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​​​On October 8-9, 2015 the Guardian Angels Ukraine Project, in cooperation with Ukraine's Ministry of Defence, the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, and NATO Military Medical Services, co-organized an international conference in Kyiv, Ukraine at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine entitled "A Scientific and Practical Conference on the Physical Rehabilitation & Mental Health of Veterans of Ukraine's Anti-Terrorist Operations."

Special thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Markus Besemann, the Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Rehabilitation, and the Canadian Forces Health Services Group HQ at the Department of National Defence for facilitating the participation of several Canadian physical and mental rehabilitation experts working with the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian delegation included:

Sean Gehring (Clinical Manager, Specialized and Neuromuscular Care Streams at the Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre); 
Dave Blackburn (Doctor, retired Major, and Professor of Sociology at l'Université du Québec en Outaouais, who was the National Manager of the Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Education and Training Program; Captain Adam Hannaford (Physiotherapist from Canadian Forces Base Health Services in Esquimalt, British Columbia on behalf of the Department of National Defence); Marika Paquin (OT, Specializing in how Occupational Therapy incorporates physical medicine and psychiatry into the rehabilitation of veterans); Kalyna Kardash (Canadian Coordinator, Guardian Angels Ukraine and Hero's Companion Project; overseeing training to establish service dog program for vets in Ukraine); and Lisa Shymko (Chair and Founder of the Guardian Angels Ukraine Project and President of the LUCW).

On the second day of the conference, a press conference was held at the Irpin Military Hospital with the participation of Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine, Roman Waschuk, our Canadian project participants, and representatives of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. The Canadian delegation took part in a working visit to the military hospital -- home of the first Centre for the psycho-physical rehabilitation of Ukrainian military personnel. Ukraine's current rehab practitioners, psychologists, and NGO representatives had the opportunity to consult on physiotherapy procedures and learn about the integrative "team" approach to physical and mental rehabilitation services utilized by Canadian rehab institutions.

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Our two-day conference on health care services for Ukrainian veterans 


Dr. Vladimir Golyk, President of the Ukrainian Society of Neurorehabilitation