Press Release: New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care


New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

Toronto, July 3rd, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care, a new award that 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.

Ms. Echlin, a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing, has been a pioneer in palliative nursing for 35 years. In 1979, she was instrumental in the development of the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County’s clinical and volunteer programs. Ms. Echlin went on to be an executive director of the Hospice, which is recognized as exemplary in Canada. In 1988, she was invited to University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, 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. Currently, Ms. Echlin is a consultant in palliative nursing, and a freelance writer, speaker, and educator.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2014. If you are interested in nominating an individual or group for this award, please submit a letter 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 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:

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



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