Canadian Virtual Hospice/CAPO Award for Progress in Palliative Care Excellence in Psychosocial Oncology


The Canadian Virtual Hospice would like to establish an award to acknowledge the exemplary work of psychosocial oncology professionals and students, in collaboration with CAPO.

The purpose of this award is to promote progress in research, education and clinical practice in the area of palliative care and the dissemination of information related to the psychosocial care of individuals receiving palliative care. The award is given to support oncology professionals in continuing education activities.

This annual award will be presented to a CAPO member who submits the best poster or oral presentation in the area of palliative care at the annual CAPO conference. The presentation may reflect clinical practice, education or research related to palliative care.

The award would consist of a $500.00 honorarium to be used to support the recipient’s continuing education, and a recognition certificate.

Video of CAPO conference award winner and CAPO member Jacob Lang

2024 Canadian Virtual Hospice Award for Progress in Palliative Care



Congratulations to 2024 award winner, Sheila Killoran Psychosocial-Spiritual Alberta Series: A Partnership in Palliative and Grief Education for Psychosocial Clinicians




Past Winners

  • Winner 2023 - Sarah Alonzi 
  • Winner 2022 – Jacob Lang
  • Winners 2020 – Sarah Rose Black and Rickinder Sethi
  • Winner 2019 – Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Covenant Health/University of Alberta
  • Winner 2018 – Sabrina Gaon, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Winner 2017 – Marianne Arab

NEW in 2024! Canadian Virtual Hospice/CAPO Award of Excellence in Grief Support in Psychosocial Oncology


The Canadian Virtual Hospice would like to establish an award to acknowledge the exemplary work of psychosocial oncology professionals and students, in collaboration with CAPO.

The purpose of this award is to promote progress in research, education and clinical practice in the area of grief and the dissemination of information related to the psychosocial care of those experiencing grief. The award is given to support oncology professionals in continuing education activities.

This annual award will be presented to a CAPO member who submits the best poster or oral presentation in the area of grief at the annual CAPO conference. The presentation may reflect clinical practice, education or research related to psychosocial/supportive interventions or programs targeting grief and/or bereavement.

The award would consist of a $500.00 honorarium to be used to support the recipient’s continuing education, and a recognition certificate.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current CAPO member in good standing. The award is open to all classes of CAPO members.
  • The member must attend the conference to be eligible.
  • Must have submitted a conference abstract in year being awarded:
    • The abstract cannot be sponsored by a commercial organization, nor can it promote a commercial product or advertise a specific program.
    • The abstract will have a focus in psychosocial palliative clinical practice, research or education or research, education and clinical practice in the area of grief and the dissemination of information related to the psychosocial care of those experiencing grief
    • The abstract may be in the format of an oral or poster presentation.
  • The winner(s) must agree to have their name(s) released as winner(s) of the award.

Evaluation & Processes

  • Entries are selected based on a search for key words submitted during the abstract submission process, then verified for CAPO membership status. Judges will be notified of entries meeting this criteria prior to evaluation.
  • Under the direction of the Award’s Committee Chair, a subcommittee will judge all submitted abstracts at the conference to select the recipient according to pre-specified criteria developed by the awards committee.
  • The Awards Committee reserves the right to not award the prize in any given year if suitable abstracts meeting the criteria are not found.
  • This award is presented annually. If more than one person submits the selected abstract, the award will go to the first submitting author unless CAPO has been notified by the submitting author that one of the other authors will be the presenter, in which case the award will be given to the presenting author. The recipient must be a member of CAPO.

2024 Canadian Virtual Hospice Award in Grief Support



Congratulations to 2024 award winner, Alanna Chu






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