In recent weeks, we’ve been thrilled to welcome the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canadian Minister of Health, as well as the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Canadian Minister of Seniors, to the Residence and give each a glimpse into the work that we do here: providing compassionate palliative care for our community. Francis Scarpaleggia, MP for Lac-Saint-Louis and longtime supporter of the Residence, accompanied the Ministers during each of their visits.
Members of the leadership team at the Residence presented our consolidation project, which will bring our two sites together under one roof to house our 23 beds. Dale Weil, Managing Director of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care also highlighted what’s happening with the Institute and its first ever research project, Compassionate Communities. We shared some of the ways the Institute is working to extend our knowledge to other communities and care settings to support our goal of increasing access to comprehensive, quality palliative care for all.
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.
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
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.
On the occasion of National Volunteer Week, we want to say a big THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers! We couldn’t have done it without you!
We were proud to partner with Pfizer Canada, one of the Residences longest standing partners, on the following video in celebration of volunteerism. It showcases how we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the services that we do without the support of our precious volunteers.
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.
First Medical Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence dies peacefully at facility she helped create and shape. Please read the press release for more information.
Canadian Compassionate Company designation
We are very pleased to announce that the West Island Palliative Care Residence has received the Canadian Compassionate Company designation from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).
The CHPCA grants this designation to companies who recognize that employees may occasionally require more time off from work than is accommodated by their regular leave policies in order to provide care or support to specified family members who are gravely ill and terminally ill with a significant certainty of death.
The Residence’s Compassionate Leave policy provides for salary top-ups, continuation of group insurance benefits, and continuation of vacation accrual during the leave period. The CHPCA also considered Residence’s Employee and Family Assistance Program when evaluating our application.
On November 26th, our Executive Director, Teresa Dellar, alongside other engaged West Islanders, such as Doug Bellevue, President of Task Micro-Electronics, Major Richard Gratton, founder of Heroes Park in Kirkland and Ann Myles, the longest serving Mayor of Baie-d’Urfé were presented the “Canada 150 Community Service Award”, by Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for the riding of Lac-Saint-Louis. We thank them all for their contributions and helping make our community what it is today!
Congratulations to Dr. Bernard J. Lapointe, Director of Palliative Care McGill as well as a Board Member of the West Island Palliative Care Residence who was awarded the Senate of Canada 150 medal for his commitment to advancements in palliative care research. Throughout his career, Dr Lapointe has been deeply committed to addressing the needs of the dying, particularly as President of the Quebec Palliative Care Association, President of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and as an active member of both the Quebec and Canadian Societies of Palliative Care Physicians.
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.
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.
The success and learnings of the West Island Palliative Care Residence have been taken to a new corner of the world.
After being invited to attend as a guest lecturer, Residence Co-Founder and Executive Director Teresa Dellar participated May 4-6 in an International Health Policy Forum in the eastern European nation of Georgia. It was organized by the American-based groups Last Mile 4D and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, all in Washington, DC.
The conference, held in English, was in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and was open to non-physicians who work with cancer patients in Georgia as well as the nearby countries of Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan. This included nurses, volunteers, managers of residences for families of cancer patients, social workers and leaders of cancer support groups.
The aim of the meeting was to create a community of learners that can help and share best-practice protocols as members of civil society organizations involved in patients’ rights and advocacy. Another aim was to create a network of providers that have access to each other and to develop resources during the conference to share around the world.
Over the three days the participants heard from a number of expert speakers on a variety of topics related to cancer care and policy, including palliative care. They also participated in workshops to build organizational capacity, including policy development, advocacy and engagement, fundraising and governance.
Teresa’s lecture was on “Operations, Fundraising and Leadership.” She was the only attendee from Canada. Another speaker was Dr. Stephen Connor, Executive Director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, based in London. Other speakers were from the participating countries as well as Germany, Spain and the US.
“This was a very special and unique experience for me,” Teresa reported back to the Residence at the end of the conference. “The participants were so nice and were so hungry for information and help with expanding palliative care in their countries. They face many challenges in doing so, but ironically they are not so different from ours, just complicated in different ways by local conditions and shortage of resources. If their enthusiasm and determination account for anything, they will surely make great progress. This was an excellent, eye-opening experience that gives me fresh perspective and ideas on moving our work forward in Canada.”
Representatives of the Residence have, in the past, spoken about palliative care and the work of the Residence to conferences in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom but this was the first occasion so far afield.
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.
Presentation 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.”
The 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.
Federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott visits the Residence
Federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott, center, visited the West Island Palliative Care Residence on September 15th, to see first-hand the operations of Canada’s largest freestanding community palliative care facility. She was accompanied by Francis Scarpaleggia, second from left, Member of Parliament for Lac-St-Louis. Greeting the visitors were, from left: Val Pietrantonio, President of the Operations Board; Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Residence; and Dale Weil, Second Vice President of the Residence’s Operations Board.
We are very proud to showcase a great guide for individuals caring for a loved one with a serious illness. “Quand la vie se fragilise” is intended for caregivers and was written by France Cardinal Remete, an experienced nurse, lecturer at the University of Montreal and a member of the Operations Board of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. This book is an excellent reference tool for those accompanying a loved one on the journey of a serious illness. It was published by Éditions MultiMondes and is available in most bookstores and in electronic format.
This is a great initiative that gives opportunity to students to prepare for their future by gaining valuable work experience. This summer we welcomed five new students: Kim, Maya-Loïs, Alex, Marina and Jessica. We are happy to announce that they will be staying at the Residence on a part-time basis in their respective roles (kitchen staff, volunteer admin and nursing). We are grateful for their work and their passion!
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.”
