PCSBV April 2021 Newsletter

Announcement: New CEO Marjorie Morrison This month, we welcome our new CEO, Marjorie Morrison, a collaborative nonprofit leader with a passion for community engagement, and health policy. Marjorie comes to us from a background that includes the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics, the Canadian Cancer Action Network, and more, with extensive national leadership and management expertise in the health sector. Having a Masters of Health Administration and Masters Certificate in Health Systems Management, Marjorie is known as a collaborative and highly engaged team leader with a deep commitment to operational excellence and accountability. As an authentic communicator with governance, policy, and health advocacy expertise, she has an established record of cultivating multidisciplinary partnerships and promoting robust stakeholder engagement.

We are looking forward to Marjorie's first opportunity to meet our community members.

Visit our website to learn more and to watch Marjorie's introduction video.


March's PCSBV Speaker Series guest was Alexandra Kushliak. Alexandra educates nurses, physicians, long term care and supportive living facilities as well as the general public on advanced care planning. Of note, Alexandra reminded us that Advanced Care Planning Day in Canada is April 16th, and a chance for Canadians to learn more about this important issue. Advanced care planning makes it easier for your family and healthcare providers. It is a critical way to help you plan and document your wishes for the types of healthcare and medical interventions you wish to receive now and in the future. It is for every adult, especially for people with health issues. It is best done when you’re healthy, before there’s actually an urgent need for a plan.

Advanced care planning is not just for seniors, but should be something considered by all people over the age of 18. In Alberta advance care planning includes:

Having a personal directive Having a Goals of Care Designation order, when medically appropriate Using a Green Sleeve to hold and transport advance care planning documents

It can be particularly significant for people who have a chronic illness, more than one disease, are older or may have cognitive impairment. What are the five steps to the advanced care planning process?

Step One, think about your values and goals Step Two, learn about your own health

Step Three, choose someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you can't Step Four, communicate your values with your healthcare providers, family, and loved ones Step Five, document your decisions in a personal directive

A personal directive doesn’t come into effect until you become unable to make your own decisions. You can write a personal directive with or without a lawyer, but a witness can be anyone over the age of 18. A witness cannot be a spouse or partner, or the spouse or partner of your stated agent. Keep the original safe, but it’s important to give copies to your agent, healthcare providers, and family.

What do you write in a personal directive?

Consider writing quality of life statements, and what quality of life means to you. This could include speech, recognition, ability to eat, or even specific wishes for particular illnesses.

What is a Goals of Care Designation Order (GCD)?

A medical order that describes the general focus of your care. This is not necessarily needed by all individuals – this is meant to help when your treatment changes or you have specific medical needs and wishes Helps the healthcare team match your unique values and preferences to care that is most appropriate for you and your healthcare condition. Written by a doctor or nurse practitioner. Ideally created after conversation between you and members of the healthcare team. Recognized in all care settings in Alberta. Changes as your health changes; any doctor can update your GCD order. Advanced care planning documents should be kept in your AHS "Green Sleeve", which is recognized by medical teams in Alberta. The Green Sleeve should only contain the most up to date documents, including your personal directive.

Resources and additional information can be found at conversationsmatter.ca

********************************** PCSBV UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS ! **********************************


“What Should I Do: Visiting at End-of Life” with Rev. Kenn Balzer





Shine up your 9 iron!

We are looking forward to a wonderful day hosted at the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club

More details will be coming soon!

National Volunteer Week April 18th to 24th

As a volunteer-led organization, our volunteers work tirelessly to improve the Palliative and End of Life experience for individuals and families who call our beautiful Bow Valley home. From service on our Board of Directors or committees to Community Outreach and Education Program support, fundraising, events, and more, committed and skilled volunteers are an integral part of our society. We at the Palliative Care Society of Bow Valley wouldn’t be able to exist without the support and time of our amazing team of volunteers.


Volunteering is essential for every community making it a better place for all who live there. Volunteering creates mutually beneficial relationship for the volunteer and the organization. Here are some surprising benefits to getting involved:

You can make new friends!

Getting involved helps you connect with people from all walks of life and creates lasting friendships as it commits people to a shared activity. This also improves your social skills.

Good for your mental and physical health

Volunteering can help provide a sense of purpose and builds self confidence. This is because giving back to your community and doing good helps you feel better about yourself. A study from Carnegie Mellon University found that people who volunteered regularly were less likely to develop hypertension in comparison to non-volunteers.

Helps advance your career

Volunteering helps you makes connections and shows employers that you take initiative. Getting involved in your community teaches you skills that are necessary for all professional jobs such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

Brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose and allows you to make a difference which helps boost your happiness.

Deepens your connection to your community

Volunteering helps build stronger and safer communities. It also builds bridges and closes gaps between decision makers, businesses, and residents.

If you’d like to volunteer with us, connect to our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@pcsbv.ca to learn more about the opportunities that we may have coming up.


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