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Kathlene Bartlett

HPC Nurse Consultant

Kathlene has over 9 years of Palliative Care Experience. She has worked at RVH on the Palliative Oncology Unit in both an RPN and RN capacity as well as in local LTC homes and with the Public Health Unit. She has a passion for palliative care and the way people think about it. Kathlene's dream has been to join the NSMHPCN team since she started her nursing journey. She enjoys health teaching and providing education/mentorship. She is looking forward to making connections and being involved with the Collingwood and area communities to support their palliative needs.

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Louise Brazier

Bereavement Services Coordinator

Originally from the UK,  Louise’s background is in community development, patient engagement and project management.  Her passion lies in bringing Palliative Care into the community and putting the person at the centre of their care and journey.  She feels privileged to be working with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to deliver care to those most vulnerable in our community.  She believes that compassion is contagious and is aiming for an epidemic.

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Stefanie Collins

MSW, RSW, Visiting Hospice Coordinator, Social Worker

Stefanie is the Visiting Hospice Coordinator, Social Worker at Hospice Orillia. Stefanie is passionate about supporting individuals experiencing life-limiting illnesses, as well as their caregivers and loved ones. Stefanie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and has experience working and volunteering at various hospices and healthcare organizations in Ontario. Stefanie considers it a true honour to be given the opportunity to walk alongside others in their journey, and support them in whatever way they need it. Stefanie is thrilled to be a part of Hospice Orillia.

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Inge de Bruijn

HPC Nurse Consultant

Inge started her career in nursing in 1983 in The Netherlands. Immigrating to Canada in 1988, she settled in the north part of Simcoe. Inge has been a community nurse for the past 13 years and loved every minute of it. Her path has taken her to specializing in palliative care. Inge hopes to make an imprint in moving palliative care thinking and caring for the patient along in a healthy and spiritual way.

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Melody Fox

Clinical Nurse Manager

Melody is a seasoned health care professional with over 30 years of private and public sector experience who has an extensive knowledge of systems, quality improvement and project management processes who has successfully managed multiple initiatives nationally and internationally. Melody’s past experience includes Operations Director, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program, Mental Health and Addictions, Provincial Clinical Co-Lead with the Ontario Palliative Care Network, Clinical Nurse Manager for the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network and Regional Manager for the South West Home & Community Portfolio that included Palliative Care and Mental Health. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Wound Management and Tissue Repair. Melody has a broad understanding of the health care system in all sectors, as she has worked closely with numerous stakeholders over the last decade to improve the quality of person-centred palliative care provided to patients within Ontario. Melody has focused on the development and implementation of several Palliative programs that have been instrumental in improving the quality of evidence based palliative care to patients.

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Nancy Good-Kennedy

HPC Nurse Consultant

Nancy brings with her many years of both hospital and community nursing, as well as a love of complementary medicine. Nancy believes that it  was her role as a Community Nurse that truly birthed her love for the dying.  She provides palliative consultation and pain and symptom management, cross sector from Hospital, Community, LTC & Retirement Homes  in Collingwood & Wasaga Beach areas. "Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another." - George Elliot

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Ewa Grezlikowska

HPC Nurse Consultant

Ewa began her nursing career after graduating from Medical College in Poland. Her first 10 years of nursing were in an ICU. Later, she held a variety of nursing positions including Long Term Care and Urgent Clinic. She spent 17 years in the community making a difference in the lives of patients and their families. She also worked as a Palliative Resource Nurse and Preceptor. In 2008 she accepted a position at Hospice Simcoe and in 2010 she joined Palliative Care Network. Ewa’s dedication to patient care extends to on-going training and education. Her credentials include Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course, and Canadian Nurses Association Hospice Palliative Care Competencies course

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Charlene Hagerman

HPC Nurse Consultant

Charlene started her nursing career in the acute care setting. While in Toronto, she began her community nursing career. It was during her team leader role with Bayshore Home Health where she found her passion for palliative care. Charlene obtained her CHPCN certification in 2005. In 2010, Charlene joined the NSMPCN as a resource nurse in the Barrie area. She is providing palliative support and education to patients and family, as well as health care providers in the hospital and community settings.

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Rachel Lapensee

HPC Nurse Consultant

Rachel Lapensee is a Registered Nurse, with a BA in health studies and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Rachel comes with years of experience in oncology and palliative care, having worked in hospitals in Ontario, British Columbia and Calgary.

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Julie Leighton-Phelps

HPC Nurse Consultant

Julie has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years with a vast ray of experience in Emergency, Intensive Care, Medical, Geriatric and Hospice Palliative Care nursing. She started her nursing career in Texas for 4 years and then returned to Ontario to work at the Collingwood G&M Hospital for 17 years.  The past few years Julie has been in palliative care primarily with Hospice Georgian Triangle and Bayshore Home Care.  Julie has a passion for teaching and helping patients and their families through their palliative and end of life journey.  

