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Compassion lives here

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We provide superior palliative care within the community

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We guide the journey, but never lead it...our patients do that

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We focus on life

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We recognize and respect the individuality of each person

Welcome

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, psychosocial 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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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 from the Residence

National Volunteer Week

During this National Volunteer Week we would like to thank our more than 300 volunteers who give their time out of the goodness of their hearts. We sincerely appreciate everything you do for the patients and their families!

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Summer Student Program

The West Island Palliative Care Residence provides compassionate care allowing terminally ill patients to live their final days in comfort and in a warm, home-like environment, close to their family, and in their community. The Residence’s team of physicians, nurses, counselors, supportive care team and volunteers work together to address the physical symptoms as well as the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.
We are launching a NEW program to get young people involved as volunteers. There are many benefits to volunteering: personal development, builds self-esteem and confidence, sense of achievement and personal satisfaction from being part of something meaningful.
We are looking for motivated and committed students to take part to this new program.

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More than 500 guests celebrate Montreal and raise a record $545,000 net at 18th Annual Valentine’s Ball of the West Island Palliative Care Residence

Under the honorary presidency of Danièle Henkel, the 18th Annual Valentine’s Ball of the West Island Palliative Care Residence was held at the Pavilion sur le lac of the Château Vaudreuil on Friday, February 10, 2017, raising a record total of $545,000 net. After celebrating London and Paris in previous years, this year’s theme stayed closer to home to recognize “Our Montreal” and its 375th anniversary.

Leaving no doubt about the theme was guest of honour Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, a stirring performance by 25 members of the world-renowned Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, founded by Dr. Trevor W. Payne, C.M and a surprise performance from Montreal’s “Queen of the Blues,” Dawn Tyler Watson, recent winner of the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

From left to right : Val Pietrantonio, President of the Operations Board of the West Island Palliative Care Residence; Lily Kieliszczyk Mancini, Co-Chair of the organizing committee; Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence; Danièle Henkel, Founder and CEO of Les Entreprises Daniele Henkel Inc and Honorary President of this year’s Ball; Kerri Elkas, Co-Chair of the organizing committee; and Rhonda O’Gallagher, President of the Foundation Board of the Residence.

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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.

Press Release

Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, awarded Meritorious Service Cross by Governor General David Johnston

teresa-dellar_westislandpalliativecareresidencePresentation ceremony held at Rideau Hall to recognize Ms. Dellar’s contribution to palliative care in Canada and her community.

Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, was presented the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) by His Excellency the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 25, 2016.
The prestigious decoration was presented to recognize her contribution to palliative care in the West Island community, as well as her acknowledged leadership role in the field throughout Canada. With Co-Founder Russell Williams, she was the driving force behind the creation of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, which opened its doors in 2002, and has been and remains its sole Executive Director.
“This is an extremely well-deserved honour for Teresa, who is the heart and soul of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and everything it does for our community,” said Val Pietrantonio, President of the Operations Board of the Residence. “It is a wonderful tribute to her vision, her determination to bring that vision to reality, and her commitment to continually enhance the care the Residence gives those who seek comfort and fulfillment in their final days. The award also speaks to the very high regard in which she is held by the palliative care community throughout Canada. We couldn’t be happier than to see her work recognized in this prestigious way.”

Press Release

Watch Teresa Dellar’s Interview with Mutsumi Takahashi

Read the article in the Montreal Gazette

Read the article in Global News Montreal

The West Island Palliative Care Residence played an important role at world-leading International Congress on Palliative Care

pal2016_onsite_booklet_webThe West Island Palliative Care Residence played an important role in various ways at the world-leading International Congress on Palliative Care being held in Montreal from October 18 to 21. This was the 21st edition of the biennial event, which has been presented by Palliative Care McGill, McGill University, since 1976.

Four staff members of the Residence delivered presentations at the Congress, which was expected to attract close to 2,000 professionals and volunteers from around the world to the Palais des congrès in downtown Montreal. (Press Release)

Dr. Bernard Lapointe, a Director of our Operations Board and Chair of the International Congress on Palliative Care, gave an interview to Global Montreal explaining the importance of palliative care for patients and their loved ones.

West Island Palliative Care Residence receives royal patronage

Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn Phillips, a West Island native, agree to become Patrons of Canada’s largest freestanding palliative care facility.

