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Carolyn M Tayler, RN, MSA, CON(C)

CarolynTayler 175iPANEL Practice Lead Investigator

Carolyn Tayler has worked in oncology and palliative care for several years in both clinical and administrative roles. She is Past President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) and the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA). She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to promoting excellence in nursing care of, and in creating health systems responsive to, the care of the dying. In 2006 she and her Fraser Health team were awarded the Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Award, and in 2007, the Award of Merit for Collaborative Solutions from the Health Employers Association of BC. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Order of Merit for Nursing Administration from the Canadian Nurses Association, and in 2010 was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award from CANO.

Institutional affiliations
  • Fraser Health Authority - Director of End of Life Care, Retired in 2016
  • Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
  • University of Victoria

Pat Porterfield, RN, MSN, CHPCN(C)

PatPorterfield 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Pat Porterfield has been involved in palliative care as a clinician, educator and researcher for the past 35 years. She retired from her position as Regional Leader for Palliative Care at Vancouver Coastal Health in 2012. While at Vancouver Coastal Health, she was involved with initiatives to extend a palliative approach into residential care and primary care, including participation in the development of the GPSC Practice Support Program (PSP) End-of-Life Module. She was also involved in the development of advance care planning within Vancouver Coastal Health. Since retirement, she has continued with public education for advance care planning and co-chairs the BC Centre for Palliative Care Advance Care Planning Public Awareness and Education Working Group. These experiences have served to broaden Pat’s understanding of the benefits and challenges of integrating a palliative approach to systems of care.

Institutional affiliations
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Della Roberts, RN, MSN, CHPCN(C)

DellaRoberts 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Della is an advanced practice nurse supporting Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) practice across settings. In this role, she leads initiatives to advance the practice of palliative care. Della has been instrumental in policy, program and guideline development including the provincial afterhours palliative nursing service, the expected/planned home death in British Columbia and the decision tool "Fraser Health Palliative Care: Determining next home care nursing visit." She has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience including development and implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum promoting a palliative approach. Della has been co-investigator on several palliative care research projects.

Institutional affiliations
  • Island Health British Columbia
  • Adjunct Professor School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Ella Garland, RN, MN, CHPCN (C)

Ella Garland - smalleriPANEL Co-Investigator

Ella Garland is currently working as an Operations Leader for Palliative and Elder Care Ambulatory services at Providence Health Care  in Vancouver. Her main interests are working with teams to embed a palliative approach into the care of patients with life-limiting diseases within the acute care setting as well as persons residing in residential care settings. Her final Master of Nursing project focused on barriers to end-of-life communication in the heart failure population.

Institutional affiliations
  • Providence Health Care

Elisabeth Antifeau, RN, MSN, GNC(C)

ElisabethAntifeau 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Elisabeth works with a wide variety of adult and at-risk populations across acute, community, and residential settings.  Her clinical work focuses on supporting individuals/families who are living with advancing life-limiting illness with best care practices delivered by the inter-professional health care team.  Elisabeth works collaboratively within Interior Health and with many provincial and community partners to support the delivery of health practice innovations, effective knowledge translation activities, and the strategic planning needed for quality care improvements in a large rural health authority. She actively participates in research collaborations with various research teams to seek improved palliative care outcomes.

Institutional affiliations
  • Interior Health
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of B.C. - Okanagan

Barbara McLeod, RN, MSN, CHPCN(C)

BarbaraMcLeod 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Barbara is a Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Fraser Health End-of-Life Care Program with regional responsibility in the development and integration of hospice palliative care services in the Home Health Program. Barbara has received such awards as the Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice from the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia, and more recently the 2010/2011 Fraser Health Above and Beyond Award for Service Delivery. She is strongly committed to advancing nursing practice and improving end-of-life care by participating in nursing research and leading the integration of research findings into nursing practice. Barbara is also a steering committee member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative End-of-Life Care Surveillance Team Network.

Institutional affiliations
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Certification Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Canada [CHPCN (C)]; 2004; 2009-2014, Canadian Nurses Association
  • Fraser Health Authority

Jill Gerke, MA

blank 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Jill has been involved in hospice palliative care since starting her career in 1993 as a child life specialist in pediatric oncology at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Through her work at Hospice Calgary and The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta Jill has spent close to 25 years supporting families and dying patients through their journey of living with a life threatening illness, end of life care and bereavement. Along with the clinical psychosocial support of the dying and their families, Jill has been actively involved in the development and implementation of hospice palliative care and bereavement programs across Alberta and British Columbia. In May 2012 she moved to Vancouver Island with her young family to take on the new role of regional Manager of End of Life Care for Island Health. She holds a graduate degree in counseling psychology, and has a keen interest making visible and supporting the needs of family caregivers.

Institutional affiliations
  • Island Health - End of Life Care 
  • University of Victoria - Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health

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