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Demystifying the End-of-Life Journey

Family Services of the North Shore & Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Demystifying the End-of-Life Journey

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Join families, friends, patients, neighbours, caregivers, health care professionals, support groups, volunteers and North Shore residents of all ages in a community forum with
Dr. Paul Sugar, Barbara Morningstar, Dr. Marylene Kyriazis and Janet Quenneville as we start a community conversation on a subject that affects us all....the end-of-life journey.

This forum will provide the opportunity to learn about end-of-life, and to ask questions about issues that you, a family member or friend are facing now or may face in the future. 

A range of topics will be discussed, including the psychological impact of a terminal illness, the meaning of palliative care, confronting fears, care planning, community resources and available choices.


Julia Staub-French - Executive Director, Family Services of the North Shore  


Dr. Paul Sugar has served the North Shore community for over 30 years. He is currently a palliative care physician working within Vancouver Coastal Health at Lions Gate Hospital, at the North Shore Hospice and in the community. In 2013, he co-founded the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation, which was established to assist and support terminally ill patients and their families. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, Department of Family Practice. Dr Sugar has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding achievement in palliative care and his contributions to the community.

 Barbara Morningstar is the Program Director of the Surrey Hospice Society supporting individuals at end-of-life and their loved ones in hospice residences, palliative and tertiary palliative care units and within the community. She considers this work a sacred privilege at such a tender time of transition in people's lives. Barbara lost her own husband to cancer in 2008.

 Dr. Marylene Kyriazis has served the North Shore as a community pharmacist for 20 years. She has a special interest in pain management and palliative care. She currently practices as a consultant clinical pharmacist, trains community pharmacists on pain management and is involved with clinical research. Marylene is the Regional Director for Vancouver Coastal Health on the Board of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association, and the Co-Founder and President of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation.

 Janet Quenneville As the Manager of the new Companioning Community Care program at Family Services of the North Shore, Janet draws from her five years of experience leading the Palliative and Supportive Care volunteer program at Lions Gate Hospital. Janet’s current role includes recruiting, selecting, training and providing ongoing support to an amazing team of caring, compassionate and dedicated volunteers.



Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information, please contact the Kay Meek Centre at 604-981-6335 or Family Services of the North Shore at 604-985-8713. 








Have questions about Demystifying the End-of-Life Journey? Contact Family Services of the North Shore & Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation

When & Where

Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts
1700 Mathers Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7V 2G7

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Family Services of the North Shore & Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation


FSNS is an accredited, not-for-profit agency. For over sixty years we have provided counselling, support, and education to heal and connect the North Shore community. We also lead the provincial work in the prevention of eating disorders. FSNS works with donors, funders, community partners and corporate donors to ensure the sustainability of effective, cost-efficient programs. 

Companioning Community Care is a new Family Services of the North Shore volunteer program that offers on-site and in home programs for adults living with terminal illness, bereavement or disability, and the severe effects of cancer treatment. Complementary programs include relaxation treatments, volunteer visits, grief support groups, bereavement walking groups, companion calls and the Paul Sugar Support Fund for terminally ill adults in financial need. Family support counselling is available on a sliding fee basis.

For more information, please visit



PSPS was established to support and assist terminally ill patients and their families. The support includes companionship and grief support. Assistance for those in financial need may be in the form of accommodation, transportation expenses, medical supplies and equipment, nursing and home care. 

The goal of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation is to make the time available to terminally ill patients more comfortable and meaningful by providing support and the ability to connect with loved ones.

For more information, please visit

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