Interactive Mindfulness Practice Session presented by Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat, Registered Psychologist

You are invited to join an interactive mindfulness practice session presented by Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat, Registered Psychologist

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat is a Registered Psychologist, public speaker, meditation and yoga teacher. Kasim is the founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Canada in North Vancouver. His Centre is a recognized Global Mindfulness Collaborate (GMC) with the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. He is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School.

He offers professional mindfulness trainings in North America and is a teaching Faculty at Brown University. Kasim has also completed a six-month meditation retreat in Southeast Asia in silence, and presented a TEDx talk on mindfulness, entitled, “How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction.” He has appeared in various TV shows, publications, podcasts, and radio interviews. 

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Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (PDT)
Meeting Link: Join the sessional meeting using the videoconferencing app, Zoom. You can download the app here:

Once you have installed the app, use the following link to access the meeting:
Meeting ID: 856 545 525
Password: 383699
It is recommended that you install the Zoom app and login ahead of the session using your prefered computer / laptop / iPad / other device and test the video and mic, as there will be an interactive component to this session.

Grand Rounds Speaking opportunity

If you would like to provide a presentation at LGH Grand Rounds, please contact Dr. Dana Haaf at

LGH Physicians are eligible to be compensated through Facility Engagement Funding (FEMS) for their prep and presentation time. Contact for more information.

Wellness Wednesday Sessions

LGH has planned wellness sessions for staff and physicians.  The sessions will be held in the LGH Gym on the dates below.   Each session is 30 to 45 minutes starting at 12:30 and 3:15.   Physicians are welcome to attend one of the sessions on each date.

March 25 Yoga – Simone Riml (cancelled)
April 29 Yoga – Simone Riml

CST update


Providence Health Care acute services at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and Holy Family Hospital rehab, along with the long-term care homes at these sites went live with CST in November 2019. The remaining Providence care homes and sites – Brock Fahrni, Langara (including Alder Unit), Youville (including Parkview), Honoria Conway, St. John Hospice, and community-based clinics – will implement CST in phases starting three months after this initial go-live.

Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction went go live with CST in December 2019. Sequencing and timing for the remaining BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services facilities is still being determined.

BC Cancer’s CST activations will start with Surrey and Abbotsford centres going live together in the first wave, in May/June 2020. Prince George is slated to go next in August 2020, followed by Vancouver (including Clinical Trials) in October 2020. A fourth wave, comprised of Victoria, Kelowna and level 4 CON sites, is set to roll out CST in December 2020/January 2021.

VCH-Vancouver sites are slated to go live in mid-2020. Stay tuned for more information around timing for the remaining sites.

Physician Appreciation Lunches

LUNCHES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Note that in sandwiches, baked goods and drinks are available for front-line physicians in the doctors lounge fridge during COVID-19.

The Every Day Counts Program, in the Palliative Outpatient Care Centre

The Every Day Counts Program provides free psycho-social care, complementary to medical care, to individuals living with a life-threatening illness and their families on the North Shore and Bowen Island. It is located in The Palliative Hub which is part of the new Palliative Outpatient Centre.  It is connected to the Hospice.   For more information, including an activity schedule, please contact the coordinator, Jane Jordan, at 604-363-0961 or e-mail

During Covid they are continuing to offer Every Day Counts Program Sessions on the North Shore Hospice Facebook page.  Join in live, or enjoy whenever you wish. Make sure to Like their page and receive more updates.

Coffee, Tea and Water

Coffee and Tea is available in the physicians lounge at all times.  Cups are available but you can help the environment by using your own mug.  There is a water dispenser with hot and cold water selection.   Feel free to fill up your water bottles.