Media advisory - Ottawa-based palliative care physician's work to be honoured - Dr. Louise Coulombe to receive the DIVA Citation

    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHAT:     The DIVA Foundation and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care
              Association (CHPCA) are jointly hosting an educational and
              celebratory luncheon titled Celebrating Excellence in Hospice
              Palliative Care and Recognizing the Challenges.

    WHO:      Jacquelin Holzman (former Mayor of Ottawa) and Russell William
              (President, Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies
              (Rx&D)) will emcee the event.

              The DIVA Foundation will recognize Dr. Louise Coulombe, an
              Ottawa-based palliative care physician with the DIVA Citation
              in recognition of her work.

    WHEN:     Thursday, May 14th, 2009

              11:00 to 12:00 - Community Resource Fair
              12:00 to 13:30 - Lunch and Awards Ceremony

              Members of the media are welcome to attend.

              Media availability: Dr. Louise Coulombe, Jacquelin Holzman,
              Russell Willams, and Grace Betts, the Chair and President of
              the DIVA Foundation will be available to the media before and
              after the luncheon.

    WHERE:    National Arts Centre
              Panorama Room
              53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

    WHY:      The DIVA Citation recognizes individuals and organizations that
              have provided extraordinary humanitarian help, care, or
              services to individuals, families, groups, or communities or
              have supported humanitarian causes. Dr. Coulombe's work in
              palliative care makes her a deserving recipient of the award.

              The DIVA Foundation will make a donation to the charitable
              organizations of Dr. Coulombe's choice: Friends of Hospice
              Ottawa; Roger's House; The Hospice at May Court; and The
              Palliative Care Outreach Program.

    About the DIVA Foundation

    The DIVA Foundation (, founded in 1997, is
a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing,
rewarding, and celebrating achievements that improve the health and well-being
of women. It is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women
through promoting leading-edge educational programs as well as rewarding
exceptional individuals who have shown excellence in the advancement of the
quality of life of women.

    About CHPCA

    The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is the national
association that provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada. The
CHPCA offers leadership in the pursuit of excellence in care for persons
approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness, and grief are

For further information:

For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Blueprint Public Relations,
(613) 797-4259,; AnnMarie Nielsen, Canadian Hospice
Palliative Care Association, (613) 241-3663 ext. 229,

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