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is pleased and honoured to announce that the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn Phillips, a native of Pointe-Claire, have agreed to become Patrons of the Residence.
The announcement coincides this week with a second meeting this year in Montreal of the couple with Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence. In February, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips visited the Residence and attended its annual Valentine’s Day Ball, the Residence’s largest fundraising event of the year.
“We are thrilled to have the enthusiastic interest and engaged support of Peter and Autumn Phillips for the Residence and to their agreement to become official Patrons of our work here on the West Island and in furthering the cause of palliative care across Canada,” said Ms. Dellar. “It is a heartfelt expression of their interest in supporting the community where Autumn was born and brought up and where her family still lives.”
Mr. Phillips is the son of the Princess Royal, Queen’s Elizabeth II only daughter, and Captain Mark Phillips. Autumn Phillips, née Kelly, was born in Pointe-Claire, attended local schools, graduated from McGill University and continues to hold her Canadian citizenship. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are the parents of the Queen’s eldest great-grandchild, Savannah, as well as one other daughter, Isla. After first meeting in 2003 at the Montreal Grand Prix, the couple were married at Windsor Castle in 2008.
Autumn Phillips addressed the Residence’s annual Valentine’s Ball in February, telling the guests how pleased she was to be able to lend her support to such an important service in the area in which she grew up and to which she still holds strong attachments. “The West Island Palliative Care Residence is such an important asset to the West Island community,” she said. “It provides much-needed care and support to patients and families at the crucial time of end-of-life. It is a great honour for Peter and me to support this valuable work, to thank those who also do so and to urge others to join in this crucial effort.”

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About Us

The West Island Palliative Care Residence provides services free of charge to patients and their families. The Residence receives only one-third of its operational budget from the Quebec government and relies on community support and fundraising activities to raise the balance of more than 3 million dollars.

We are an independent, community-based, non-profit organization, accredited by the Quebec government and offers services to residents of the West Island of Montreal. With its 23 beds, the Residence is the largest freestanding palliative care facility in Canada and is recognized as a leader in its field.

Key Facts About the Residence

    • Since it opened in 2002, over 3,500 patients have spent their final days at the Residence and we have helped more than 14,000 family members;
    • The youngest patient was 18, the oldest 102;
    • Our patients have been in the final stages of ALS, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer as well as many other diseases;
    • The Residence is not a long-term care facility and therefore must screen patients in order to admit those best suited for the care we provide;
    • The West Island Palliative Care Residence is fully accredited by the Quebec government and receives from the Province one third of its 5 million annual operating budget. The Foundation of the Residence is responsible for raising the balance of over $3 million each year.

Young Ambassadors Initiative

We are the Young Ambassadors of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Our committee consists of young adults who dedicate themselves to educating and raising awareness on the importance of palliative care among their peers. We attain these objectives by organizing events and raising funds in support of the Residence. Whether we’ve directly witnessed the benefits of palliative care through the passing of a loved one or simply recognize that everyone has the right to live their final days with dignity, we all share the common goal of wanting to take part in the future of palliative care. We are ready to explore a new set of challenges with the aim of sparking initiative among youth and placing ourselves at the forefront of palliative care. If you are interested in joining our initiative and becoming a young leader in palliative care, please contact Julia at jsucapane@wipcr.ca.

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Testimonial

Here is an excerpt from Shannon’s blog writing about her dad’s passing at the West Island Palliative Care Residence. “ ‘I am both the happiest, and saddest I’ve ever been, at the same time… Do you know what I mean?’ he’d ask me just days before he died. A tear rolled down my cheek, a gentle smile on my face, I nodded. I did understand. There was such light, and love in his dying process.” Read the full article here.

Testimonials

“The way I look at it is this: there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that my condition is terminal. The good news is that I’m in a Palliative Care Residence that allows me to confront death with dignity, something I could have never done without their support.”

Rick

“Privileged to have lived these last moments among you, with the beautiful and great family of the Residence, your warmth, your compassion, your soothing words and gestures enabled us to face this great voyage. I miss Léo; my heart feels empty, but your devotion and the quality of your care made all the difference. We are never ready to see a loved one go, but you knew how to accompany us in dignity. I am very grateful.”

Francine

“We feel blessed that our mom and our family shared our final moments in such a serene, dignified setting and most importantly, free from the excruciating pain she had suffered days prior to her admission at the Residence. Thanks to the West Island Palliative Care Residence, she died peacefully, free of pain and in dignity.”

Anthony

“Everyone at the Residence provided us with kindness, sympathy and understanding. The staff always anticipated Elizabeth’s needs and discomforts and were there to provide excellent medical, professional and emotional support. They also understood the pressures and anxieties of the visiting loved ones and offered an empathetic ear and a kind thought. It was a very difficult time but you made it as comfortable as possible….we will remain forever grateful.”

Richard, Elizabeth’s brother

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