Society and the health systems depend on the work performed by family caregiver. Caregivers have an increased risk for physical and mental morbidity.
Catherine is a Masters student within the Department of Health and Aging at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Grenier. She completed her BA in Human Relations, Minor Psychology, with Distinction from Concordia University in June 2014 and was awarded The Robert C. Rae Book Prize, for the most outstanding graduate within Applied Arts and Science. Catherine has over ten years of palliative care volunteer experience in both the hospital and home settings. She co-presented a selfcare workshop, specifically designed for volunteers, at the 2014 International Palliative Care Congress, Montreal, and co-presented a research project workshop, highlighting the role of a volunteer caregiver coach, at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference, Ottawa. Catherine’s graduate research will center on the family caregiver role for those caring for someone at the end of life.