Executive Director, Canadian Virtual Hospice – Shelly Cory has a unique ability to identify low-tech, high impact solutions to health challenges, and as the Executive Director of Canadian Virtual Hospice; she convenes talented, diverse pan-Canadian virtual teams to produce innovative, award winning online knowledge products.
She has led the evolution of Canadian Virtual Hospice for the past 10 years, propelling it into the world’s most comprehensive online knowledge management centre on palliative care (Fassbender, 2015), serving 1.6 million visitors in 2016. Upon her arrival at Canadian Virtual Hospice she spearheaded a complete redevelopment of the website that earned Virtual Hospice a silver award at the international Health and Science Communication Association Media Festival (2010).
Between 2014-17, with investment by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), Shelly convened and led 90 pan-Canadian partners and patient and family advisors, in the development of four large scale national projects, tackling national gaps in online content and support on complex issues including: the intersection of culture, serious illness and end of life for Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees (LivingMyCulture.ca and Indigenous Voices); accredited pain management training on use of Methadone (Methadone4Pain.ca) and; the unmet need for grief support (MyGrief.ca). She is currently overhauling the 15,000 page virtualhospice.ca and seeking investment for new digital innovations for caregivers.