Presidents’ Awards

On May 11th, in honour of National Hospice Palliative Care week, we held the third edition of the Presidents’ Awards of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. The Presidents’ Awards were inaugurated in 2016 to celebrate the pioneers in palliative care and to recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to palliative care and to the Residence. It is also an opportunity to remind us that it is a combined effort of professionals, volunteers, donors and stakeholders who work together to ensure the best quality of life for patients and their families.

The Balfour Mount Award honours an individual, family or group who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to hospice palliative care through their volunteer service and/or leadership in philanthropic and community support. This year’s recipient of the Balfour Mount Award is Russell Williams. Mr. Williams co-founded the Residence with Teresa Dellar and he is a member of the Champions Council of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).

The Ina Cummings Award honours an individual, or group working together as a team, who have made a significant contribution to medical excellence in palliative care. This year’s recipient of the Ina Cummings Award is Dr. Manny Borod. Dr. Borod is the Director of the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care Programs at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and an Assistant Professor of Oncology at McGill University.

The Bernard Lapointe Award honours an individual, or group working together as a team, who has made a significant contribution to educating professionals and the public in the field of hospice palliative care.This year’s Bernard Lapointe Award recipient is Dr. Justine Farley. Dr Farley has been and is still very active on the boards of both the Association québécoise de soins palliatifs and of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. She is also on the board of the Québec Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

The Sue Britton Award honours a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who has made a significant contribution to nursing in palliative care. This year’s Sue Britton Award recipient is Deborah Kirby, one of the first nurses to specialize in Palliative Care back in the early 80s. Accepting the award on behalf of Deborah Kirby is Sue Britton.