SB&H Presentations and Annual Meeting

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NOTICE of the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Members of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario
is hereby given. The meeting is called for and will be held at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Conference Centre, 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, ON), on September 27, 2014, commencing at 9:30 am (EDT) for the following purposes:

  • presenting the annual reports, financial statements and auditor’s report for the year ended February 28, 2014,
  • appointing the auditors,
  • electing the directors in accordance with article 7 & 8 of the Association’s By-laws,
  • approving any amendments and/or additions to the By-laws of the Association, and
  • transacting any and other business as may properly come           before the meeting.

For more information or to register, contact Shauna Beaudoin at

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Presentations & Annual Meeting



Managing Your Health with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Across the Lifespan - Nurse Practitioner's 
Contributions to Care

Presented by

Andrea Neufeld, MScN, RN(EC): Andrea has been a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in London for the past 25 years, most of which has been spent as a Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatric Neurosurgery Team.  In an earlier time, she taught Child Health Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and coordinated various research studies on pediatric kidney disease and childhood injuries and prevention for Health Canada.

Andrea received her Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Western Ontario.  In 1998, she received her post-graduate certificate as a Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and the RNAO Pediatric Nurse Interest Group.  She was a prior recipient of the Clinical Practice Award of Excellence from Sigma Theta Tau International and a recent recipient of the Surgery Clerkship Nursing Award from the Schulich School of Medicine for her contribution to enhancing medical student learning at London Health Sciences Centre.  Her most challenging accomplishment is being the mother of 3 active boys.

Andrea works as a member of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Team and can be found in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  She is actively involved in the clinical care and education of children and families with health concerns involving the central nervous system.  Andrea is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario.

Connie Castillo, MS, NP-PHC

Connie has been a professional nurse for 19 years since receiving her Bachelor of Science from the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She then completed a trauma and critical care internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. After several years of working as an emergency room and trauma nurse, Connie completed her Master of Science and received her certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Texas Woman’s University in 2001. She worked in various emergency and surgical settings as a Nurse Practitioner prior to moving to Toronto in 2004.

Once in Toronto, Connie worked in the emergency room and with the orthopedic oncology team at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. After taking time off to care of her daughter, Connie joined the Spina Bifida/ Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in 2013. She is currently developing a transition model of care for individuals with spina bifida. Connie is involved in the clinical care and education of adolescents and their families with spina bifida and spinal cord injury. Once these individuals graduate from Holland Bloorview, Connie continues to see them at the Anne Johnston Health Station, a community health centre located in Toronto. She oversees the clinical management of their spina bifida as well as providing support in transitioning from pediatric to adult health care. 


Herta Yu, RN(EC), MN, CNN(C)

Herta Yu has been a neuroscience nurse for over 20 years since her graduation from George Brown College in 1990. She started her professional career as a staff nurse in the neurology ward at the Toronto Western Hospital where she also helped develop the Neuroscience Critical Care Step-down Unit. Her passion for neuroscience nursing has led her to return to school and complete her post-RN Bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University and then her Masters in Nursing Science with an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto.

After completion of her Master’s degree in 2001, Herta bid farewell to adult neuroscience nursing and entered the world of pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in the role of a pediatric nurse practitioner in the division of Neurosurgery, a position which she still holds today. In this role, Herta provides advanced inpatient care and management for children with acute and chronic neurosurgical problems as well as holistic follow up and anticipatory guidance and education to patients and families in the neurosurgical out-patient clinic.


Focusing on the Brain
NHCC’s Advocacy Plan 2014-2015

Featured Presenter
Deanna Groetzinger, Manager, Member Relations, Policy & Partnerships, Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC)

This presentation will provide an update on the new research available through NHCC’s partnership with federal government, as well as NHCC’s collective plan to advocate for research to be translated into real policy change for impacted Canadians.