Who developed MyGriefToolbox.ca

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Canadian Virtual Hospice is the world’s most comprehensive online portal for information and support on advanced illness, palliative care, and grief. It serves the information and support needs of people living with advanced illness, families and caregivers, health providers, researchers, and educators. Canadian Virtual Hospice also operates: VirtualHospice.ca, PortailPalliatif.ca, MyGrief.ca, LivingMyCulture.ca, LivingOutLoud.life, vivreAfond.ca, Methadone4pain.ca, KidsGrief.ca, and DeuildesEnfants.ca and is active on numerous social media platforms.

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Production of MyGriefToolBox.ca was supported by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Unmodified use or reproduction of this publication is permitted within Canada for non-commercial purposes only. This publication is provided “as is” and is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace the judgment of a healthcare professional. Those preparing and/or contributing to this publication specially disclaim all liability or warranty of any kind, whether express or implied.

Team Leads and writers

Christopher MacKinnon, PhD, OPQ
Faculty Lecturer, Department of Oncology, McGill University Psychologist
Co-Founder, and Director of Training, Psychologie Mont Royal
Montreal, Quebec

Cheryl Cameron, M.Ed, ACP
Paramedic
Lead of the EMS Palliative Assess,
Treat and Refer Program, Alberta Health Services
Edmonton, Alberta

Development team

Shelly Cory, MA
Executive Director
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Marianne Arab, MSW/RSW
Provincial Manager of Psychosocial Oncology Palliative and Spiritual Care
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Cancer Care Program
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr Alix Carter, MD MPH FRCPC
Medical Director, Research
EHS Nova Scotia
Director, Division of EMS
Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine

Careen Condrotte, BA
Registered Social Worker (RSW)
Provincial Coordinator
AHS EMS Critical Incident Stress Management
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Michelle Harrison, BSc AHN, MA
Project Manager
Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home Project
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Marg Cooke, M.S.W.
Editor
Sidney, British Columbia

Danielle Saj
Intern
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Angie Saj
Administrative Support
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Grief expert reviewers

Edward Rynearson, MD
Distinguished Professor
Seattle, Washington

Andrea Warnick, RN, MA
Psychotherapist – Childrens’ Grief
Guelph, Ontario

Video Contributors

Cheryl Cameron
Cheryl Cameron, M.Ed, ACP
is a paramedic and the Lead of the EMS Palliative Assess, Treat and Refer Program, Alberta Health Services.

Leslie Card
Leslie Card is a primary care Paramedic with Emergency Health Services in Nova Scotia. He is also a member of the Critical Incident Stress Team.

Tyne Lunn
Tyne Lunn is a Community Care Paramedic and part of Alberta Health Services, EMS Mobile Integrated Healthcare, Alberta.

Tristan Redden
Tristan Redden is a Primary Care Paramedic and Communications Supervisor with Emergency Health Service, Nova Scotia.

Nick Richards
Nick Richards, CSP, ER-ACP is an Advanced Care Paramedic based in Nova Scotia.

Don Smith
Don Smith is an Advanced Care Paramedic and part of Alberta Health Services, EMS North Zone. He is based in Grande Prairie Alberta.

Olivia Tomes
Olivia Tomes Is a Community Care Paramedic with Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Alberta.

Marianne Arab
Marianne Arab, MSW/RSW is the Provincial Manager of Psychosocial Oncology, Palliative and Spiritual Care, Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program. She is also the Project Co-Lead, Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Alix Carter
Dr. Alix Carter, MD, MPH, FRCPC is the Research Medical Director at Emergency Health Services, Nova Scotia and the Director, Division of EMS at Dalhousie University Department of Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the co-lead of the Paramedics Providing Palliative Care project.

