Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

This is the week that Ontario celebrates PSWs! Anyone who knows me knows that I value, respect, and stand in awe of Personal Support Workers and their role as essential members of the health care team.  There is no where that this is more obvious than in hospice and palliative care!  I love the stories that PSWs have shared with me over the years, their examples of caregiving, and the stories shared about them by families who have been fortunate to see their loved ones cared for by exceptional PSWs. 

Each year we offer the Life and Death Matters – Frances Montgomery – Hospice Palliative Care PSW award through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO). This year we are very excited to present the award to Michelle McInnes from Margaret’s Place Hospice. Michelle worked for years in long term care and then caring for people with disabilities. She is currently a caregiver in her personal life. Michelle started with Margaret’s Hospice a few years ago.  

Some of the words that describe her include: compassionate, patient, consistent, and collaborative. She is skilled at boundary setting, self-reflection, communication, identification of common symptoms, providing skin care, implementation of comfort measures, providing person- and family-centred care, noticing the small things, encouraging or creating meaningful experiences, and on the list goes.

As a mentor she orientates new staff. One nurse who came to the hospice after decades of working in pediatric care wrote, “She trained me in the care of adults and geriatric residents. She taught me how to provide and assist with ADLs, repositioning and safe transferring, how to use lifts, and how to assist with feeding. She was patient yet thorough, always providing rationale for the care provided. She modelled how to provide exemplary care, and the positive response from patients and family had a lasting effect on me. .. She is continuously advocating for high quality care for residents and their families. She teaches me daily about the giving of self for the greater good”.

We are so excited to meet Michelle in person at the HPCO Conference, June 9-11, 2024!

4 Responses

  1. Congratulations Michelle. As a past recipient of the Frances Montgomery Award, I understand what you are feeling right now. We do this work because it is a calling inside of us. We don’t do it for the recognition, but the acknowledgment is surely appreciated. From the stories I’ve hear of Ms Frances Montgomery, we can only take a page from her book, and continue to strive for better palliative/end of life care for all. Congratulations Michelle and thank you for all you’ve done for so many people.

  2. Well deserve award indeed! I worked with Michelle for 5 years in the past and she is the most genuine, consistent, selfless and caring psw I have ever met! She is very knowledgeable and have a good leadership
    St Margaret is indeed so lucky to have her!

  3. Congratulations Michelle on this well deserved award. The lives you’ve touched have been impacted by your dedication to learning and serving our palliative populations. I wish you continued fulfillment in your career. May you be a light for others to follow.

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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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