Education

The Society funds on-going education for palliative care staff, volunteers and board members. This is a priority so Cape Breton patients can continue to receive the highest level of quality palliative care. The Society allocates funds for representatives to attend appropriate provincial and Canadian palliative care conferences and workshops. The Society also brings in guest speakers to support the palliative care program and organizes workshops. Palliative Care literature is available at the An Cala Unit for patients and families.

Presenters in the recent past included Dawn Cruchet, BN, Med,CT who provided a one day, interactive workshop for health care professionals, pastoral care workers, social workers, volunteers struggling with loss and bereavement entitled The Grief Journey.

Enhancing Quality of Life was the topic of a workshop designed for palliative care volunteers an healthcare workers to assist them in offering supportive communication and advocacy for patients and families at end of life. The guest speakers were Jane Claxton-Oldfield and Dr. StephenClaxton-Oldfield of New Brunswick. Dr. Claxton-Oldfield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Mount Allison University whose main area of research focuses on the people who volunteer in palliative care settings.Jane Claxton-Oldfield is the volunteer coordinator with Hospice Greater Moncton for the Tantramar region of southeastern New Brunswick.

To support and promote compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who are living with a life-threatening illness.