Elizabeth (Betty) Davies
Elizabeth (Betty) Davies RN, PhD, FAAN
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

Mike Harlos MD
Mike Harlos MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP Palliative Care;
Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric
Palliative Care for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Professor and Section Head
of Palliative Medicine University
of Manitoba Clinical Lead Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Paramedic Advisors

Jeff Baillie
Primary Care Paramedic
Emergency Health Services
Tantallon, Nova Scotia

Leslie Card
Advanced Care Paramedic
Member of the Critical Incident Stress Team
Emergency Health Services
Windsor, Nova Scotia

Meredith Glover
Advanced Care Paramedic
Community Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta

Stacy Goulder
Advanced Care Paramedic
Senior Staff Development Officer
Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta

Tjeerdina (TJ) Hoekstra
Primary Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Peace River, Alberta

Judy Hollett
Peer Team Coordinator
Emergency Health Services
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jenna Hook
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Tyne Lunn
Advanced Care Paramedic
Community Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
EMS Mobile Integrated Healthcare
Alberta

Dawn Nickerson
Advanced Care Paramedic
Emergency Health Services
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tristan Redden
Primary Care Paramedic
Communications Supervisor
Emergency Health Services
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Keri Rempel
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Nick Richards
Advanced Care Paramedic
Clinical Support Paramedic
Emergency Health Services
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Teresa Roberts
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta

Warren Sharpe
Primary Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Peace River, Alberta

Don Smith
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services, EMS North Zone
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Wes Thompson
Primary Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Peace River, Alberta

Olivia Tomes
Community Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta

Jacene Tyler
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Reviewers

Elizabeth Anderson
Primary Care Paramedic
Community Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Alynne Baiton
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
South Zone, Alberta

Leon Baranowski MEd, DipHE, FHEA, MCPARA
Advanced Care Paramedic
Paramedic Practice Leader
BC Emergency Health Services
Vancouver, British Columbia

Lorraine Downey
Primary Care Paramedic
Peer Support Coordinator
Ottawa, Ontario

Tammy Dupuis
Primary Care Paramedic Community Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Tracy Faraday
Primary Care Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Matthew Friesen
Primary Care Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Tianna Gibson
Primary Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Edmonton Zone, Alberta

Dwayne Gidney
Advanced Care Paramedic
Acting Superintendent
Clinical Training and Operations
Ottawa, Ontario

Stacy Goulder
Advanced Care Paramedic
Senior Staff Development Officer
Alberta Health Services

Jennie Helmer BCom, MEd
Advanced Care Paramedic
Paramedic Specialist
Pemberton, British Columbia

Tracey Izzard
Primary Care Paramedic
Community Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Erika Kirkman
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Central Zone, Alberta

Selena Letain
Advanced Care Paramedic
EMS Operations Manager
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Tyne Lunn
Advanced Care Paramedic
Community Care Paramedic
EMS Mobile Integrated Healthcare
Alberta
Alberta Health Services EMS

Nellie Maund-Stephens
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
South Zone, Alberta

Marsha McCall RN MSN
Program Manager
BCEHS Critical Incident Stress Program
Vancouver, British Columbia

Tara McCullough
Primary Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
South Zone, Alberta

Brian Morris
Advanced Care Paramedic
Superintendent
Ottawa, Ontario

Stanley Morrow
Advanced Care Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Denica Mulder
Advanced Care Paramedic
Alberta Health Services
Calgary Zone, Alberta

Tristan Redden
Primary Care Paramedic
Communications Supervisor
Emergency Health Services
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tammie-Lee Rogowski RN CHPCN(C) CCHN(C)
Clinical Team Manager Palliative Care
and Home Care Nursing Services
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
Selkirk, Manitoba

Lori Simcoe
EMS Quality Officer
Shared Health
Selkirk, Manitoba

Jessica Waterhouse
Advanced Care Paramedic
Ottawa, Ontario

Communications

Ellen Paulley
Manager of Communications and Engagement
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Video content

Wendy Rowland BAH, MA
Director
Toronto, Ontario

Robin Bain
Cinematographer
Toronto, Ontario

Photos

Courtesy of Emergency Medical Services, Alberta Health Services

Platform Development

Graphic Design