PHA Canada’s monthly electronic newsletter
Vol 1. No. 4 October 2011

In this issue:

 Welcome New Board Members and Executive 
PHA Canada held its Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on September 18th and four new Board Members were elected to the PHA Canada Board of Directors. We would like to welcome new Board Members: Dr. Ian Adatia from Edmonton, Darwin Hanofski from Saskatchewan, Lynn-Marie Cox from Edmonton and Rita Hebert from Montreal. Several previously serving Board members decided not to run for re-election and stepped down from the Board. We would like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Board Members: Sharon Proudfoot, Dr. Kim Boutet and Carol Storseth for your years of service on our Board. 
Following the AGM, the newly elected Board of Directors met for their first meeting and elected the 2011-2012 Executive as follows:
  • Frank Poon, President,
  • Maureen Tymkow, Treasurer and
  • Sandy Metcalfe, Secretary. 

During the 2011 Conference a special plaque of recognition was presented to outgoing President, Darren Bell, recognizing him for his years of dedication and service to PHA Canada. A special thank you to Darren for all of his hard work over the past three years as President as well as his years of service leading up to that point.


Conference 2011: Uniting the Community from Coast to Coast
Our second biennial National PH conference was held in Toronto on September 16th to 18th this year. The theme for this year's conference was “Uniting the Community from Coast to Coast” and this was truly achieved as this year’s attendance totalled close to 250 attendees with participants attending from all over Canada from as far away as British Columbia to the West and Prince Edward Island to the East.

The weekend consisted of many opportunities to network and socialize as well as a full schedule of educational presentations and support group meetings. Special presentations were given by keynote speaker Mark Black, a heart and double-lung transplant recipient turned 4 time marathon runner, best-selling author, life coach and motivational speaker and guest speaker Carl Hicks, Immediate Past Chair of Pulmonary Hypertension Association of the USA. Networking opportunities included a special Friday night “Meet & Greet” hosted by the Toronto Chapter of PHA Canada as well as a “PHenomenal Young Adults After Hours Meet & Greet” in Monarchs Lounge which gave young PHers a chance to meet in a casual setting and share their experiences.

 Conference attendees had the opportunity to leave their messages of hope on our “Wall of Hope”, which was displayed throughout the weekend. Quotes from the Wall will be used for our upcoming awareness month activities. Read about the weekend in more detail in the upcoming issue of Connections due to hit your mailbox in late October. 

A big thank you to all of our amazing volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you

Awareness Month 2011: "Lend a Hand for PH" Campaign
With November fast approaching, we are busy gearing up for our national awareness month campaign.  This year’s “Lend a Hand for PH” campaign will see groups across Canada working to collect as many blue handprints as they can in order to raise awareness of PH with the use of our “BLUES” slogan which stands for:
Bluish hands, feet & lips,
Unable to Breathe,
Edema (swelling of feet, ankles)
Syncope (fainting) -- all symptoms of PH.  
The campaign will kick off with launches in four major cities across Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver and will wrap up with a major event on Parliament Hill at the end of the month where the total number of handprints collected will be revealed. We are looking for your help to make this campaign a success! Contact our office at to pre-order your Awareness Month Kit, which will include all the materials you need to “lend a hand for PH” in your community!  

 This Month’s Resource Tip: PHA Canada Email Groups
Did you know that PHA Canada has many ways for you to connect with others in the PH community that have similar backgrounds and interests?  One of the ways in which you can connect with other members of the community is through our email groups. Email groups range from general topics to special interest ones including PH Caregivers, PH Parents, Young PHers and PH transplant. Visit our website at: to subscribe and start connecting with others today.

 Low-sodium Recipe of the Month
Thanksgiving Stuffing
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here is a great recipe you can use to dress up your turkey dinner without adding too much salt.  Enjoy this low-sodium stuffing recipe from
Low Salt Vegetarian Stuffing
This tasty stuffing is quick and easy and is a low-sodium alternative with the perfect combination of spices and the sweet taste of apples and raisins.

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp sage
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1 zucchini, diced
2 onions, chopped
2 granny smith apples, cored and diced
1 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped almonds 

1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
2. Combine the eggs with the herbs and mix thoroughly. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the almonds, and mix well.
3. Place into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and bake, covered, for 1 hour. Top with the almonds, and serve. 

Servings: 8
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. The following ingredients were not linked to the ingredient database and were not included in the nutrition information: sage, thyme
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 129.05; Calories From Fat (41%): 53.01; Total Fat 6.23g; Saturated Fat 0.85g; Cholesterol 61.33mg; Sodium 30.96mg;
Potassium 363.78mg; Carbohydrates 15.66g; Dietary Fiber 2.68g; Sugar 9.01g; Sugar Alcohols 0.00g; Net Carbohydrates 12.98g; Protein 5.11g


Latest PH news

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The Pulse
Vol. 1 No. 4
           October 2011

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PH Resources: Your Help Needed
Conference 2011: Missing Headsets

Community Events Calendar

We are compiling a list of resources available to patients across the country, if you’ve taken advantage of any resources available in your province, or city (through government programs, other foundations etc.) please share the information with us so we can help others in your region. Email your resource info to:

CONFERENCE 2011: Missing Headsets
Attention Conference Attendees: at our recent conference in Toronto, four headsets were not returned to the translation table.  As we will be charged $428 for each missing set, we would really appreciate if you could check your conference bags to ensure that you have not accidentally taken a set home with you.  If you find one of the missing sets, please contact our office to arrange to have them shipped back to us free of charge.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Upcoming PH events:

Saturday, October 01
Toronto PH Support Group Meeting
Condo Party Room
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM  

Wednesday, October 5
Salle A-102, Hôpital Général Juif
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, October 14
Valley Ridge Golf Course
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday, November 4
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Saturday, November 5
Brebeuf College School
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM 


Hosting a PH-related event that you’d like us to help you publicize? Submit your event for our events calendar and we will include it in upcoming issues of The Pulse (and Connections, depending on timing)

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