The Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award

For over 30 years Sharon Carstairs has dedicated herself to the promotion of access to palliative care for all Canadians. A pioneer in enhancing palliative care in Canada, her extraordinary work serves as an example throughout the world, and demonstrates how the vision and dedication of one individual can lead to dramatic and effective change. The Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award is the first of its kind to recognize community-based efforts in palliative and end-of-life care.

The Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award was established in 2012 to recognize and support exemplary leadership by a community or a community organization in providing or improving hospice and palliative care in Manitoba.

$2,500 will be awarded to a community project which benefits a hospice or palliative care service in Manitoba. The winner will be announced at the Palliative Manitoba provincial conference hosted in Winnipeg in September.


Raelyn Nickel Memorial Book Program/Boundary Trails Foundation: Purchase of books that help families explain the life cycle, dying and grieving to their children.

The Stonewall Garden Door Project: Funded patio access in the palliative care room.

St.Amant: Palliative Care Cart to promote comfort and alleviate suffering.

Sunset Palliative Care, Portage la Prairie: Memorial garden expansion.

Pediatric Palliative Care program of the WRHA: Purchase of necklaces to gift to grieving families after the death of a child.


  • Pertains to a community or community organization based in Manitoba.
  • Identifies a project that the community/organization wishes to pursue.
  • Outlines the planned use of the $2,500 monetary award.
  • Demonstrates community engagement and creative use of resources.
  • Identifies plans for additional fundraising if necessary to complete the project.

Application must be submitted by July 15, 2024. (Successful applicant will be notified by Sept. 1, 2024).

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