The Residence hosted its first Presidents’ Luncheon during National Hospice Week
What a great way to close National Hospice Palliative Care Week with our first Presidents’ Luncheon, held May 6th. We were honored to have very special guests attend: 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; Dr. Ina Cummings, first Medical Director of Montreal’s palliative care unit as well as Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, MP Lac-St-Louis.; Mrs. Kathleen Weil, MNA Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness and Mr. Geoff Kelley, MNA Jacques-Cartier, Minister responsible for Native Affairs. We thank all of them for joining us in our celebrations of National Hospice Palliative Care Week
Women Ambassadors second annual event
Monday May 2, 2016 we proudly kicked off National Hospice Palliative Care Week with our second annual Women Ambassadors event. The energy and goodwill in the room were palpable. We are delighted that so many women were willing to step up and ensure that more Canadians get the care, dignity and choices they need to make their final days peaceful and comforting. The evening would not have been possible without the support of Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, Kamik and CIBC. We would also like to thank our host, Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. Finally, a great big thank you to our two leading ladies for the evening, Yolande James, and Daniele Henkel.
A total of $55,500 net was raised Thursday evening at a Cocktail & Art Auction hosted by Charles River and benefitting the West Island Palliative Care Residence. All contributions to the auction were matched by Charles River and the Tenaquip Foundation.
A small committee, including Senneville Councilors, residents and Charles River management, came together to organize this elegant evening. The auction featured Senneville artists Douglas Cameron Ball, Marie-Claude Boucher, Maryanne Hartley, Hisao Matsui, Lise St-Cyr and Wendy Tillett. (read more)
A record total of just over $500,000 net was raised Friday evening at the 17th annual black-tie Valentine’s Ball of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, held at the Pavilion sur le lac of the Château Vaudreuil hotel.
Among the sold-out crowd of more than 500 and bolstering the British theme for the evening were special guests Mr. Peter Phillips, the son of The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and his wife Mrs. Autumn Phillips, a native of Pointe-Claire who married Mr. Phillips in 2008. (more)
Canadian Medical Association’s National Call to Action
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has issued a press release to present its report, Palliative Care: CMA’s National Call to Action – Examples of innovative care delivery models, training opportunities, and physical leaders in palliative care which was launched at the Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in May 2015.
A critical element of the report is how a national palliative care strategy would be a key component to an overall national seniors strategy, helping Canadians to get high-quality care in their homes or elsewhere in the community rather than being hospitalized.
CMA’s Past-President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti’s first-hand exposure to the high-quality end-of-life care that his mother received two years ago at the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland Quebec has led to the release of an important new report highlighting other Canadian examples of top-level palliative care facilities and diverse role models of palliative care physicians.
West Island Palliative Care Residence thanks Pfizer Canada on Giving Tuesday for reaching $1 million in cumulative donations
Pharmaceutical company was first corporate partner to donate to capital campaign to build Residence and is now first to hit milestone. More here…
From left to right: Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-founder, West Island Palliative Care Residence, Allen Van der Wee, General Manager, Global Established Pharma Business, Pfizer Canada Inc., Rhonda O’Gallagher, Head of Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Canada Inc. and Robert Havill, President of the West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation.
West Island Palliative Care Residence clarifies care it offers following passage of Quebec’s end-of-life legislation
“Will continue to provide care and comfort to terminally ill but will NOT act to hasten natural process of death.”
To read the full statement
$2.5-million donation from Trottier Family Foundation to benefit our services
The West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation is very pleased to announce that the Trottier Family Foundation has made a landmark donation of $2.5 million to support the provision high-quality, compassionate end-of-life. The gift, the largest single donation to date to the Residence, is being made over a five-year period.
From left: Dale Weil, President of the Board of Directors of the Residence Foundation; Louise R Trottier; Lorne Trottier; Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Residence; and Beverly Robb, President of the Operations Board of the Residence.
The 9th annual Eggs Benefit Breakfast at Restaurant Le Chambertin raises $9,500
Among those attending the event were newly appointed Quebec Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Geoff Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Jacques Cartier riding, local Members of Parliament Francis Scarpallegia and Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe, as well as several local mayors.
The West Island Palliative Care Residence raises a record $340,000 net at the 15th annual Valentine’s Gala “For the Love of Life”
The celebrity-studded 15th annual black-tie Valentine’s Gala of the West Island Palliative Care Residence which was held at the Pavilion of the Château Vaudreuil Hotel was once again a resounding success reaching a new record in money raised for the Residence’s largest fundraising event.
A sold-out crowd of more than 500 enjoyed a stunning Moulin Rouge theme décor that had them walking through scenes of the well-renowned Paris cabaret. Among the special guests attending were Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, whose latest film Dallas Buyers Club is nominated for six Oscars, and Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, President of the Canadian Medical Association. Special guests from the sporting world included recently retired Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo and wife Alexi, former longtime Canadian heavyweight champion boxer George Chuvalo, former world WBO middleweight boxing champion Otis Grantand former NFL lineman Alvin Powell.
Presidents of this year’s Gala were Michael and Janet Ankcorn, who have both been very active and dedicated supporters of and volunteers at the Residence since its very beginnings. Master of ceremonies duties were shared by Ross Paperman of Paperman & Sons and Yolande James, Member of the National Assembly for Nelligan. Other West Island MNAs, members of Parliament and municipal leaders were also in attendance.
Major sponsors of the event included:TASK, Pharmacy Frayne & Di Genova, Pfizer Canada, Avon, the City of Pointe-Claire, Friend of the Residence and SWISS who donated business-class airline tickets to Switzerland which were raffled during the evening. Guests also bid enthusiastically on numerous donated items in a silent auction.