|ENEWS -- October 2015
IAN'S WALK - FINAL MILES, FINAL STEPS
Today, Ian Bos will complete his epic 5 month journey across Canada for hospice and palliative care. On May 21 Ian Bos began his cross-Canada walk for hospice and palliative care in tribute to the excellent care his father, Ted, received at the end of his life and to raise awareness and funds for palliative care. Carrying a 50 lb pack (“because people carry a heavy load at end of life”), and with the logistics and communication support of Nick Kootnikoff, Ian followed the TransCanada Highway through hamlets and metropolitan centres, visiting hospices, hospitals, meeting with people who were living their last days, families, volunteers, advocates, people working in palliative care and the media. He shared his inspirational story and heard countless stories from Canadians. Ian is scheduled to arrive at the “finish line“ in Victoria, BC on October 26.
We salute Ian Bos for having the vision to see the opportunity, the passion to take it on, the determination to surmount barriers, and the optimism to put the best face on every challenge. You have made an incredible difference in palliative care. From a grateful palliative care community: Thank you Ian and Nick!
It's not too late to donate! Click here to Donate to Ian's Walk or text the word "Hospice" on your cell phone to 20222 to donate $10 which will be charged directly on your cell phone bill.
TAKE A BOW – A TRIBUTE TO IAN BOS BY DR. GERALD FARRELL
||“It was very evident from the initial encounter that here was a man who dearly loved his father and wanted to experience, and be a vital part of the end of life journey that his father had embarked on.” Click here to read more of Dr. Farrell’s tribute to Ian and his walk for End of Life Care. Dr. Farrell provided care and support for Ian’s father in his final days and played a major role in inspiring Ian to walk across the country for hospice palliative care.
MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS FROM IAN’S JOURNEY
- Son to walk across Canada for palliative care in his dad’s honour - The New Glasgow News, NS, May 1
- Original Motivations (written by Ian Bos) - The New Glasgow News, NS, Oct 2
- VIDEO: Interview with Ian - CTV Morning Live Atlantic, Halifax, NS, May 14
- VIDEO: From coast to coast - CTV News Northern Ontario, ON, Jul 7
- RADIO: Interview with Ian Bos - CJOB AM640, Winnipeg, MB, Aug 24
- VIDEO: 6pm evening news (minute 27:20) - CBC Calgary, AB, Sep 25
- VIDEO: Heroes among us - Member statement in Ontario Legislature, Toronto, ON, Oct 1
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE
TOPICS ARTICLE - ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: COPING WITH ADVANCED ILLNESS AND DYING AS A FAMILY
||“The moment we heard about Dad’s cancer diagnosis, everything changed…” When someone is diagnosed with advanced illness, each family member will respond and deal with the situation in their own way. Outlooks on life, behavior and roles can change, which naturally affects family dynamics. Our new Topics article provides insight on how to cope with a serious illness as a family.
EXCHANGE ARTICLE – BRINGING PALLIATIVE CARE TO THE HOMELESS
RESOURCE – CANADA: ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST OR WORST PLACES TO DIE?
RESOURCE – RECOMMENDING HEALTH APPS TO PATIENTS
RESOURCE - THE LONGEST LOSS: ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA
RESOURCE - WHAT DOES THE CARTER DECISION MEAN FOR NURSES?
RESOURCE - THE PALLIATIVE APPROACH TO CARE AND THE ROLE OF THE NURSE
CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S (CMA) POSITION ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING
WORLD HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE DAY (#WHPCDAY2015) – 10 VIDEOS. 10 HOURS.
HELP CREATE A MIRACLE THIS HOLIDAY - 25 FLIGHTS BY 25 AMAZING FLIGHT HEROES
DR. HARVEY MAX CHOCHINOV: JOHN MENDELSOHN AWARD RECIPIENT
||Congratulations to Virtual Hospice Chair Harvey Max Chochinov for receiving MD Anderson’s 12th Annual John Mendelsohn Award for outstanding contributions in the development of the field of palliative care. The award was presented on October 17 in Houston, TX at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
PERTH HOSPITAL UNVEILS NEW PALLIATIVE CARE SPACE
HOSPICE BEDS NOW OPEN IN PARKSVILLE, BC
WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER ANDREA WARNICK
||Virtual Hospice welcomes Andrea Warnick to the team. Andrea is a nurse, educator, and grief counsellor who specializes in preparing children for a death and supporting them in their grief. For Virtual Hospice, Andrea provides advice, and develops and reviews content related to supporting grieving children, their families and their wider community. She also responds to and collaborates on our "Ask a Professional" questions.
October 26- 27, 2015, Palliative Education & Research Days, Edmonton, AB. Virtual Hospice Executive Director, Shelly Cory and Spiritual Care Adviser Shane Sinclair will be presenting on our Knowledge Tools projects.
October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. Virtual Hospice and our partners will be presenting three new online tools.
November 3-5, 2015, First Nation Health Managers Association Conference, Montreal, QC. Virtual Hospice’s Brenda Hearson and Karen Schmidt from File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council will be presenting the new First Nations Inuit Empowerment Tool.
November 12-13, 2015, Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster, Thunder Bay, ON.
November 12-14, 2015, Family Medicine Forum, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Drs. Mike Harlos and Cornie Woelk along with Methadone Team member Dr. Dori Seccareccia of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be launching the new Methadone for Analgesia in Palliative Care Training Tool for Physicians.
November 18, 2015, Central West Palliative Care Network, Brampton, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Executive Director Shelly Cory and Communications Manager Marissa Ambalina will be presenting at the conference.
January 10, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) 2016 Abstract Deadline
CAPO is accepting abstract submissions for their 2016 Conference: Generation Y to Older Adults – Psychosocial Care Across the Ages which takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 11-13, 2016.
| Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn
Watch us on YouTube
Follow us on Google+
Follow us on Instagram
Follow us on Pinterest