In Memoriam

Dr. Joshua Shadd (Dec 15, 2018)


The palliative care community is grieving the loss of a beloved colleague, mentor, teacher and friend Dr Joshua Shadd on Saturday December 15, 2018. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife and best friend Averil and to his amazing children, Julie and Samuel.

Josh completed his Palliative Care training in Winnipeg and practiced in Northern Ontario, Kingston, London and most recently Hamilton. As Director of the Division of Palliative Care DFM at McMaster University he coined the term Forward Together that is now the guiding principle of the Division.

Below is a message sent from Josh just a few weeks before his untimely death: We share a core desire to enlarge the space for compassion and humanity for those in the last stage of life. This is what it means for us to move Forward Together.

In the months and years ahead, we will ensure that Josh’s spirit and legacy live on. May we emphasize Forward. May we embrace Together.

Dr. Ina Cummings (Mar 20, 2018)


The CSPCP mourns the loss of one of Canada’s pioneers in palliative care. Dr. Cummings was a founding member of the CSPCP and one its past Presidents. She was honoured with a CSPCP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 in recognition for her sustained and lasting contribution to palliative medicine and to the CSPCP. Dr. Cummings was a leader in palliative care since its very early days in Canada. She inspired many palliative physicians with her vision of whole person care and palliative medicine within the interdisciplinary team.

Dr. Cummings died peacefully on March 20, 2018 at the West Island Palliative Care Residence – a facility that she helped to create and shape. See their heartfelt press releasefor a further tribute to Dr. Cummings.

Dr. David Abriel (Feb 2, 2017)

It is with great sadness that we share with you the sudden death of our friend and colleague Dave Abriel and his wife Heather in a car accident Feb. 2.

All that knew Dave will always remember this gentle giant as a passionate caring man who did his best to improve the lives of others. He and Heather will be greatly missed.

This photo is from a news paper clip showing Dave in his “Father Christmas” garb brightening the lives of families along the south shore of Nova Scotia.