Elder Care Ethics Committee

The Elder Care Ethics Committee 

The joint Providence Health Care/Vancouver Coastal Health Elder Care Ethics Committee (ECEC) is a unique initiative combining PHC and VCH interdisciplinary staff and community membership.

The first ECEC meeting was held in October 2015. The ECEC serves all settings that provide care to seniors in PHC and VCH Vancouver proper (not including the North Shore or Richmond).

The Committee’s mandate includes:

  • Case consultation (written recommendations are made)
  • Staff education 
  • Policy and guideline review

Requests for consults, education, and policy review are welcome from PHC and VCH Staff and Physicians, patients/clients/residents/family members, and affiliated VCH facilities operating in Vancouver.

The ECEC meets monthly but will call extra meetings should there be an urgent request. Please contact one of the PHC ethicists to access the ECEC for a consult, education request, or policy concern.


Sandra Lee

Co-chair, Site Leader, St. Vincent Langara Residential Care, PHC 

Karen Sanderson

Co-chair, Community Member

Rachel Best

Family and Social Support Practitioner, Robert and Lily Lee CHC, VCH

Buffy Bindley

Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Nurse Clinician, PHC

Jillian Boerstler

Clinical Ethicist, PHC

Jocelyn Chase Geriatrician and Physician Ethicist, PHC

Amanda Crockett

Nurse Practitioner, Little Mountain Place, Fair Haven Vancouver, and German Canadian Care Home, VCH

Ashley Doty

Palliative Care Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Outreach and Consult Team, PHC Residential Care

Bethan Everett

Ethicist, VCH

Jennifer Gibson 

Clinical Ethicist, PHC

Julia Gill

Clinical Ethicist, PHC

MaryLou Harrigan

Community Member, Ethics Educator

Kim Jameson

Clinical Ethicist, VCH (on leave)

Barbara Lindsay

Community Member, Privacy Officer, Alzheimer's Society

Fran Linton

Community Member

Beth Moewes

Facility Liaison, 3 Bridges CHC, VCH

Kate Neill

Facility Liaison, Pacific Spirit CHC

Bev Nolan

Social Worker Consultant, Vancouver Home Hospice, Palliative Care Services

Patricia Quon  Resident Care Coordinator, Purdy Pavillion, VCH

Harpreet Randawa

Education Coordinator, Residential Practice, VCH

Tilly Schalkwyk

Community Member