Help for Chronic Pain

“Get hot and keep moving ... don’t waste a precious minute!”

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Janet Bedford

Janet Bedford is a broker with Royal LePage in downtown Oakville, with 20 years of real estate experience. Along with helping her clients find the perfect home or sell their home, she is often found photographing the many events that take place in Oakville. She has written extensively for various publications.

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Are you dealing with chronic pain? There is hope! Dr. Jeff Ennis, MSW, MD, FRCPC, guest speaker at a recent Canadian Club of Halton Peel dinner, drew from his own personal experiences with widespread pain. He offered individuals and their families living with chronic pain hope for a better future and he provided members of the community with insights into the diagnosis, treatment and management of the physical and psychological issues of chronic pain.

Dr. Ennis has dealt with his own chronic pain throughout his clinical life. He has had 18 musculoskeletal surgeries because of severe Ehler Danlos syndrome and he has a connective tissue disorder. Despite this, he does his best to remain functionally active. As Medical Director of the Ennis Centre for Pain Management he is recognized as an expert in the management of chronic non-cancer pain.

Dr. Ennis was the co-director of the Chedoke Pain Program, redesigning the outpatient program to improve its clinical outcome. He then went on to develop his own unique pain management program. Originally located within St. Joseph’s Hospital Centre for Ambulatory Care Services, it is now a free standing program. The East End Pain Program uses tenets of cognitive behavioural therapy helping patients to keep active in spite of the pain they experience. More information on The Ennis Centre for Pain Management can be found at and on Dr. Ennis’ personal story at

Dr Jeff Ennis and his wife Gilda

Dr Jeff Ennis and his wife Gilda; Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

It’s all in how you think, how you feel and what you do according to Dr. Ennis. “Get hot and keep moving … don’t waste a precious minute!” is his motto… and he practices what he preaches. He has developed expertise in the building of high-performance, ultralight, skin-on-frame boats and is one of 11 such builders in North America. He paints in water colour, oil and acrylic, and is a bow maker for archery and an accomplished guitarist. Jeff says that whenever he thinks about taking a pill to reduce his pain, he works on one of these passions instead.

The world takes too many pills for chronic pain – often opioids. The pain goes away or is reduced but the body is negatively impacted. In a large study done in Denmark, it was discovered that patients on opioids did poorly in the long run. Changes in attitudes and behavioral skills, however, improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain. Dr. Ennis believes that “pain will not kill him and that just because you cannot work anymore, the world is not going to end. There is more to life!” Pain is a physical sensation. We can alter its emotional repercussions.

The Canadian Club of Halton Peel hosts a wide variety of world-class speakers. On September 25, 2014 the guest dinner speaker will be Ian Hamilton, Burlington-based author of 6 extremely popular crime novels whose main character is Chinese Canadian forensic accountant Ava Lee. Ian won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. A former journalist, government executive, diplomat & international businessman, Ian Hamilton will enchant the audience. Visitors are welcome! Reservations for the dinner ($45; students $20) can be made by e-mail (, by telephone (905-827-6302) or by mail (cheques payable to The Canadian Club of Halton Peel, 283 River Side Drive, Oakville, L6K 3N3).



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