Local palliative care crusader sees major award dedicated in her name

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Jean Echlin, 82, who continues to teach nursing courses at the University of Windsor and hold roles with several nursing and end-of-life care provincial organizations, will have a new annual award for “ethics in palliative care” in her name under the deVeber Institute for Bioethics & Social Research in Toronto.

“We wanted to recognize Jean for all the important, life-long and distinguished work she has done in palliative care,” said Kathy Matusiak, the organization’s executive director. “She has been a pioneer in palliative nursing for over 35 years.

“Her focus has always been on providing the highest level of palliative care for those who face a life-threatening disease.”

The new Jean Echlin Award will be given to an individual who best supports the concept that palliative care constitutes “not just dying well, but living well” and also those who believe in providing “the highest level of quality of life until the moment of death.”

Echlin was stunned by the honour.

“How humbling,” she said. “So many have done so much more. I have been working with deVeber for so many years, but this did come as a big surprise — a nice one.”

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