how hearing safety is an integral component of a successful farm.

For more information on Krista Campbell and Campbell Hearing, call (902)-569-0101, check out their website or at https://www.campbellhearing.ca/

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI

 


Canada House Clinics – A Clinical Approach to Medicinal Cannabis”

November 4, 2020 at 2-3 pm ADT

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Presenter:  Adam MacDonald, LPN and Cannabinoid Therapy Educator

Intended Audience: Farmers, Ag workers, Ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Primary Producers often have very physical jobs which can play havoc with their health. Farmers can suffer from everything from acute to chronic pain and this can have a toll on the mental and physical well being. Cannabis has become legal in Canada but there is a stigma surrounding it that this webinar series hopes to counteract, so that you, can make an informed decision.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar topic “Canada House Clinics – A Clinical Approach to Medicinal Cannabis” is designed for people in the agricultural community who may be wondering if medicinal cannabis can help with their health concerns. The webinar will look at what ailments could benefit from cannabis treatment and help farmers recognize the value of this alternative approach to health care. Meant as a complimentary treatment to conventional medical treatment centers, it is hoped that after you view the webinar you will have basic tools in place to help you make a more informed decision regarding medicinal cannabis and your health.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn about scientific and historical evidence of Medical Cannabis use.
  2. Participants will learn what conditions cannabis is effective in treating.
  3. Participants will learn what services are offered by Canada House Clinics.

More more information on Canada House Clinics, visit their website or phone the Charlottetown office at 902-894-1421

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI


“Recognizing and Responding to People at Risk”; Learning to Address the Issue of Suicide

November 6th, 2020 1-2 pm ADT

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Presenter: Kim Hyndman-Moffat, Crisis Counselor, Canadian Suicide Prevention Support Services

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Farming is one of the most stressful professions available today. Fluctuating markets, unpredictable weather and demanding societal wants are causing increasing Mental Health concerns. Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar topic “Recognizing and Responding to People at Risk”; Learning to Address the Issue of Suicide, is designed for people in the agricultural community. The webinar will look at the current influences and challenges facing farmers today and the impact on their mental health and well being. Participants will gain skills to both recognize and respond to farmers who may be showing signs of distress and be in need of support. The issue of suicide in the farming community will also be addressed and participants will be given basic tools to help connect farmers with appropriate resources.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn the current influences and challenges facing farmers today and the impact on their mental health and well being.
  2. Participants will learn and gain skills to both recognize and respond to farmers who may be showing signs of distress and be in need of support.
  3. Participants will learn what mental health resources are available for someone who may be in need of support.

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI

 


PEI Smoking Cessation Program

November 10th, 2020 at 1-2 pm ADT

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Presenter: Laura MacDonald, Provincial Tobacco Control Coordinator & Public Health Practitioner with the Chief Public Health Office, Department of Health and Wellness

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students. Farming is a labor intensive, stressful career and smoking is one way many individuals cope with the daily challenges, but it does come with serious drawbacks to your health and safety.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar featuring Laura MacDonald from PEI’s new Smoking Cessation Program, will help inform you on the health problems caused by smoking and help you navigate the options available to farmers wanting to stop the habit. The resources available to people has progressed a long way from the “Cold Turkey” days of our grandparents, so join us in learning more so you can become a successful non-smoker.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will understand the hazards associated with smoking.
  2. Participants will learn how to approach stopping the habit.
  3. Participants will learn what resources are available to assist you in your stop smoking goals.

For more information on the program, check out the PEI Smoking Cessation Program at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/quit-smoking, call 902-368-4319 or email at  quitsmoking@gov.pe.ca

 

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI


Farmer Assistance Program

November 17th, 2020 at 1-2 pm ADT

Presenter: Frank Bulger, MSW, Counselor with the Farmer Assistance Program

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Farming is a challenging profession and not immune to mental health issues. Erratic weather, fluctuating market prices and personal issues can affect your well being and work performance.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar The Farmer Assistance Program featuring Frank Bulger, will highlight this Island program designed just for farmers. Frank will discuss the benefits of this Mental Health program and how it can help you, the farmer, your family and your employees. Learn how to recognize the signs of mental illness and where you can go for help.

Learning objectives

Participants will learn about the Farmer Assistance Program and who qualifies.

  1. Participants will learn which problems the counselors can help you and your family with.
  2. Participants will learn what Mental Health resources are available for Island Farmers.

For more information on the program, check out the Farmer Assistance Program or to contact Frank personally, call 902-626-9787,  check out his website, or email.

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI


Massage Therapy and the Farmer: The Benefits to Self Care

November 18, 2020 at 2-3 pm ADT

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Presenter: Shawn Foubert, Registered Massage Therapist

Intended Audience: Farmer, ag workers, ag business employees, Safety professionals, educators, and students.

Farming and stress seem to go hand in hand, and it is common for farmers to adopt a stoic “Git’er done” attitude and power through the aches and pains this profession heaps on you. Stress is #1 on the list of ailments that plague farmers, so let this webinar series give you new coping skills so you can begin to de-stress yourself.

Building a Sustainable Farmer webinar topic Massage Therapy and the Farmer: The Benefits to Self Care, is designed for farmers. This webinar will show you how massage has evolved over time and is now accepted as a viable method of treatment for a variety of physical and mental ailments. Shawn will help you understand how pain levels, chronic pain and injury can manifest itself in other parts of the body and how massage helps speed up the healing process. He will show participants how important it is to maintain ones body. Much like tractor maintenance, body maintenance is especially important if farmers are going to successfully work long, physical hours. Massage can assist in treatment of chronic pain, discomfort & anxiety and Shawn can help you understand how your body got to this stage. A practitioner and an educator, Shawn will help debunk concerns or myths surrounding massage and help you see it as an important tool in your health care regime.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn how massage can have a positive impact on their mental health and well being by understanding the origin of pain centers.
  2. Participants will learn how massage helps stress issues before they become a physical issue.
  3. Participants will learn how massage works in conjunction with your medical provider to help you heal.

For more information on a Registered Massage Therapist in you area check out the PEI Massage Therapy Association website

 

SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE WCB GRANT PROGRAM OF THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF PEI