About Us

Meet the Team

Executive and Administrative Team

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is known around the world for his research into the emotional and psychological needs of dying patients. His work exploring dignity in palliative care has been published in journals such as The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal.

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Shelly Cory’s ability to overcome obstacles and achieve difficult goals has defined her 20-year career. Shelly approaches every project with an optimism and belief that anything is possible.

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Jacquie joined Virtual Hospice as an Administrative Assistant in May 2014. She comes to us from Cancer Care Manitoba, where she worked in both Patient and Family Support Services and for the Screening Programs.  Jacquie has had experience in both the private sector and with a federal Crown Corporation.

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Marissa Ambalina is a Communications Specialist with the Canadian Virtual Hospice. In this role, she focuses on raising awareness and public engagement, website content management, and promoting interaction with the website through the use of social media.

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Elder Betty McKenna touches others profoundly by generously sharing the traditional teachings she has learned from her grandmother and other elders. Anishnabae from the Shoal River Band in Manitoba, she reviews content for the Canadian Virtual Hospice website and provides guidance from an Aboriginal point of view.

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René Morin has been involved with the Canadian Virtual Hospice since 2008. He serves as CVH’s representative in francophone areas and coordinates the translation and adaptation of Web content for French-speaking users.

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Ask a Professional Team

Dr. Harlos is the Clinical Team Leader for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, and has also developed and maintains the site Palliative.info, a site for palliative care links and resource material. Dr. Harlos is Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Palliative Care for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and is Professor and Section Head of Palliative Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

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Ogechi Asagwara works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program. She joined Canadian Virtual Hospice in 2016 as a member of the consulting team.


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Dr. Romayne Gallagher is a palliative care physician with experience in the field that spans 25 years and includes patient care, teaching and research. Prior to becoming a full time palliative care physician she worked as a family physician for 12 years. She has been involved in collaborative work to improve access to palliative care at both provincial and national levels.

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Dr. David Henderson is the Senior Director of Integrated Palliative Care for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Program where he provides clinical care, education and program development along with a dedicated multidisciplinary team.

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In 2008, the Canadian Virtual Hospice expanded its clinical team to include Rev. Dr. Glen Horst, who is exceptionally qualified to provide leadership on spiritual matters relating to palliative care. Dr. Horst is responsible for spiritual material posted on www.virtualhospice.ca and provides consultation for questions submitted to Ask a Professional.

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Bruce Kennedy is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in palliative care with skills in providing end-of-life focused home based care to patients as well as hospice residences and hospital palliative care units.


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Chris is a psychologist and Director of Training at Psychologie Mont Royal, a private clinic located in Montreal. In this role he sees individuals, couples, and families while overseeing the internship and apprenticeship programs of the practice. Prior to this position, he worked as a palliative care psychologist for almost 10 years at the McGill University Health Center.

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In 2008, the Canadian Virtual Hospice expanded its clinical team to include Fred Nelson. With close to thirty years of experience in the palliative care community as a clinician, consultant, and teacher, Fred has comprehensive knowledge of the issues and challenges facing both individuals and families living with terminal illness.

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Adam Rapoport is a general pediatrician with a Masters in bioethics. In 2009, Adam joined the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital as their pediatric consultant. In July 2011 he became the first Medical Director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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Since 2011, Maxxine Rattner has been the staff social worker at Kensington Hospice in downtown Toronto. In her role, she attends to the practical and psychosocial support needs of hospice residents and their chosen and biological families and implements the hospice’s Bereavement Support Program.

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Dr. Shane Sinclair is Assistant Professor, CancerCare Research Professorship, in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.  He is also a certified spiritual care specialist with the Canadian Association of for Spiritual Care. He currently has a nationally funded program of research investigating the impact of compassion in clinical care.

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Simone Stenekes works for the Palliative Care Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. In this role she focuses on caring for children and youth with advanced illness.

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Jill Taylor-Brown retired from her position as the Director of Patient and Family Support Services at CancerCare Manitoba in 2015. Jill has been working with those diagnosed with cancer and their families for over 35 years.

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Marney Thompson is a bereavement counsellor with extensive experience in hospice, hospital and community settings. She is also a registered clinical counsellor and maintains a private practice. As coordinator of the Victoria Hospice Bereavement Program, in addition to her clinical work, Marney is also involved in education, research, and advocacy within Canada and abroad.

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Andrea Warnick is a nurse, educator, and grief counsellor who specializes in helping families, professionals, volunteers, and communities prepare children for a death and supporting them in their grief.

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Dr. Cornie Woelk is an award-winning rural family practice physician, with more than 20 years of experience in rural palliative and cancer care, and with regional, provincial and national medical organizations. He holds a teaching position at the University of Manitoba medical school, and is a Pallium Educator. Dr. Woelk helps develop information for Virtual Hospice and answers questions at Ask a Professional.
 

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