Honorary Lifetime Members

As part of the history of Hospice Palliative Care Nursing in Canada, The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group (CHPCNG) awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to two well-deserving nurses who dedicated their careers to supporting and developing quality palliative care nursing practice in order to further support optimal palliative patient care. These individuals were integral in developing a network of nurses with a shared interest in advocating for and providing palliative care for all persons.


We continue to recognize their contributions with ongoing Honorary Lifetime Memberships in the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association. We celebrate these individuals as Leaders in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing. 

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Judy Simpson RN

Nova Scotia

Awarded in 2016

Judy Simpson’s nursing career spans more than forty years and consists of diverse roles, including staff nurse, educator, administrator, mentor, consultant and volunteer – most of which were devoted to the advancement of palliative care nursing in Canada. She has a strong background in interprofessional education, developing, leading and evaluating projects and has co-authored standards, competencies and practice guidelines. Judy’s accomplishments have been recognized through numerous honours and awards.

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Laurie Anne O'Brien RN

Newfoundland/ Labrador

Awarded in 2018

Laurie Anne is well known as one of the passionate pioneers of hospice palliative care since the 1970s. In her palliative care practice of over 40 years she has worked in various roles as manager, consultant, clinician, educator, advisor and advocate. Laurie Ann is also a respected  and dedicated leader, colleague, mentor, teacher, trainer and volunteer. She has made significant contributions to hospice and palliative care nursing in each of these realms locally, provincially, and nationally.