Welcome to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence

Formerly known as the West Island Palliative Care Residence.

Compassion lives here

We provide superior palliative care within the community

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

We focus on life

We recognize and respect the individuality of each person


The Teresa Dellar 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.

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 Teresa Dellar 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.


Coronavirus – Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence Visit Guidelines

Dear visitors,

We are monitoring closely developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendations made by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers, patients and families.

We are continually adapting as the situation evolves and, as such, we have put in place restrictions on the number and timing of visitors for each patient, as well as services available to our visitors. More information regarding our measures can be provided through our admission nurses or by calling us at 514 693-1718.

News and Upcoming Events

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 15th at 5:00 p.m. For more information or to request the Zoom link, please contact Nathalie Italiano: nitaliano@tdpcr.ca

Jean Cameron Award presented to Françoise B. Vien

Each year on June 6th we mark Jean Cameron Day at the Residence. Jean Cameron was a pioneer in palliative care in Montreal, and the foundation she established in her name continues to support the Residence in many ways, such as being a stalwart contributor to our daily three o’clock tea trolley.
We also give out the Jean Cameron award on this day. We are delighted to announce that Françoise B. Vien is the recipient of the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Jean Cameron Award in recognition of her dedication and passion, through her tireless energy and the abundant hours she gives benefitting our patients and their loved ones, as well as her leadership in philanthropy and in the community to consistently support the needs of families.
Click to read more about Jean Cameron or donate to the fund.

A Virtual Tour of the Residence

We are pleased to be able to share a glimpse into our new consolidated facility, that has been fully renovated thanks to our “Caring and Sharing” Capital Campaign. The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence is warm and welcoming with wonderful gardens and lots of space to socially distance.

Due to COVID we have not been able to invite you in to see all the changes, and so we are pleased to offer this Virtual Tour that highlights the care, the staff and the surroundings. We hope you enjoy seeing the new spaces and the renovated areas. We thank our donors for making it happen.

$515,000 net raised at the 22nd Annual Valentine‘s Ball – ’Show the Love’ Virtual Edition

A Virtual Event with an at-home Gastronomic Experience

The 22nd Annual Valentine’s Ball benefitting the Residence was a huge success raising $515,000 net thanks to the generosity of more than 400 guests, sponsors and donors.

The event was held on a web platform in a fully reimagined format adapted to respect the current pandemic guidelines. Guests enjoyed a four-course gourmet meal delivered to their homes as well as participated in an interactive virtual online program with a combination of live in-studio and pre-recorded content that featured exclusive musical performances, special guests  and entertainment.

Watch a recording of the virtual event here

See photos from the evening here

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Annual Holiday Service 2020

Our annual Holiday Service is an important tradition at the Residence, and we were delighted to be able to hold it virtually last week. Our patients, their families, and staff were all able to tune in to the celebration, led by Director of Clinical Care, Manuella Piovesan and our supportive care team. Musicians Anna Graham and Bradley Cooper-Graham provided the beautiful music. Since the theme of the readings was “light”, we made sure each patient had a beautiful candle in their room during the service.

The video of the service is now available if you’d like to watch: https://youtu.be/IXv4S1I2Bng

The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence Raises 82,000 $ net during its annual Gourmet Dinner & Wine Auction

The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence Gourmet Dinner & Wine Auction, which was held on November 21, 2020 in a unique in-home experience, raised an impressive $82,000 net.

This year, the pandemic led the Residence to revisit its annual event and to create a new formula in the form of an in-home experience! Partnering with the Forest & Stream Club for its gourmet dinner, participants received a three-course meal for two, wine to accompany the meal and other delicacies, all beautifully packaged in a custom wine crate and delivered on their doorstep last Saturday.

