Central East Regional Palliative Care Steering Committee

The Central East Regional Palliative Care Steering Committee (CERPCSC) is a disease-agnostic network designed to support a coordinated, standardized approach for the delivery of hospice palliative care services in the Central East region. The CERPCSC will align priorities and initiatives to support the mandate of the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN), the palliative care priorities of the Central East LHIN and the Central East Regional Cancer Program (CERCP).

With a mandate to provide collaborative leadership to advance high quality, integrated, patient-centred hospice palliative care across all sectors based on best practices in accordance with OPCN direction, and in alignment with both the Central East LHIN Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) and the CERCP Strategic Plan, the CERPCSC acts as a principal advisor within the Central East Region to:

  • Provide leadership and structure to facilitate the development of a high-quality, comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of hospice palliative care informing Central East LHIN and CERCP decision-making; and,
  • Support the OPCN vision and direction for hospice palliative care as outlined in Advancing High Quality High Value Palliative Care in Ontario; A Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action (Declaration).

Central East Regional Palliative Care Steering Committee Strategic Priorities Webinar

On November 24, 2017, the Central East LHIN hosted a webinar to provide a high level overview and obtain feedback on next steps for the Central East Regional Palliative Care Strategic Priorities for 2017–2019. 

CERPCSC Membership 

  Kathy MacLeod-Beaver - Central East Regional Cancer Program
Kathy MacLeod-Beaver is the Indigenous Navigator for the Central East Regional Cancer program. Indigenous services include the provision of safe access to culturally supportive care for First Nation, Inuit and Metis people and their families living with a diagnosis of cancer. Kathy is a proud mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who resides and is a member of Mississauga Ojibwe of Alderville First Nation. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Kathy is an Shkaabewis Kwe (female helper) in Indigenous communities and has worked in the health field for the past 29 years.

  Kirsten Burgomaster - Central East Regional Cancer Program

Kirsten Burgomaster PhD, is the Regional Director of the Central East Regional Cancer Program (CE RCP) which is a network of cancer services and hospitals providing care to the 1.6 million people who live in Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, Durham and Scarborough. In this role, Kirsten works closely with CE RCP Leadership, Regional Clinical Leads, partner hospitals and agencies to ensure cancer care in the community is aligned with Cancer Care Ontario's goals, standards and best practice guidelines.

Prior to that, Kirsten was the Clinical Director of the Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health (LH) until 2017, where she was responsible for the leadership and management of the cancer centre. She also served as Director of the Research program at Lakeridge Health. Kirsten is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and actively participates in collaborative research projects that align with the values, goals, and strategic direction of the organization.


  Tanya Burr - Central East LHIN
Tanya is a Community Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with the Central East LHIN, and is currently a Palliative Clinical Regional Co-Lead with the Ontario Palliative Care Network. She has previous experience in acute, primary and community care settings including specific work in the field of geriatrics. She has 4 children in a blended family and enjoys spending time on the beach! Something you might not know about her is that she loves lifestyle and prevention medicine and follows a plant-based diet.

  Jeff Gardner - Central East LHIN
Jeff Gardner is the Director of Clinical Care Programs with the Central East LHIN. This role includes oversight of direct clinical nursing services provided by the LHIN including the Community Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and the Nurse Practitioner led outreach to the LHIN’s 68 long-term care homes. Jeff is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and continues to provide patient care through both teams as part of his LHIN profile.

  Estelle Duchon - Entité 4
Estelle arrived in Canada from France in 2007 and immediately joined the Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest à Montréal where she was able to use her academic background in economic policy analysis received from the Sorbonne. Since her arrival in Ontario in 2010, French language health services have been at the core of her career: firstly as a French language services coordinator within the William Osler Health System and then as a Health Promotion Consultant with Health Nexus. In 2014, she took on the position of Executive Director at Entité 4, one of six French Language Health Planning Entities in Ontario. Estelle loves new challenges, has extensive experience in project management and a deep understanding of challenges faced by Francophones in Ontario. It is thanks to her strategic vision that accessibility to health services in French in Ontario has significantly improved throughout Entité 4’s catchment area. Her ability to establish relationships with key stakeholders and her professionalism have been recognized at the provincial level as she sits on many ministerial committees.

  Tom McHugh - Lakeridge Health
Tom McHugh has been leading quality and innovation in health care for more than 20 years. He is a registered Occupational Therapist with leadership experience throughout Ontario.  Tom is Executive Vice President of Patient Services at Lakeridge Health and Regional Vice President for Cancer Care Ontario for the Central East LHIN. Tom lives in Peterborough where he a Board Member at Hospice Peterborough.

