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Cindy Stokes, Patient Services Manager from the Erie St. Clair CCAC recognized with prestigious scholarship in honour of Dr. Joan Lesmond

Chatham, ON –The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is pleased to announce that Cindy Stokes, Patient Services Manager for the Erie St. Clair CCAC recently received the prestigious Joan Lesmond Scholarship at this year's annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) conference.

"I feel privileged to work and collaborate with so many compassionate and caring professionals across the Erie St. Clair region. I am honoured to receive this award, in memory of Joan Lesmond, who was recognized for her leadership in palliative care. Since my own personal experience with End-of-Life care, I have been inspired to work with and improve the experience for palliative patients in our community" explains Stokes.

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Stokes has committed her career to lifelong learning and has continuously developed new and innovative ways to inspire, mentor and educate her staff and peers.  Ms. Stokes has also devoted herself to continuing education and is currently working towards her Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

"Cindy Stokes is a passionate healthcare professional who is dedicated and committed to providing quality patient centred care to patients and families across the Erie St. Clair region. We are thrilled for Cindy and we are delighted that her tremendous efforts have been recognized provincially with this esteemed scholarship," says Erie St. Clair CCAC CEO, Lori Marshall.

The Joan Lesmond Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to a community nurse or social worker in Ontario, who is working in the field of palliative care in the community and who demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning and mentorship. The scholarship is named in loving memory of a friend, colleague and former board member of HPCO, Dr. Joan Lesmond.

For more information, please contact:

Kali Garneau
Communications Officer
Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre
Tel: 1-888-310-8881 x. 7332


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Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) connect people across Ontario with quality in‐home and community‐based health care. CCACs provide information, access to qualified care providers and community‐based services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home.