Experienced Clinician and Educator

While studying Community Work, Elizabeth began her career in healthcare as a Crisis Intervention Volunteer (1994-1999) in the Emergency Department at the Toronto East General Hospital, and as a Volunteer Crisis Counsellor (1995-1999) at the Halton Rape Crisis Centre. After graduating with a B.S.W and M.S.W, wanting to support individuals and families facing complex illnesses, Elizabeth began working in General Internal Medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1999. Inspired by the emotional aspects of caring, in 2000, she joined the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and supported individuals and families following diagnosis to end-of-life. 

In 2002, Elizabeth was appointed as the first Palliative Social Worker at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada, and was a proud member of the interprofessional palliative team from its inception. As the Palliative Social Worker (2002-2015), she specialized in therapeutic interventions with individuals and families facing complex illnesses, uncertainty and grief on the Acute Palliative Care Unit and the Palliative Outpatient Clinics. Wanting to broaden access to Palliative Care, in 2015, Elizabeth launched her community-based practice supporting people of all ages facing serious illness, dying and grief.

An experienced educator, Elizabeth highlights the value of compassion and communication in the context of coping with complex illness, grief and loss. She teaches courses and workshops to the general public, health science learners and healthcare professionals. She collaborates on numerous local, regional, provincial and national Hospice Palliative Care initiatives and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2016, Elizabeth was honoured to be appointed an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University.

In 2017, Elizabeth became a Community Partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network joining the collaborative that fosters research and free resources for grieving families. As past of her compassionate community initiative, Elizabeth volunteers to host and facilitate a number of free public events creating safe spaces to support and empower people of all ages facing illness, uncertainty, dying and grief. Her volunteer initiatives include: Clinical Lead for Camp Erin Toronto, Hosting and facilitating Death Cafés, Children's Grief Awareness Family Day and the 100% Certainty Project: Death Something to Talk About. A Community Initiative.

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