With its two facilities (Pavillon André-Brunet and Pavillon Stillview), the West Island Palliative Care Residence provides compassionate care allowing terminally ill patients to die in comfort and with dignity in a warm, home-like environment, close to their family, and in their community. We want our patients to live the final chapter of their lives in the best and most fulfilling manner possible. The Residence’s team of physicians, nurses, counselors, supportive care workers and volunteers work together to address the physical symptoms as well as the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.
To provide active and compassionate care in order to comfort and support terminally ill patients and their loved ones and to continue as a leader in palliative care within Quebec and Canada.
As a leader,
- To be at the forefront of providing superior palliative care within the community health care network;
- To promote and support a range of services to patients requiring palliative care, at home, in hospital, and at the West Island Palliative Care Residence;
- To serve as a role model and resource for other communities wishing to organize freestanding palliative care residences;
- To promote and provide education to health professionals and volunteers to enhance competence in delivery of palliative care services;
- To promote and provide education in the community, to increase awareness and to provide understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and their families;
- To continuously improve palliative care through research and knowledge transfer;
- To ensure that grief support is available and to promote it in the community.
News and Upcoming Events
The Residence hosted its second Presidents’ Awards Luncheon
What a great way to close the month of National Hospice Palliative Care Week with our second Presidents’ Awards Luncheon. Allen Van der Wee, Interim Board President and Rhonda O’Gallagher, Foundation Board Presidents recognized individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to palliative care and to the Residence.
We were privileged to have three of our Named Award Honourees present at the Luncheon: Dr. Balfour Mount, founding father of palliative care; Dr. Bernard Lapointe, Director, Palliative Care McGill; Ms. Sue Britton, first nurse in palliative care in Montreal and other special guests. Congratulations to the first Presidents’ Award Winners – Kappy Flanders (Balfour Mount Award); Dr. Geneviève Richer (Ina Cummings Award), and in conjunction with the Residence’s 15th anniversary, 8 of our original nurses still working at the Residence today were recognized with the Sue Britton Award – Mary-Ellen Bagg, Heather Charles, Rose De Angelis, Eliane Farkas, Sue Lecompte, Leslie Mitchell, Monique Séguin and Carol Wilson. Ms. Sharon Baxter, winner of the Bernard Lapointe Award, was not able to attend the Luncheon, but sent in a few remarks of appreciation.
Jean Cameron Palliative Care Fund
Jean Cameron was a social worker and bereavement counselor in palliative care at the Royal Victoria Hospital alongside Dr. Balfour Mount. She was a dedicated and compassionate listener and was particularly sensitive to small things that could bring personal comfort to those at the end of life.
She established The Jean Cameron Palliative Care Foundation to formalize and continue her work to help provide what was important for a given patient but not available through the hospital, health or social services.
In 2016, the Foundation made an exemplary donation to create The Jean Cameron Palliative Care Fund at the Residence to relieve suffering, provide comfort and unite families and make sure that our patients’ final home is as comfortable as possible. Our goal is to carry on the Fund for years to come and perpetuate Jean’s legacy.
To commemorate her dedication to patients and families, the Residence has declared June 6th to be Jean Cameron Day.
7th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by RBC
The 7th Annual Golf Tournament of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, which was held on August 28, 2017 at the prestigious Royal Montreal Golf Club, generated net profits of $315,000 for the Residence.
Major sponsors of the event included: RBC, Quinn Sport Management, Banque Nationale, Geoff Molson on behalf of the Club de hockey Canadien, a friend of the Residence, Jockey Canada, Danny and Diane Bossy, Cobra Puma Golf Canada and BMW West Island.
West Island Palliative Care Residence starts 15th anniversary year with unveiling of new logo
The West Island Palliative Care Residence has launched its 15th anniversary year by unveiling a new logo to modernize its image and communications.
The new logo was unveiled at a ceremony on January 25th, at the Residence with leaders of the Residence and of TANK, the Montreal advertising and communications agency that did the logo redesign without charge to the Residence. After several years of planning, fundraising and construction of the initial nine-bed André-Brunet Pavilion, the Residence opened to its first patients in the fall of 2002.
“We are very excited to be marking our 15th anniversary this year and to be unveiling our modern new logo, thanks to the great work of our friends at TANK,” said Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence. “We count on the contributions of so many residents and companies to provide the service and care that our community has come to count on from us over the past 15 years, and that will not change. We couldn’t do what we do without all that community support and are very grateful for it.”
Photo description: The West Island Palliative Care Residence launched its 15th anniversary year by unveiling a simplified and modernized version of its logo. From left to right: Rhonda O’Gallagher, President of the Foundation Board; Val Pietrantonio, President of the Operations Board and Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence. The new logo was created by TANK, the Montreal advertising and communications agency, who did the logo redesign without charge to the Residence.