Palliative Care Physician, Louise Coulombe, Receives DIVA Citation

    OTTAWA, May 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Louise Coulombe, an Ottawa-based
palliative care physician, was recognized today at the Celebrating Excellence
in Hospice Palliative Care and Recognizing the Challenges luncheon hosted by
the DIVA Foundation and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
(CHPCA). Dr. Coulombe received the DIVA Citation for her extraordinary
humanitarian help, care, and services to individuals, families, groups, and
    "Dr. Coulombe has dedicated most of her professional career to caring for
individuals until their death, and teaching and supporting their families and
professional caregivers," said Grace Betts, Chair and President of the DIVA
Foundation. "Her ongoing efforts to provide extraordinary care and service to
ensure the richest quality of life, up to the moment of death, make her a
deserving recipient of this award."
    The event, emceed by Jacquelin Holzman, former Mayor of Ottawa, and
Russell Williams, President of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical
Companies (Rx&D) was attended by hundreds of healthcare and community leaders,
as well as those whose lives have been touched by Dr. Coulombe. Evelyn
Greenberg, one of Canada's foremost vocal accompanists, and world-renowned
mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham performed "You'll never walk alone" as a tribute
to Dr. Coulombe.
    The DIVA Foundation provided a donation to four charities of Dr.
Coulombe's choice, specifically the Friends of Hospice Ottawa, Roger's House,
The Hospice at May Court, and The Palliative Care Outreach Program.
    "When the medical system fails the patient by not being able to find a
cure for their illness, it is even more important for us to continue to care
for them," noted Dr. Coulombe. "This is the heart of palliative care, to
provide a link, to continue to find the best comfort possible, to allow
patients to live their lives as well as possible until the moment of their
    The money raised from the luncheon will be shared by the DIVA Foundation
and the CHPCA. The DIVA Foundation will use the money to fund initiatives such
as public education and the DIVA scholarship and research grants program. The
CHPCA will use its portion to help fund the development and production of
print and online resources to help support caregivers.

    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. DIVA is
committed to improving women's health and well-being by promoting leading-edge
educational programs as well as rewarding exceptional individuals and
organizations that 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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