CARMELITA LAWLOR LECTURE
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017
4:15 – 5:15 PM
The Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship in Palliative Care is made possible by the generous endowment at the University of Toronto established by Carmelita Lawlor who died from cancer. This special person was cared for at home by a caregiver team led by Dr. Linda Rapson. This caregiver team was the forerunner for Trinity Home Hospice, now known as Hospice Toronto. Carmelita wanted to ensure there was an ongoing opportunity to learn about palliative care from well-known and respected people in the field. This year’s recipient is Shirlee Sharkey.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: SOCIAL INNOVATION AND IMPACT IN END OF LIFE CARE
End of life care in Canada is changing, and we are all a part of the movement. This presentation will introduce the concepts of social innovation and impact and explore their connection to end of life care. From mainstreaming conversations about dying and death, to mobilizing communities, co-designing services and measuring success, the audience will hear about new approaches and partnerships that are helping to bring about positive change for people and families and the networks that support them.
Shirlee Sharkey, a registered nurse and the CEO of Saint Elizabeth, has been using social innovation for more than 25 years to tackle tough issues and improve access to care for vulnerable groups. The presentation will share her key insights, while inspiring participants to think boldly and creatively about their own passion, strengths and dent in the universe.
SHIRLEE SHARKEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
Shirlee Sharkey is president and chief executive officer of Saint Elizabeth, a national not-for-profit health care organization known for its social innovation, strong financial performance and pioneering practices. Recognized as Canada’s largest social enterprise, Saint Elizabeth employs 8,000 people and delivers 19,000 health care visits daily, totaling 50 million in the past decade.
As an organization firmly fixed on honouring human experiences in health care, Saint Elizabeth is committed to empowering clients, families and staff; championing compassion; and pursuing high value and quality. With Shirlee’s leadership, the organization has stepped up to strengthen end of life care in Canada, providing $4 million since 2015 to improve access to hospice care through community partnerships.
Shirlee’s commitment to community advancement and collaboration is evident in her leadership and involvement on many boards, ranging from health to education. In April 2016, Shirlee was appointed as the Board Chair for Excellence Canada. Shirlee also chairs the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, a standing committee for Health Quality Ontario.