This year’s event filled the gym at Sunny Hill to capacity, with youth and parents joining health care professionals and volunteers for an afternoon of learning, knowledge sharing and making connections.
“I was so happy and ecstatic to see such a large audience – all those families,” said Cindy Balayewich, BC Children’s Hospital Neuromuscular Nurse Clinician and presenter. “It was amazing to see these parents, youth, and caregivers from all over BC connecting about transitional care.”
One of the highlights of the day included a presentation on the ON TRAC initiative. Cindy was particularly excited to show parents and families the ON TRAC toolkit and website, and how to use the tools to help their transitioning children manage their health care needs.
“It was very rewarding to see everyone downloading the tools to their phones and learning how to use them,” Cindy said. “That’s what this day is all about – making the transition as smooth and easy as possible, for both parents and youth alike.”
One parent echoed this sentiment: “The ON TRAC website
is incredibly thorough and easy to navigate,” she wrote. “It is an extremely valuable tool and so very easy to follow, down to the last detail.”
Cindy and the rest of the transitional care team are looking forward to next year’s education day – where they hope to see even more kids and families explore and connect!