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Established in 1994, the Council on Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organization comprised of volunteer members dedicated to increasing public awareness about palliative care, and public support for its availability within and beyond the McGill University network.

The Council aims to:

  • promote access to quality palliative care in an efficient and timely manner for individuals of all ages and their families
  • provide leadership and support through dissemination of information, public education and training initiatives
  • advocate for the availability of, and equal access to, palliative care in our community

The Council is committed to the belief that everyone should be able to die without pain, surrounded by their loved ones, in the setting of their choice.


Projection Week


The Projection Week project was a great success;
from the surveys that have been returned so far there were
over 3,000 attendees from a wide area in Montreal,
and ​​​​​​there were 148 events; 24 French, 35 bilingual, 88 English and 1 Arabic;
covering a wide variety of topics related to end of life issues.

For more information, please visit the Projection Week web site at projectionweek.ca






It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend and colleague, Teresa Dellar, on August 19, 2019. 
As the co-founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and for her compassionate and tireless work in the field she has left us a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed by the whole Palliative Care Community.
File teresa_dellar_august_19_2019_1.docx    PDF icon teresa_dellar_bio_august_2019.pdf

a sample of tributes montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/west-island-gazette/teresa-dellar-remembered-for-her-compassionate-leadership





Dr. Balfour Mount

Congratulations to Dr. Bal Mount for his nomination to the Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Bernard Lapointe

Dr. Bernard Lapointe has been honoured with the Award of Recognition for 2016 by the L’Association québécoise de soins palliatifs (AQSP).  The Award of Recognition acknowledges the outstanding contribution of an individual, team, group or organization involved in palliative care in Quebec.  Dr. Lapointe's role as a member of the board and president for several years as well as his ongoing commitment to the development of palliative care in Quebec is recognized by this award.  aqsp_award_2016.docx


Please join us in congratulating Bernard Lapointe who has just received the Canadian Society of  Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to palliative care over many years.
The CSPCP Lifetime Achievement Award was instated in 2014 by the Board of the CSPCP, to recognize individuals who have made a sustained and lasting contribution to palliative medicine and to the CSPCP. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner is selected by the Board in collaboration with the CSPCP Awards.

The West Island Palliative Care Residence has awarded the BALFOUR MOUNT AWARD which honours an individual, family or group who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to Palliative care through their volunteer service and/or their leadership in philanthropic and community support to Mrs. KAPPY FLANDERS for her tireless effort to build awareness in palliative care which has directly resulted in people with life limiting illness, receiving superior end of life care. 


Recently in the media

The Burden of Care : A three page feature in the April 13, 2019 weekend Globe and Mail examining the ever growing concerns of caregiving which an increasing number of people are now coping with.

Interesting article in the Globe and Mail June 19, 2019,
Importance of estate and incapacity planning can never be underestimated

CPAC Report

Report from Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's truly remarkable report "Palliative and End-of-Life Care"
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A Death in the I.C.U.

For some patients, the intensive care unit is the right place to be, even if there is no cure in sight.
Comments on the article are also worth reading.

From the New York Times

What Dying Looks Like

An article in the New York Times Sunday review February 2017

One Man's Quest to Change the Way We Die. 

An artcile in the New York Times Magazine featuring B. J. Miller - the guest speaker at the Council's 2016 annual Sandra Goldberg lecture "The Civics of Dying Well".




The Government of Quebec now has an Advanced Medical Directive Register.
Quebec residents can request a form, fill it in and send it back to the Government.
Click here for more information.