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Louise Brazier

Bereavement Services Coordinator

Louise brings a dose of English wit and elegance to the NSMHPCN team.  Having previous experience in community development and project planning, Louise has a passion for bringing Hospice Palliative Care into the community.

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Carol Gaffoor

Administrative Assistant

Carol brings extensive administrative and customer service experience to our organization. Her work ethic and sense of humour perfectly complement her dedication and teamwork skills. We are very lucky to have Carol as part of our team in hospice palliative care!

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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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Cori Johnson

HPC Nurse Consultant

Cori graduated from the Georgian College Nursing Program in 1999 and worked as an RN in the community and hospital settings for two years. Since then, Cori has worked in Long Term Care and obtained the Gerontological certification by the Canadian Nurses Association. During her time in LTC, she worked as a charge nurse and as part of the management team, where she had the opportunity to participate in Health Quality Ontario’s “Resident’s First” Quality Improvement Program as an Improvement Facilitator. She holds her CAPCE certification as well as her CHPCN certification.

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Rachel Lapensee

Nursing Services Lead/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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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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Terri-Lynn Pain

HPC Nurse Consultant

Terri has a wealth of experience as Registered Nurse working in the community and is pleased to be working in South Muskoka supporting health care providers in acute care.

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Amy Pritzker

Community Engagement Lead

Amy is the Community Engagement Lead for both the Network and Hospice Orillia. Since 2010, she has provided support to individuals who have life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones. She has worked in social services since 1999, addressing issues such as child welfare, domestic violence and homelessness. Amy’s formal education includes extensive work in spiritual formation, creative arts, theology and spiritual care. Informally, her greatest learning has come from the individuals and families that she has journeyed with.  She considers working in hospice palliative care an absolute privilege, helping people to both live well, and to die well.

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Deborah Sloan

HPC Nurse Consultant

Deb is a Registered Nurse whose background is in both home care and pediatric care with an emphasis on palliative care. Deb provides support and education to a multitude of organizations in the North Simcoe Region. She holds a Canadian Nurses’ Association certification in Hospice Palliative Care (CHPCN), Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) certification and certification from the Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA) and is a facilitator for the LEAP program through Pallium Canada. She is excited to share knowledge and collaborate with all health care professionals and brings a variety of reflections into her practice.

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Inge Stothers

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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Whitney Vowels

Manager of Operations

Whitney joined the NSMHPCN in 2014 and came to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. With over 10 years of administrative management expertise, Whitney quickly became a valuable asset to the Network and is looking forward to being a part of the continued awareness of Hospice Palliative Care in Canada

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Catherine Wallis-Smith

Education Coordinator

Catherine has been a registered nurse for 41 years, beginning her career in psychiatry/mental health.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals and community and is CNA certified in both Psychiatry/Mental Health and Hospice Palliative Care.  During her work in the community, she developed a passion for both palliative care and education and has been providing interdisciplinary education with the NSMHPCN since 2006.

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