The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) announced the recipients of the 2012 awards today in Ottawa.
Each year the CHPCA
recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations that promote and/or advance hospice palliative care in Canada.
These awards highlight the exemplary efforts of individuals, companies and/or organizations who demonstrate a personal and/or professional commitment to hospice palliative care in Canada.
All awards will be presented during the CHPCA’s Annual General Meeting, Thursday 11 October at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal.
Among the awards presented is the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. It is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to the country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
CHPCA was chosen to be a partner organization by the Governor General of Canada and has elected to award the following individuals for their outstanding commitment to the advancement of hospice palliative care in Canada:
Fred Nelson, Dr Mary Lou Kelley, Pansy Angevine, Rose De Angelis, Jose Pereira, Carla Carlson, Dale Orychock, Ina Cummings, Maryse Bouvette, Dr Bernard Lapointe, Helen Bateman, David Henderson, Dr Mike Harlos, David Roy, Ed MacLaren, Dr S Lawrence Librach, Donna Kavanagh, Heather Mohan, Terri Odeneal, Sarah Walker, Laurie Anne O'Brien, Pamela Hawranik, Rick Firth, Kathryn Butler Malette, Paul Lucas, Rinette Côté, Bill Greenhalgh, Michael Sangster, Mary Hughes, Dr Neil MacDonald, Andrée Gauvin, Wendy Wainwright.
Dr Michael Downing was received the Balfour Mount Champion Award, and Pat Porterfield received the Award of Excellence for their services to palliative care in Canada.
The 2012 Media Award was awarded jointly to the Globe and Mail and Lisa Priest in recognition of excellent articles written on hospice and palliative care throughout 2011-2012. Their articles encouraged Canadians to advocate for better access to quality hospice palliative care and start conversations with their loved ones about their preferences at the end of life.
In a media release CHPCA said: "On behalf of the hospice palliative care community we would like to thank Lisa Priest and the Globe and Mail for raising the awareness of this issue among Canadians."