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Lifetime Achievment Award Recipients
Honorary Lifetime Members

CPCNA recognizes  members of CPCNA who have made tremendous contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care awarding them the CPCNA Lifetime Acheivement Award.


Recipients of this ​award are 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 in Canada.


We applaud their dedication and excellence in practice.

Recipients are awarded Lifetime Honorary Memberships in CPCNA. 


The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group (CHPCNG) awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to two members in the past and we continue to honor their contributions here. 


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Julia Johnston
Awarded in 2022

Julia has been a nurse specialist, educator, researcher, advocate, leader, consultant and nurse practitioner who has contributed to the growth and development of Hospice and Palliative care capacity building and who was a pioneer for the development of hospice palliative care nursing and palliative nurse practitioners in Ontario and across Canada. She is an expert in programme development and built standards of practice in the field of palliative care that are used nationally and globally. Julia has been very actively involved in the development of a recognized hospice palliative care nursing association in Canada and was a driving force in the establishment of CPCNA becoming a standalone national nursing association. In addition she was actively involved in its incorporation, including writing bylaws, policies and all documents required for incorporation.

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Laurie Anne O'Brien RN

Newfoundland/ Labrador

Awarded in 2018 (CHPCNG)

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.

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Judy Simpson RN

Nova Scotia

Awarded in 2016 (CHPCNG)

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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