Katie Asma

Katie Asma BSW RSW is the Palliative Care Project Coordinator for Southern Health-Santé Sud. Katie’s experience has been as a mental health crisis clinician and a Jordan’s Principal social worker with St Amant in rural and remote First Nations communities, and a decade of disability case management in Manitoba. Katie advocates for the pursuit of healthcare equity through listening, learning, and supporting social justice.


Stepan Bilynskyy

Stepan earned an MA (SDMP) at U of W and MD (Ukraine). He completed four units of Supervised Psychospiritual Education (SPE) and is studying Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University, Chicago. Stepan works at Grace Hospital as a Spiritual Health Practitioner and a casual lecturer at U of M. He chairs the Ethics Committee at Grace Hospital, co-chairs the WRHA Regional Ethics Council, and serves as director-at-large at the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists.  


Dr. Stephanie Butterworth

Stephanie completed her medicine training at the University of Manitoba, finishing her Family Medicine residency in the Northern Remote stream in 2017.  After graduation, she worked in Swan River, Manitoba as a family physician providing hospitalist, primary care, addictions medicine and emergency room coverage for the community. She returned to Winnipeg to complete her palliative care fellowship in June 2021, and has been working with the WRHA palliative care team since that time.  In her spare time, she also works at the Minor Treatment Clinic at Health Sciences Centre providing walk in/primary care for core area patients.


Megan Campbell

Project Manager, Grief Literacy, Canadian Virtual Hospice Rest of biography coming soon.


Michelle Cardinal

Michelle Cardinal RNBN, Palliative Care Project Coordinator for Dakota Ojibway Health Services is originally from Fisher River Cree Nation.  Michelle’s experience as a Community Health Nurse in Long Plain First Nation and as a travel nurse reflects her commitment to advancing health care services in First Nations communities.


Shelly Cory

Shelly Cory, Executive Director of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, and founder of the Canadian Grief Alliance, has led the growth of Virtual Hospice into the world’s most comprehensive online knowledge management centre on palliative care, loss, and grief. The Canadian Grief Alliance was convened by the Canadian Virtual Hospice. Originally from a rural community of 500, Ms. Cory is committed to leveraging technology to ensure that where you live doesn’t affect how you die or how you grieve. A hallmark of her work is engaging diverse populations in the development of online tools.


Maria Fiala

Communications Manager, Canadian Virtual Hospice and Canadian Grief Alliance. Rest of biography coming soon.


Dr. Nadin Gilroy

Dr. Gilroy is a Consulting Physician with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program and the Pediatric Palliative Medicine Team. She divides her practice between Winnipeg and Kinosao Sipi (Norway House) where she practices as a broad spectrum generalist.


Dr. Preetha Krishnan

Dr. Preetha Krishnan, is the first full-time Long Term Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Manitoba and is only one of two NPs in the province to hold a PhD. She recently completed her doctoral degree from University of Manitoba where she was the recipient of a ‘Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship, and the Dr. Shannon Dawn Scott Prize for Excellence in Nursing Research. Currently, she is the attending practitioner for a LTC facility and two TCUs in Winnipeg.


Dr. Tharaga Kugathasan

Dr. Tharaga Kugathasan is a recent graduate of the Enhanced Skills Palliative Care Residency Program at the University of Manitoba. A graduate from the Family medicine Northern remote program at the UofM, she is looking forward to working with Pediatric and Adult palliative populations within rural and urban settings. She has a keen interest in promoting the importance of wellness within the setting of Palliative care.


Michelle Leray

Michelle Leray, of The Spirit Guide Path. Death Doula in good standing with The End of Life Doula Association of Canada and Grief Counsellor. Michelle has been offering services as a death doula for nearly 5 years, after almost 20 years of supporting the bereaved.


Karen Lock

Karen Lock has been a member of the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at North York General Hospital since 2004. She is the inaugural nurse practitioner for the Edwin S. H. Leong Geriatric Supportive Care Outreach Program. In addition to her clinical work, Karen is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.


