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COVID-19 is a serious health threat and the situation is evolving daily. In these uncertain times, it’s normal to feel anxious, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Talking to people you can trust and getting the information you need can help.
The Kidney Foundation, in collaboration with The Canadian Association of Nephrology Social Workers (CANSW) and the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) are proud to present this webinar, COVID-19, Kidneys and Coping - Ask Your Social Worker.
This webinar will give you the opportunity to ask social workers any questions you may have about coping: financial and employment supports, and anxiety about work, life and society - finding a new normal.
Please note the webinar is scheduled in Eastern Daylight Time.


Wednesday, May 20th from 12:15 - 1:45

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Samantha Mason


Samantha Mason is the Nephrology Social Worker for the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia dialysis unit and Kidney Clinic for Yarmouth and surrounding areas. She also works with the stroke team and other inpatient/ outpatient areas at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Samantha is currently the Atlantic Canadian Representative of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Social Workers (CANSW). Samantha is a graduate of St. Thomas University (BA, BSW) and The University of Toronto (MSW).

Jody Max


Jody Max has been working in the Kidney Transplant program at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver BC, for the past 5 years. She is currently serving as the BC Representative of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Social Workers (CANSW). Jody has been a social worker for 25 years, graduated from McGill in 1994 (BSW) and UBC in 2013 (MSW).

Tricia Hutton


Tricia Hutton is a Medical Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.  Tricia works with outpatient dialysis patients at both St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon as well as the Camaco Community Renal Unit. Tricia joined CANSW in 2012 and has served as Saskatchewan/ Manitoba Regional Representative and currently as Vice President.

Rachel Solyom


After graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, Rachel went on to complete the National Programme at McGill University, earning both a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Laws. She spent the next fourteen years building a practice as a labour and employment lawyer at a top-tier Montreal law firm, providing advice to both for-profit and not-for-profit clients across diverse market sectors. She developed a particular expertise in managing organizational change and employment issues arising in all types of business transactions. Rachel left her position as a partner in 2015 to start her own private practice. In October 2019, she took on a senior executive role at Valtech Fabrication Inc., a Quebec-based company with over 170 employees that fabricates custom metal equipment destined mainly for the petroleum refining industry. In that role, Rachel oversees all matters relating to human resources and has responsibility for strategic projects touching on all areas of the organization.


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The Kidney Foundation, would like to thank our sponsors for making the 2020 Kidney Foundation Webinar Series possible.

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