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After retirement from a 30-year career as an administrative assistant in public education, I embraced adventurous travel with my partner and was quite happy to carry on with occasional spurts of volunteering.


My volunteer work over the years included Peer Support for the Hamilton Women’s Centre and sitting on a Social Justice committee as a community member with the John Howard Society in Hamilton (working with young offenders). 


As I entered into my fourth year of retirement I seized the opportunity to become certified as  an End of Life Doula through Douglas College. At the same time I trained to be a Visiting Volunteer at a local hospice.  Along with this I continue to pursue learning in the Death, Dying and Bereavement field of studies and am currently enrolled in the Thanatology Course - Centennial College. 



End Of Life Doula

Presented by Douglas College

This course is designed for individuals who have been or will be called upon to provide care, support and advocacy for someone who is facing the end of their life. Students in this course develop an understanding of how the continuity of care and advocacy they provide complements the end of life care provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers.

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LEAP Online for Health Care Professionals

Presented by Pallium Canada

LEAP Online is a facilitated online learning program that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP Online includes 16 online modules and 6 hours of webinars led by LEAP facilitators who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.

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Death, Dying, and Bereavement Certificate

Presented by Wilfrid Laurier University

The Death, Dying and Bereavement certificate is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and resources to assist them in walking with compassion through the dying and grief journey with clients and patients.

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