April 10, 2018

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Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) designated a Canadian Compassionate Company

Alt=''The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is pleased to announce the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) as the newest workplace to receive Canadian Compassionate Companies (CCC) designation. The CHPCA defines Canadian Compassionate Companies as those offering extended leave policies to employees who are faced with the responsibility of caring for a gravely ill family member. The CHPCA Champions’ Council brings together a group of key leaders in Canada to oversee the CCC designation process and advance the profile of hospice palliative care across the country.

“We are thrilled to welcome the WWLHIN to the Canadian Compassionate Companies family,” says Champions’ Council Chair Russell Williams, Vice-President of Government Relations and Public Policy with the Canadian Diabetes Association. “It is imperative that healthcare organizations lead by example and when we see a Local Health Integration Network offering extended compassionate leave to its employees, we know it reflects a model that values and promotes palliative care, and that

 the policy will have far-reaching benefits within the community it serves.”

The WWLHIN works to make it easier for residents in Waterloo Wellington to be healthy, and to get the care and support that they need. This means working to improve health equity, and the quality and availability of local healthcare, including hospital and long-term care, mental health and addictions, home and community care, community support services and primary care.

“The mandate of the WWLHIN is to provide access to care, but often we forget that access can take many forms,” says Emmi Perkins, WWLHIN Director, Integrated Hospice Palliative Care Regional Program. “By providing extended leave for our employees who have urgent caregiving responsibilities for terminally ill family members we are able to ensure that this mandate extends not only outward to the community, but also inward to our own staff. We are so pleased to receive CCC designation and look forward to continuing to provide access to services with a spirit of inclusion and integrity.”

To be considered for CCC designation companies must fulfil a number of HR requirements, including the protection of employee’s jobs while on extended compassionate leave. For more information or to apply for CCC designation, please visit /projects-and-advocacy/ccc.aspx.

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The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association – the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada – is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. The CHPCA operates in close partnership with other national organizations and continues to work to ensure that all Canadians, regardless of where they may live, have equal access to quality hospice palliative care services for themselves and their families.

Julie Cruikshank
Communications Officer / Agent des communications
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) / Association canadienne de soins palliatifs (ACSP)
T: (613) 241-3663 ext. 229 or/ou 1(800) 668-2785
jcruikshank@chpca.net