About LivingMyCulture.ca

LivingMyCulture.ca is an initiative of the Canadian Virtual Hospice and more than 50 partners. LivingMyCulture.ca includes content developed from two projects funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The Living My Culture project engaged people from 8 cultures to share their stories about the intersection of culture and advanced illness, end-of-life and grief. The Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief project interviewed First Nations Inuit and Métis from across the country about experiences, lessons learned and words of wisdom for those travelling a similar path. We are grateful to, and humbled by, the courageous people who shared their stories for the benefit of others.

Project Leads

  • Shelly Cory MA
    Executive Director
    Canadian Virtual Hospice
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Harvey Max Chochinov OM, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC Chair, Canadian Virtual Hospice Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Institute Winnipeg, Manitoba

Living My Culture Development Team

  • Glen Horst DMin (Team Lead) Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Shane Sinclair PhD (Team Lead) University of Calgary, Alberta
  • Karen Courtney BA, BSN, PhD University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Bejoy Thomas PhD Alberta Health Services, Alberta Ingrid See RN, BSN, MEd, CHPCN(c)
  • Judith Sixsmith PhD Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
  • Kelli Stajduhar RN, PhD University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Mei Lan Fang MPH Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
  • Romayne Gallagher MD, CCFP, FCFP Providence Health, Vancouver
  • Sandy Kwong MSW, RSW BC Cancer Agency, British Columbia
  • Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham RN, PhD University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Vivian Collacutt BCS (Ed), BS, MSW, RSW Alberta Health Services, Alberta

Indigenous Voices Development Team

  • Kali Leary BSc, MBT (Co-lead)
    CancerCare Manitoba, Manitoba
  • Brenda Hearson RN, MN (Co-lead)
    Canadian Virtual Hospice
  • Elder Betty McKenna
    First Nations University, Saskatchewan
  • Usman Aslam MPH
    CancerCare Ontario, Ontario
  • Carrie Bourassa PhD
    First Nations University, Skastchewan
  • Velda Clark RN
    Saskatchewan
  • Mary Hampton EdD
    First Nations University, Saskatchewan
  • Serena Hickes SW
    Nunavut/Winnipeg
  • Carolyn Jardine BN, RN
    CancerCare Manitoba
  • Mary Lou Kelley MSW, PhD (retired)
    Lakehead University, Ontario
  • Sharol Kohoko RN
    Peguis First Nation, Manitoba
  • Angeline Letendre RN, PhD
    Alberta Health Services, Alberta
  • Donna E. Loft
    Ontario Chiefs, Ontario
  • Audrey Logan BA
    Windsor Regional Hospital, Ontario
  • Phillipa Martee
    Baker Lake, Nunavut
  • Lori Monture RN
    Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario
  • Laurie Ann Nicholas BSc., RD
    Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick
  • Ted Norris B. Ed.
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Holly Prince MSW
    Lakehead University
  • Karen Schmidt BEd, CFNHM
    File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, Saskatchewan
  • Jeroline Smith RN
    Peguis First Nation, Manitoba
  • Marney Vermette RN
    St. Elizabeth

Artists – Print materials

  • Tracey Anthony
  • Karen Bisson
  • Leah Dorion
  • Colleen Gray
  • Gullo Mullins
  • Lisa Perras

National Advisory Committee

  • Brent Schacter MD, FRCPC
    CancerCare Manitoba, Manitoba
  • Carolyn Tayler RN, MSA CON
    Fraser Health, British Columbia
  • Carrie Bourassa PhD
    First Nations University, Saskatchewan
  • Joan L. Bottorff PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN
    Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology
  • Elder Betty McKenna
    First Nations University, Saskatchewan
  • Kali Leary BSc, BMT
    CancerCare Manitoba, Manitoba
  • Karen Courtney BA, BSN, MSN, PhD
    University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Keith Wilson PhD, CPsyh
    The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Ontario
  • Laurie Anne O'Brien RN BN CHPCN
    Newfoundland
  • Lori Embleton
    Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Manitoba
  • Lorraine Dacombe Dewar
    Manitoba Health, Healthy Living & Seniors, Manitoba
  • Mary Lou Kelley MSW, PhD
    Lakehead University, Ontario
  • Phillipa Martee
    Baker Lake, Nunavut
  • Pierre Gagnon MD, FRCPC
    Laval University, Quebec
  • Serge Dumont PhD
    Laval University, Quebec
  • Vivian Collacutt BCS (Ed.), MSW, RSW
    Alberta Health Services, Alberta
  • Deb Bulych BA, B. Admin, BSW
    Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatchewan

Family Advisors

  • Sylvie Lalande
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Pam King
    Killarney, Manitoba
  • Kim Grant
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Elder Betty McKenna
    Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Tanny Nadon
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Serena Hickes
    Nunavut / Manitoba
  • Jacquie Dorge
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

Evaluation

  • Karen L. Courtney BA, BSN, MSN, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    University of Victoria
    Health Information Services
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Carrie Bourassa PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Inter-disciplinary Services
    First Nations University
    Regina, Saskatchewan

Communications

  • Marissa Ambalina
    Canadian Virtual Hospice

Video Content

  • Wendy Rowland BAH, MA
    Director
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Robin Bain
    Cinematographer
    Toronto, Ontario