I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I’m a successful management consultant. I’m also an author and poet. I believe that in communicating our stories of grief and loss we can find solace in that sharing.
I work with the health care system and the hospice community to encourage more open communication with the dying and their loved ones, and greater familiarity with the palliative care resources that are available. I’m active in supporting hospice volunteers and facilitating palliative care discussion groups. I’m helping to develop new training and workshops for hospice volunteers.
I co-authored an article for the Canadian Medical Association Journal titled, “Conversations on dying: giving a family member the last word” (March, 2012). I wrote about the need for better and more timely communication with the dying and their families to ensure they have clear information on what is happening and, in particular, about the palliative care resources in their community.
I’m a regular contributor to the Canadian Virtual Hospice website as a member of a team of writers who respond to readers’ online comments and questions and initiate new subject threads relevant to palliative care and experiencing the death of a loved one.
I’m actively engaged in my local community as a volunteer and board member, past and present, of organizations, including the Ottawa Art Gallery, YM-YWCA, Chamber of Commerce, National Capital Commission, and the Museum of Nature, where I chaired a successful national fund raising campaign.