May 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

2020 Community Summit Webinar Series

A Virtual Gathering Place!

Calm at the Center: Mindfulness Practice for Those Caring for Others

It was a difficult decision to cancel the Community Summit conference that was planned to be held in Wenatchee, Washington in June 2020. In the meantime, the on-going COVID-19 public health crisis has affected every citizen – in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities. Social distancing and the loss of familiar routines has many of us feeling alone and missing our friends, families, and co-workers. But we are still a community!
* The Community Summit Webinar Series is free to attend!

Mindfulness is becoming a part of the day to day experience for many people and organizations. Fortune 500 Companies are teaching and encouraging their employees and successful leaders are embedding mindfulness into the workplace routine.

The exciting news is that not only does the practice benefit employees, it has deep and far reaching benefits for the people they support. How often are we told to remain calm in the face of crisis? Many of us do not have the skill set to do this or to stay calm when things begin to escalate.

Currently, a program is being finalized in Ontario, that focuses on teaching caregivers the practice of mindfulness to better equip them to support others. In this presentation, we will be examining elements of this program and other modalities of mindfulness in the work environment.

Through lecture, examples, video and active learning, participants will begin to understand how this simple tool can make a difference in our own lives and those that we support.

In this session participants will:

  • Complete a simple mindfulness practice
  • Investigate how the fMRI’s and science are beginning to quantify how mindfulness works.
  • Demonstrate how this practice is being used to support those who are perceived as “challenging”.
  • Explore ideas for using mindfulness to support ourselves and others when things get difficult.
  • Access a number of resources for continued learning and practice of mindfulness.


Sheldon Schwitek

Sheldon brings more than 30 years of experience supporting people who experience disability which began with the birth of his youngest brother when he was 13 years old. With a firm grounding in Person Centered Work through long associations with Inclusion Press and the Toronto Summer Institute, Sheldon’s focus has always been on encouraging people to “dream bigger” as a pathway to true citizenship. Recently Sheldon has been working nationally and internationally weaving together his experience in Person Centered Work and mentorship as exemplary tools to assist people to realize full potential as citizens. He is passionate about people living meaningful lives of contribution in their communities and he continues to find ways to deepen his practice and understanding.

Contact info:

Business website: www. incompanyofothers.com

Email Address: [email protected]



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