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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. I continue to be a very active volunteer and have begun to co-facilitate grief and bereavement support groups. Along with this I continue to pursue learning in the Death, Dying and Bereavement field of studies.
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.
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.
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.