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Part One: The F Words for Wellness and Self-Care

Tuesday, July 13 at noon EST

In 1989, Dr. Peter Rosenbaum co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities. Today, CanChild is also the home of a tool and suite of resources for wellness in children with disabilities (indeed for all children and youth) called the F Words (Friends, Family, Fun, Function, Fitness and Future). The F Words ideas provide a flexible framework that can be used by anyone to achieve personal goals and balance work and family life.

In this webinar, Dr. Rosenbaum will join Donna Thomson in a lively chat about how to make this McMaster evidence-based tool part of your life plan for resilience and wellbeing.

We look forward to you joining us for Part One of  The View on Wellness Series.



/_uploads/images/events/DrPeter-Rosenbaum-hs_220x220.jpgPeter Rosenbaum, M.D., FRCP(C) joined the faculty of McMaster University in July 1973 and has been a Professor of Pediatrics since 1984. He is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (2001- 2014). In 1989, Peter co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities. Peter has held more than 80 peer-reviewed research grants and is a contributing author to over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in 30 countries. He co-authored Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life (2012), and co-edited Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions (2013) with Dr. Gabriel Ronen. In 2016, he and colleagues published a book on ethical dilemmas in developmental medicine, and as of 2018 they have a book in press on the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.​


Donna Thomson is a caregiver, author and activist. She is the mother of two grown children, one who has severe cerebral palsy and medical complexity. Donna also helped care for her mother who lived with dementia until she passed away in the summer of 2018 at the age of 96. Donna is the co-author with Dr. Zachary White of  The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation of Loved One to Caregiver and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving. Donna is the past Vice-Chair of Kids Brain Health Network and is a leader and instructor in family engagement in health research. She is a co-designer and co-instructor of The Family Engagement in Research course and the facilitator of the Caregiving Essentials course, both at McMaster University. For the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Donna sat on The Expert Group on Home and Community Care, the advisory committee for the white paper on aging and on the Working Group on Complex Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.