Spring Conference & Sports Event - 2018

Friday May 4th - Sunday May 6th, 2018

Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Convention Centre
601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph, Ontario N1G 3E7
Telephone (519) 836-0231 or 1 (877) 836-0231

When making your room reservation, use the code LPO to get the group rate: standard non-smoking room (one queen bed or two double beds)  $124.99+taxes (double occupancy) with breakfast for (2) two. To get the group rate, you must register directly with the hotel in Guelph (Tel: 519-836-0231) before Wednesday, March 28, 2017.

Register by Wednesday March 21, 2018 for a chance to “Win Your Weekend”.

The Spring Conference will start off with the ever popular Parents Meeting, followed by the Annual General Meeting. Natasha Rochford, ECE, will be managing the children's room again and Devin Dawson, RMT, will also be on hand for complementary massage bookings.

Dr. Kathryn S. Walker, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Health Psychologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital will be our special guest presenter at the Medical Seminar.

Topic: Mental Health and Congenital Physical Disability (i.e. complications of Dwarfism)
Examining the psychological side of dwarfism or more broadly, growing up and living with a congenital condition or physical disability.

Afternoon Medical consultations with Dr. Roberto Mendoza, MD, MSc, FCCMG, FRCPC, Interim Division Chief Clinical and Metabolic Genetics and Ms Lucie Dupuis, M.Sc, MS, CGC Genetic Counsellor, Clinical Genetics, from the Hospital for Sick Children will be available as well as Dr. Michael Ford, MD, FRCSC, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to set up an appointment. (Space is limited.)

LPO’s Sports component at the Spring Conference has become one of the cornerstones to this annual program and has continued to grow each year.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a LP Basketball game for Open class (16+ yrs old LPs only) and Junior B (12-15 yrs old LPs only) class athletes and optional participation for the Junior A (7-11 yrs old LPs only) class. For the Futures (3-6 yrs old LPs and AH) class and optionally Junior A classes, a Floor Hockey session followed by a Boccia session will be run. NB: Junior A (7-11 yrs old) have the choice on Saturday of a Basketball session OR Floor Hockey and Boccia sessions. As the Floor Hockey and Boccia Sessions will be run concurrently with the Basketball session, no switching between sessions will be allowed.

On Sunday morning, Swimming Ontario Paralympic Recruitment Division and the Guelph Marlins Swim Club will be running a “Try-It” Swim Event. This session is open to all who can swim. In the afternoon on Sunday there will be a LP Soccer game for Open class and Junior B class players. There are no activities planned in the afternoon for Futures and Junior A class players.

For more information contact Brittany Theis, LPO Sports Chair (sports@lpo.on.ca), or Chris and Stephanie Rutte, Sports Directors.
Please bring an item for the Silent/Live Auction or the Raffle Tables.

As usual, one of the highlights is the Silent Auction and Raffle during the banquet. We will also be doing a Live Auction of select items. We are asking everyone to please provide a raffle gift.  (No alcohol please.) Thank you for your continued support in these fundraising events.
Register Early for a chance to: “Win Your Weekend”

Please note the following dates:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Early Bird Registration deadline. All payments must be made by this date to qualify for the draw for the weekend.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Deadline to receive group rate at the Hotel.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Deadline to apply for bursary funds.
Saturday, April 21, 2018: Event Registration deadline.

Please be aware that there will be NO opportunity to pay at the door. There will be no exceptions.
There will be no refunds issued after Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Looking for funding to this LPO event?
LPO Bursary Fund
Visit: www.lpo.on.ca/bursary
Download the pre-screening spreadsheet
& contact: bursary@lpo.on.ca
Register on-line or mail your payment and registration forms to David Huynh at the address below before Saturday, April 21, 2018. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Little People of Ontario.
                                                                Little People of Ontario
                                                                c/o David Huynh
                                                                1 Wallasey Ave
                                                                North York, ON  
                                                                M9M 1E1

Link to a PDF that can be filled in, printed and mailed to LPO to register for the event. (Alternative / Optional)
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