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"At the 20th International Congress of Palliative Care in Montreal this past week, Stephen Lewis delivered a plenary with a globally  important message requiring immediate action.  The United Nations is currently  updating and setting the international sustainable goals for 2015-2030.  In Stephen's speech, he made it very clear that the goals from the past 15 years have been impacting, and amazingly, all goals are actively being worked on or have been reached!


Unfortunately, the current goal setting for the next 15 years does not mention  palliative care under goal #3 of 17 goals (#3 is "ensuring healthy lives for all ", with 13 targets articulated from maternal morality to infectious disease to tobacco control to vaccines etc.....).   Stephen Lewis has  implored us to advocate to ensure palliative care is added to these targets to ensure there is dignity and appropriate care addressed in how we live and how we die around our globe.


Sharon Baxter (CHPCA), Bernard Lapointe (McGill), and others developed within 24 hours the "Montreal Declaration" to be delivered to the United Nations.  Your vote is critical, and every vote matters, so please share as far wide as you can!  This message is also being sent to our political leaders, to ensure these discussions and understandings reach our highest tables for context and decision making.

Thank you for your time and signature to this  important declaration and circulating to your contacts to have them sign as well!  It takes less than 2 minutes!  You will be asked for your name, country, and email address.  Your email address remains confidential, and is there for CHPCA administrative needs.

Please click here to sign the declaration!


WE'VE MOVED to the Orillia Common Roof at 169 Front Street South, Orillia  - same phone numbers! 

For individuals and families facing life threatening illness, the palliative care network and its partners work to provide whole person care that relieves suffering and improves the quality of living and of dying.

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NSMHPCN Board of Directors Is Seeking New Members!

The volunteer Board of Directors of the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network, which is responsible for the governance of the corporation, is seeking new board members.

Board members need to have a strong sense of volunteerism, an understanding about Hospice/Palliative care and a commitment to an integrated approach to care.  The Network is seeking all nominations and  would especially benefit from an individual with legal or accounting expertise.

Please send your resume and letter of interest to the attention of Jennifer Ransier, Board Secretary via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (please use subject line NSMHPCN Board of Directors) or drop off at 169 Front Street South, Orillia, L3V 4S8.  


2014 Muskoka Conference - Now accepting registrations!

Registrations are now being accepted for the "Consent, Capacity and Compassion Fatigue" Conference happening in Huntsville on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014.

For flyer and registration form, please click here.


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