I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Dougherty for ten years on the Palliative Care Unit at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Elizabeth is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled social worker with a particular gift for dealing with the children of dying patients. Dealing with young children in this setting can be a challenge for staff and the team looked to Elizabeth for leadership in this area. She was always empathetic, compassionate and professional. She took time with patients and family members to fully explore problems and would work collaboratively with them in order to arrive at solutions. She worked extremely well with all members of the team and was highly respected by her colleagues. I recommend her highly and without reservation.
I have had the great privilege of seeing what a difference Elizabeth can make in a difficult situation. I knew her for years as a Palliative Care Social Worker in my hospital, helping to support families and connecting them with resources to help make it through difficult times. She knew everything there was to know about counselling techniques, services... whatever the problem was, she knew the solution.But I only understood the depth of her skills when my own mother became terminally ill and died on the unit where she worked. As a Palliative Care physician, I knew what to do, and how I needed to speak with my own family. But Elizabeth had another level of skill that helped me and my own children to cope with what was happening. I will never forget the time and effort she put into helping us, and I could never have asked for a better person to help me and my family come to terms with our loss.
Elizabeth and I connected at a palliative care conference a year ago. Since that time she has proven to be a trusted colleague and passionate advocate for improving how Canadians die and experience grief and bereavement. Recently, she was a guest lecturer in a graduate course I am teaching at Lakehead University called “Social Work at the End-of-Life”. Elizabeth’s knowledge of the subject matter was exceptional and compassion for the learner experience, elevating. I would recommend her as an interdisciplinary palliative and end-of-life care educator without hesitation and look forward to continued collaboration.
Elizabeth has extensive front-line experience in the fields of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. She is a highly skilled practitioner who can naturally connect with family members of all ages. Elizabeth is a wonderful advocate for children and youth who are affected by the serious illness of someone they care about. Elizabeth’s energy and passion for her work is palpable. I highly recommend Elizabeth’s services to individuals, families, and communities.
Beyond her wealth of skills and expertise, Elizabeth has that rare and special gift of being able to truly connect with anyone, regardless of age, even in the most heartbreaking circumstances. She exudes a genuine warmth and compassion that makes you feel at ease, intuition and concern to truly hear and know “you”, and even manages to find the right moments to be playful. For years, I have recommended Elizabeth to families knowing that she would help them by being, and finding a light in the darkness of grief.
Elizabeth has expert level skills in developing and maintaining mentorship relationships with interprofessional colleagues. Her contribution to building primary level palliative care capacity is substantial as the clinical advisory support she provides is exemplary.
I have had the great pleasure of working with Elizabeth for the past two years at the University of Toronto. She has brought tremendous insight to the planning of a Dying and Death seminar for health profession students from eleven programs. Elizabeth has a wonderful ability to facilitate the process of decision-making among committee members regarding curriculum development, supporting the prioritizing of key components to enhance student learning. Throughout her presentation to students, Elizabeth is able to share difficult experiences in a sensitive manner, communicating her compassion, as well as a remarkable sense of privilege of working with individuals who are dying and their family members. Elizabeth shares her expertise freely, reflecting cultural awareness related to the process of dying and grieving in a vulnerable and humble manner. Students have expressed their appreciation for the practical tools and strategies Elizabeth provides to support them in their encounters with patients/clients in both clinical training experiences and future practice.
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Elizabeth in her outstanding care for families who are facing a life limiting illness and end of life care. Elizabeth’s approach is always kind, compassionate and understanding. She has a wealth of knowledge from her many years of experience working within palliative care and I would highly recommend her guidance and support to anyone facing the unimaginable challenges of a life limiting illness and end of life care.
I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth in her role at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. She provides invaluable support to patients and families to help meet the complex and interwoven spectrum of needs. She is a strong mentor across disciplines, and shares her wealth of experience in approachable and honest ways.
Elizabeth is an excellent professional who showcases the compassion, determination and tangible skills to effectively support patients and families dealing with life-limiting illness. I have personally witnessed her work and am continuously inspired by her ability to deal with complex psychosocial contexts and ethical scenarios. It has been a pleasure to work with Elizabeth in a variety of capacities, including clinical care, research and quality improvement.
Elizabeth has incredible skills and expertise to offer families facing a life-limiting illness and end of life. Her many years of experience providing education, resources and supporting communication and legacy-building can be a profound asset and anchor for families during these most difficult and stormy times.
Elizabeth has an unparalleled ability to connect with patients and families to have frank discussions about end of life care issues. She supports patients in a manner that allows them to express, grieve, and achieve closure. She is able to lead team discussions with compassion, yet remain efficient. She has such an excellent grasp of palliative issues that it makes it easy to work in an often emotional environment.
Elizabeth is a knowledgeable, caring, empathetic and dedicated Social Worker. Elizabeth has a wealth of experience supporting palliative clients and their families. It is a pleasure to work with her in inter-professional teams. Elizabeth would be an asset to any integrated palliative team or to any client and family in need of Palliation.
I worked with Elizabeth for close to 6 years at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre within the Palliative Care ambulatory clinic. When I think of her practice many positive nouns, verbs and emotions spring to mind. In my experience and numerous interactions with her, she always embodied the utmost compassion and empathy with patients, families and staff alike. Patients and families often reported back to me that their interactions with Elizabeth involved several affirmative elements including effective counselling and education. Both the support she provided, and her knowledge of resources, was unparalleled. It was with great pleasure to work alongside her.
I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Elizabeth is a bright, energetic, positive and compassionate individual. She helped many of my cancer patients and their families in coping with psychological and existential distress. Her rich clinical experience and positive caring attitude enable Elizabeth to support the unique needs of each of her clients at different stages of a life-limiting illness. Elizabeth is an innovative and knowledgeable professional. She led an initiative to provide an accessible mobile application and online directory that list resources and palliative care units available for seriously-ill patients and their families. I trust Elizabeth’s ability to help her patients and their families. I have no hesitation at all in recommending consulting her clinically for any situation where a seriously-ill patient requires support.
Elizabeth and I co-developed and delivered a workshop together on the psychological and emotional aspects of dying and death for a large interprofessional audience at the annual University Health Network’s ‘Palliative Care for the Non-Specialist’ education day in 2014. Collaborating with Elizabeth on this project was a dream; she brought enthusiasm, expertise, and creativity to the process that ensured a knowledgeable and interactive workshop for all participants. We have since been invited to adapt this presentation for varied audiences, including the University of Toronto’s “Dying and Death” Interprofessional Education event for students across the professional disciplines, and the 10th Educational Conference on Palliative & End-of-Life Care. Elizabeth’s knowledgeable and passion about palliative and end-of-life care is self-evident, and I look forward to future collaborations with her!
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Elizabeth on the Hospice Palliative Care project. Elizabeth is the very definition of the compassionate and driven social worker. During the project Elizabeth was a strong communicator and driven to ensure the project deadlines were met. She was super efficient and supportive of our timelines - making it easy and pleasurable to work with her. Her dedication and attention to detail led to a successful launch for a web based tool that we then through her support transitioned into a mobile app. I would love to work with Elizabeth again - she makes work effortless!