Panelists Sun Drews and Marco Mascarin will discuss different ways to navigate death and dying both inside and outside of hospitals. They will offer concrete strategies for health care providers who wish to support a range of approaches to end-of-life care.
When: Sept 10 2018
Leonard Benoit is Qalipu Mi’Kmag, his people come from the territory of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Leonard has an Ontario Nursing license and has been practicing for the last 17 years. He has worked in acute care, community care and corrections. During his nursing career he has won many awards, including a nomination for the Nightingale Nursing Award of Excellence. He currently volunteers as a nurse at the Toronto People with Aids Foundation.
Leonard has completed a Community Services Worker program which he has married to his nursing. This allows him to hold the position of Aboriginal Patient Navigation Specialist with Cancer Care Ontario (Toronto Aboriginal Cancer Program), through which he provides a variety of supports to Indigenous community members who are on their cancer journey. Leonard will complete his studies to be a Death Doula in September, 2018.
Sun Drews is the co-founder of the International Death Symposium and worked as a funeral director in downtown Toronto for over eight years.
After making thousands of funeral arrangements she found herself questioning the status quo and our larger system that seemed to be failing people at the end of their lives. She has since pursued education and training as a death doula and mediator to support individuals and communities in navigating challenges that arise around dying and death.
Marco Mascarin PhD RP has been involved in various educational initiatives concerned with end of life care – foremost with the Contemplative End of Life Care program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine offered in Toronto and Calgary.
In his private practice he supports grieving individuals and facilitates Grief circles throughout the year.