20Sept

2019 CHTA Conference

Albion Hills Conservation Park Caledon, ON
Thursday, Sept. 19 & Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Albion Hills Conservation Park, Caledon, Ontario


CANADIAN HORTICULTURAL THERAPY ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL CONFERENCE & AGM


Our venue this year is Albion Hills Conservation Area located in the Town of Caledon within Peel Region. The AHCA is 8 km north of Bolton, ON. The address is 16500 Peel Region Rd. 50 Caledon, ON L7Eā€“3E7.


You can visit AHCA on the web here.


Speaker Mark Cullen


This year's theme is "Well with Nature" fitting for our new logo. The AGM will run from 9am to 10am followed by our first guest speaker, Mark Cullen of Cullen Gardens. Mark is an expert gardener and a best selling author with 18 books to his credit. Mark writes a weekly blog on Yahoo and is a regular guest speaker at Canada Blooms. Time permitting, we will have a presentation by the Albion Hills Conservation staff and the work and programs that take place there.


Lunch will be at 12 noon ā€“ please let me know a week in advance if you have any food allergies or dietary concerns.


Speaker Susan Elliotson


Susan Elliotson, a Medical Herbalist and member of the Ontario Herbalist Association will speak after lunch. Susan has a wealth of information and will take us on a guided walk to look, discuss and really see the magic beneath our feet. Please bring a pair of good walking shoes with you as the terrain at Albion Hills can be rough. Towards the end of the day there will be time for an open forum, as I think that it is important to have time for all members to ask questions, share experiences, discuss frustrations and learn how to become involved with the CHTA.


I am in the process of making arrangements for out of town members to stay at the Hampton Inn in Bolton. The address is 12700 Hwy 50, phone number is 905-857-9990. Bolton is approximately 15 minutes by car from the Albion Hills venue. I am working on shuttle transport for those staying there who do not have a car. If you can please let me know ASAP if you will require accommodations, I can reserve some rooms and hopefully at a discounted rate. The Hampton Inn does have a pool and exercise room, tea and coffee available at reception as well as really good cookies. (At last time I was there). Breakfast is also included.


We will have tea and coffee with baked goods available for those who are driving in for the day.


About Maureen Marley

 

Maureen has been working in Long Term Care for the past 16 years and with the Alzheimer Society for 4 years prior to that.


Always noting the positive effect of being outside and in a garden surrounding had on individuals.


She decided to take the Container Garden course with Margaret Nevitt and it found it enjoyable and enlightening. It was Margaret who told Maureen about Mitchell Hewson and his work in Guelph, and the Canadian Horticulture Therapeutic Association.


Maureen took Mitchell's course and joined the CHTA.


After Mitchell's course, Maureen decided she needed to learn more. She went to Humber College and took the Horticulture Science program where she graduated with honours. She has attended a few conferences over the years and ended up joining the Board Directors of CHTA two years ago. Presently Maureen is the Conference Co-Ordinator.


Maureen has a few more courses she would like to take when she finds the time!


At her work she runs horticulture programs all year round. Natures Corner is very popular and covers a wide range of gardening, craft, butterfly release program, bird watching and other nature related programs. Presently they are readying for the gardening season.