The John Sweeney Lecture


Death with Dignity –
Encountering Patients as Whole Persons


In the face of terminal illness, Canadians hold widely divergent views on the ethics, spirituality and practical issues related to death and dying. Dr. Hazel Markwell, PhD, Director, Centre for Clinical Ethics for Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, joins local palliative care specialist, Dr. Donna Ward, to discuss the complexity of end-of-life care. They will critically examine the nature of human persons and the value of life in order to suggest what it means to die with dignity.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Refreshments 7:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

Waterloo Inn
Regent Room, 475 King Street North, Waterloo, ON N2J 2Z5

Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday February 27th, 2015
(519) 749-6536 or

Free Parking will be available

Our panel of experts includes:

Dr. Hazel Markwell – Dr. Markwell is a bioethicist and Director of the Centre for Clinical Ethics, a shared service of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

Dr. Donna Ward – Dr. Ward is a palliative care physician in Kitchener-Waterloo, an Assistant Clinical (PT), in the Department of Family Medicine, Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, Kitchener.

The Annual John Sweeney Lecture in Current Issues in Healthcare was initiated by St. Mary’s General Hospital and St. Jerome’s University to honour the memory of John R. Sweeney, a distinguished educator and public servant who died in July 2001. Among many contributions to public life and to his community, John served as Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University and was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s General Hospital for ten years. John was also known to be an intellectually engaged and inquiring thinker. It seemed a most appropriate tribute to establish a lecture in his name.