Dr Sally Thorne receives the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring!

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Every once in a while you meet someone who epitomizes what it is to be an exceptional scholar, teacher, nurse and mentor. We have such a person among us in our iPANEL community.

iPANEL advisory board member, Dr. Sally Thorne, has recently been awarded the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This is a very prestigious award recognizing outstanding mentorship of graduate students over many years. Many of us in the iPANEL community have been and continue to be the beneficiaries of Sally’s mentorship and I know that you will all agree that this award and recognition is so well deserved. Thank you, Sally for all that you do in support of exceptional nursing practice and scholarship. We are proud of you and grateful to have you as part of our community!

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile, Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder. In an Op-Ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story and continue to care for many on the streets of Victoria.

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