The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 by the Hospice Association of Ontario, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood, the Award Patron, and long time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. June was a recipient of this award in 1995 and since then, 520 hospice volunteers have been inducted into the Circle of Outstanding Volunteers.
Volunteers are special people – a view strongly held by Ms. Callwood and expressed by her on many occasions, during interviews on TV and radio, remarks at annual conferences, and through her writing. Her book, Twelve Weeks in Spring, captured the spirit of hospice and emphasized the importance of the many and varied contributions of a team of volunteers. In all her years as a journalist, author, broadcaster and humanitarian, June Callwood’s name became synonymous with integrity, talent and passion for social justice. She has touched the lives of generations of Canadians by giving that passion expression through her words and through her work in the service of those in need.
Please note that only Hospice Palliative Care Ontario member hospices are eligible to nominate their volunteers for this award.
This award is designed to recognize and show our appreciation for those individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and community and service organizations who best exemplify vision, financial support and dedication towards fostering the true spirit of hospice palliative care in Ontario.
While the financial support offered by these philanthropists is important to our cause, it is the encouragement and validation of our efforts that means so much to us as individuals. They are truly the “unsung heroes” of hospice palliative care in Ontario.
2012′s recipient: John DeGroot. John DeGroot’s belief that excellence is achievable has and continues to have a profound and far reaching impact. John’s philanthropic support to St. Joseph’s Hospice demonstrates that he is an active participant in end-of- life care for the terminally ill within our community. As a recognized leader in philanthropy, his gestures are truly inspiring and have helped create momentum for other potential donors to aspire to do the same. Since 2006, John DeGroot has donated the venue, the time of his employees and his own time in the planning, organization and execution of the St. Joseph’s Hospice premier fundraising gala event. The gala has grown year after year with a grand total to date of $566,320.
John has devoted extraordinary amounts of time and energy to many worthy charities within he Sarnia Lambton community including Bluewater Health, Bluewater Health Foundation, Vision Nursing Home and The Inn of the Good Shepherd. Current Board member of World Renew and Ontario Federation of Independent Schools, Founder and Trustee of Awesome Foundation Sarnia, Sarnia Rotary Club and Dancing Under the Stars Gala Steering Committee. John received the 2012 Queen’s Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
With a modest, low-key approach, John leads by example. His passion for these and many other causes truly knows no bounds, and the impact of his generosity and dedication will be felt by our community for decades to come.
The late Dorothy Ley was one of Canada’s first champions for quality care at the end-of-life. She brought a unique individuality to the field of hospice and palliative care, and maintained a highly visible and vocal presence during her distinguished career until her death in 1994. Dr. Ley was a pioneer and she broke new ground in fields of medicine and health care in general.
The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence, established in 1996 by the Ontario Palliative Care Association, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, is a perennial reminder of her truly great legacy. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or team effort to advance and improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care.
Submissions aaccepted from October 1 to January 30.
Forms will be posted here when nominations open.
2012′s recipient: Beth Lambie. Beth’s passion for her work inspires the people around her. Beth works not for recognition but because she genuinely care for patients and families. Beth always wants to know what is happening at the bedside, listens to outcomes and takes or supports action if there is a need for improvement. She has a unique ability to learn what patients, families and professional caregivers at the bedside need and translate this information into ideas and possible solutions. The contributions Beth has made through her collaborative work in system design, on provincial committees, and in the development of palliative care frameworks has resulted in improved quality of care for patients and families throughout Ontario
This award honours Marilyn Lundy (RN, PHN), one of the pioneers in palliative home care nursing. She has provided great leadership and vision in community palliative care nursing with Saint Elizabeth Health Care and in having served on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s committees for the development of the norms of practice and the hospice palliative care nursing standards. The award is presented annually to a nurse in Ontario who has demonstrated excellence in knowledge and skills in palliative care nursing and being a role model for his or her peers.
The Richard R. Walker Visionary Award
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The Richard R. Walker Visionary Award recognizes significant and exceptional contributions in advancing the hospice palliative care movement. The award is named in honour of Richard Walker, known as “Dick” to his family and friends. Dick was the founding chairman of the Community Hospice Association of Ontario, which became Hospice Association of Ontario, one of the predecessors of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. Mr. Walker passed away in October 2009.
The Richard R. Walker Visionary Award is bestowed by the Board of Directors of HPCO occasionally when merited, to an individual or organization that has through their actions, made a significant and exceptional contribution to advance the hospice palliative care movement in Ontario.
Inaugural recipient: The Hon. George Smitherman. Mr. Smitherman is a former Deputy Premier, MPP for Toronto Centre, and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. His recognition of the value of hospice palliative care, and his dedication to supporting and advancing the cause of hospice palliative care throughout Ontario, have had an immeasurable impact on the care that we provide within our communities.
The Joan Lesmond Scholarship
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Beginning in 2013, HPCO is proud to award the Joan Lesmond Scholarship to a community nurse in Ontario, working in palliative care, who demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning and mentorship.
The scholarship, named in loving memory of our friend, colleague and former board member Joan Lesmond, is valued at $2,000. It includes a full registration to the conference with accommodations, as well as transportation costs and a cash award.