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The 4th annual ‘Course pour la compassion’ walk/run goes virtual and raises a record-breaking $104,438 net for the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence

More than 280 people took part virtually on September 26th  in the fourth annual ‘Course pour la compassion’ , a walk/run to benefit the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. Together, they raised an astonishing/record-breaking $104,438 net all of which will be directed to providing quality palliative care to patients and support for their families. Although the event had to be postponed from its original Spring date due to the pandemic, the organizing committee reinvented this key fundraising activity for the Residence and was thrilled to have so many participants join virtually. The ‘Course’ allows participants of all ages and abilities to take part offering 1K, 5K or 10K walk/run routes and create personal crowdfunding pages to raise funds for the cause.

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The West Island Palliative Care Residence unveils its new name and pays tribute to its late co-founder Teresa Dellar. The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence is inaugurated

KIRKLAND, Quebec, September 10, 2020 – Today, the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence was officially inaugurated. Paying tribute to co-founder Teresa Dellar, M.S.C., MSW, PSW, FT, who died on August 19, 2019, the name change honours her work bringing palliative care to the community, 20 years of inspirational, caring leadership and reinforces her vision and values that will live on at the Residence. The event also marked the closing of the “Caring & Sharing – Under One Roof” Capital Campaign which raised $14,570,000 million for the Residence to support the community with quality palliative care.

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Another very strong showing of community support as the West Island Palliative Care Residence 10th Annual Golf Tournament raises $375,000 in net profits

The 10th Annual Golf Tournament of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, which was held on August 31, 2020 at the prestigious Royal Montreal Golf Club, generated net profits of $375,000 for the Residence. Over last ten years, the Residence’s golf tournament has established itself as one of its main event and has raised a total of close $2,5 million ensuring patients live the final chapter of their lives in the best and most fulfilling manner possible, with dignity and at peace.

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Mourning the Loss of Kappy Flanders

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kappy Flanders on Saturday. She was one of the great leaders in palliative care, a true visionary and instrumental in bringing palliative care into practice. Her commitment to education and advocacy combined with a generous philanthropic spirit and relentless determination made her a force to be reckoned with in advancing palliative care. Kappy was a great friend to the Residence – a mentor and supporter in many ways. In May 2017, she was the first recipient of the Residence’s Balfour Mount Award, in recognition of her commitment to palliative care through her leadership in philanthropic and community support. This award was established by our late co-founder, Teresa Dellar and is one of our Presidents’ Awards honouring the pioneers in palliative care. Kappy also graciously served as an honorary patron for our recent “Under One Roof” capital campaign, and was looking forward to seeing our completed project. We will greatly miss Kappy and send our heartfelt sympathies to her family, hoping that their pride for her undeniable positive impact coupled with many lasting memories will bring comfort at this most difficult time.

Nursing and Social Work Scholarship in Honour of Teresa Dellar

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is proud to announce the creation of the Teresa Dellar Scholarship in Nursing at both Université de Montréal and McGill University. Concurrently, Teresa Dellar’s family and the newly formed Teresa Dellar Community Foundation will be sponsoring scholarships in Social Work at both universities.

The West Island Palliative Care Residence will now be known as the Teresa- Dellar Palliative Care Residence to pay tribute to its co-founder

We are thrilled to inform you that we will be changing the Residence’s name to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence, to honour our beloved Teresa.
She was not only the co-founder and the Executive Director of the Residence, but she led it to where it is today, made a difference to so many people and inspired us to continue her vision.  Her contribution to the Residence, the patients, the community and the cause is invaluable. It seemed like the perfect tribute to rename the Residence in her honor. We are proud that her name will forever be linked to the Residence and we vow to continue her mission.
The announcement was made during yesterday’s 21st Annual Valentine’s Ball benefitting the Residence, where  a record net amount of $640,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of more than 500 guests, sponsors and donors.
Please note that for the time being, we will continue to operate under our present name, but we will have an official launch of our new name in the coming months!

Just prior to announcing that we will be renaming the Residence to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence we shared a tribute video honouring Teresa’s life’s work, achievements, and contributions to palliative care.

