Instructor Biographies

Denise Seguin Horth

Denise Seguin Horth

Denise is the co-chair of Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association, and interim director for Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. She has been a hospice volunteer since 2015. Denise has a background in communications, working as a producer and video editor for French CBC for 20 years. She completed her community deathcare training in 2016, followed by a Chaplain internship in Spiritual Care in 2017. Denise founded Love’s Last Breath in 2016, where she supports families and clients as an End of Life Doula. Denise is passionate about building community and opening conversations around deathcare.

 


Olga Nikolajev

Olga is a death educator, certified in Thanatology, the study of death, dying, loss and bereavement. Olga is a dying well advocate, nurse educator and grief counselor with over 25 years of professional experience as a registered nurse in various health care settings, including hospice palliative care. Her educational history includes a degree in Anthropology and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Religion and Culture, and an interdisciplinary certificate in palliative care. Olga has been involved in national, provincial and local efforts to shift the way we view the dying experience, death and grief, including end of life care. She served as one of the founding faculty members for the Virtual School for Community Deathcare in Canada and is currently facilitating on-line Thanatology program courses through Centennial College, and travels across Canada to offer End of Life Doula training through Douglas College. Olga is the founder and director of DyingMatters.ca a Death Education and Death Doula services business in Eastern Ontario where she lives with her husband, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 13 hens, 2 cows and a bull on a hobby farm.


Jennifer Mallmes

Jennifer has spent the last 20 years as a caregiver to persons at the end of life, beginning of life and the in-between. She is a mother of 5 and resides in the lower mainland of BC. Jennifer is a registered Community Health Worker, a birth doula, and a practicing end of life care doula. She received her Bachelor of General Studies in Sociology/Gerontology from SFU in 2009 and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Community Studies. She developed the End of Life Doula curriculum in partnership with Douglas College and is a Director of the End of Life Care Association of Canada. Jennifer’s passion for quality end of life care inspired her to share her experience and empower others to fully live out their life.


Tracy Chalmers

Tracy is energized by doing what she can to increase the quality of end of life care in her community. Currently, Tracy is a practicing End of Life Doula. She also gets deep satisfaction from sharing her experiences and knowledge about supporting the dying by facilitating the End of Life Doula course offered by Douglas College. Tracy is deeply honoured to spend time with people facing end of life and their families at her weekly volunteer shift at her local Hospice. She has taken on a mentor role at the Hospice and is also a member of a group of volunteers who sit vigil for people who are actively dying in local care homes. It is her wish to put this end of life phenomena in a more positive and empowering light and to help prepare people for dying more consciously and peacefully.


Mary-Anne Parker

Mary-Anne is an End-of-life-Doula and loss navigator who helps clients and their families work together to find a meaningful path during life’s transitions. A former Health Care Aide and Recreation worker, she has spent over 8 years working within long term care environments and is thrilled to be working as a Death Doula and companion. She is proud to be one of an incredible team of instructors for Douglas College’s End of Life Doula course and travels all over Alberta and Saskatchewan mentoring others who are interested in exploring this new field. She firmly believes that talking about death and loss allows us to be better for each other. The journey starts with just one conversation.

She is also currently working on a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies with a focus on long term care culture and its impact on workers, patients and families. Approaching death from a place of authenticity, she is finding, allows us to better plan for its inevitability.

She lives in Saskatoon with her husband, children, grandchildren, and welsh terrier. They live with a multitude of unfinished art projects.