Dr. Nadine Persaud

Dr. Nadine Persaud is currently the Executive Director of the Kensington Hospice and the Senior Director of Client Services at Kensington Health. Dr. Persaud has been working in the hospice palliative care field for the past 16 years. She sits on the Accreditation review panel for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Hazel Burns Hospice. Dr. Persaud sits on the Operations Committee of GIPPEC (Global Institute of Psychosocial Palliative and End-of-Life Care and is also the Co-chair of the sociodemographic data collection learning collaborative through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. Dr. Persaud received her Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, a Master of Social Work at York University, and her PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University in England. Her research interests include the importance of making palliative care equitable and accessible to individuals who are structurally vulnerable, maximizing supports that are available to healthcare providers working in the field, and the supports that are available to adolescents and young adults living with advanced cancer at the end of life.


Carolyn Peters

Carolyn is a social worker specializing in direct service with marginalized populations experiencing poverty, racism, and systemic barriers to resources. She has worked to create partnerships among community resources that benefit families and people on the margins. She has contributed at the provincial and national level to create access to resources and opportunities for broader social inclusion and reconciliation. More recently, she has overseen training programs that range from frontline staff to university graduate students in addition to program evaluation and research.


Holly Prince

Holly Prince is an Anishinaabekwe and a member of Opwaaganisiniing in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Studies at Lakehead University. Holly’s research focus is on decolonial and Indigenist education and Indigenous health, and community-based research. She is the Lead for the Indigenous People’s Health and Aging Division at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, Lakehead University, where she works as a Project Manager. A part of her role involves planning, implementing, and evaluating palliative care education and health equity initiatives for Indigenous peoples across Canada. She has devoted the last 20 years to advancing the right of Indigenous peoples’ access to culturally appropriate and equitable palliative care and has mobilized her efforts as a national champion of human rights and dignity for people preparing to journey back to the spirit world.


Dr. Jared Rubenstein

Jared Rubenstein, MD.  Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine.  Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, Texas Children’s Hospital. Houston, TX, USA. Jared Rubenstein is a pediatric palliative care doctor and medical educator.  He is passionate about helping people talk about hard things.  He uses animation, humor, and satire to help people lean into challenging topics.  He lives in Houston, TX with his wonderful wife and 2 hilarious children.


Wayne Sandler

Wayne Sandler (he/him) is a dedicated professional and volunteer who has served the community his entire life. He spent 27 years assisting individuals and families, with an emphasis on youth and adults with disabilities, in a variety of settings and clinical roles.  Wayne is a passionate advocate for human rights, disability rights, queer and trans rights, and nurturing those who live on the margins. Wayne also has an extensive professional background in clinical case management, training, facilitation, and skills development. As a professional and volunteer Wayne has extensive experience in health care policy development, citizen engagement work and training support. Most recently he has taken on the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator role at Palliative Manitoba.


Anika Southam

Anika has worked in palliative care since graduating in 2008. She enjoyed working on the palliative care unit at RHC for 14 years, while also trying palliative homecare and clinical teaching for both U of M and RRC. More recently has taken on the role of Palliative CNS for the WRHA Palliative Care Program, including being an advanced wound care consultant for palliative clients residing in their home environment.


Dr. Ted St. Godard

Dr. St. Godard is a Consulting Physician with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program.  He was born and raised in Flin Flon and did his medical training at the University of Manitoba. He is a husband, a father, and a dog-dad. He is a scuba diver, an amateur photographer, and a wannabe guitar-player.


Carolyn Willson

Carolyn Willson is a nurse practitioner working in palliative care for the Edwin Leong Geriatric Supportive Care Outreach Program at North York General Hospital. Carolyn has over 32 years of community nursing, and palliative care educator experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Hons) and Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management from the Toronto Metropolitan University and Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Diploma from Athabasca University.


Jessica Wyatt

Jessica Wyatt is an experienced Knowledge Broker who began her career at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University in 2008. Skilled in curriculum development, evaluation and project management, she holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in Women’s Studies. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. With a keen interest in working with marginalized populations, Jessica supports the development and delivery of culturally safer palliative care education for Indigenous communities across Canada. When not at work Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, hiking with her golden retriever, and documenting her experiences with her Canon DSLR.


David Zinger

David Zinger taught counselling and educational psychology at the University of Manitoba. He wrote 4 books and countless blog posts and articles. David has travelled around the world teaching about work engagement and overcoming burnout. David is the father of 3 adult children and he often looks after Benji, his daughter’s small dog, while Benji actually believes he is looking after David.