New Award honours Ethics in Palliative Care: Winner Announcement


Winners of New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care Announced

Montreal, September 10, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the winners of the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care: Margaret Somerville and Kelly Hubbard. The new award recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

Margaret Somerville, Founding Director of McGill’s Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, has worked for over 30 years as an ethicist. During her career she has been a bold beacon of reason in both her academic work and the public square against legalizing euthanasia, arguing for better access to high quality palliative care, especially total pain management in caring for dying people.

“So what do dying people need to make death bearable?” Somerville asks. “They need access to good palliative care, including fully adequate pain management, but they also need to feel that they are respected, that they still have something to give to the rest of us, and that even when we are dying we can have a sense of hope – the oxygen of the human spirit – and avoid the slough of despair.”

Kelly Hubbard, who is receiving the award in the special category of Outstanding Practitioner, is a registered nurse and the Residential Care Manager at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, Ontario. She has cared for dying people for the majority of her 24 years of nursing - in acute care, community, and hospice settings. Hubbard has shown the highest level of dedication, passion and perseverance, and remains committed to the ongoing development of ethical and moral principles and standards in palliative care nursing.

The new award is named after Jean Echlin, a registered nurse who has spent a lifetime providing leadership in the field of palliative care. Winners of the award support the notion that palliative care constitutes not just dying well, but also, and more importantly, living well even when we are dying. In other words, all persons should be provided what they need to enjoy the highest possible level of quality-of-life until the moment of death.

The award ceremony takes place during the International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal. The Congress was established 40 years ago by Dr. Balfour Mount, a Canadian physician who is considered the father of Palliative Care in North America and the epitome of ethics in Palliative Care.

For more details, please contact:

Kathy Matusiak, Executive Director

The DeVeber Institute for Bioethics & Social Research

415 Oakdale Road, Suite #215, Toronto, ON M3N 1W7 or 416-256-0555


About the deVeber Institute:

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.

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