Compassionate Communities of Ontario CoP

Compassionate Communities Conceptual Model

The conceptual model for our provincial level Compassionate Communities CoP is a combination of population health promotion (PHAC, 2012); the Ottawa Charter (WHO, 1986); the Chronic Disease Management Model (Group Health Research Institute 2003), and Accountable Communities for Health (Cantor 2015)


The purpose for this Community of Practice is to connect individuals in Ontario that are actively involved in a structured Compassionate Community project and offer an infrastructure to support these individuals in sharing knowledge and information.

Goals of the CoP

  • To facilitate a forum for dialogue and exchange of information
  • To share outcomes for comparable learning
  • To grow leadership skills and capacity
  • To provide opportunities to support individuals within the field
  • To foster collaboration and innovation (i.e., technology; population-level risk screening)
  • To create synergy and identify common projects
  • To enhance capacity
  • To cultivate best practices
  • To develop as an active and engaged community of practice advancing the goals.

To become a member of the Compassionate Communities of Ontario Community of Practice, please click here.

Criteria for Membership: 

  • General Membership: Anyone interested in learning more about Compassionate Communities (CC) initiatives, volunteering with a CC, or looking to create their own CC initiative.
  • Project Membership: Anyone who has done one or all of the following:
  1. Begun community engagement
  2. Identified a project sponsor
  3. Secured resources or funding

Benefits of Becoming a Member:

  • More perspective and understanding of the problems and issues Improved solutions 
  • Shared Practice = Less duplication and reduced cost and time
  • Shared Knowledge = Stronger workforce and more sources of expertise 
  • Meaningful participation = Improved performance and outcomes
  • Increased trust and confidence = Increased success and sustainability

Compassionate Communities Community of Practice Project Members in Ontario

Interested in volunteering or partnering with any of the Compassionate Communities listed below, feel free to connect with the contacts via email.

  1. WECCC (Windsor and Essex County) – Deborah Sattler
  2. Compassionate Brock University (St. Catherines) – Hannah Rongits
  3. Compassionate Communities Peel: Heart House Hospice (Peel and Halton Regions) – Jodi Pereira
  4. Hospice Toronto: Creating Care Communities (Toronto) – Dena Maule
  5. Neighbours: Population Health Solutions Lab (Toronto) – Sonia Guadry
  6. Matthews House Hospice (South Simcoe) – Eyrn Manchanda
  7. Evergreen Hospice (Markham, Stouffville, Thornhill)- Jan Pearce
  8. Hospice Kingston (Kingston) – Florence Campbell
  9. Compassionate Ottawa (Ottawa) – Jim Nininger
  10. Hospice Orillia (North Simcoe Muskoka) – Stefanie Collins
  11. Bruce Peninsula (Bruce Peninsula and Georgian Bluffs) – Nancy Forgrave
  12. Carpenter House (Burlington) – Janet Gadeski
  13. McNally House Hospice (West Niagara) – Amanda Black
  14. Hospice of Waterloo Region (Waterloo) – Judy Nairn
  15. Camp Kerry Society – Shelley Hermer
  16. Ottawa Paramedic Service (Ottawa) – Amanda Foubert
  17. Hospice Vaughan (Vaughan) – Belinda Marchese
  18. Dorothy Ley Hospice (Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga) – Dipti Purboo 
  19. Compassionate Toronto (Toronto) – Marira Rugg
  20. Hospice Northwest (Thunder Bay) – Cherie Kok