Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

The deVeber Institute’s Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

A nominee for the award must be an individual or a group of individuals that supports, believes in, and embodies the philosophy and ethics of palliative care. Nominees support the notion that palliative care constitutes not just dying well, but also, and more importantly, living well. And that all persons should be provided the highest level of quality-of-life until the moment of death.

If you are interested in nominating an individual or group for this award, please submit aletter of nomination, containing the name, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee and a brief description illustrating how the nominee fulfills the qualities described above.Please also provide contact details for the person/institution that is undertaking the initial nominating.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2014.

The winner of the award will be announced in September 2014 at the International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal.


For more details or to send in a nomination letter, please contact:

 Kathy Matusiak, Executive Director

The DeVeber Institute for Bioethics & Social Research

415 Oakdale Road, Suite #215, Toronto, ONM3N 1W7 or 416-256-0555

About the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research

The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is a non-profit educational foundation that conducts and disseminates research on topics connected to human life in its biological, social and ethical dimensions.

About Jean Echlin

Ms. Echlin has been a pioneer in Palliative Nursing for 35 years. She began as a registered nurse and soon found the status of end-of-life care and management of pain totally unacceptable. After earning a Master of Science in Nursing, Jean went on to specialize in palliative care.

In 1979, the Hospice of Windsor (now The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County Inc.) was established and Jean became instrumental in the development of the clinical and volunteer programs. Her focus was on providing the highest level of palliative care to those persons and their families facing the chaos of progressive, life-threatening, and terminal diseases. Ms. Echlin went on to be an executive director of the Hospice, which is now recognized as exemplary in Canada and has resulted in 70% of local residents accessing palliative care—almost triple the national average.             

In 1988, Jean was invited to University Hospital, London, Ontario (now London Health Sciences Centre – University Campus), where she developed the first Palliative Care Consultation Team in the heart of tertiary care.  Ms. Echlin served as a Nursing faculty member at the University of Windsor from 1968 until 1980 and recently returned as adjunct associate professor in 2011. She also served as a director of nursing at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan Campus.

Throughout her years of clinical work, Jean has shown the highest level of dedication, passion, and perseverance. She remains committed to the ongoing development of ethical and moral principles and standards in palliative nursing. This includes her strong and active opposition to euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Ms. Echlin has also been a pillar for patient advocacy, and is now developing interventions to improve pain management for persons with dementia.

Currently Ms. Echlin is a consultant in palliative nursing, and a freelance writer, speaker, and educator.

Jean has received the following awards:

  • Award of Distinction 2013, Registered Nurses of Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter
  • Outstanding Nurse Clinician/Community Leader Award 2013, International Honor Society of Nursing - Tau Upsilon Chapter
  • Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence 2004, Ontario Palliative Care Association

Jean is a member of:

  • Honor Society of Nursing
  • deVeber Institute for Bioethics & Social Research, Advisory Council
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Member Emeritus
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Nurse Consultant
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