Teresa Dellar Tribute Video

Dale Weil Appointed Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence

The Operations and Foundation Boards of the West Island Palliative Care Residence are proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Dale Weil as the new Executive Director for the Residence, effective January 6, 2020.

Dale has been involved with the Residence for the last ten years, having served on both Boards in various capacities since 2009.  Most recently, she played a significant role in helping to create the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care and has spent the last 18 months serving as Managing Director for the Institute.  Dale brings with her more than 35 years of experience, including over 20 years in leadership positions in food and healthcare sectors, along with extensive experience in the non-profit sector.

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Presidents’ Awards 2019

On October 17th, in conjunction with Projection Week Montreal, we held the fourth 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.

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Teresa Dellar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and Founder of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care Passes Away after Brave and Courageous Fight with Cancer.

It is with deep sadness that the employees and volunteers of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, and their respective boards confirm the passing of their co-founder Teresa Dellar, M.S.C., MSW, PSW, FT. The entire palliative care community of greater Montreal, Canada and beyond is mourning the loss of our leader from a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 58, on August 19, 2019. Our thoughts are with Teresa’s husband, sons, parents, brothers and sisters, and extended family during this difficult time.

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The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is proud to announce its inaugural research project: Compassionate Communities

The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, launched in the spring of 2018 as a branch of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, aims to extend the benefits of best-in-class palliative care to as many patients and families as possible through education, knowledge exchange and research.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is pleased to announce the launch of its first research project, Compassionate Communities. Collaborating with several municipalities in Montreal, this five-year project will build community-based programs that provide supportive environments and linkages for citizens of all ages dealing with serious diseases or in the later stages of their lives. The impact on quality of life of these community driven activities will be measured and the findings shared so that more communities can benefit.

With the help of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé to reach out to the research community and to conduct the scientific merit review, the project has been awarded to a team led by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Patient and Public Partnerships at the Université de Montréal. The diversity and experience of the team, with investigators from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Bradford (United Kingdom) and other organizations, is exceptional.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friday, June 15th, was a defining moment in our future as dignitaries, board members, employees, volunteers, donors and special guests gathered to celebrate the start of construction to consolidate our two separate locations into a single, expanded facility housing all of our 23 beds.The 30,000 square foot extension of the original building on André-Brunet Street onto an adjacent tract of land represents a transformation of the Residence. Designed with the goal of maintaining a home-like environment, the new building will offer a more efficient, medically relevant floor plan. Importantly, the new building will bring all staff and volunteers together so that patients and families will benefit from the consistent and seamless approach to care and services.

Creation of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care: comforting news for patients at end of life

Sharing advancements in palliative care will benefit patients and families across Canada says Quebec Health Minister

On May 11, 2018, Canada’s largest freestanding palliative care residence launched the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care (MIPC), a highly collaborative endeavor that is committed to extending the benefits of palliative care to as many Canadians as possible. The announcement was made during National Hospice Palliative Care Week by Ms. Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence.

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Capital Campaign, Caring and Sharing – Under One Roof

On April 11, 2018, the Residence launched its 2017-2018 Capital Campaign, Caring and Sharing – Under One Roof. The campaign aims at raising $12.5 million in order to consolidate our two separate locations into a single, state-of-the-art facility, and to share best practices in palliative care through the creation of a National Education and Knowledge Transfer Program.

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About Us

The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence provides services free of charge to patients and their families. The Residence receives 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 3.8 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 4,500 patients have spent their final days at the Residence and we have helped more than 17,000 family members;
    • The youngest patient was 18, the oldest 105;
    • 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 Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence is fully accredited by the Quebec government and receives from the Province one third of its annual operating budget. The Foundation of the Residence is responsible for raising the balance of more than $3.8 million each year.

Young Ambassadors Initiative

We are the Young Ambassadors of the Teresa Dellar 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 Angela at akelley@tdpcr.ca.

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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.


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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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