  Sari Greenwood – Scarborough Health Network
Sari Greenwood has a Master’s Degree in social work and over 20 years of experience working in the oncology and palliative care. Presently, Sari is the Director of the Mental Health and Addiction program, and Oncology and Palliative Care at Scarborough Health Network. For almost three years, Sari worked as the Regional Director of Central East Regional Cancer Program while also overseeing oncology and palliative care in Scarborough. In this role, Sari supported the development of both the Central East Regional Cancer Strategic Plan and the Central East Aboriginal Cancer Strategic Plan, working very closely with internal and external stakeholders, including patients, families, and community partners. Sari is also very involved with Cancer Care Ontario and has been in the role of Provincial Head for Psychosocial Oncology since February 2018.

  Harry van Bommel - Caregiver
Harry van Bommel cared for both his parents and his grandfather at home until they died. He’s been involved as a family caregiver since 1978. He is the author of 56 books, 28 in the field of family caregiving, palliative care, euthanasia, and healthcare leadership (available along with CD of songs for people who are grieving for free online reading/listening at www.carelibrary.com and www.navcare.org). He is Executive Director and founder of Resources Supporting Family and Community Legacies Inc. and President of PSD Consultants. Harry is the CE LHIN’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee representative on the RPCN. He was a founder of the Community Hospice Association of Ontario (now HPCO) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. His writing, teaching and advocacy work are patient-specific, family-focused, and community-centred. 

  Kerri-Anne Wilson - The Bridge Hospice
As a Registered Nurse, Kerri-Anne has an extensive background in public health, infection control, long-term care and community health primarily in rural settings.  She has worked in a variety of professional leadership roles to support the provision of quality, patient-centered care.  Kerri-Anne is passionate about hospice palliative care and has a particular interest in addressing social and health inequalities faced by rural and marginalized populations.  In her current role, as the Director of Clinical Services & Operations, Kerri-Anne works with an interdisciplinary team of dedicated health care professionals and compassionate volunteers to ensure the provision of exceptional care, guidance and support for their hospice residents and their families.

  Agnes Wong - Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
Agnes is a registered nurse and has over 40 years of patient care and leadership experience. Agnes has been in different leadership and administrative roles in the areas of professional practice, quality, nursing education and electronic health. She is currently the Chief of Professional Practice and Quality at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.  She led the inter-professional team at Yee Hong in providing person-centered palliative/end-of-life care to the residents. Agnes is a graduate from the University of Toronto and has a Master of Nursing degree. She is also a Certified Health Executive and holds certificates in Critical Care Nursing, Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety. She was the first person to recognize ‘SARS’ in Toronto and was regarded as one of the Canadian Heroes, received an Outstanding Canadian Award, and was featured in Time magazine. 


Elayne Carson - Central East Regional Cancer Program
Elayne has worked in hospital financial management, budgeting, and reporting for most of her career including at the Scarborough Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children. She was Management Information System (MIS) Standards advisor at both organizations, offering an in-depth understanding of health care indicators, financial system integration, as well as health care reporting standards. Seeking a career change in 2017, she followed a personal passion of hers to work at the Central East Regional Cancer Program (CERCP) where, on an interim basis, she managed Cancer Screening and Prevention for the region combined with Clinical Genetics at Lakeridge Health. More recently, after a brief stint as a consultant at the MOHLTC in the Digital Health Secretariat, she returned to the CERCP to contribute to Palliative Care initiatives in a collaborative role with the Central East LHIN.


Amy Archer - VON Durham Hospice
Amy Archer is a Registered Nurse who obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing through Ryerson University and holds a National Hospice Palliative Care certification through the Canadian Nurses Association. She is currently serving the Durham region as the Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant (PPSMC) and teaches the Fundamentals, Fundamentals Enhanced and Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) courses throughout the Central East region, as well as the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) course throughout the province. Amy is a compelling leader with extensive palliative care experience in both paediatric and geriatric populations. She was part of the original team who opened the doors to Emily’s House- a Paediatirc Hospice centre in Toronto, Ontario in 2013, following her 10 year career in Haematology Oncology at Sick Kids. Amy is currently acting as a subject matter expert in the development of the pilot for the Paediatric LEAP course. Amy has a heart to serve and volunteered abroad in an orphanage in Kenya, and in community based care in South Africa. Her proficiency in applying the art of palliative care to drive excellence is noteworthy. Committed to meaningful change, she energetically advocates for team engagement where the individual is truly at the centre of care. Amy currently is a member of the Central East Regional Palliative Care Network; Regional Lead for the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario- Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Practice; Executive team Member for the RNAO Palliative Care Nursing Interest Group; Chair of the Marketing and Communications working group for the Palliative Care Consultants Network (PCCN). 


Learn More

To learn more about the CERPCSC, please click on the links below:

The CERPCSC is jointly accountable to the Central East LHIN Chief Executive Officer and the CERCP Regional Vice President, and will provide leadership to ensure accountability and alignment of activities to local, regional and provincial direction.

For more information, visit the Palliative Care Strategic Aim page.