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Megan Lowrie

Program Assistant

Megan comes from a background in Retirement and Administration. She enjoys getting to know people and making a difference in their lives. Megan is very excited to be working with our wonderful group of volunteers and staff.

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Sue Martin

HPC Nurse Consultant

Sue has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years. Early in her career, she worked with patients with spinal cord injuries in Toronto, then primarily as a Community Visiting Nurse with VON and Bayshore Home Health. As a frontline nurse and Manager of Clinical Practice, she developed a passion for providing the best quality of care to those with life threatening illnesses. Sue is certified in CHPCN (2007), CCHN (2011) and CAPCE (2014). Today, Sue focuses on providing support and education to health care providers, patients and families in Long Term Care facilities, hospital settings and the community.

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Aimee McAnsh

HPC Nurse Consultant

Aimee graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2005 with an Honours degree in Bachelor of Science of Nursing. She has worked as a VON Visiting RN for 4 years providing primary care to palliative patients in their home setting and continued her career working another 9 years for the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre/LHIN in a discharge planning capacity.  Aimee's work with The LHIN encompassed consulting the interdisciplinary hospital team, coordinating patient/family meetings to discuss goals of care and patient wishes upon return home from hospital, and orchestrating services and equipment needed to support clients at home.  She often linked clients to  external partners to support their needs and completed applications for Hospice or Complex Continuing Care- Palliative programs.  Aimee remains dedicated to patients and families to provide best practice in palliative care and act as a liaison to better manage end of life transitions.

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Lynda Meeks

Education Facilitator, HPC Nurse Consultant

Lynda began her nursing career at RVH in 1987 and worked in ICU, Emergency, and Systemic Therapy until 1999. Lynda continued her work in the Cancer Centre at RVH as Primary Nurse, Team Leader Cancer Care Program and Symptom Management Coordinator from 1999 to 2008. Lynda moved down the 400 to Southlake in 2008 where she worked at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre until 2012 as the Manager Outpatient Cancer Clinics and Program Development, Chemotherapy Suite, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Palliative and Supportive Care, Clinical Trials and the Diagnostic Assessment Unit. Lynda joined Bayshore Home Health, Specialty Rx Division as the Oncology/Palliative Care Clinical Practice Leader and Program Manager and then spent several years with Shopper’s Drug Mart Specialty Health Network as the National Clinical Lead, Infusion/Oncology and Palliative Care until 2015. Most recently Lynda has been employed by Hospice Georgian Triangle as the Residential Care Manager from October 2015 and Interim Executive Director and Privacy Officer from November 2018 to August 2019. Lynda was on the Clinical Faculty at several educational institutions throughout her career including Centennial College, Georgian College and most recently Georgian College/York University mentoring nursing students in the BScN Collaborative Program. Lynda is extremely passionate about education and is very pleased to be a part of the NSMHPCN team in her role as the Education Facilitator and Palliative Nurse Consultant.

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Hema Roopnarine

Administrative Assistant

Hema started her career in Administration in 1998 after immigrating to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago. She brings over 20 years of knowledge, experience and a wide array of expertise to the team. Adding to her achievements Hema graduated in 2009 with highest honours a Diploma in Medical Transcription. It has always been her ultimate goal and a lifetime dream to work in the health care field. Hema believes that our life should have balance. She loves watching sunrises, hiking to waterfalls and taking walks along the water’s edge at Lake Couchiching with her husband.She believes that we should never underestimate a moment of KINDNESS, it has the power to change lives in ways you may never know because each person we cross paths with in our lives leaves their footprint on our hearts. Hema considers her position with the NSMHPCN an honour and looks forward to be working with the team and community.

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Amanda Tevelde

Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

Born and raised in Orillia, Amanda brings to the team a background in marketing, event planning, communications, and fundraising.  Her passion lies in helping individuals live their best life possible.  With over 10 years experience in the not-for-profit industry, Amanda brings a wide array of expertise to the team.   She considers her position with the Hospice Orillia team as an honor and looks forward to be working with the community.

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Whitney Vowels

Director of Operations and Communications

Whitney joined the NSMHPCN in 2014 and came to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in administration. With over 15 years of administrative management expertise and experience in the not-for-profit sector, Whitney quickly became a valuable asset to the Network.  Whitney helps to provide leadership to the NSMHPCN team including staff, volunteers, and all Network committees and is involved in framing key decisions and strategic directions within the mission and values of the NSMHPCN.