A compassionate Ottawa supports and empowers individuals, their families and their communities throughout life for dying and grieving well.

Compassionate Ottawa appoints a Program Coordinator

On July 8, Jena Davarajah will begin as Compassionate Ottawa’s full-time Program Coordinator. Jena brings considerable experience in volunteer program management through her current role with Meals on Wheels. She knows our community well, speaks several languages and enjoys research, having completed a master’s degree in legal studies where she focused on urban social policy.…

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National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2019

From the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s website here: May 5-11, 2019 marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. National Hospice Palliative Care Week is a time to celebrate and share achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation, but it also provides a platform to look at shortcomings and create bridges for these…

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Comfort Care, Whatever Does That Mean?

by Michael Pottash (@mpottash) Comfort Care, whatever does that mean? This is the important question asked by my colleagues Anne Kelemen and Hunter Groninger in the September 2018 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. The term is ubiquitous and its interpretation influences how patients with end stage illness are cared for at the end of their lives.…

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Compassionate Ottawa at Limmud!

We are so pleased to have been invited to hold a café table and to have one of our co-founders, Jackie Holzman, featured as a speaker at Limmud Ottawa on Sunday, March 31, 2019! Our volunteers were able to deliver awareness about compassionate communities and why they are important during the hour focused on Conversations…

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Creating compassionate communities for older people

by Katie McKeown Older people are meaningful members of society, and they want to be treated that way. That was the key message from the Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s first Symposium on Social Connection in Older Age, held in Melbourne on March 22. The sold-out audience included researchers, service providers and older community members. BCRI…

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WALKER: Meaning and hope in moments of despair

by Kimothy Walker. When a well-known Ottawa chiropractor wrote to me suggesting her sister be a subject for a column because of her work with MAiD I could be forgiven for thinking maybe she cleaned houses for people in need, as the column is about people giving back. MAiD. Medical Assistance in Dying. Huh. Totally…

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$1.5m grant for Palliative Care Unit – La Trobe University

Equities Trustees (The Wicking Trust) will provide $1.5million over five years to the LTUPCU to help it build on its foundational work in developing public health approaches to palliative care. Established under the terms of the Will of the late John Oswald Wicking, The Wicking Trust supports organisations to effect systemic change in wellness and…

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Meeting with MPP Joel Harden

We are so pleased to have had a meeting with MPP Joel Harden to discuss Compassionate Ottawa and our vision of creating a compassionate community that supports and empowers individuals, their families and their communities throughout life for dying and grieving well. Pictured here are Jackie Holzman, CO co-founder; Joel Harden, MPP; and Jack McCarthy,…

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Who will care for Canada’s caregivers?

by Benjamin Tal. You see it on city streets, in restaurants of quiet towns, and in rural enclaves: Canadians are getting older. Medical advances have resulted in longer life spans, but the aging population is putting a strain on social services and increasingly, the burden of caregiving is falling on family members. Statistics show that…

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