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It is that time of year again – time for the Ontario Health Coalition’s Annual Assembly and Conference!

Registration form


The focus of this year’s assembly will be on safeguarding public health care, the fight ahead to protect and rebuild public health care and how we can play a lead role in defining the future of health care delivery in Ontario. Following the provincial election, a $14 billion deficit and continuing corporate tax cuts will pose a severe threat to public services.  On a national level, the Canada Health Accord is under threat. We invite you to join us as we look ahead to new challenges and opportunities, hear reports from local health coalitions from across the province and set goals and strategies for the coming year.

This year we will be holding the assembly and conference at the Sheraton Centre, located at 123 Queen Street West in Toronto.  The assembly will be held on Saturday, November 19th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, while the conference will be held on Sunday, November 20th, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Registration fees will be on a sliding scale from $0-$35 per day.  Please find a registration form attached.

As many of you will be travelling from out of town, and rooms at the Sheraton can be costly, the Ontario Health Coalition has secured a block of rooms at the Bond Place Hotel (, located within walking distance from the Sheraton Centre, at 65 Dundas Street East (across from the Eaton Centre). Rooms at the Bond Place hotel will be available at the reduced rate of $82 per night and can be reserved by calling 1-800-268-9390 and citing “Ontario Health Coalition”. 

Other downtown hotels in close proximity to the Sheraton Centre with reasonable rates include:

The Best Western – Primrose Hotel Downtown

111 Carlton Street, Toronto
(416) 977-8000

Holiday Inn Express – Downtown Toronto

111 Lombard Street
(416) 367-5555

Super 8 Hotel – Downtown Toronto

222 Spadina Avenue
(877) 605-7666

Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown Toronto

30 Carlton Street
(416) 977-6655

Also, we are currently accepting nominations for The Daniel Benedict Award and The Ethel Meade Award which will be presented during the assembly and conference. Please find descriptions of the awards below. We look forward to this opportunity to honour some of the many outstanding contributors to the fight to protect Public Medicare across the province and we hope that you will help us in doing so by submitting your nominations no later than November 1st, 2011.

The Daniel Benedict Award

Daniel Benedict, a distinguished former Ontario Health Coalition board member who passed away in 2003 is remembered for his many contributions to a host of important social causes; such as, workers’ rights and education, social justice, quality public health care, justice for seniors and international solidarity.  Dan was the recipient of the Order of Canada in 1998, a founding member and co-chair of the Ontario Health Coalition, as well as a valued board member of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations and esteemed community activist.

The Daniel Benedict Award is presented annually to the person persons who – working with one of the local health coalitions – best embodies Dan Benedict’s spirit of extraordinary community activism and commitment to the protection and extension of Public Medicare.

The Ethel Meade Award

Ethel Meade, PhD (Eng. Lit.), has been a long-standing community activist on health care issues and has held numerous leadership positions. Her knowledge of the health care system in Ontario is encyclopedic and she has been involved in developing policy options to benefit patients in her areas of particular passion, including home and community care.

She has been both a Board member and Steering Committee Co-Chair at OCSCO (Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations); Vice- Chair of Care WatchToronto; Past Chair and founding member of the Ontario Health Coalition; Member of Senior Secretariat Seniors’ Liaison Committee; and Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers’ Committee on Issues of Aging.

The Ethel Meade Award was created upon Ethel’s retirement from the Ontario Health Coalition Board of Directors. The award is to be given to the person whose research and/or policy work has made a crucial contribution to the public health care system and the fight to protect it.

Should you have any questions regarding the assembly and conference, or if you wish make a nomination please feel free to contact us at 416-441-2502 or [email protected]

We hope to see you in November!

Kind Regards,

Megan Cobean

Ontario Health Coalition

15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305

Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8