VRA Manitoba May 2018 Workshop

Date and Location

Monday May 14, 2018 8:30 - 12:00

Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion Street, Winnipeg [Free Parking/Wheelchair Accessible]


Meeting Agenda:

7:30-8:20 Registration and breakfast
8:20-8:30 Greetings and comments
8:30-10:00 A.J. Zeglen
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 Dr. A. Schaefer
11:45-12:00 Wrap-up

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Practices in Self Care: the importance of health care workers investing in their own well being.

AJ Zeglen- Manager/Head Strength Coach, Focus Fitness

Working in the field of health care can be physically and emotionally taxing on the individuals providing care. AJ Zeglen will discuss how health care workers can flourish in their own personal lives physically, mentally and emotionally while still providing care to others. The talk is a framework and instruction guide on how to feel your best and live a great life.


AJ has worked extensively with professional,collegiate, and amateur athletes from around the world. He is the Co-owner of Making LivesHealthier, Manager and Head Strength Coach of Focus Fitness and the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Winnipeg Jets wherehe brings over 15 years of experience and his unique brand of training techniques to athletes and the general public alike. He comes from adiverse training background having competed ina multitude of different sports including basketball, rugby, playing football for the University of Manitoba Bison’s, competing in Natural Bodybuilding at a National level, running the Manitoba marathon, and holding aworld record for the world’s longest car push in 24 hours. AJ has trained athletes, both in the gymand in the kitchen, in a variety of sports ranging from racquetball to football, he has worked with Hockey Canada, the Winnipeg Jets and many other hockey and football players from development ages to a number of different NHL,AHL, KHL, ECHL and CFL players. He also works extensively with many athletes and business professionals on mental performance and wellness. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, a volunteer fire fighter and married father of two beautiful children. It drives AJ to help people attain their goals and realize their dreams. He enjoys helping people become the best versions of themselves and truly believes working out helps people find that.


“Health care providers: independent and unbiased professional judgement?”

Professor Arthur Schafer-Director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics (U of M), Ethics
Consultant- Department of Paediatrics and Child Health- Health Science Center Winnipeg

Conflicts of interest are widespread in health care provision. What is “COI” and how should an ethically conscientious health care provider deal with such conflicts? Professor Schafer will analyze the moral dilemmas that arise when health care professionals work for and with clients, employers and insurance providers.


Professor Schafer is Director of the Centre for Professionaland Applied Ethics, at the University of Manitoba. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an Ethics Consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. For ten years he was Head of the Section of Bio-Medical Ethicsin the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba. He has also served as Visiting Scholar Green College, Oxford.

Professor Schafer has received a number of awards and honours. He is a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar, Honorary Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Canada Council Fellow. At the University of Manitoba he has received the Stanton Teaching Excellence Award, the Campbell Award for University Outreach, and the University Teaching Service Award for Teaching Excellence.



Register at VRA Website- Manitoba Society Section
$50 members/ $65 non-members
Registration Begins at 7:30 am, Breakfast Will Be Served

3.0 Credits (VRAC & CVRP) have been pre-approved including 1.5 towards Ethics