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Compassion and Action: How Ottawa’s Front-line Workers are Dealing with Dying, Death, Loss & Grief

November 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Hosted by Jack McCarthy, former Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre and current Vice-Chair of Compassionate Ottawa, this live virtual event will feature a conversation with Wendy Muckle and Anne Marie Hopkins. They will talk about how the pandemic and the opioid crisis are having a devastating impact on Ottawa's most vulnerable residents and how front-line workers are dealing with the ensuing dying, death, loss and grief. Are the necessary social and health supports in place to bring compassion to the most vulnerable among us? There will be time for questions and comments following the discussion.


Wendy Muckle has been the Executive Director of Ottawa Inner City Health Inc. since 2001 and is recognized as an expert in the field of poverty and the health of vulnerable populations. For more than a decade, Wendy worked in Kenya writing university course curriculum and volunteering in the fields of primary education and community economic development. Wendy is involved in teaching and research in the areas of poverty, homelessness, harm reduction, mental illness, palliative care and leadership.

Anne Marie Hopkins is the Peer Team Manager for Ottawa Inner City Health, a position which has given her an in-depth understanding of the role of resilience in coping with grief and loss. She is best known for her leadership in the area of harm reduction and for managing the work of individuals with lived and living experience. Anne Marie's team aids people that are facing devastating losses related to the opioid crisis.

The first 100 registrants will be able to join the session via Zoom; others will be redirected to the live-stream on YouTube via the Compassionate Ottawa channel. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the Compassionate Ottawa YouTube channel after the session airs.


November 25
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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