Rhonda Hartling                                                                                                              Chair

Rhonda Hartling is marketing professional with more than 25 years of rhonda-hartling-profile-picversatile marketing experience. Her work has spanned various industries and categories and includes team leadership and project management. She is currently working with Rogers Communications on app development, internal branding, and a new Rogers concept store launch across Canada. She currently serves the AMA (American Marketing Association) Toronto Chapter, as a committee member on the retention committee. Rhonda lives in Toronto.


Shannon Taylor                                                                                                       Vice Chair

Shannon Taylor RN was born and raised in Montreal. She embarked on her nursing career 25 years ago at Casey House Hospice and has remained engaged and committed to communshannon-taylor-photoity-based, front line work in a variety of settings since then. She has a passion for peer education, social justice and improving health systems navigation for stigmatized and vulnerable groups. Shannon’s interest in end of life planning issues emerged out of her experience of her partner’s illness and death from breast cancer in 2003. Shannon has worked with and learned from individuals and groups in a variety of urban and remote settings: in Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. These experiences have given her a deep understanding of regional and population-based trends and disparities in health care across the country. Shannon currently lives in Nova Scotia.


John Methven                                                                                           Treasurer & Secretary

John Methven CPA, is employed as a Social Housing Consultant at the City of Toronto, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He has 15 years of non-profit financial management experience, and has worked for the past 9 years as a funding administrator in the social services sector. His responsibilities include supporting non-profit boards to build capacity in the areas of governance, policy development and financial oversight.  He has extensive experience with agencies who serve seniors, people who are homeless, and the LGBTQ community. John has a personal interest in end of life planning issues, and sees a need for more programs to assist people at this critical point in their lives.

4 thoughts on “Board of Directors

  1. Congrats! Glad to know we are still moving forward! I believe we need to be vigilant and steady to improve end of life options.
    CathyM Winnipeg

  2. I am looking forward to the development of this organization.

    Are you aware of CINDEA (Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives)? We offer information, resources and support on the whole of the pan-death process — including home funerals and alternative deathcare support (including Death Midwives). The philosophy behind home funerals and Death Midwifery is very similar to that of hospice and palliative care — and especially the Slow Medicien movement — and are, in many ways, the post-death extension of that philosophy. It is important that, as Canadians consider their EOL choices, they know that home funeral are legal and quite possible in Canada, and that there is a growing number of people trained to support families through one.

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